(Courtesy photo)

(Courtesy photo)

Airbnb scores victory, as Prop. F fails

Home-sharing in San Francisco will not face stricter regulations, at least in the near future.

In a major victory for home-sharing companies like Airbnb, Proposition F, which would have capped nightly stays at 75 per year and allowed The City to fine Airbnb and other hosting websites for listing unregistered rentals, appears to have lost. Roughly 55 percent of voters said no to the measure, compared to 45 percent who supported it.

“I feel really good that the voters of San Francisco recognized that it wasn’t what it was purported to be,” said No on F’s Campaign Manager Patrick Hannan, who called Prop. F a “fairytale.”

Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, also thanked those who voted to not support the measure. “Because of you we won’t have neighbors spying on other neighbors,” Chiu told more than a hundred revelers at No on F’s election party inside South of Market’s Oasis nightclub. “City government will have millions of more dollars because of you.”

San Francisco already regulates short-term rentals, but Prop. F supporters noted the current law lacks registration. Proponents also said the measure would have restored thousands of rental units to the market amid The City’s drastic housing crisis.

The defeat of Prop. F is a significant win for short-term rental companies like Airbnb, which spent millions of dollars in recent weeks and months to dissuade voters from supporting the proposition.

Those against the measure had argued it was too extreme and would hurt neighborhood merchants, who are said to benefit from expanding tourism.

Middle-income residents who rent an extra room to help make ends meet also would have been impacted by the passage of Prop. F, according to opponents.

AirBnBProp FProposition F

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

City Administrator Naomi Kelly said Wednesday that the allegations against her husband were “based on the word of a liar.” (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
City Administrator Naomi Kelly takes leave after feds charge husband

High-ranking official under scrutiny over 2016 China trip

High school seniors Shayla and Kayla Bryant receive guidance from 100% College Prep around college admissions. (Courtesy photo)
High school seniors juggling college applications and distance learning

In a final year of high school spent largely online, seniors are… Continue reading

Lyft, owner of the Bay Wheels bikeshare program, stands to receive more than $300,000 in a legal settlement with The City. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Supervisors to weigh $330,000 settlement with Lyft over bikeshare dispute

If approved, deal would resolve an 18-month long legal battle over San Francisco’s e-bike market

The J Church train could begin running again later this month on at least part of its surface route. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)
First Muni trains will return to service Dec. 19

Three additional bus routes coming back online in January

Stanford defensive end Thomas Booker recently was one of Pac-12’s Football Players of the Week. <ins>(Pac-12 Screenshot)</ins>
College Football Preview: Oregon at Cal, Stanford at Washington

Cal plays final home game, Stanford plays second of three road games to end regular season

Most Read