…Supervisor Chiu’s proposed amendment to Chapter 41 of San Francisco’s Administrative Code wouldn’t make it unlawful to rent an apartment, or room therein, for less than a 30-day term of tenancy in San Francisco, for that practice is already against the law and subject to both Civil and Criminal penalties.
The proposed amendment would, however, open the doors for any non-profit “which has the preservation or improvement of housing as a stated purpose in its articles of incorporation or bylaws” to institute proceedings for injunctive and monetary relief against anyone violating Chapter 41, something the City of San Francisco has the right to do as well but hasn’t pursued.
Speaking of which, yesterday San Francisco’s Treasurer upheld a clarification of San Francisco’s existing hotel tax law which requires anyone who rents out a house, condominium or apartment for transient use within San Francisco to collect and remit a 14 percent occupancy tax to the City, a responsibility that would fall on any website, such as Airbnb, that acted as the merchant or broker.
As we also first reported, there were 1,938 rooms, homes or apartments in San Francisco listed on airbnb at the time. And now, the Chronicle has taken note as well.
∙ Clarifying, And Perhaps Even Enforcing, Existing Rental Laws In SF [SocketSite]
∙ Airbnb: A Potential Civil And Criminal Penalty Hit List? [SocketSite]
∙ Transient Occupancy Tax: Multiple Party Transactions/Private Residences [sftreasurer]
∙ Short-term rentals disrupting SF housing market [SFGate]