The Hotel Council Executive Director, Kevin Carroll, has worked closely with Share Better SF, labor groups, the California Hotel and Lodging Association, and American Hotel and Lodging Association to ensure short-term rental companies operate legally and within City policy.
Kevin Carroll joined Share Better SF, the San Francisco City Attorney, and City Supervisors at a press event on May 1 to announce that Airbnb and HomeAway are dropping their lawsuits against San Francisco and entering a settlement agreement with the City. This settlement obligates them to ensure their listings are legally licensed and registered as short-term rentals.
Written by: Carolyn Said
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Airbnb and HomeAway settled a lawsuit against San Francisco Monday by agreeing to automatically register all their local hosts with the city.
While a San Francisco law requiring vacation-rental hosts to register with the city took effect in February 2015, only about 2,100 out of an estimated 8,000 or more hosts have done so.
“This is a turning point when it comes to enforcement,” City Attorney Dennis Herrera said in a statement. “This settlement ensures that the two largest rental platforms in San Francisco will only include legal listings. It also guarantees that enforcement with real teeth begins in short order.”