- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - Santa Monica has passed strict new regulations on the booming short-term rental industry.

The Los Angeles Times reports (https://lat.ms/1FkowmO) the city council voted unanimously Tuesday for the measure that will prohibit the rental of an entire unit for less than 30 days.

The rules legalize “home-sharing,” where guests can rent a couch, spare bedroom or backyard unit. But hosts are required to obtain a business license and pay Santa Monica’s 14 percent hotel tax.

The vote was taken with no debate despite a protest by more than 100 short-term rental hosts and supporters.

Other Southern California cities including Malibu and West Hollywood have also recently tightened rules on short-term rentals via sites like Airbnb, which connects hosts with renters.

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

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