This Wednesday, May 13, California’s Senate Governmental Organization Committee has a hearing on SB 593 - The Thriving Communities And Sharing Economy Act.
SB 593 will help stop landlords from using Airbnb to convert scarce permanent housing for residents into hotels for tourists, while avoiding the taxes traditional hotels have to pay. The bill will empower cities to enforce local regulations and force short term rental companies to make disclosures as required under local law. That's why tenant advocates working at the local level support this important bill.
Airbnb’s lobbyists are doing everything they can to oppose the bill. The Senate needs to hear from you before Wednesday's hearing.
Here’s what to do:
- Call Committee Chairman, Senator Isadore Hall III at (916) 651-4035.
- Ask to speak to the Senator and if that is not possible, leave a polite message stating that you support SB 593 and urge him to support the bill.
- If you have a chance, leave a longer message. Say something like this:
My name is [NAME] and I’m from [CITY]. I urge Senator Hall to support SB 593 - The Thriving Communities and Sharing Economy Act.
Short term rentals pose a major threat to the supply of affordable rental housing in many California cities. Thousands of rental units are being converted from permanent housing for residents to hotels for tourists, often in violation of local zoning laws and avoiding taxes. Online hosting platforms that make this possible, like AirBnB, currently operate with little accountability.
SB 593 requires online home sharing companies like Airbnb to provide cities with information on which homes are renting out units and the amounts paid for those rentals. It will help ensure Airbnb pays its fair share and keep landlords from using the platform where zoning laws don’t permit it. That will help cities protect affordable housing and provide the funds needed to keep our neighborhoods safe, public schools strong and parks open.
- Use the form on this page to tell us how it went! That way we can make sure your message is heard again when we head to the committee hearing this Wednesday.
We have less than 48 hours to make a big difference for California’s cities and affordable housing. Call Senator Hall right now!