Airbnb Extends Olive Branch with New Registration System Launch

Terms of the legal settlement from May kicked in to automatically register short-term rental listings to City Hall.

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Airbnb took a major step in learning to stop suing and embrace the new rules set by San Francisco with the launch of a new registration system this week, Bay City News reports.

One could also say Airbnb and HomeAway are simply complying with a legal settlement they reached to hand the city information on its listings. The two companies agreed to use a system that automatically sends application information directly to the Office of Short Term Rentals, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera announced in May.

“The new registration system provides the city of San Francisco with the tools it needs to enforce its short-term rental laws, while
providing our hosts an easy way to register,” Airbnb officials said in a statement. “We look forward to working closely with city officials in the
coming months to fully implement the registration system and to ensure it has time to work for our host community.”

Registering with the city is mandatory to list a unit on Airbnb or HomeAway, according to the Office of the City Attorney. The settlement also requires the two companies to provide a monthly list of San Francisco listings and to deactivate listings noted by the city as having invalid registration.

“This is a game changer,” Herrera said in May. “This agreement helps protect the city’s precious housing supply by obligating these companies to ensure that all their listings are legal and properly registered.”

Officials struggled to enforce a 2015 law that requires short-term rental hosts to register with the city, acquire a business license and limit the number of days a unit is rented, Bay City News reports.

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