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Malibu to crack down on short-term rentals

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) -- Malibu is cracking down on short-term rentals marketed on Airbnb and other sites, to make sure the city is getting what could be hundreds of thousands of dollars in uncollected hotel taxes.

The Los Angeles Times reports Wednesday (http://lat.ms/Sf8cN6 ) that the City Council voted this month to issue subpoenas to more than 60 websites that advertise short-term leases.

Malibu wants to learn how many short-term rentals are being offered. Such rentals are allowed if property owners register with the city and pay the same 12 percent transient occupancy tax that hotels are required to remit.

About 50 properties are registered, but officials say they recently found more than 400 ads for Malibu rentals online.

The newspaper says residents have complained about annoyances caused by visitors invading their once-peaceful seaside enclaves.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

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