Supporters: Prop. F Stops Abuses That Are 'Kicking Tenants Out'
Proponents of Prop. F believe that current short-term rental legislation doesn't go far enough to regulate companies like Airbnb. The current housing crisis forces property owners to convert their units to short-term rentals, Campos argued. To convert their units, property owners evict long-term residents in places like the Mission, which Campos calls "ground zero for displacement."
Campos also argued that many of the units that should be registered under an ordinance signed by Mayor Ed Lee last October are not. This, Campos argues, makes it harder for the city to enforce the laws on the books.
"They don't have to follow any of the rules that the rest of the hotel industry has to follow, and they are making money on the backs of San Francisco residents that are being evicted," Campos said.
Opponents: Prop. F Compromises Privacy and Encourages Lawsuits
Prop. F opponents say that rental sites like Airbnb actually provide opportunities for San Francisco residents.
"They're giving middle-class San Franciscans the opportunity to make extra income," Hannan said. "There's a community of hosts that are being scapegoated for a housing crisis that has existed for generations."
Hannan argued that existing laws are working and that the process set forth by the Office of Short Term Rental Registry simply needs time to work.
"[Prop. F creates] a private right of action with a profit motive," he said on Forum. "And I believe this is one of the aspects that's most troubling. Under Prop. F, San Francisco will be the only government in the world to require you to document where you sleep at night."
Opponents of Prop. F say voters should oppose the measure because it incentivizes neighbors to spy on and sue each other and because it gives the government access to private information such as where you sleep at night.