A traveler from Arizona gets online at a “hacker hostel” in S.F. Airbnb is taking a close look at such operations.
Photo: TIM HUSSIN, Special To The Chronicle A traveler from Arizona gets online at a “hacker hostel” in S.F. Airbnb is taking a close look at such operations.

Airbnb is coming up with a way to automatically bar San Francisco hosts who control multiple listings, sometimes a sign of landlords running illegal hotels, reports Carolyn Said of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Hosts with legitimate reasons for multiple listings, such as property-management companies, legal hotels or people with two or more rooms to rent in their homes, can request exceptions.

The move is notable because it shows Airbnb trying "to play nice with San Francisco, despite a fractious relationship that has heated up in recent months with the vacation-rental company suing its hometown and lawmakers considering new restrictions on rentals in private homes," says Said.

The latest change comes as the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday began to consider legislation to limit short-term rentals to 60 days a year regardless of whether the host is present. (Hosts who had registered with the city by Oct. 11 would observe the current limitations: 90 days for un-hosted rentals, and 365 for hosted ones.) That is even stricter than the 75-day-a-year cap that voters rejected as part of last year’s Proposition F, a San Francisco ballot initiative that Airbnb spent $8 million to battle.

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