San Francisco Considers Ending Rental Ban
Legislation set to be unveiled in San Francisco would make it legal for city residents to rent out their homes on sites such as Airbnb, but only if they have liability insurance and meet other requirements, a newspaper reported.
Supervisor David Chiu was expected to unveil the legislation on Tuesday, according to the San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1qXNLPc). Short-term rentals are currently banned in San Francisco. Officials in other parts of the country, including New York City, have raised concerns about them as well.
New York’s attorney general has demanded that Airbnb turn over data about New York City residents who have listed on the site as part of an investigation into whether they are breaking a state law barring sublets for fewer than 30 days if occupants are not present.
On its website, Airbnb warns hosts to be aware of the laws in their city, noting that some restrict people’s ability to host paying guests for short periods.
Chiu’s bill would lift the ban in San Francisco, but also impose regulations. It was applauded by some tenants’ groups. Advocates for property owners, however, said it would not address their concern that short-term renters could pose a safety and health risk to other tenants.
Chiu said San Francisco’s blanket restriction was clearly not working given that tens of thousands of visitors to the city use sites such as Airbnb.