Airbnb yanks 923 listings in San Francisco - CNET
Date:  3/20/2017

Written by: Dara Kerr
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Airbnb is cracking down on San Franciscans who rent out more than one home on its service.

The home rental company said Wednesday that it's wiped 923 San Francisco listings from its platform over the last year. The purge is part of Airbnb's "One Host, One Home" policy, which limits people to listing only one address on its site. The move comes at a time when Airbnb is working to smooth its relationship with city regulators.

"While we continue to identify and remove listings that do not reflect our vision for our community, we remain committed to working with leaders across the City to further progressive policies that protect public safety and affordable housing," Airbnb wrote in a report released to San Francisco lawmakers last week.

In just under a decade, Airbnb has gone from a small startup catering to couch surfers to having a massive online presence. It lists roughly 3 million homes for rent in more than 65,000 cities in 191 countries. The privately held company has raised more than $3 billion in investment funding, valuing it at $31 billion. To prove its worth, Airbnb needs to show investors it can play nice and hammer out legal issues with cities around the world.

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