Marketed as “private micro-suites” with queen sized beds on Airbnb for $90 per night, or “sleeping boxes” according to a couple of complaints, the short-term rental registration/certificate for 4229 Moraga Street in the Outer Sunset, at which there appear to have been up to 12 listings for beds throughout the house, has now been revoked.

Based on a recent city inspection, it would appear the micro-suites have since been dismantled. The home’s five bedrooms are now outfitted with a total of 14 beds, with two sets of bunkbeds in two of the bedrooms and two beds in each of the other three. And the official listings for the beds have been changed to “minimum 30 day stays.”

If the onsite host agrees to officially reduce the guest limit to five, not including said host, the city will consider the outstanding code violations and complaints for the home formally closed.

Keep in mind that complaints related to illegal airbnb-ing in San Francisco more than doubled in 2016.

And yes, those are actual photos of the former micro-suites in the gallery above.

30 thoughts on “Short-Term Rental Certificate for Sleeping Boxes Revoked”
    1. They painted the wood and have a roller curtain instead of a roller door, but it is still a dormitory. On the plus side I don’t see any hanging wires.

  1. I love the power strip nailed to the bed post with all the wires dangling near all the wood right above the pillow.

  2. Are there really that many clueless visitors who’d pay $90/night to stay in a kludged plywood box in the outer Sunset? I could understand attracting customers at half that rate, but not $90.

  3. Probably violates many safety/construction codes: smoke and carbon monoxide detectors; sprinklers, exiting.

    These need to be shut down permanently.

    1. Agreed. A lot of shady activity going down in the 7×7. Another illegal place on 29th/Taraval was recently exposed, not to mention all the illegal in-law units that were built without permits that are crammed full of families. Someone’s palm is getting greased…

      1. You do realize there are public interest attorneys paid for by SF Taxpayers who will fight tooth and nail to keep residents in the illegal in-law units even if landlords decide to remove them.

        1. Huh? SF Taxpayers pay for the City Attorney’s Office, not nonprofit legal organizations.

          Also, it’s the existing law that tenants in unpermitted units–who would otherwise be covered by the Rent Ordinance–still get rent control and Just Cause protection. Allowing landlords to treat those tenants any differently would reward the landlords for their illegal behavior.

          1. I agree if the unpermitted unit is dangerous or uninhabitable. But Amewsed was talking more broadly about illegal in-law units. If the unpermitted unit is safe to inhabit, and the Rent Ordinance would otherwise apply, SF law is to treat that tenant as a protected tenant. And I think that’s sound public policy, because doing otherwise would reward a landlord who builds without permits.

  4. once again, sf progressives crush market innovation, driving up the cost of housing our chattel. Think small, act smaller.

    1. Then go East (or North, or South), young (wo)man, and explore your Aynn Randian / Friedman wet dreams of free market capitalism somewhere else. I hear the ROI in Detroit is almost as good as it gets.

  5. A listing with the same photos is still available on Airbnb. Description states “enclosed loft with sliding barn door” so you have to wonder if they were really dismantled…

  6. The irony is the fight against housing development has created such a shortage of supply in SF that such a result as this is inevitable and will only become more commonplace.

    Given that the cost of a conventional unit of housing now costs $700,000 and is only “affordable” by subsidies from government or developers a drastic re-thinking of how we are going to create housing in the future is required. Stacked shipping containers, UNESCO refugee shelters or other approaches may be needed to address a housing crisis that has truly reached hurricane or other disaster like proportions in terms of the number of people becoming displaced.

    1. There is no housing crisis in SF. To compare our situation to real refugees who are driven from their country by war etc is just pathetic. There is plenty of housing here. The catch is that you might not get to live in the most desirable city in America, just like I can’t afford to drive a Mercedez and have to settle for a Toyota. You might have to commute to work, just like my parents did every day, and we turned out fine.

      Also, prices are due to supply and demand, not just supply. I don’t think there are many cities in America that could absorb the avalanche of demand that we experienced due to the Fed-driven VC startup funding bubble without seeing some major price increases on a percentage basis. This is a boom and bust town, in a boom and bust nation, and there is only so much you can build until the next recession comes along.

      1. “There is no housing crisis in SF”

        I’d be curious how you define housing crisis then and how narrow that definition would have to be.

        1. Google “Refugee Camp” and look at some pictures. That’s a good place to start.

        2. I don’t really care if H1B tech workers have to sleep in bunk beds in the Outer Sunset, not a crisis sorry. I have lots of friends who are successful upper middle class professionals and yet were still forced out, sad but still not a crisis, they are doing fine in other cities. You can build all you want, but it will never be enough for anyone but the top 5% of US earners to buy SF housing, it’s a luxury item now.

        3. From The Guardian, last week, Scraping by on six figures? Tech workers feel poor in Silicon Valley’s wealth bubble:

          Silicon Valley’s latest tech boom, combined with a housing shortage, has caused rents to soar over the last five years. The city’s rents, by one measure, are now the highest in the world.The prohibitive costs have displaced teachers, city workers, firefighters and other members of the middle class, not to mention low-income residents.

          Now techies, many of whom are among the highest 1% of earners, are complaining that they, too, are being priced out.…Another tech worker, enrolled in a coding bootcamp, described how he lived with 12 other engineers in a two-bedroom apartment rented via Airbnb. “It was $1,100 for a [expletive deleted] bunk bed and five people in the same room. One guy was living in a closet, paying $1,400 for a ‘private room’.”

          Go read the whole thing. Sabbie, reexamine your notion of crisis.

    1. Not so anonymous when the bunkers on either side and above can just peer through the large gaps between the back wall and the dividing walls. Maybe good for anonymous exhibitionist/voyeuristic sex.

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