San Francisco voters reject measure to restrict Airbnb rentals and holiday lets

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    Mark Stücklin
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    By Bernard Gagnon (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

    San Francisco voters handed a victory Tuesday to Airbnb and city residents who want to turn their homes into vacation rentals. Proposition F, a measure that would have drastically curbed short-term rentals, lost by 55 percent to 45 percent, with all precincts reporting and most mail ballots counted.

    http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Prop-F-Measure-to-restrict-Airbnb-rentals-6609176.php

    The hotel lobby in Spain is very powerful and you can bet your bottom dollar there won’t be any public consultations here, just ever more restrictive legislation.

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    GarySFBCN
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    In San Francisco there are numerous plans to put this on the ballot again next year.  And one of the newly elected city district representatives is making it a priority to regulate AirBnB and similar businesses.

    AirBnB spent at least $9 million on the election, effectively spending more than $100 per vote cast in their favor, and this was 25 times more than the AirBnB opposition.

    I fully support AirBnB in concept, but like all businesses, they need to be regulated, especially in big cities.

     

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