New California Bills Coming into Effect Impacting Vacation Rentals Nationwide

May 29, 2024 | Property Managers Blog

California Vacation Rental Bills

Some important changes impacting short-term and vacation rentals that you should be aware of regardless of your software partner choices beginning this July are happening. Streamline Vacation Rental Software is sharing this information as a service to our customers, partners and the industry as a whole.

California passed three laws that will be impacting the way cancellations and rate advertising will work beginning July 1, 2024. We are actively working with experts in the field, including the California Attorney General’s Office, to gain additional clarity on timelines and details related to these changes.

As a courtesy we are including information here for your use. All of the following bills are effective July 1, 2024:

California Assembly Bill 537 will prohibit advertising, displaying or offering a rate that does not include all fees or charges required to stay at a short-term lodging. New rates must include items such as cleaning fees in the nightly rate. This bill does include an exception for taxes and fees imposed by a government entity on the stay. Read the bill here.

California Senate Bill 478 makes it an unlawful business practice to advertise, display, or offer a price for a good or service that does not include all mandatory fees or charges, other than government-imposed taxes or fees. Read the bill here.

California Senate Bill No. 644 will require hotels, third-party booking services, and hosting platforms to allow a reservation for a short-term rental or hotel accommodation located in California to be canceled for a minimum 24 hours after the reservation is confirmed without penalty to the guest. Read the bill here.

We will continue to share information as it becomes available and keep you up to date with the changes we are making in the platform to support your business in complying with these new requirements.

The Streamline Team

This information is provided as a courtesy and is not intended as legal advice. If you have additional questions related to this bill and your business needs please speak with your business counsel.