Airbnb just got a requirement from the city of San Francisco to only list rentals that are registered.
This is going to be interesting. Surely, Airbnb will fight this.
Short-term rental websites will have to play by a much tougher set of rules in San Francisco under legislation approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.
The legislation, introduced by Supervisor David Campos with the support of Supervisor Aaron Peskin, was approved in a 10-0 vote. It requires short-term rental websites like Airbnb to only post rental listings by residents registered with The City, or face daily fines of up to $1,000.
Supervisor Mark Farrell recused himself from the vote, citing business interests he has with the short-term rental industry.
The approval by 10 supervisors ensures Mayor Ed Lee cannot veto the legislation.
Leading up to the vote, it was unclear how several supervisors would vote on the contentious issue amid a tense election year.
Board President London Breed, for instance, is up for re-election, vying against the more progressive tenants rights advocate Dean Preston, while Supervisor Scott Wiener, considered a more moderate politician, is facing off against the progressive Supervisor Jane Kim for the state Senate District 11 seat.
Adding to the political drama was that Airbnb had contributed more than $200,000 to more moderate candidates and ballot measures ahead of Tuesday’s election, after Campos’ proposal became known earlier this year. That move drew some criticism that the company was attempting to buy influence.
Campos emphasized the legislation is needed to enforce the current law.
The legislation adds “corporate responsibility” to the enforcement of the law to protect San Francisco’s housing stock, Campos said. Short-term rentals have been widely blamed for exacerbating The City’s housing crisis.
Last week, Breed announced she was supporting the law during a board committee hearing, adding a key seventh vote to the progressive majority.
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