Guide to Laws about AirBnBs and Other Short Term Rentals in Unincorporated Los Angeles County

The regulations around short term rentals, like AirBnB and VRBO, seem to be constantly changing. As of March 2024, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is considering restricting these rentals to hosts who are renting out their primary residence.

If you are not sure whether you are within unincorporated Los Angeles County, see our What City Am I in?

For other cities, and a full discussion about short term rentals in general, see our Guide to Laws about Short Term Vacation Rentals in California.

What is considered a “short term” rental in unincorporated Los Angeles County?

A short term rental is defined as a stay of 30 consecutive days or less. So a rental of 31 days or more does not fall under the short term rental laws. Then it would be considered a long-term rental.

What are the rules on AirBnBs in unincorporated Los Angeles County?

The current rules for short-term rentals within unincorporated Los Angeles county fall under the umbrella of the Transit Occupancy Tax regulations. For single family homes, you can rent to a max of 4 guests at a time; you must register with the county and collect “hotel tax” of 12%. For multi-family homes, the law is unclear at this time.

A proposed new law on AirBnBs was given preliminary approval in March 2024. The Los Angeles County Short-Term Rentals Registration Ordinance would implement the following rules throughout most of unincorporated Los Angeles County:

  • Requires a short-term rental host register each year and pay an annual fee of $914
  • Restricts short-term rentals to a host’s primary residence
  • Prohibits the following from being used as Short-Term rentals: Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), Rent-restricted or rent-controlled primary residences, and vacation rentals or second homes
  • Prohibits “corporate hosts” who rent out multiple properties
  • Regulates the operation of short-term rentals, including restricting the number of guests, length of stays, and types of events
  • Regulates hosting platforms (e.g., Airbnb, VRBO) by requiring compliance with County regulations
  • Establishes an enforcement and appeals process, including imposition of penalties and fees for noncompliance

See the full text of the ordinance.

As we mentioned, the new rules would apply to most of unincorporated Los Angeles County. Areas along the coast are subject to the California Coastal Commission, including Marina del Rey, Catalina Island and the Santa Monica Mountains. So the rules cannot be implemented in these areas until the Commission also signs off on them.

Can I AirBnB if I am a renter?

Maybe. See our general Guide to California Short Term Rental Laws.

Are there any other restrictions hosts should know about?

If you have a homeowners association (HOA), there may be additional rules. See our full Guide to Short Term Rental Laws.

Of course, other general laws also apply, particularly noise restrictions and other laws that homeowners are responsible for.

Further Resources

See more about the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) at the LA County website

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