The current law is so weak that only 800 of the 10,000 San Francisco short-term rentals are registered with the city as required by law. That means over 90% are illegal, but Airbnb and other platforms are still allowed to advertise them – and profit from them.
Today, tenants can convert their in-law and apartment units into an Airbnb hotel without the owner’s approval. Parades of strangers are passing through buildings and neighborhoods and owners can’t protect building safety.
City Hall recently legalized up to 30,000 in-law units across the city to create more affordable housing. But current law allows these units to be converted into Airbnb hotels without need for homeowner’s permission, eliminating affordable housing.
Up to 10,000 homes in San Francisco are now listed as short-term rentals. 70% of them are entire units. This eliminates rent-controlled and affordable housing, driving up rent and causing displacement, including evictions of seniors and the disabled.