As we first reported last month, in response to an executive directive from Mayor Ed Lee, a working group co-chaired by the directors of San Francisco’s Planning Department and Department of Building Inspection drafted a list of recommendations to accelerate the production of new housing in San Francisco and protect the city’s existing housing stock.
With the estimated number of existing dwelling units in the city currently used for short-term occupancy versus their legal use as permanent housing running as high as 5,000 units, one of the draft recommendations was to crackdown on the enforcement of illegally renting an apartment for less than 30 days in San Francisco.
As we wrote at the time:
While a crackdown on illegal short-term rentals could quickly move the needle with respect to available housing supply and affordability, it would likely put the Mayor at odds with ["sharing" sites such as] airbnb, a site that he has championed. It will be interesting to see which side he favors.
The official list of recommendations has since been put in ink and sent to the Mayor by way of DBI Director Tom Hui and Planning Director John Rahaim. Missing from the official list, the working group’s recommendation to crackdown on illegal short-term rentals and the draft list has been removed from the Planning Department’s website.
∙ Executive Directive 13-01: Housing Production and Preservation [sfplanning.org]
∙ The Recommendations For Accelerating Housing Production In SF [SocketSite]