According to Inside Airbnb data from May 2 2016, 58% (12,180) of the Airbnb listings in L.A. Country are for an entire home, not a host "sharing" an extra room.
Of the entire homes on Airbnb, more than 1/3 (4,855 of 12,180; or 40%) are frequently rented out - estimated for an average of 197 nghts per year, with between 3 and 6 bookings per month.
There are 5,310 entire homes listed by "hosts" who have more than one listing. One host alone has 31 entire homes listed, and it's impossible that they are "sharing" the "home in which they live."
These de-facto hotels take away much needed residential housing, and are illegal in much of the County.
Short-term rentals are largely prohibited in residential zones of the City of Los Angeles.
The City of Santa Monica recently banned un-hosted short-term rentals (where the primary resident is not staying in the home). The new ordinances, which come into effect on June 15, 2015, allows only hosted short-term rentals with a City Business License authorizing Home-Sharing activity, and requires that marketplaces like Airbnb disclose data on rentals to the City on a "regular basis".
Malibu allows only licensed homes to be used for short-term rentals, however only a small proportion of advertised homes are reported to be licensed.
Under West Hollywood's zoning ordinance, it is illegal to rent an apartment or room for less than 30 days. A recent review recommended to continue the ban.
A conservative occupancy model has been built in order to estimate Occupancy Rates, Income per Month and Nights per Year. More information on the methodolgy of the occupancy model can be found in the disclaimers.
Inside Airbnb: Los Angeles uses the following parameters:
Airbnb provides NO PUBLIC DATA to help understand the use of their platform and the impact on cities around the world.
Airbnb also provide NO DATA to cities or states to assist them in ensuring that Airbnb hosts and Airbnb are following the local laws.
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How is Airbnb really being used in and affecting your neighborhoods?
Airbnb guests may leave a review after their stay, and these can be used as an indicator of airbnb activity.
The minimum stay, price and number of reviews have been used to estimate the occupancy rate, the number of nights per year and the income per month for each listing.
How does the income from Airbnb compare to a long-term lease?
Do the number of nights booked per year make it impossible for a listing to be used for residential housing?
And what is renting to a tourist full-time rather than a resident doing to our neighborhoods and cities?
An Airbnb host can setup a calendar for their listing so that it is only available for a few days or weeks a year.
Other listings are available all year round (except for when it is already booked).
Entire homes or apartments highly available year-round for tourists, probably don't have the owner present, could be illegal, and more importantly, are displacing residents.
See the disclaimers for how the Airbnb calendar may not be accurate.
Some Airbnb hosts have multiple listings.
A host may list separate rooms in the same apartment, or multiple apartments or homes available in their entirity.
Hosts with multiple listings are more likely to be running a business, are unlikely to be living in the property, and in violation of most short term rental laws designed to protect residential housing.
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