SF Ballot Measure Would Offer Reward For Turning In Airbnb Users

on Wednesday, Apr. 30th

If you can’t beat ’em, ballot measure ’em to death.

That’s the pan behind a proposed San Francisco ballot measure that would let city residents rat out their Airbnb using neighbors for a cash reward. Three active members of SF’s polity are pushing the measure, according to the SF Chronicle:

The group, which includes longtime housing activist Calvin Welch, public relations professional Dale Carlson, and former San Francisco Planning Commissioner Doug Engmann, is spearheading a measure in November to restrict people from renting their rooms or apartments to travelers via Airbnb, VRBO and similar sites.

“The short-term rental market is exploding and cries out for some sort of regulation,” Welch said. “People are stunned to find out that a house on their block is now a hotel.”

Airbnb has made the case that most of the people renting through them are doing so in their primary homes.


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