We work with the residents of San Francisco to ensure that short-term rental activity respects our neighborhood character while preserving precious housing supply.
Do they have a City-issued registration number?
A unit may not actively host/advertise short-term rental guests (staying for less than 30 days) without a City-issued registration number. A unit also may not be advertised for short-term rentals without a registration number issued by the Office of Short-Term Rentals included on the listing.
Please note that both a business tax certificate (from the Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector) and a short-term rental registration number (from the Office of Short-Term Rentals) are required.
Do they live in the unit?
Even if a unit has a City-issued registration number, the permanent resident must continue to reside in the specific dwelling unit for at least 275 nights a year.
Are they renting too many "unhosted" nights when they aren't there?
Even if a unit has a City-issued registration number, they may not conduct unhosted rentals (where the resident is not present overnight during the guest's stay) for more than 90 nights per year.
You may wish to contact other City departments for some common complaints associated with short-term rental activity.
For excessive noise or parties, call the San Francisco Police Department non-emergency line at (415) 553-0123.
For illegal construction or a possible un-permitted dwelling unit, contact the Department of Building Inspection online or by calling (415) 558-6088.
For improper trash disposal, dial 311 or visit sf311.org.
If it appears the issues noted above are related to short-term rentals, at a specific dwelling, that is not consistent with neighborhood character, please contact our Office as well (see "Filing a complaint" below).
Visit the City's Property Information Map, search for the address of the property, and click on the 'Planning Apps' tab. A Short-Term Rental Certificate will be listed (at the bottom of the Planning Apps screen) if one is currently active on the property.
Please note that pending applications for a Certificate are not displayed on the Property Information Map.
If you believe a property is operating illegally, you may file a complaint by sending an email to email@example.com or by calling (415) 575-9179. You may also download a complaint form and send it to us via email or USPS.
After we receive your complaint we will investigate, which may take several weeks.
When filing the complaint, please provide the following information:
You may file this complaint anonymously if you wish, although it is helpful for our staff to have your contact information available so that we can follow up with you if needed. If you request to file your complaint anonymously, your contact information will be kept in a separate confidential file (please note that complaint information may still be subject to subpoena by a court). You may also leave a complaint by voicemail at (415) 575-9179.
Please note that monthly rentals (rentals and stays of at least 30 days or more, per guest/reservation), are not considered short-term rentals, and are not subject to review by the Office of Short-Term Rentals. So, if for example a property is being advertised on a hosting platform (website), but all rentals require a 30-day minimum stay, that would not be a short-term rental issue.
However, if there is an overcrowding issue (e.g. six or more separate renters at the same time in a given home), in both short-term (or longer rentals) that issue may still be subject to separate Planning Department Code Enforcement, as a Group Housing issue.
Lastly, if short-term or monthly (for example) rentals are occurring at a deed-restricted affordable housing property, or at a below-market-rate (BMR) unit, that may be subject to separate review by Planning Department Code Enforcement and the Mayor's Office of Housing.
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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 (the short-term rental activity ceases). Repeat violations may be subject to escalated penalties ($968, per day, per dwelling unit, for a 2nd violation) and referral to the City’s Attorney’s Office for additional civil and/or criminal penalties.
San Francisco City Attorney's Office pursues $5.5 million penalty from scofflaw owners over illegal Airbnb rentals: https://www.sfcityattorney.org/2018/05/01/herrera-pursues-5-5-million-pe...