Community Above Profit

​FORM LETTERS 


Subject: Council File 14-1635-S2 (Short Term Rentals)

To: Councilmember's email
Cc: mayor.garcetti@lacity.org, mike.n.feuer@lacity.org, sharon.dickinson@lacity.org 

Dear Council Member XXXX:

Short-term online rental companies are becoming big businesses---but they're also posing big problems, especially when it comes to turning an apartment or condo building into what is essentially an illegal hotel.

If you haven't heard of companies like Airbnb or Homeaway, they let homeowners or apartment leasers rent out their property on a short-term basis. Seems harmless enough, but now that some nefarious landlords have learned how much money is to be made by renting out their units per day, illegal hotels are popping up left and right.

In some cases, entire properties are being purchased with the sole purpose of renting out the units nightly or weekly. In other cases, landlords are actually kicking tenants out in favor of renting these apartments out online to make bigger profits. Affordable housing is being lost. The City must ensure that tenants in RSO units are not displaced to make way for STR.

There's also the matter of safety. Sure, nobody minds visitors in their neighborhood. But as residents, we aren't signing up for a revolving door of strangers next door either. How are we to know who these people are? They could be involved in crime or just be reckless partiers who are going to disrupt the peace and tranquility of our neighborhoods.

If the STR industry is to be legalized in Los Angeles, they must institute basic safety measures and operate under oversight to protect our communities and ensure the safety of everyone involved. 

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Sincerely,


YOUR NAME


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Subject: Council File 14-1635-S2 (Short Term Rentals)

To: Councilmember's email
Cc: mayor.garcetti@lacity.org, mike.n.feuer@lacity.org, sharon.dickinson@lacity.org 


Dear Council Member XXXX:
When I moved to this area, I took a lot of factors into consideration---proximity to good schools, surrounding property values, and of course, the unique charm of our community. What I didn't consider was that, at any given moment, I may not really know who is staying next door.

With the explosion of websites that let people rent out properties for a couple nights at a time that's now become a reality. These companies make money off of people renting out their apartments, homes, or condos to virtual strangers. You just never know who is staying in your neighborhood, and that should give us all cause for concern. I shouldn't have to constantly worry about who's staying next door or what they might be doing in my own neighborhood.

If the STR industry is to be legalized in Los Angeles, they must institute basic safety measures and operate under oversight to protect our communities and ensure the safety of everyone involved. 


Sincerely,


YOUR NAME


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Subject: Council File 14-1635-S2 (Short Term Rentals)
To: Councilmember's email
Cc: mayor.garcetti@lacity.org, mike.n.feuer@lacity.org, sharon.dickinson@lacity.org 

Dear Council Member XXXX:
If you've ever booked a stay with one of the short-term online rental companies like Airbnb that facilitate the rental of apartments and homes for a couple nights, you were probably looking for a new kind of experience, but you should also know the risks.

Because these companies have hardly any oversight you could be missing things like smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, and sprinkler systems. Finding out the home you're staying in doesn't have proper safety precautions in the middle of the night is the last thing anyone wants, especially if you have young children or if you booked a place for your aging parents.

Furthermore, if the owner of the home or room you rent doesn't have the right insurance, you could find yourself responsible for any damage caused during your stay. Fire and safety measures, emergency procedures and liability insurance exist for a reason -- to protect consumers.

​If the STR industry is to be legalized in Los Angeles, they must institute basic safety measures and operate under oversight to protect our communities and ensure the safety of everyone involved.  And if this cannot be achieved, they should not be permitted to conduct business in Los Angeles. 
Sincerely,

YOUR NAME