Is the SF Short-Term Residential Rental Ordinance Good for the Community?

In our opinion, this ordinance is a win-win for both the City of San Francisco and the citizens who call this place home. With the ever increasing cost of living, most people need a way to generate an extra income and a spare room or home is the perfect solution.

Hotels have had a monopoly on lodging forever, but now everyday citizens can earn an extra income which helps to pay their mortgage, rent and property taxes. Short-term rentals because of their lower costs also enable travelers to spend more on dining and small business which helps to share revenue across the local economy.

In the past if you were to visit San Francisco, you would have to pay a steep price for hotel accommodations, and there were no legal short-term rental options available. With the recent legalization, travelers will now have a choice of staying in one of the many diverse neighborhoods and experiencing what it’s like to be a San Franciscan!

CrashMyPad is now collecting a hotel tax for San Francisco as part of a pilot program. If you’re currently a host listed on airbnb, homeaway, vrbo or flipkey, once you submit your property on CrashMyPad, all you need to do is display your short-term residential rental registration number. We also auto sync our calendar with all these platforms, so your calendar will always be up-to-date.

End of Year Update

As 2012 comes to a close, CrashMyPad would like to thank you for being a member.

Our site was launched in May 2011, and as most of you know we were recognized as a PCMag top 100 website last year. This set the bar high for 2012 but with lots of hard work and luck we’ve been able to continue growing our member base in addition to improving the user experience.

My partner and I had a dream to build an incredible company and to encourage change in the travel industry. Our mission was to build a website where members could showcase their community, thus unlocking the doors to unique accommodations, local knowledge, and memorable experiences all over the world. We believe we’re heading in the right direction and our target for the coming year is to continue positioning CrashMyPad as part of a new era in travel.

We view you “our members” as part of an extended family either as an owner of an accommodations rental business or a guest experiencing a new way to travel. Our success is defined by you recognizing value in our service. We realize this is an ongoing effort and we’ll continue to push towards this goal.