Senate Bill 593, introduced in the last California State Senate session, is again being considered.
We applaud the leadership of California State Senator, Mike McGuire, a Democrat from the Sonoma County city of Healdsburg, in crafting legislation which allows municipalities to protect housing and neighborhood quality of life.
SB 593 promises to give California’s cities and counties the uniform regulatory framework essential for holding hosting platforms, such as AirBnb, Flipkey, Vacation Rental by Owner (VRBP) accountable and would make it easier for cities to collect taxes and enforce regulations.
Municipalities across the state are crafting policies which would allow them to regulate the short-term rental industry. These cities have been frustrated in their efforts to understand and regulate the short term rental industry because many of the largest companies in the industry have failed to disclose basic information about their operations. SB 593 provides for that disclosure, which is the same type of information required of any business, while preserving the right of municipalities to implement appropriate regulatory measures.