Something for Everyone: Letter Templates & How to Contact L.A. City Council on Short Term Rentals in LA

This blog post includes:

  • Addressing your letters
  • Draft letter for Guests of Home Sharing
  • Draft letter for Hosts of Home Sharing
  • Draft letter from Community Members in Support of Home Sharing
  • Draft letter for Employees and Subcontractors working in the Home Sharing Industry.
  • Additional Contact Information

Addressing Your letters:

Housing Committee Hearing Letter in support of Home sharing.
Council File Number: 14-1635-S2 Council File Title: Short-Term Rentals / Preparation of Ordinance

In your SUBJECT LINE, include CF#14-1635-S2
Every letter should include the following council file number: CF#14-1635-S2
Every letter should be addressed to the following:

To: councilmember.cedillo@lacity.org, councilmember.krekorian@lacity.org, councilmember.blumenfield@lacity.org, david.ryu@lacity.org, paul.koretz@lacity.org, councilmember.martinez@lacity.org, councilmember.fuentes@lacity.org, councilmember.harris-dawson@lacity.org, councilmember.price@lacity.org, councilmember.wesson@lacity.org, councilmember.bonin@lacity.org, councilmember.englander@lacity.org, councilmember.ofarrell@lacity.org, councilmember.huizar@lacity.org, councildistrict15@lacity.org

CC: Sharon.dickinson@lacity.org, etta.armstrong@lacity.org

Draft Letters in Support of Home Sharing:

Draft Letter For Guests

Subject: Housing Committee Hearing Letter in support of Home sharing. CF#14-1635-S2

Draft letter to the city re home sharing ordinance for guests and tourists. Feel free to personalize this letter, and if you stayed in home share when you moved to L.A., make sure you mention how important home sharing was to your relocation to the city, lasting relationships. If you are a business or a community member talk about how home sharing enhances your community. 

To whom it may concern:
I came to Los Angeles and stayed with a home sharing host in their home. I would not have been able to travel to L.A. if I had had to stay at hotels. Having access to a kitchen, contact with actual Angelinos, living in a community, shopping and supporting local businesses made my experience truly unique and special.

I support home sharing and am opposed to the portions of proposed ordinance that limit what people can do within their own primary residence. I am particularly concerned about the limiting of the number of days people can home share and how many listings within their home they can have active at one time. Also of concern are the clauses that would prohibit hosts from other work related activities and the limitations on rent controlled units within primary living spaces. I also oppose the prohibitions against home sharing in residences that have been converted to single family dwellings and that such restrictions should not apply unless a tenant was removed by the current owner via an Ellis Act eviction.
I am also opposed to the criminalization of home sharing as proposed in the ordinance. Making home sharing a misdemeanor offense is an outrageous misappropriation of the court system and a violation of basic human rights.
Home sharing keeps people in their homes, provides jobs and stimulates the rest of the economy. We all benefit from this enterprise and it should be supported.
Signed (name, address)

Draft Letter for Friends, Community Members, Local Businesses, in Support of Home Sharing

Take the time to tell the city you support home sharing and short term rentals.

Subject: Housing Committee Hearing Letter in support of Home sharing. CF#14-1635-S2

Personalize your letter:

-If you are a union member, mention that you are a union member and which union.

-If you are an activist, especially in housing rights, mention that.

-Include your own use of home sharing both in L.A. and away.

-Include your business and how home sharing benefits you.

To whom it may concern:

I am a (community member, business person, small business) from _______ (name of your community)___ and while I am not a home sharing host, I support my neighbors who home share and am opposed to the portions of proposed ordinance that limit what people can do within their own primary residence. I am particularly concerned about the limiting of the number of days people can home share and how many listings within their home they can have active at one time. Also of concern are the clauses that would prohibit hosts from other work related activities and the limitations on rent controlled units within primary living spaces. I also oppose the prohibitions against home sharing in residences that have been converted to single family dwellings and that such restrictions should not apply unless a tenant was removed by the current owner via an Ellis Act eviction.

I am also opposed to the criminalization of home sharing as proposed in the ordinance. Making home sharing a misdemeanor offense is an outrageous misappropriation of the court system and a violation of basic human rights.

Home sharing keeps people in their homes, provides jobs and stimulates the rest of the economy. We all benefit from this enterprise and it should be supported.

Signed (name, address)

Draft Letter for Hosts in Support of Home Sharing

Take the time to tell the city you support home sharing and short term rentals.

Subject: Housing Committee Hearing Letter in support of Home sharing. CF#14-1635-S2

Personalize your letter:

-Tell your own story: How do you depend on home sharing? How does it enrich your life?

-If you are a union member, mention that you are a union member and which union.

-If you are an activist, especially in housing rights, mention that.

-Include your own use of home sharing both in L.A. and away.

To whom it may concern:

I am a home sharing host. I welcome strangers into my home from all over the world. I live in _______ (name of your community). I am opposed to the portions of proposed ordinance that limit what people can do within their own primary residence. I am particularly concerned about the limiting of the number of days people can home share and how many listings within their home they can have active at one time. Also of concern are the clauses that would prohibit hosts from other work related activities and the limitations on rent controlled units within primary living spaces. I also oppose the prohibitions against home sharing in residences that have been converted to single family dwellings and that such restrictions should not apply unless a tenant was removed by the current owner via an Ellis Act eviction.
I am also opposed to the criminalization of home sharing as proposed in the ordinance. Making home sharing a misdemeanor offense is an outrageous misappropriation of the court system and a violation of basic human rights.

