Noah J Nelson 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.