The ballot measure to further restrict the short-term rental of any residential unit in San Francisco to a maximum of 75 days a year and prohibit hosting platforms, such as Airbnb or VRBO, from ever listing a unit which hasn’t already been registered with the city, or has exceeded the aforementioned 75-day limit, has qualified for the November ballot.
If adopted by voters, the measure would also require the City to notify neighbors of all units which are registered as potential short-term rentals, prohibit in-law units from being part of the short-term pool and expand the definition of ‘interested parties’ who would be allowed to sue short-term rental scofflaws to include people living within 100 feet of a unit. Interested parties would also be allowed to sue hosting platforms, not simply the hosts, that violate the terms above.
Regardless, the City of San Francisco, which qualifies as an Interested Party for all units, will open a dedicated Office of Short-Term Rental Administration and Enforcement at the end of the month with an operating budget of around $1 million a year. And the showdown between two competing pieces of legislation to further regulate ‘airbnb-ing’ in the city continues on.