Guest Support for Home Sharing in L.A.

Please take the time to write to the City Council to support DragonflyHill Urban Farm and other home sharing hosts

We hope  your stay at DragonflyHill Urban Farm (or at another BNB location in Los Angeles) has exceeded your expectations, and we hope to host you again if we can.We love hosting and bringing in guests from around the word. But we need your help:
Home sharing is under attack by the hotel industry and the currently proposed ordinance before the City Council would put us out of business, and may also threaten our jobs, housing and continued membership in this community.

Guest voices can make a difference. Below you will find a sample letter along with information on where to send it to city offices and officials.

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, include what community you stayed in, what local businesses, restaurants, parks and events you attended and supported.  Please include information on why you stayed in Los Angeles, especially include if you were relocating, were between homes, were here for temporary work assignments, business, tourism, travel, to stay with family seeking out medical care, or to stay with family in the area, and how important it was to be able to stay in a home, in a 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)

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