San Francisco Issues $1.1 Million in Fines to Hosts Renting On Sites Like Airbnb - NBC Bay Area
Date:  3/15/2017

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It’s been two years since San Francisco implemented measures to regulate illegal hotels advertising on sites like Airbnb. But registration records from the Office of Short-Term Rentals, obtained by NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit, show the vast majority of hosts in San Francisco are apparently still skirting the law.

Since 2015, San Francisco has issued over $1 million in fines to hosts renting on sites like Airbnb, records show. It is a problem the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit first exposed last summer.

Our investigation found rentals advertised on Airbnb were apparently being used as illegal hotels across San Francisco. The city has since significantly ramped up its enforcement issuing a total of 483 violations to date. Most of the citations were issued in the last 10 months.

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