Wed, Apr 9, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

San Francisco Gets Tough on Airbnb

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Chris Weeks/Getty Images for Airbnb
Chris Weeks/Getty Images for Airbnb

San Francisco is cracking down on tenants and homeowners who use Airbnb to rent out housing, at the same time that a pending investment deal has valued the startup at around $10 billion. The city bans short-term rentals, and is reportedly investigating 85 people who are offering spaces through Airbnb and similar online sites. Airbnb announced last week it would start collecting San Francisco's 14 percent hotel tax, saying it wants to play by the rules and help generate more revenue for the city.

Host: Michael Krasny


  • Edward C. Singer Jr., real estate attorney with the law firm Zacks & Freedman and real estate broker representing a landlord who filed an eviction notice against a tenant for using Airbnb
  • Joe Tobener, managing partner with the Tobener Law Center and a tenants rights lawyer who represents people facing eviction for Airbnb use
  • Judson True, legislative aide for San Francisco City Supervisor David Chiu
  • Nick Papas, spokesman for Airbnb
  • Scott Sanchez, zoning administrator with the San Francisco Planning Department

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