VIDEO: Airbnb to limit San Francisco hosts to 1 listing

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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Airbnb users in San Francisco will only be allowed to post one listing to one address at a time starting Nov. 1, the company announced Tuesday.

The new restrictions come in the midst of the city’s battle to regulate Airbnb.

In April, the short-term accommodation site announced that commercial operators were not allowed to use the site in San Francisco.

Since then 213 entire-unit listings and 525 shared spaces, or “hacker hostels,” have been removed from the site by Airbnb. In addition, 180 entire-unit listings were voluntarily removed by hosts with multiple listings.

“The vast majority of Airbnb hosts in San Francisco are hard-working, middle-class residents who use their extra space to address economic inequality,” Airbnb officials said in a statement.

Home sharing is also an economic boon to the city, driving over $338 million in economic impact to the city, including $107 million spent by guests at restaurants, mostly in neighborhoods outside downtown,” the statement said.

The city is also trying to require registering of short-term rental properties and impose time limits on rentals.

Board of Supervisors president London Breed and Supervisor Aaron Peskin on Oct. 12 introduced new legislation that would impose a 60-night annual cap on short-term rentals, regardless of whether the host is on-site or not, a sharp reduction from the current 90-night limit for un-hosted rentals and 365-night limit for hosted rentals.

Bay City News contributed to this report

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