With the battle over how to regulate short-term rentals and Airbnb activity in San Francisco heating up, the text for the threatened ballot measure to amend the law which legalized the practice in San Francisco has been filed with the City’s Department of Elections.
The preamble for the measure:
At a time when San Francisco faces a severe affordable housing crisis, an increasing number of existing apartments, condominiums and houses, are illegally offered and advertised as short-term rentals on websites such as AirBNB and VRBO. Laws meant to regulate this practice are being ignored. These hotels uses contribute to the disappearance of affordable housing in San Francisco, hurt everyday San Franciscans and transform our neighborhoods for the worse. To date, not a single online travel agency that advertises short-term residential rentals has been required to meet our local laws. This ordinance is intended to stop the proliferation of short-term rentals through online travel agencies [such as AirBNB and VRBO] by requiring the registration prior to listing with a travel agency; the verification of registration by the agencies prior to accepting listings; and allowing citizens to enforce the requirements of this ordinance through a complaint process.
And the full language for the proposed ordinance which would limit short-term rentals to 75 days per unit per calendar year, would create quarterly reporting requirements for hosting platforms, and would require that hosting platforms automatically withdraw any listing which hasn’t been registered with the city or has been rented for 75 days that year:
If approved by voters in November, the proposed ordinance would go into effect on January 1, 2016.