SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A new report finds many San Francisco residents who post their homes on Airbnb and similar websites are not following city rules on short-term rentals.
The rules require all short-term rental hosts to register with the city and meet certain requirements. According to the Board of Supervisors Budget and Legislative Analyst (.pdf), only about 1,600 of the estimated 7,000 properties of Airbnb have registered with the city.READ MORE: No Rain In Forecast; Dry January Returns San Francisco To Parched Conditions
Also, city regulations prohibit a host who doesn’t live at the rental from renting a space more than 90 nights a year. The report found 26 percent of such listings violated that policy.READ MORE: One Dead In Crash, Fire Involving Big-Rig On Eastbound Richmond-San Rafael Bridge
Supervisor David Campos, who has sought additional short-term rental regulations, commissioned the report.
“Airbnb recently announced that it would voluntarily remove hosts on their site who list multiple units. This report shows that this would only address one small sliver of the problem. Furthermore, these findings demonstrate conclusively that the idea Airbnb could be self-regulated is dead on arrival,” Campos said in a statement Friday.MORE NEWS: COVID: Marin County Begins Easing Rules As Omicron Surge Likely Peaking
Airbnb contends the report mischaracterizes some information.