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September 20 Community Meeting on Short Term Rentals

Post Date:09/12/2018 5:00 PM
Short Term Rentals

On Thursday, Sept. 20, the City of Culver City will host a Short Term Rentals Community Meeting from 7-10 p.m. in the “Rotunda Room” of the Veterans Memorial Building, located at 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City. Short term rentals refers to renting a home or portion of a home for less than 30 days, such as through Airbnb or HomeAway. The City Council has been exploring whether to begin allowing short term rentals in residential zones.

“The Short Term Rentals Subcommittee is looking forward to getting together with community members to further discuss their concerns and hopes for short term rentals in our community,” said Daniel Lee, councilmember for the City of Culver City and member of the Short Term Rentals Subcommittee. “Residents and businesses have important insights to offer us as we determine how Culver City will proceed with short term rentals.”

Culver City residents and business owners are invited to attend the September 20 community meeting to learn more about issues and potential policy regulations regarding short term rentals, engage in discussion with their neighbors, and provide feedback for the City’s consideration.

“Many community members have told us that this is an important issue to them,” said Alex Fisch, councilmember for the City of Culver City and member of the ShortTerm Rentals Subcommittee. “We expect the neighbor-to-neighbor discussions that take place at this upcoming community meeting will help us create a specifically tailored short term rentals policy that works for Culver City.”

The Short Term Rentals Task Force has been seeking community feedback to help the City Council Short Term Rentals Subcommittee in forming regulations. On April 23, 2018, the City Council expressed interest in gathering more community input before moving forward with regulations.

Since the Council last discussed short term rentals at its meeting on June 11, 2018, City staff has been working to secure a voluntary collection agreement (VCA) with Airbnb. The VCA would simplify the process of collecting transient occupancy taxes (TOT) for short term rental bookings, which would add to City revenues that could be used for public safety, parks, recreation and community services.