this ile photo, Lorraine Rorke Bader arranges fresh flowers
in a room at her home before an overnight guest arrives in
San Francisco. Bader rents out the room, with a 3-night
minimum stay, for $120 a day using the Airbnb service.
Legislation set to be unveiled Tuesday by a San Francisco
supervisor 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.
SAN FRANCISCO —
San Francisco lawmakers are considering making 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.
Chiu introduced legislation Tuesday that seeks to lift a ban on
short-term housing rentals, according to the San Francisco
). Other cities, including New York, have similar prohibitions.
attorney general has demanded that Airbnb turn over data about New
York City residents who have put listings on the site as part of
an investigation into whether they are breaking a state law
barring sublets for fewer than 30 days if the occupants are not
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
applauded Chiu's bill, while advocates for property owners said it
does not adequately 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
a different approach is necessary to create a distinction between
reasonable behavior and bad behavior," he said. "And on
the other hand, (we support) the idea that working families,
students and residents trying to make rent might be able to
slightly supplement their income if they happen to go out of town
for a weekend or go on vacation during summer break or visit
family during the holidays."
buildings, Chiu's proposal would only allow short-term rentals at
apartments where someone lives 75 percent of the year. The
restriction would ban a unit from becoming a full-time vacation
rental, the Chronicle reported.
out their places would also have to register with the city every
two years. The legislation would not override lease agreements,
though it would make it harder for landlords to evict tenants who
rent out their units in violation of their lease, the Chronicle
Francisco-based Airbnb said in a statement that it was reviewing
the proposal and looked forward to working with policymakers.
Airbnb recently agreed to pay San Francisco's 14 percent hotel
tax, addressing at least one concern of critics who say the
company is flouting regulations.
legislative proposal acknowledges what our community already
knows: San Franciscans should be able to share the home in which
they live," the company said.