Short Term Rentals
Latest Updates (9/11/18)
Community Meeting on September 20th
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.
“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 Short Term 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.”
Short term rentals refers to renting a home or portion of a home for a short period of time. The practice has become more prevalent in many communities due to the growth of websites such as Airbnb and HomeAway. While some residents simply see the rentals as a potential source of income and part of the new “sharing economy,” other residents perceive the changes as disruptive to the neighborhood. Potential impacts include an influx of transient residents, increased vehicle traffic, and complaints of noise and nuisance. Many cities are adopting regulations to address the impacts that short term rentals are having on communities.
On January 25, 2017, the Culver City Council and Planning Commission held a joint meeting to discuss issues and possible solutions related to the regulation of short term rentals in residential neighborhoods. At the meeting, staff presented a report on the City's options for regulating short term rentals. City Council decided at the conclusion of the meeting to create a Short Term Rentals Task Force to gather community input and formulate policy recommendations related to the issue. On April 11, 2017, City Council created the Short Term Rentals Task Force.
The Short Term Rentals Task Force met in June and August of 2017. Subsequently, the City Council Short Term Rentals Subcommittee met to further refine policy recommendations. At the City Council meeting on April 23, 2018, the City Council reviewed a staff report and received a report from the City Council Short Term Rentals Subcommittee on the Subcommittee's policy recommendations for short term rentals. The City Council did not take action at the meeting, but discussed the desire to obtain additional community input on the issue before taking further regulatory action, while moving forward in the near term with voluntary collection agreements for short term rental hosting platfoms.
On June 11, 2018, the City Council directed staff to seek voluntary collection agreements (VCAs) with Airbnb and other short term rental hosting platforms. A VCA is a legally binding agreement between a hosting platform and the City for the platform to assume the tax collection and remittance obligations of the platform’s hosts (such as Culver City residents renting out a room on Airbnb) for booking transactions completed on the platform. The purpose is to simplify the process of collecting transient occupancy taxes (TOT) for short term rental bookings. Staff is currently in negotiations with Airbnb on a VCA.
We Want Your Input!
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- "Cities, the Sharing Economy, and What's Next" (League of Cities Publication)
- City of Culver City Residential Zoning District Land Uses and Permit Requirements
- Table: How Other Cities Have Regulated
- City of Los Angeles Memo on Taxing Short Term Rentals (July 2016)
- City of Culver City Municipal Code Chapter 11.02: Hotels and Motels
Short Term Rentals Task Force Meetings Records
|Meeting #1||Monday, June 19, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.|
|Meeting #2||Wednesday, August 30, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.|
Task Force Membership
- City Council: Councilmember Alex Fisch, Councilmember Daniel Lee
- Planning Commission: Kevin Lachoff, Ed Ogosta (alternate)
- Finance Advisory Committee: Steven Reitzfeld, David Trovato (alternate)
- Landlord Tenant Mediation Board: Taria Lewis
- City Manager: John Nachbar, City Manager; Jesse Mays, Assistant to the City Manager (alternate)
- City Attorney Representative: Heather Baker, Assistant City Attorney
- Finance Department: Jeff Muir, Chief Financial Officer, Kambiz Borhani, Assistant Chief Financial Officer (alternate)
- Community Development – Building Safety: Craig Johnson, Building Official
- Community Development – Code Enforcement: Marian Aspnes, Enforcement Services Manager
- Community Development – Housing: Tevis Barnes, Housing Programs Administrator
- Community Development – Planning: Michael Allen, Planning Manager
- Fire Department: Fire Marshal Mike Nagy
- Police Department: Lt. Manny Cid