As of noon today, there are roughly 6,500 listings for illegal short-term rentals in San Francisco on Airbnb alone.
For as of February 1, 2015, unless a residential unit in San Francisco has been registered with the city and received a unique registration number from the Planning Department, it’s not only illegal to rent the unit, or a bedroom within, for less than 30 days, but it’s also illegal to simply list the unit for rent on a short-term basis without its registration number included atop the listing.
And considering that today was the first day that applications to register a unit started being accepted, in person and by appointment only, there isn’t a single residential unit that can legally be listed for rent, much less rented, on a short-term basis in San Francisco at the moment.
Of course, prior to February 1, it was already illegal to rent a residential unit in San Francisco on a short-term basis, but the law was rarely, if ever, enforced and the number of units listed for rent in San Francisco has more than tripled over the past three years.
Time will tell if enforcement of the new law, or rather a lack thereof, will be more of the same.
Keep in mind that the new law also requires hosting platforms, such as Airbnb, to notify its users of the requirement to register a unit prior to it being legally listed, but it doesn’t require the platforms to either police or enforce the law, despite the fact that the amended law was effectively passed in order to allow the platforms to operate.