For folks following the city’s Airbnb response from a safe distance… we’re going to be illegal in 179 days. (The mayor signed the anti Airbnb law yesterday)
I’m relieved (i was afraid it would be instant) and disappointed by not surprised. As long as we give the rich and powerful all the power, the rest of us will be penalized for trying to succeed/ thrive.
The meat of it (that affects our listings) is it will now be illegal to host more than 2 people at a time in your own home.
We have our main private room that holds 2, but last summer we started a second listing in our porch for one person.
It’s unclear whether children count in the whole “max 2” law. Since airbnb doesn’t count them, if a small family shows up thinking they’ll just squish, i could be put in the awkward position of saying “Sorry, no room at the inn” or being the object of a sting operation. Because they’ve been targeting any host who speaks out. Fun times.
There are a number of ways we could respond, and I’m glad we have a few months to decide.
Whatever we do, it will be either more work for less money, or just much less money.
I’m grateful this isn’t our primary income but i know it is for other hosts and i worry for them.