Why is the City regulating Short-Term Rentals?

The City received various complaints regarding short-term rentals in residential neighborhoods.  Impacts from these uses include excessive noise, traffic, and parking impacts. The Lake Forest Municipal Code (“LFMC”) prohibits transitory uses in residential districts.

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1. What is a Short-Term Rental?
2. Why is the City regulating Short-Term Rentals?
3. What happens if I rent a property as a Short-Term Rental?
4. What is a Limited Home Rental?
5. Can I rent a room in my home as a Limited Home Rental?
6. Can I live in the home while I lease it as a Limited Home Rental?
7. Does the City allow me to rent my primary home for less than 30-days?
8. Do I need register and pay Transient Occupancy Taxes for a Limited Home Rental?
9. How many guests can stay in my Limited Home Rental?
10. Does the City’s Ordinance prevent me from leasing my home to a long-term tenant?
11. Do I pay taxes if I am renting my home or a portion of my home to a long-term tenant?
12. Are there other penalties associated with operating a Short-Term Rental?
13. Who do I contact with questions about paying TOT?
14. Who do I contact with questions about the Short-Term Rental Ordinance?