Tagged for illegally renting the three one-bedroom flats at 40-44 Pleasant Street as short-term rentals in violation of San Francisco’s so-called “Airbnb law,” the owner of the Nob Hill building has applied to technically convert the units, none of which she occupies as a primary residence, into “hotel rooms” and continue to airbnb, or at least VRBO, the three flats on a full-time basis.
From the Planning Department’s review and summary of the building owner’s request:
- The project would remove three rent-controlled dwelling units from the housing stock.
- The removal of three dwelling units could incrementally exacerbate the current housing crisis, as the removal of three units reduces housing supply and places additional demand on fewer units.
- Although there are numerous surrounding hotels, tourist hotel use does not fit in with the surrounding residential context on Pleasant Street, or the residential district in which the subject property is located.
- The project is compliant with the applicable provisions of the Planning Code; however, the project is not desirable for, nor compatible with the surrounding neighborhood.
As such, the Planning Department is recommending that San Francisco’s Planning Commission deny the conversion and uphold the Notice of Violation for the “Elegant & Best Nob Hill Property” which was issued over a year ago, with the threat of daily fines, but doesn’t appear to have put a dent in the building owner’s ongoing short-term rental activity.