SF legislators approve tougher rules for Airbnb
by Joshua Sabatini : sfexaminer – excerpt
Short-term rental websites will have to play by a much tougher set of rules in San Francisco under legislation approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.
The legislation, introduced by Supervisor David Campos with the support of Supervisor Aaron Peskin, was approved in a 10-0 vote. It requires short-term rental websites like Airbnb to only post rental listings by residents registered with The City, or face daily fines of up to $1,000.
Supervisor Mark Farrell recused himself from the vote, citing business interests he has with the short-term rental industry.
The approval by 10 supervisors ensures Mayor Ed Lee cannot veto the legislation.
Leading up to the vote, it was unclear how several supervisors would vote on the contentious issue amid a tense election year…
Campos emphasized the legislation is needed to enforce the current law.
The legislation adds “corporate responsibility” to the enforcement of the law to protect San Francisco’s housing stock, Campos said. Short-term rentals have been widely blamed for exacerbating The City’s housing crisis.
Last week, Breed announced she was supporting the law during a board committee hearing, adding a key seventh vote to the progressive majority.
“We’ve got to have a stronger system in place that goes after people who have entire units off the market for this purpose. That is definitely a huge problem in The City,” Breed said last week… (more)
Thanks to all the supervisors for supporting this important legislation. Why should taxpayers spend money to regulate a wealthy corporation that has to register and set up “controls” for each unit anyway. All the host need to do is add a single registration number to the posts. They know exactly how many days the places are rented each year, so they should set a cut-off in their system to comply with the law.