You May Not Be Able To Airbnb in SF Anymore—Here's Why:
With registration rules kicking in last Tuesday for sites such as Airbnb and rival home-stay HomeAway, renter sites have lost thousands of hosts.
“If you look at the sites, you’ll notice a substantial reduction in the number of listings,” said Kevin Guy, director of the San Francisco Office of Short-Term Rental Administration and Enforcement. With the missed deadline, hosts are still allowed to be on Airbnb but cannot rent out their spaces until they register. Meaning, their listing are temporarily removed from the site.
The number is in flux however: Some pending applications may be rejected, while about two dozen applications a day are still arriving. Hosts can still apply after Tuesday, but any bookings will be canceled until they are registered.
So for those who love their avid staycations, as far as we know, it's slim pickings. Airbnb has removed more than 2,600 listings since September. And since last Tuesday's final call to sign up, we don't even know what those numbers could look like. Many listings had little activity, so their removal won’t hurt its local business, she said.
And if you were looking to possibly rent from HomeStay, Flipkey, or VRBO, the pickings are even slimmer. Omar Masry, senior analyst at the Office of Short-Term Rentals, said, "FlipKey looks like a massacre happened, there are so few listings now.” Though, there is a loophole for hosts, if they switch their listings to 30-day-rentals, they can bypass this registration process all together.