Airbnb Fights Back on Restrictions

Airbnb says that one of its hosts, a Peter K, will be organizing a rally at City Hall Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. “to urge the city to move forward with sensible regulations that enable our community to continue doing good.”

The press release from David Owen, who is identified as an Airbnb public policy analyst,  warns:

We’ve just learned about a ballot initiative being drafted by opponents of home sharing that will be introduced tomorrow that would severely limit  — and possibly ban — short-term rentals in San Francisco.

We don’t have all the details yet, but the initiative would make it significantly more difficult and costly to share your home. We will share more details about this proposal as soon as we have them.

Sounds ominous, which is probably what how it is meant to sound. Seems to me that the city was trying to make all of this easier, but if you feel otherwise, head to City Hall tomorrow.

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  1. poor.ass.millionaire

    Yeah, chiu’s legislation probably makes more sense. Allow short term rentals, but account for it. Owners have free reign. Tenants? Only if LL doesn’t have a sub lease clause, then s/he is screwed. Otherwise tenant can’t sublet w/o permission from LL. As it should be.

    As a LL who doesn’t do short term, I’m for this legislation, because it allows many other LL’s to do short term, and hence less competition for me. So I’m down with it.

    What do other LL’s here think about chiu’s legislation?

  2. Russo

    Oh, how the great disruptors cry like babies when they’re disrupted back.

    • John

      Wait, so when lefties complain about Airbnb, it’s a valiant fight for social justice?

      But when Airbnb complains about the lefties, it’s “disruption”?

      People have been sharing their homes doe decades. The only disruption is from those who have suddenly decided that they don’t like that.

      • BackToTheBurbs

        You seem confused, aren’t leftists (to distinguish from the left handed) all about sharing? And doesn’t sharing by definition not involve compensation? Or not getting evicted for violating some agreement minutiae?

        Airbnb is now complaining about government and pending regulations, just as any extractive business balancing on a house cards would. Looks like they picked the wrong market to disrupt …

        • marcos

          The contortions of projection splayed out for all to see.

        • John

          The words stand for themselves. The business of socialism is essentially framed by the concept of waging war on the successful.

          The goal being to take from the successful and throw at the unsuccessful.

          I am not aware of any nation that has flourished by such a policy. Maybe you will enlighten me.

        • Backtotheburbs

          SF funds 1500 nonprofits providing city services, mostly to the needy. That accounts for the 1/16 of the total 8B$ city budget. So knowingly or not you are already supporting redistribution and inequality mitigation.

          And there are plenty of very successful countries and economies out there with policies that you would unabashedly mark as leftist. Germany, Scandinavia, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and even some in s America are great examples. And don’t forget canada.

          It’s funny that you make a hateful argument about taking. Isn’t it obvious that as a smaller and smaller percent take more and more wealth, we are entering surreal territory where items which are scarce and needed by the public are being concentrated in the hands of a few for the sake of possession rather than satisfying basic needs? Housing in SF is one example, with empty housing and second and further homes, or large luxurious units housing 1-2 people. The same can be said for many other basics such as education and transport, which are perpetually underfunded as the elites opt out for exclusive alternatives.

          Actually, stay tuned for the SF budget crisis as now everyone will clamor for cost of living increases on the wave of the tech boom. Soon the costs will become even more evident and painful …

        • John

          Wrong, B2TB, I do not support those non-profits. Because I pay very little in SF taxes.

          I do not consider the nations you cited to be socialist, although they are more socialist than the US, and less successful.

          The wealthy do not “take” wealth. They create it. It’s the poor and their agents who take it. The top two percent pay over half of all taxes.

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