After a year of negotiations, city officials and Airbnb have finally launched a system they say will make it easier to seek out and remove listings that don’t adhere to the rules on short-stay rentals in Los Angeles.
Set up a year ago, the city’s home-sharing regulation requires hosts to register, pay a fee, and rent out only their primary residences not second homes or investment properties. however a recent estimate by by officials found that more than 6,000 listings on Airbnb were not complying.
The new, simplified system helped eliminate 1,350 listings for noncompliance when tested last week.
Following complaints from the city and residents, Airbnb said the company had suffered layoffs that delayed its launch, and the mayor also put the plans on hold until he understood how the crackdown would affect city revenue.