Consumer tip: New California law takes aim at hidden ‘junk fees’ – Marin Independent Journal

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Looking to reserve a hotel or short-term rental in your favorite vacation destination? Imagine your frustration when finding a low nightly rate only to learn after you click on the booking link that the $100-a-night rate includes an additional $50-a-night “resort” fee.

All that is changing July 1 when all advertised rates in California for short-term lodging must include any charges or fees required to stay at the property excluding governmental taxes or fees; however, government taxes and fees must be disclosed prior to final confirmation of your reservation.

Short-term lodging includes hotels, motels and B&Bs as well as short-term rentals or residential properties that are rented to a visitor for 30 consecutive days or less through a centralized platform, like Airbnb. This law will apply to rates advertised in California regardless of the location of the property. For example, rates for hotels in New York City or Las Vegas that are advertised in California, including online, must comply with this new law.

More information at marincountyda.org or 415-473-6495

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