July 13, 2024

California Landlords

Los Angeles makes it difficult to evict an Airbnb guest.

It’s true that Los Angeles has tenant protections that can make evicting an Airbnb guest more difficult than in other areas. Here are some key factors:

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  • Just Cause Ordinance: This law requires landlords to have a specific legal reason to evict a tenant, including non-payment of rent, lease violations, or wanting to move back into the property themselves. This applies to tenants who have stayed for over 30 days, which can include some long-term Airbnb stays.
  • Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO): This applies to some rental units in Los Angeles and limits the amount a landlord can increase rent and restricts evictions without specific legal cause. While not specifically focused on Airbnb, it can be relevant depending on the specific rental unit and guest stay duration.

These laws were created to protect tenants from unfair evictions, but they can also create challenges for homeowners who want to reclaim their property from an unwanted guest.

Here are some high-profile examples that illustrate the complexities:

  • A guest refused to leave a mansion in Brentwood Hills for over 540 days, claiming tenant rights under the Just Cause Ordinance after staying for more than six months [source about Airbnb tenant refusing to leave LA home].
  • Another guest stayed in a guest house for 17 months without paying rent, arguing an unofficial agreement with the homeowner and potentially qualifying for tenant protections [source about Airbnb tenant refusing to leave LA after 17 months].

It’s important to note that Airbnb has its own policies regarding guest stays and potential evictions, but ultimately, legal matters regarding tenant rights are governed by local laws.

If you’re considering renting out your property on Airbnb in Los Angeles, it’s crucial to understand the legal landscape and potential challenges. Consulting with a lawyer specializing in landlord-tenant law can help you navigate the complexities and protect your rights.

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