Tell the CA Assembly: No Free Ride for AirBnB

Airbnb: Pay Your Fair Share

Companies like Airbnb are exacerbating California’s affordable housing crisis, but lawmakers in Sacramento want to give the company a free ride.

Assemblymember Matt Harper -- an Orange County Republican -- has introduced AB1220, a bill that prohibits cities from collecting taxes on short term residential rentals, like those rented through AirBnB.

Sign on to tell your Assemblymember to support affordable housing, not handouts to Airbnb: reject AB1220.

The explosion in short term rentals through AirBnB is decreasing long term rental stock in California, and driving up prices. And in many California cities, there are laws against converting scarce housing resources to tourist use. Using political influence, Airbnb has engaged in a systematic campaign to dismantle those laws and avoid paying any taxes to offset their impact. Now, Airbnb is taking their lobbying efforts to the state level, and this bill could exempt the company from local taxes.

It’s bad enough cities are losing valuable rental housing stock. The least AirBnB and the property owners that use it can do is pay their fair share.

We can kill this bill if we let Democrats in Sacramento know we are watching. Democrats control the legislature, but history shows they will quietly pander to special interests like Airbnb unless we expose this.

This bill could be heard any day in the Assembly Committee on Local Government.    If enough of us speak out right now, we can make sure this bill never makes it out of Committee. But we have to act now or you can be guaranteed that Assemblymembers will push it forward.

Sign on right now to tell your Assemblymember to reject AB1220.

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Sign On and We'll Deliver Your Message to California State Assemblymembers:

"Cities need funding for affordable housing, not tax breaks for companies like Airbnb. I urge you to reject AB 1220, which would prevent cities from collecting Transient Occupancy Tax from companies like Airbnb that promote short term rentals, diminish housing stock and drive up rent."

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  • Charles L. Krugman
    signed 2015-04-02 00:25:04 -0700
  • Jacqueline Frias
    signed 2015-04-01 21:04:14 -0700
  • Sylvie McClelland
    signed 2015-04-01 17:39:55 -0700
  • Nancy Carleton
    signed 2015-04-01 17:37:51 -0700
  • David Brigode
    signed via 2015-04-01 17:26:43 -0700
  • david blake
    signed 2015-04-01 17:23:13 -0700
  • Access
    @access_whj tweeted link to this page. 2015-04-01 10:49:57 -0700
    I just asked the CA Assembly to support affordable housing, not tax exemptions for Airbnb. Join me.
  • Melanie Garza
    signed 2015-04-01 10:49:30 -0700
  • Daren Garshelis
    signed via 2015-04-01 08:17:37 -0700
  • Joseph Hughes
    signed 2015-04-01 05:41:41 -0700
  • Diana Gaffney
    signed 2015-04-01 01:48:35 -0700
  • Lauren Lederman
    signed via 2015-04-01 00:35:20 -0700
  • patricia sotomayor
    signed 2015-03-31 22:51:38 -0700
  • A Salinas
    signed 2015-03-31 22:51:31 -0700
  • Ty Hudson
    signed 2015-03-31 22:36:38 -0700
  • Imelda Gonzalez
    signed 2015-03-31 22:06:12 -0700
  • Sara Burns
    signed 2015-03-31 20:47:34 -0700
  • Robert Coplin
    signed 2015-03-31 20:07:10 -0700
  • Jennifer Rey
    signed 2015-03-31 19:21:59 -0700
  • merle goldstone
    signed via 2015-03-31 18:45:16 -0700
  • Jacqueline Liu
    @Jacqueline8Liu tweeted link to this page. 2015-03-31 18:04:15 -0700
    I just asked the CA Assembly to support affordable housing, not tax exemptions for Airbnb. Join me.
  • Jacqueline Liu
    signed 2015-03-31 18:03:28 -0700
  • Rafael Leiva
    signed 2015-03-31 18:00:55 -0700
  • Joel Martin Levy
    signed 2015-03-31 17:30:49 -0700
  • Timmy Lu
    signed via 2015-03-31 17:12:49 -0700
  • Ronaldo Valentino
    signed via 2015-03-31 16:14:36 -0700
  • Eihways Su
    signed 2015-03-31 15:50:58 -0700
  • michelle davis
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-03-31 15:14:23 -0700
    I just asked the CA Assembly to support affordable housing, not tax exemptions for Airbnb. Join me.
  • Ken Duret
    signed 2015-03-31 15:11:44 -0700
  • Joshua Stein
    signed 2015-03-31 14:38:48 -0700

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