Bay Area News Group reporter Sam Richards digs into a growing battle over short-term rentals. 

While the fight has been centered in metropolitan areas, it's now spreading to other communities. 

In San Francisco, Proposition F on Tuesday's ballot would require both hosts and the rental platforms like Airbnb to file guest and revenue reports every three months. It also would also prohibit using "in-law" units -- sometimes referred to as "auxiliary dwelling units" -- for short-term rentals. Politicians, labor unions and Airbnb itself are lining up on one side or the other.

The Santa Cruz City Council voted Oct. 13 for a future ordinance to phase out short-term rentals of such "auxiliary dwelling units" after two years.

The Bay Area town of Danville  is also working on an ordinance to ban all private-residence short-term rentals outright. For more, visit the San Jose Mercury News:

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