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Airbnb Says It Will Work With San Francisco To Register Hosts

Airbnb co-founders Joseph Gebbia, Nathan Blecharcyzk and Brian Chesky

Airbnb is ready to work with the City of San Francisco. The vacation rental company says it will help craft a mandatory registration system to help monitor hosting and short-term rentals, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Airbnb will provide names, addresses and guest stays from local hosts for the system. Shown above are Airbnb's founders, Chief Product Officer Joe Gebbia, CTO Nathan Blecharczyk and CEO Brian Chesky.

Airbnb will use the new system to curtail listings after they reach the annual nights rented threshold and make sure residential tenants aren’t evicted under the Ellis Act. Airbnb said it will be willing to discuss how to require hosts to upload information proving they live in the unit, which is another requirement of the city law.

Airbnb told the Chronicle it wants to create a system like the one it’s working on in Chicago. A lawsuit just filed by Chicago hosts against the Windy City over a complicated home-sharing law could put a wrench in these plans.

The Board of Supervisors also voted last night to limit all short-term rentals in private homes to 60 days per year. Previously, homeowners could rent rooms all year long, while entire home rentals were cut off after 90 days.

The latest news comes on the heels of a federal judge denying Airbnb’s lawsuit against the City of San Francisco.

Airbnb has also been fighting short-term rental bans in New York while San Diego rejected a ban on short-term rentals last month. [SFC]