Supervisor Chiu’s proposed ordinance to legalize, but limit, short-term rentals in San Francisco, a so-called “Airbnb law,” has been approved by San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors by a vote of 7-4 with Supervisors Avalos, Campos, Mar and Yee opposing.
The new law will allow a permanent resident of San Francisco to rent out their primary residence on a short-term basis for a total of up to 90 days a year. A proposed amendment which would have also limited “hosted rentals,” in which the resident is present during the stay, to 90 days a year failed to be approved.
The new law is currently slated to become operative on February 1, 2015.
While the ordinance requires hosts to register their units with the city, the registry will not be made available to the public, a central requirement of the proposed ballot measure to further restrict short-term rentals in San Francisco to areas zoned for commercial uses, an initiative for which the qualifying signatures have already been gathered and remains waiting in the wings.