We will be traveling to Santa Monica in nov and looking for a safe area within walking distance of the pier to rent an Airbnb
There would be no incentive for the host to lie and say the property is in Santa Monica, which has very strict laws. Brentwood (90049) and Pacific Palisades (90272) have the same cache, in fact, probably pricier than Santa Monica, which is 70% apartments. Those cities are legal. Why would an owner lie?
Please report #9 as not family friendly/illegal. The rental is illegal, and so is not paying hotel taxes.
Here is a nice airbnb for you in Santa Monica, if it's available on your dates. Always note the cancellation policy when booking an airbnb, and if you'll have a car make sure that parking is included.
Post #6 is confusing..airbnb is not illegal in most of Los Angeles. At least not yet.
This part in the listing under House Rules raises a flag for me:
Pls kindly say you are my friend and here for visit if u meet someone in the building. Just try to keep low about Airbnb in this area. Thank you very much.
>>It is a lot more work than a hotel<<
This is true, and not just for the reasons stated.... you also have to do your due diligence to make sure that the advertised listing isn't a scam -- that the place exists, that it belongs to the people advertising it, that the city allows rentals, that they're meeting all the city requirements (like registration and taxes) and that the place is being rented in agreement with the lease or HOA rules. I like (legal) vacation rentals, but they are a LOT more work (and riskier) than a hotel.
Lots of civic lecturing going on in this thread, not at all useful to the OP.
Of course it's useful, SLO. Taking housing away from locals is contributing to homelessness. If LA rents rise 5%, it's estimated that 10,000 of our friends and neighbors will lose their apartment. And who gains? Tourists. Who complain about homeless. Do you see a pattern? We love our visitors, but we are an 8 square mile city surrounded by big old LA. How many vacation rentals can we have? We don't want to live in a place where our neighbors change from one day to the next, which has already happened to Venice Beach. Social responsibility needs to be a tourism issue, and the only way to make it so is through discussions like this.
Airbnb has done terrible things to Los Angeles housing. I find it my responsibility to share that because when I travel, it's the kind of information I want to know before I impose myself on a community.
And of course, if you don't like what we are saying, you don't need to visit the tiny subform of Santa Monica.
Agree with all of #19. Visitors need to know that they are harming the people who live in the places they visit when they use Airbnb. I for one will not stop posting about it.