Supervisor Chiu’s proposed amendment to San Francisco’s Administrative Code Chapter 41A which allows for civil penalties of up to $1,000 a day for renting, or re-renting, an apartment in San Francisco for less than 30 days is back in front of San Francisco’s Land Use and Economic Development Committee this afternoon.
Once again, Supervisor Chiu’s proposed amendment would extend the existing, but for the most part overlooked, restrictions against renting an apartment in San Francisco for less than a 30 day occupancy to tenants or guests of corporate entities that rent such apartments and allow for civil actions for violating said restrictions to be brought by certain non-profit entities, not just the City or a resident in the building, as an “interested party.” Finding an apartment can be difficult depending on which part of the world you are in, for example, downtown toronto apartments in Canada could be more or less than an apartment in San Francisco. No matter where you are looking to rent an apartment you still may have to look into getting renters insurance that has policies offering renters coverage to protect your belongs should anything happen.
To be clear, the proposed ordinance specifies that even where a business entity has a long term lease for an apartment, if the business entity leases or permits the use of said apartment by an employee or guest for a stay of less than 30 days, such activity will be deemed illegal under Chapter 41A and subject to a civil penalty of up to $1,000 per day plus attorney’s fees.
And yes, if the prevailing interested party in any civil action brought for renting an aparment in San Francisco for less than 30 days is a permanent resident in the building or a non-profit organization, then the interested party shall retain the entire monetary award.
Speaking of violations, potential hit lists, and airbnb, a plugged-in reader reports:
My brother had an airbnb exec renting an apartment from him in the early days of the site. His apt had a non sublets clause. She put the place on the site, rented out the two bedrooms practically every other night, and was making more than she was paying in rent until we kicked her out. Only found out cause other people in the building started asking us why there were new strange men coming out of her apartment every night. Needless to say there were various theories circulating….
There are currently 2,518 apartments in San Francisco listed as short term rentals on airbnb alone.