Maintain Your Certified Host StatusReturn to Office of Short-Term Rentals
Once you are certified to host it’s important to follow the guidelines to remain compliant.
1. Report your Short-Term Rental Stays Quarterly
Fill out the Quarterly Report provided by the Office of Short-Term Rentals. You will need to report all short-term stays which have occurred during the three-month reporting period. This report can be accessed and submitted online with the Office of Short-Term Rentals.
2. Renew your Business Certificate Annually
Renew your business registration certificate every year with the Treasurer & Tax Collector. Renewals are due every May 31st and can be submitted online.
3. Pay your Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT)
Anyone in San Francisco who receives rent for a stay of fewer than 30 days must collect a 14% tax on the amount that they earn from their guests. This is called the “Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT)”.
NOTE: Currently, the only hosting platform that is a Qualified Website Company is Airbnb. If you ONLY list your residence on Airbnb you do not need to collect TOT or obtain a Certificate of Authority. If you list your residence on Airbnb and other hosting platforms, you must still follow the guidelines above to fulfill your tax obligations on earnings from non-Airbnb hosting platforms.
If you have any questions specifically about taxes, please refer to the Treasurer & Tax Collector’s website, or call 311.
For hosts that use a platform other than or in addition to Airbnb, please refer to our FAQ section to learn more about calculating TOT.
4. File and pay your Business Personal Property Tax
Hosts are required to report an inventory of their Business Personal Property and potentially pay a tax on that property annually. Hosts are required submit Form 571-STR with the City of San Francisco Assessors Office. If you have previously submitted Form 571-STR for your hosting services and your personal property was valued at less than $50,000, you may not need to re-submit again. Visit the Assessors website to learn more about this exclusion.
5. Renew your Certificate with the Office of Short-Term Rentals every 2 Years
Once certified, you must continue to comply with the law. Visit the Office of Short-Term Rentals website to read the ongoing requirements for all short-term rental hosts.
After you get a short-term rental certificate
- Remain the permanent resident at the dwelling where you host short-term rentals. If you sell your dwelling unit, the certificate cannot be transferred to the new owner or a different dwelling unit. Only one Permanent Resident may be associated with a Residential Unit on the Registry, and it shall be unlawful for any other person, even if that person meets the qualifications of a "Permanent Resident," to offer a Residential Unit for Short-Term Residential Rental.
- Stay under the limits: "Unhosted" stays (when you are not home overnight) are limited to 90 total nights per year. "Hosted" stays (when you are home overnight) are not limited. You may not offer more than 4 individual short-term rental reservations within your dwelling unit (i.e. offer no more than 4 individual beds as separate, bookable listings).
- Report all of your stays at the end of each quarter to the Office of Short-Term Rentals (see below).
- Pay your hotel taxes: Transient occupancy taxes ("hotel taxes") apply to short-term rentals. If the hosting platform you are using does not automatically remit taxes to the Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector, you will need to ensure that taxes are remitted. Please be aware that additional State and Federal income taxes may also apply. Please contact SF311 (311 on your phone) for questions regarding hotel taxes.
- Pay your business personal property taxes: You are required to pay taxes on personal property used by your guests, in your rental , such as furniture, kitchen appliances, supplies, and equipment. For more information, download the Assessor-Recorder Short Term Rental FAQ.
- Renew your business registration certificate with the Office of the Treasure & Tax Collector yearly.
- Renew your registration with the Office of Short Term Rentals every two years.
- Ensure your property (including other dwellings if your unit is within a tenancy in common [TIC] building) remains free of violations of Building, Housing, Planning, and all other City codes. No exterior signage is allowed as short-term rentals are intended to remain incident to the residential nature of the dwelling unit. In addition, a certificate can be revoked due to ongoing noise/event/party complaints.
Fines and penalties for illegal short-term rental hosting
Violations of the City’s short-term rental laws are subject to penalties of at least $484 per day for each dwelling unit in violation. These daily penalties begin on the day that a Notice of Violation is issued by the Office of Short-Term Rentals, and continue to accrue until the violation is fully abated. Repeat violations may be subject to escalated penalties and referral to the City’s Attorney’s Office for additional civil and/or criminal penalties.
To maintain good standing as a certified short-term rental host, you must submit a quarterly report to the Office of Short-Term Rentals. The quarters begin on January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1 of each year. At the end of each quarter, you have 30 days to report the number of nights you have rented your unit (hosted and unhosted) as a short-term rental. This requirement applies no matter which hosting platform/website you use. Registered hosts must still report no stays if no short-term rentals occurred within the quarterly reporting period.
How to stop hosting
- Remove all (online) listings that advertise your short-term rental, and cancel pending short-term rental reservations for stays of less than 30 days.
- Hosts may also choose to close their (separate) business registration certificate, by filling out this form with the Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector to declare that you are no longer hosting.
- Complete this form with the Office of the Assessor-Recorder. Depending on the date of your business closure, you may still need to declare business personal property taxes for the current year. Business personal property taxes are separate from hotel taxes (transient occupancy taxes).
- Email the Office of Short-Term Rentals with the following information:
- Your STR certificate number
- Your street address
- Your full name
- A statement that you no longer intend to host short-term rentals