Since the City of Los Angeles passed its home-sharing ordinance to govern short-term rental activity on platforms such as AirBnB, VRBO, and others, back in 2018, enforcement has been an issue, and so has transparency – people searching for information about short-term rental properties in their area, whether those properties are properly licensed or not, or whether there have been any complaints filed, have never had a simple, central source for that kind of information. Until now.
Earlier this month, the Planning Department responded to requests from the City Council and launched a new website that “allows users to review Home-Sharing registration and complaints/enforcement records.”
According to the department’s announcement of the new site, which is accessible on all devices, including mobile phones, tablets, and desktop computers, it marks “a significant step towards increasing transparency and providing valuable information about Home-Sharing in Los Angeles.”
The portal – available here – allows you to search for either registrations, complaints, or citations, and by either a specific address or a more general search that can then be filtered by things like complaint type, zip code, City Council district, or more. (Search results are limited to 5,000 rows, though, so entering at least some kind of filter is usually helpful.)
To get started, just click on this image: