Airbnb is buying San Francisco for the price of a few condos

While I agree that airbnb should be regulated and their spending and cartoons are a bit ridiculous. Prop F is about short-term rentals and San Franciscans; its not about this one corporation. The city and supervisors have been working on regulating short-term rentals for the past 2 years, and passed a new law less than a year ago addressing all of these issues.

Every one of your statements above are already addressed by the current law.

San Francisco’s current short-term residential rental law requires that:

• Only permanent residents may offer a residential unit for short-term rental. A permanent resident is someone who has occupied the unit for at least 60 consecutive days. Before offering a unit for short-term rental, permanent residents must register the unit with the City’s Office of Short-Term Residential Rental Administration and Enforcement.

• A permanent resident may not rent a residential unit on a short-term basis for more than 90 days per year if the resident does not live there during the rental period (unhosted rentals). There is no limit on the number of days per year for short-term rentals if the resident lives in the unit during the rental period (hosted rentals).

• Hosting platforms, which provide a means for a person to advertise a residential unit for short-term rental, must notify users of the City’s regulations on short-term rentals.

•Short-term rentals are subject to the City’s hotel tax.

•It is a misdemeanor for an owner or tenant to unlawfully rent a unit as a short-term rental.

We do not need a ballot measure to fix this. Laws approved by ballot measure can only be amended by another ballot measure, making it nearly impossible to change them. This is an evolving industry; and should not be regulated by ballot measure.

The current legislation should be given time; it has been in effect for less than a year! “The law took years of meetings; public hearings and negotiations to arrive at something that most stakeholders could live with, and it has promise to solve the problems that short-term rentals have created. The Office of Short Term Rentals was just opened in July, started enforcing in August, and has imposed a few hundred thousand dollars in fines already in just a few short months.”

I highly suggest you read these if you haven’t: