New legislation in the City and County of San Francisco is taking effect that allows qualified residents to legally rent their units through the Short-Term Residential Rental Registry via the San Francisco Planning Department. San Francisco Ordinance No. 218-14 was signed to amend the Administrative and Planning Codes to allow permanent residents of residential properties to conduct short-term rentals. This essentially attempts to legalize what has already been an ongoing practice via services like AirBnB.
Eligible property owners and tenants can now apply to place their permanent residence on the Short-Term Residential Rental Registry. Residents may not legally rent their unit (in its entirety or a portion of) as a short-term residential rental until they have received a Short-Term Rental Registration number from the Planning Department. With a valid Short-Term Residential Registration Number, residents may rent their permanent residential unit for periods of less than 30 nights under certain conditions without violating Chapter 41A of the Administrative Code (the Residential Unit Conversion and Demolition Ordinance) or the Planning Code. This includes renting a portion of their unit while they are also present for an unlimited number of nights per year, or renting all or a portion of their unit while they are not present, for a maximum of 90 nights per year. Tenants are prohibited from making more than their monthly rent from fees charged to their guests. For more information, see the full Press Release from the Planning Department.
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