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New Legislation Affecting Airbnb Hosts
Many Airbnb hosts go into business without thinking about those closest to them…their neighbors.
After a few months of hosting, you are bound to have guests that will irritate your neighbors in one way or another.
Right now in San Francisco there is a piece of legislation that is granting greater powers to neighbors and the city. This new proposal will open hosts, and platforms like Airbnb, to more lawsuits.
Read more about it here
You may think… “It’s just a simple lawsuit…how much could it possibly cost to deal with?”
In short, it could cost a mini-fortune. On top of court costs and attorney fees, hosts can be ordered to pay penalties of $250-$1,000 per day they host. And those penalties are paid to the NEIGHBOR!
This new legislation is now incentivizing neighbors to rat Airbnb hosts out to the city. Even if you are hosting on a property you wholly own.
If you are not in San Francisco, I’ll tell you why this is SO important.
Here’s a little lesson in civil legislation:
One city or state passes a bill. Time goes on and it ‘seems’ to work. Other governments are in need of regulation, so instead of writing something totally brand new, they adopt the language, processes and penalties from the initial bill passed by the first city.
That initial piece of legislation becomes the standard, or what they call ‘model legislation’.
This means that if this bill passes in San Francisco, it might be coming to a city near you.
The reason I share this with you is not to scare you, but to let you know that laws are being made whether you like it or not. I encourage you to get involved in your area and become a proponent for Airbnb, and the sharing economy as a whole.
Here are a few ways you can participate in shaping Sharing Economy regulation:
- If you’re in San Francisco, make sure you vote NO on Prop F on November 3.
- Contact your elected officials and tell them how Airbnb has improved your life.
- Start a Meetup group of hosts in your area, invite local officials and have an open discussion about Airbnb and your community.
- Attend a town hall meeting in your city if there are open issues regarding the sharing economy.
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