An ordinance governing short-term rentals will limit un-hosted units to 1,000 citywide and provide for an opt-out option.
As written, the law would allow non-Long Beach residents to operate short term rental units in the city.
During the last budget cycle, the City Council redirected money intended for regulating short term rentals and now enforcement of the ordinance could be delayed by a year.
The law put into place by the City Council also limits hosts to having two non-primary residence units, and requires hosts to maintain $1 million in property liability insurance and register with the city, which will collect a transient occupancy tax of 12 percent on guest stays, much like it does with hotels in the city.
The meeting is primarily for the councilwoman to listen to what community members want for short-term rentals.
All options would apply a 12 percent tax on the short-term rentals, require that a city registration number be included in all listings and create a 24-hour complaint hotline for the city.
On Wednesday night, city officials will present possible regulation “packages” that could include any combination of rules.
Long Beach tries to balance the interests of short-term rental hosts and neighbors in a community forum.
Participants in Saturday’s workshop will get the chance to score possible regulations in the new ordinance.
Short-term rentals (STR), more commonly referred to by the websites they’re secured through like Airbnb, are currently banned in Long Beach but listings on such sites still persist. At a meeting last year city staff acknowledged that it lacked the resources to enforce the ban so some members of the city council asked if they could amend the city’s municipal code to regulate them.