Millions of people are renting rooms in private homes instead of hotels. And millions are doing the ‘hosting.’
A coming crackdown in Pasadena on short-term lodging is exposing a divide among homeowners over the kinds of restrictions they would support when renting their units.
Cities around Southern California are drafting new rules to regulate the temporary rentals listed on sites like Airbnb and HomeAway. But the hosts who rent units differ about the kinds of limits they can support as opponents call for regulation of the swiftly expanding industry. The divisions are particularly prominent in Pasadena, which is finalizing new hosting guidelines for a city that draws thousands of visitors annually to such attractions as the Rose Bowl and Rose Parade. Under Pasadena’s proposed regulations, short-term rental hosts can only charge for stays in their primary homes.
Before you join the crowd to rent out a room for that extra dash of cash, you may want to review your homeowner’s insurance. Likely, your homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover damage or liability if you rent rooms, according to How Stuff Works. Once you rent a room, your home becomes a business. You might be well advised to get a landlord policy to cover liability and damage. That is especially true if you have a pool.
We will post more about the Pasadena regulations as they develop.
Shelter from the Storms: Pasadena Bad Weather Shelter open through March 1
Thanks for reading our post on Renting out a room to travelers in Pasadena!On another matter, the Pasadena Bad Weather Shelter is open during the current bad weather season, on nights with a forecast of 40 degrees or below and/or 40 percent chance of rain until March 1. During the 2015-2016 winter, the last season with available records, the BWS was open a total of 33 nights. It served a total of 1,941 guests — 1,423 men and 518 women.
To find out if the shelter is open each night, call the BWS Hotline at (888) 915-8111. For all other questions, call(626) 797- 2402.