SF deals major blow to Airbnb with tough short-term rental law

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By Emily Green

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed one of the most stringent restrictions on short-term rentals in the country Tuesday, barring hosts from having paying guests in a room, house or entire apartment for more than 60 days a year.

The legislation passed 6-2, with Supervisors Scott Wiener and Norman Yeeabsent. Supervisor Mark Farrell recused himself from the vote because he has business interests in a company involved in the short-term rental industry.

The question now is whether Mayor Ed Lee will veto the legislation. A spokeswoman for Lee, who has opposed tougher restrictions on short-term rentals in the past, said the mayor “will review the legislation when it arrives on his desk.”

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