Short-Term Rental Regulations in San Francisco, CA 2018-05-24T11:54:31+00:00

Short-Term Rental Regulations in San Francisco, CA

Short-Term Rental Regulations in San Francisco, CA

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San Francisco, in northern California, is a hilly city on the tip of a peninsula surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. It’s known for its year-round fog, iconic Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars and colorful Victorian houses. The Financial District’s Transamerica Pyramid is its most distinctive skyscraper. In the bay sits Alcatraz Island, site of the notorious former prison.

Short-Term Rental Regulations in San Francisco, CA – We work with the residents of San Francisco to ensure that short-term rental activity respects neighborhood character, preserves housing supply, and complies with the City’s rules. Our Office is responsible for registering eligible hosts and for administering enforcement of the City’s short-term rental regulations.

How do I become a certified host?

Step 1 of 2: Register as a business

Obtain a Business Registration Certificate from the Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector. Visit The San Francisco Business Portal to learn more about applying for a Business Registration Certificate online.
Recommendations:

  • When you complete the online business registration, make sure to use the street address of your home where you plan to host short-term rentals as the “business location.” Include the apartment/condominium suite number or suffix, if applicable. For example: “222 49th
  • Avenue Unit B.”
  • Indicate “YES” when asked if your business involves short-term rentals
  • Indicate “NO” for utility users tax
  • Indicate “YES” when asked if your business involves transient occupancy tax (“hotel taxes”)
  • For the business type field, choose: “Accommodations.”
  • For the business name you have a number of options, including using your own name (a fictitious business name is not mandatory), or using the street address number and street name as the business name.
  • If you already have a business registration for a separate type of business in San Francisco, then update your account with the SF Treasurer and add a new business location for Accommodations (even if the same address as your current business).

Note: This step must be finalized before you can register as a certified host with our office.

Step 2 of 2: Register to become a certified host

Obtain a host certificate (valid for 2 years) from the Office of Short-Term Rentals. You may only offer (list/advertise) short-term-rentals after you have received this certificate, and your certificate number must be posted on all listings advertising your short-term rental. Review the eligibility requirements below.

Visit the SF Business Portal and register online. Choose the option that says: “Step 4: Apply with OSTR (Office of Short-Term Rentals).” You can also download the application and make an appointment to register in-person with the Office of Short-Term Rentals.

Why must I register to become a certified host?
Short-term rentals in residences are only legal if you are registered with the San Francisco Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector and have also received a certificate from the Office of Short-Term-Rentals.

If you are not certified and you advertise/rent a dwelling unit for periods of less than 30 nights, you are violating the City’s short-term rental laws, and are subject to possible enforcement action, including substantial penalties.

Fines & Penalties for illegal short term rental polices:

Violations of the City’s short-term rental laws are subject to penalties of at least $484 per day for each dwelling unit in violation. These daily penalties begin on the day that a Notice of Violation is issued by the Office of Short-Term Rentals, and continue to accrue until the violation is fully abated. Repeat violations may be subject to escalated penalties and referral to the City’s Attorney’s Office for additional civil and/or criminal penalties.

Am I eligible to legally host short-term rentals?

In order to start hosting short-term residential rentals in your home you must meet all of the following conditions:

1. Be the permanent resident
You must live in the actual dwelling unit that you wish to offer as a short-term rental for at least 275 nights of any given calendar year, as either an owner or a tenant. If your property features multiple dwelling units, you may not live in one dwelling unit, while operating short-term rentals in a different dwelling unit.

  • If you are a new resident, you must have resided in this specific dwelling for at least 60 consecutive days prior to your application.
  • If you own/rent a multi-unit building, you may only register the specific residential unit (apartment, suite, condominium) in which you reside.
VISIT THE SAN FRANCISCO SHORT-TERM RENTAL WEBSITE
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THE SAN FRANCISCO SHORT-TERM RENTAL WEBSITE

https://shorttermrentals.sfgov.org/

SAN FRANCISCO DESCRIPTION

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisco

Short-Term Rental Regulations in San Francisco, CA

Posted By Noah Goldfeder

Marketing Team
Posted: Thursday April 20th 2018

Short-Term Rental Regulations in San Francisco, CA

Posted By Noah Goldfeder

Marketing Team
Posted: Thursday April 20th 2018

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