I depend on home sharing to__________________________.

If this ordinance were enacted it would mean ____________________________ to me and my family.

Homesharing enriches my life by ____________________________.

Home sharing keeps people in their homes, provides jobs and stimulates the rest of the economy. We all benefit from this enterprise and it should be supported.

Signed (name, address)

Draft Letter for Workers and Independent Contractors in Support of Home Sharing

Take the time to tell the city you support home sharing and short term rentals.

Subject: Housing Committee Hearing Letter in support of Home sharing. CF#14-1635-S2

Personalize your letter:

-Tell your own story: How do you depend on home sharing? How does it enrich your life?

-If you are marginalized in any way: disabled, formerly incarcerated, undocumented, mention either specifically or generally that you are a marginalized worker who would have difficulty finding work in the mainstream workforce.  (It’s legal for undocumented workers to be business owners  and independent contractors but not legal for them to work for someone else.)

-If you are an activist, especially in housing rights, mention that.

-Include your own use of home sharing both in L.A. and away.

To whom it may concern:

I work in the home sharing industry as _______________  The proposed ordinance would negatively impact my household income. I rely on this income to provide for myself and my family.  I enjoy the work, and working in people’s homes provides me with a positive, safe work environment, allows me to work in my community, provides me more than a minimum wage and _________________. Home sharing provides me with employment and income opportunities otherwise not available to me.

I am opposed to the portions of proposed ordinance that limit what people can do within their own primary residence. I am particularly concerned about the limiting of the number of days people can home share and how many listings within their home they can have active at one time. Also of concern are the clauses that would prohibit hosts from other work related activities and the limitations on rent controlled units within primary living spaces. I also oppose the prohibitions against home sharing in residences that have been converted to single family dwellings and that such restrictions should not apply unless a tenant was removed by the current owner via an Ellis Act eviction.
I am also opposed to the criminalization of home sharing as proposed in the ordinance. Making home sharing a misdemeanor offense is an outrageous misappropriation of the court system and a violation of basic human rights.

I depend on home sharing to__________________________.

If this ordinance were enacted it would mean ____________________________ to me and my family.

Home sharing keeps people in their homes, provides jobs and stimulates the rest of the economy. We all benefit from this enterprise and it should be supported.

Signed (name, address)

Additional Contact Information:

If you know your Council member, please find their email address below, if you do not know your Council member you can enter your address at this website. CLICK HERE.

Mayor Eric Garcetti
mayor.garcetti@lacity.org
(213) 978-0600
http://www.lamayor.org/contact

City Attorney Mike Feuer
City Attorney Mike Feuer: mike.n.feuer@lacity.org

Contact Karla Cortez (assistant)
karla.cortez@lacity.org
(213)978-8359

Assistant City Attorney Tina Hess
Tina.Hess@LACity.org

City Council Members and Council Member Deputies

Gilbert Cedillo, District 1
councilmember.cedillo@lacity.org
Gerald.Gubatan@lacity.org
Sergio.Infanzon@lacity.org
Kris.Ortega@lacity.org

Paul Krekorian, District 2
councilmember.krekorian@lacity.org
doug.mensman@lacity.org
matt.hale@lacity.org
matt.hale@lacity.org
john.hisserich@lacity.org
Anita.Avakian@lacity.org
daniel.lopez@lacity.org

Bob Blumenfeld, District 3
councilmember.blumenfield@lacity.org
Erik.Rodrigues@lacity.org

David E. Ryu, District 4
david.ryu@lacity.org

Paul Koretz, District 5
paul.koretz@lacity.org
Shawn.bayliss@lacity.org

Nury Martinez, District 6
councilmember.martinez@lacity.org
jim.dantona@lacity.org
arcelia.arce@lacity.org
alexis.marin@lacity.org

Felipe Fuentes, District 7
councilmember.fuentes@lacity.org
claudia.rodriguez@lacity.org.

Marqueece Harris-Dawson, District 8
councilmember.harris-dawson@lacity.org

Curren D. Price, Jr., District 9
councilmember.price@lacity.org
Jackie.Martinez@lacity.org
paloma.perez@lacity.org

Herb J. Wesson, Jr., District 10
councilmember.wesson@lacity.org
Shawn.wallace@lacity.org
Justin.wesson@lacity.org

Mike Bonin, District 11
councilmember.bonin@lacity.org
chris.robertson@lacity.org
tricia.keane@lacity.org
debbie.dynerharris@lacity.org

Mitchell Englander, District 12
councilmember.englander@lacity.org
Hannah.Lee@lacity.org
Doug.Tripp@lacity.org

Mitch O’Farrell, District 13
councilmember.ofarrell@lacity.org

Jose Huizar, District 14
councilmember.huizar@lacity.org
Tanner.Blackman@lacity.org
Yvette.Rojas@lacity.org
Kevin.Ocubillo@lacity.org

Joe Buscaino, District 15
councildistrict15@lacity.org
alison.becker@lacity.org
jenny.chavez@lacity.org
john.larson@lacity.org
dennis.gleason@lacity.org
lulu.dionglay@lacity.org

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