On Guard: Planning Commission blew it; Airbnb proposal has no teeth


By Joe Fitzgerald :sfexaminer – excerpt

The Planning Commission’s vote Thursday to go soft on Airbnb enforcement requirements pulls the teeth out of short-term housing rental regulations, rendering them worthless. And lobbyists working behind the scenes on behalf of Airbnb should also raise eyebrows of San Franciscans who may wonder whom among our city officials have been bought by the tech giant and its allies. The Planning Commission voted against recommending requiring short-term rentals (like Airbnb) ensure their customers are legitimate with The City, and to display verification of that online, in order to list rentals. That and other recommendations will now go to the Board of Supervisors, which will likely use the Planning Commission’s vote as political cover to vote for Airbnb’s interests. Without customer verification mechanisms, any laws against Airbnb would be “unenforceable,” Supervisor Jane Kim said at Thursday’s meeting… (more)

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