There’s a bill in San Francisco that “would financially reward residents who narc on their neighbors who illegally rent out their property.”
According to arstechnia, this bill would give narc-ing neighbors 30% of the fine levied against their neighbors.
Airbnb, a website where you can rent out your home for very short periods of time, has challenged this bill.
I know home owners prefer to live next to other home owners and not renters. This is sorta like a hyper-version of renting. It seems like that would be motivation alone for some neighbors to tell on Airbnb-ers rather than the 30% cut.
I want places like Airbnb to succeed but I start to feel a bit NIMBY about the concept. Do I want my next door neighbors to be a rotating set of travelers with no permanent ties to the area?
Then again, since I travel so much, my neighbors (in the hotels I stay in) tend to be a rotating set of travelers 😉
What do you think about this bill? Would you ever tell on a neighbor? How would you feel if your neighbor rented out using Airbnb?