Ninth Circuit Ruling Reaffirms Santa Monica Ordinance To Regulate Its Housing Supply

Ninth Circuit Ruling Reaffirms Santa Monica’s “Home-Sharing” Ordinance

This week the Ninth Circuit of the US Court of Appeals unanimously ruled in favor of the City of Santa Monica’s Home-Sharing Ordinance, affirming its right to regulate its limited housing supply.

(Read official statement from the City of Santa Monica.)

City Attorney Lane Dilg: “This critical local law prevents residences in our community from being converted into de facto hotels; it protects affordable housing and it helps residents stay in their homes.”

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We applaud City Attorney Dilg’s leadership on this effort, as well as grateful to have worked with the Offices of San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, Oakland City Attorney Barbara J. Parker, District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine, Baltimore Solicitor Andre Davis, Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, and Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein in filing an amicus support.

We are encouraged by this decision. In an increasingly expensive housing market, we believe that cities’ ability to regulate their housing supply is critical to the future well-being of our communities.


Originally published on March 13, 2019.