From the SF Gate, April 29, 2015
In a fresh challenge to vacation rentals in San Francisco, a group called Share Better SF is seeking a November ballot measure asking voters to drastically curb the controversial practice of turning homes into impromptu hotels.
Share Better SF, whose members include landlords, housing activists, unions and neighborhood groups, expects to file a proposed ballot initiative with the city this week. The measure would cap all vacation rentals at 75 nights a year and impose steep fines on companies like Airbnb or Homeaway for listing rentals that don’t comply with city law. It would require hosts and hosting platforms to give the city quarterly reports on how many nights properties have been rented.
San Francisco’s current vacation-rental law, which just took effect in February, allows unlimited short-term rentals when a host is present, and 90 days a year of entire-house rentals by absentee hosts. It has no fines for hosting platforms and no requirement for reports on specific properties.