The sponsors of the proposed 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, from ever listing a unit which hasn’t been registered with the city or has exceeded the 75-day limit are about to deliver 15,983 signatures in support of the measure to San Francisco’s Department of Elections.
The proposed measure would also require that the City notify neighbors of all units which are registered as potential short-term rentals and prohibit any in-law unit from ever being part of the short-term pool.
The definition of ‘interested parties’ who would be allowed to sue short-term rental scofflaws would be expanded to include people living within 100 feet of a unit. Interested parties would also be allowed to sue hosting platforms that unlawfully list a short-term rental (which would be a misdemeanor).
Assuming at least 9,700 of the 15,983 signatures belong to registered San Francisco voters, the initiative will qualify for the November ballot. And if approved by voters, the proposed ordinance would go into effect on January 1, 2016.
In the meantime, the showdown between two competing pieces of legislation to further regulate ‘airbnb-ing’ in San Francisco is underway, and at the end of the month the City will open a dedicated Office of Short-Term Rental Administration and Enforcement to be staffed by the City Administrator’s Office and the Planning Department. The operating budget for the new office is around $1 million a year.