- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) - Renters who use Airbnb to secure short-term rentals in Malibu will be charged the city’s 12 percent hotel tax starting this month.

The Los Angeles Times reported Monday (http://lat.ms/1Ct3f2n ) that the tax will go into effect April 20.

Malibu joins San Francisco, Chicago, Washington and other areas where Airbnb has reached deals to collect taxes from hosts and remit them to the cities.

Last year, Malibu’s City Council authorized officials to issue subpoenas to websites like Airbnb that advertised short-term leases.

Assistant City Manager Reva Feldman says that subpoena threat prompted Airbnb to begin negotiations on the hotel tax.

Feldman tells the newspaper that Malibu anticipates collecting about $450,000 in transient occupancy taxes in 2015.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/

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