Many Silver Lake homeowners and renters are making some extra cash renting our rooms or entire houses on Airbnb, with a recent check of more than 200 listings turning up a shared studio apartment going for $60 a night as well as a two-bedroom house with a pool asking $425 a-night. But it appears that some Silver Lake residents are not thrilled with the idea of living next to an Airbnb or other short-term rental property.
Tonight, a committee of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council will take up a proposal that would ban short-term rentals that have been “proliferating” in Silver Lake.
The proposal before the Urban Design & Preservation Advisory Committee summarizes the issue and concerns this way:
While currently legal in the City of Los Angeles, these hotel-like room rentals are unpopular with
neighbors in residential neighborhoods as they bring transients, traffic,create potential safety issues and could negatively impact surrounding property values.
The proposed motion notes that a triplex on Kenilworth Avenue just west of the Silver Lake Reservoir is being converted into a “hotel-lite” with three, short-term rentals. “This use is not compatible in a residential neighborhood and not the intent of existing zoning laws,” according to the motion.
The motion, if adopted by the planning committee and full neighborhood council, would recommend that the Los Angeles City Council prohibit such short-term rentals in Silver Lake.
The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council’s Urban Design and Preservation Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet on tonight, August 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the community room of the Citibank, 2450 Glendale Boulevard.
*Correction: A previous version of this story said the meeting would be taking place on Thursday night. That’s wrong. The meeting is tonight, Wednesday August 14.