San Francisco wants Airbnb to help enforce rental law
San Francisco Supervisors David Campos and Aaron Peskin will introduce legislation on Tuesday that will hold sites like Airbnb responsible for verifying that hosts are following the city's law, including registration, a 90-day cap on unhosted rentals and payment of Transit Occupancy Taxes.
Any hosting site that doesn't follow the mandate would face fines of up to \\$1,000 per day per unregistered, aka illegal, listing.
"The legislation I am introducing tomorrow with Supervisor Peskin will ensure that Web platforms are supporting -- and not hindering -- the enforcement of our short term rental law in San Francisco," said Campos in a statement. "This is not about changing the current law, it's about enforcing the current law."
This legislation highlights growing pains that are spreading across the on-demand and sharing economy, which create peer-to-peer marketplaces via online services and apps. Uber, an app that pairs passengers with drivers, settled two class action lawsuits on Thursday that will let its drivers remain classified as independent contractors. Several other on-demand startups are facing similar lawsuits and some, such as house-cleaning startup Homejoy, have shut down.
Airbnb, which operates in nearly 200 countries, connects homeowners with people looking for rentals. The proposed law would not change requirements for hosts in San Francisco, who are already have to sign on to a city registry, collect transient occupancy taxes and carry liability insurance. However, over 75 percent of the more than 7,000 Airbnb hosts in San Francisco are not registered and continue to list on the site, according to a release from Campos.