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Oct. 3, 2019, 7:41 PM

Airbnb Host Loses Challenge to Santa Monica Vacation Rental Rule

David McAfee
David McAfee
Staff Correspondent

An Airbnb host failed to show Santa Monica’s short-term vacation rental ordinance violates the dormant commerce clause, the Ninth Circuit ruled in affirming dismissal of a proposed class action.

Arlene Rosenblatt filed the lawsuit in response to Santa Monica’s ordinance, which bans property rentals of 30 days or fewer when there isn’t a primary resident there. She had rented out her house on Airbnb before the measure was enacted, according to court records.

Rosenblatt claimed the ordinance directly and indirectly burdened interstate commerce, but the district court dismissed the complaint. That decision was well-founded, according to the U.S. Court of ...