The move was short and, for hotel industry leaders, sweet: Santa Monica’s City Council took less than a minute at last night’s meeting to agree unanimously to prohibit residents from renting units for fewer than 30 days. The Los Angeles Times reports the decision, aimed at regulating short-term rental sites like Airbnb, also makes some home-sharing legal—so long as renters register with the city and pay any applicable taxes.
While hotels and residents disgruntled about living near properties constantly rented out for one- and two-night stays supported the vote, Airbnb and many of its Westside users expressed disappointment. In a statement, the company said the proposal “fails to provide clear, fair rules for home-sharing.” It’s unclear if or how the company will continue fighting the measure.
With the clock ticking down until the new restrictions go into effect in 30 days, more than 1,000 Santa Monica rentals are currently listed in Airbnb. Four standouts at four price points are below. Ever wanted to live like a Westsider for a night or two or even 29? It’s time to pack an overnight bag.
$2000/night: Charming house near the beach
Charming isn’t the word we’d use to describe this 5-bedroom, 6-bath behemoth with a pool. Manor-esque is. One note: No one has reviewed the property—yet.
$600/night: Santa Monica – 4 bed-walk to Beach!
This traditional family home is bright, airy, and cutely decorated with lots of seating. No smoking or pets allowed!
$300/night: Ocean Front Luxury & Walks to Shops
This one-bedroom vacation home, which overlooks the water, is small but beachy—and very well reviewed.
$215/night: Santa Monica Studio w/ a view!
This studio bachelorette pad is two blocks from the pier and features a chalkboard wall in the bedroom.
All photographs courtesy airbnb.com