After passing strict regulations on the short-term rental market, the city
of Santa Monica has convicted its first Airbnb host for violating those
new laws. According to the LA Times, Scott Shatford, who listed several
properties on Airbnb, was charged with eight misdemeanor counts over these
violations. The counts include operating a business without a license
and failing to comply with the city’s citations. Shatford pleaded
no contest to his charges and agreed to suspend short term renting and
pay a $3,500 fine.
In addition to barring rentals of fewer than 30 days, Santa Monica has
also delegated a taskforce to deal with the issue. The city hopes that
its prosecution of Shatford will serve as an example to the public and
curb illegal rentals. New laws regulating the short-term rental market
have also sprouted in other cities, as concerns grow over the impact of
the industry on local communities.
If your association is struggling with short-term renters and is located
in Santa Monica, the solution to this problem may be easier than you thought.
Other cities may offer similar protections. Contact Silldorf Law today
to talk to one of our attorneys about your association’s options.