San Francisco is entering a new era in its often-contentious relationship with Airbnb and HomeAway. Under judicial pressure, the two vacation-rental companies this month agreed to help the city register hosts who rent homes and rooms to tourists. While the city has required vacation hosts to register since February 2015, only about 2,100 out of more than 8,000 have done so. Now with the cooperation of the two largest companies operating here, registration will become universal by Jan. 4.
Sara Eisenberg, deputy city attorney; Kevin Guy, director of the San Francisco Office of Short-Term Rentals; Peter Kwan, co-chairman of the Home Sharers Democratic Club of San Francisco; and Mattie Zazueta, a spokeswoman for Airbnb, answered some questions about the new agreement.
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