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Mayor Lee, Supervisor Farrell Propose Airbnb Changes

San Francisco’s so-called Airbnb law is already in the shop for repairs. The bill, originally proposed by then-Board President David Chiu, sought to legalize short-term home rentals while instituting regulation and taxation of the transactions. Now San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and District Two Supervisor Mark Farrell have introduced a package of amendments that would streamline the short-term rental ordinance.

The amendments would impose a 120-day annual “hard cap” on the number of days residents could rent out their homes for fewer than 30 days a pop. Also, they would eliminate the difference between “hosted” and “un-hosted” short-term rentals in the law, create the Office of Short-Term Rental Administration and Enforcement, and allow for redress in cases of violation of the short-term rental laws.

“With all eyes on San Francisco and how our innovative city continues to approach regulating short-term rentals — it is important that we get this law right,” said Farrell. “I look forward to the many discussions ahead with home sharers, our residents, interested parties, and my colleagues, that will make this law as strong as possible.”

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