SF HOTELS, UNION SUPPORT SHORT-TERM RENTAL LEGISLATION

San Francisco – October 20, 2016 – San Francisco hotel and union leaders today announced their support for the short-term rental legislation proposed by Supervisors London Breed, Aaron Peskin and David Campos that seeks to increase registration of rental units, impose a 60-day cap on short-term rentals and limit who may sue violators.

The Hotel Council of San Francisco, UNITE HERE Local 2 and the American Hotel & Lodging Association long have supported regulating short-term rental platforms and their hosts with similar disclosure and safety rules that govern the industry in San Francisco. San Francisco has an estimated 10,000 short-term rental units, but fewer than 1,700 are registered and complying with existing laws.

“We have been engaged on the issue of short-term rentals because it affects our guests, our employees and our city – not simply the hotel industry,” said Kevin Carroll, Executive Director of the Hotel Council of San Francisco. “We believe a level playing field for all will ensure fair competition for our industry and for legitimate hosts in San Francisco.”

The proposed amendments to Chapter 41A, if implemented, may address some of San Francisco’s housing needs by identifying illegal short-term renters whose units could be made available for long-term housing, which is a critical issue for many hotel industry employees and union members.

“No industry or business is above the law and every company should comply with local regulations. Airbnb is no exception,” said Anand Singh, President of UNITE HERE Local 2, which represents more than 12,000 hotel industry workers in San Francisco.

“We hope this proposal ends the rampant abuse of San Francisco’s home-sharing laws by commercial operators and short-term rental platforms,” said Vanessa Sinders, AH&LA’s Senior Vice President for Government Affairs. “We support San Francisco residents seeking to make extra money by occasionally sharing their home, but companies like Airbnb continue to flout the law and facilitate the rise of illegal hotels, removing valuable affordable housing stock from the market.”

About the Hotel Council of San Francisco

The Hotel Council of San Francisco is the voice of San Francisco’s hotels. Established in 1987, the Hotel Council represents the city’s leading hotels of all sizes and includes members from businesses and industries that are major suppliers. Learn more at www.hotelcouncilsf.org.

About UNITE HERE Local 2

UNITE HERE Local 2 represents more than 12,000 workers in the hospitality industries of San Francisco and San Mateo. Local 2 members work at many job sites – including hotels, restaurants, food services, laundries and San Francisco International Airport. They include room cleaners, cooks, bartenders, bellmen, food and beverage servers, bussers, and dishwashers.

About the American Hotel & Lodging Association

Serving the hospitality industry for more than a century, the American Hotel & Lodging Association is the sole national association representing all segments of the 2 million-employee U.S. lodging industry, including hotel owners, REITs, chains, franchisees, management companies, independent properties, bed and breakfasts, state hotel associations, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AH&LA provides focused advocacy, communications support, and educational resources for an industry of more than 54,000 properties generating $245 billion in annual sales from 5 million guestrooms.

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