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Complaints Related to Airbnb-ing in S.F. Have Doubled Again

Complaints Related to Airbnb-ing in S.F. Have Doubled Again

Having more than doubled from around 250 in 2015 to over 600 in 2016, the number of formal complaints related to illegal short-term rentals in San Francisco is on pace to double again in 2017, with roughly 200 complaints filed in the first quarter of the year, which is... Read More »

Short-Term Rental Certificate for Sleeping Boxes Revoked

Short-Term Rental Certificate for Sleeping Boxes Revoked

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... Read More »

Complaints Related to Airbnb-ing in SF More Than Doubled Last Year

Complaints Related to Airbnb-ing in SF More Than Doubled Last Year

While Mayor Ed Lee vetoed the short-term rental law approved by San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors last year, publicly arguing that the legislation would have made registration and enforcement of San Francisco’s existing short-term rental regulations “more difficult and less effective, and driving even more people to illegally... Read More »

The Devilish Details behind the Academy of Art’s $60 Million Deal

The Devilish Details behind the Academy of Art’s $60 Million Deal

The Academy of Art University has tentatively agreed to the terms of a “$60 million settlement” with the City of San Francisco to resolve allegations that the institution has systematically schemed to violate state and local laws in its acquisition and use of real estate holdings in San Francisco... Read More »

How Not to Hide a Hacker Hostel in SF

How Not to Hide a Hacker Hostel in SF

Speaking of illegal group housing setups in San Francisco, if you’re arguing that your property isn’t actually being used as an un-permitted “hacker hostel,” the second complaint for which was filed last month, you might not want to prominently feature the property on your HacknSleep website (cheesy muzak alert),... Read More »

Short-Term Rental Vigilante Might Be Making the Rounds around Noe

Short-Term Rental Vigilante Might Be Making the Rounds around Noe

There have been over 400 complaints related to illegal short-term rental activity (a.k.a. airbnb-ing) in San Francisco filed with the city since the beginning of the year. And over the past seven days, another 31 complaints were filed. But while the distribution of complaints related to illegal short-term rental... Read More »

Academy of Art Could Lose a Quarter of Its Student Housing

Academy of Art Could Lose a Quarter of Its Student Housing

While now battling a civil suit filed by the City with respect to its illegal conversion and unpermitted use of the vast majority of the 40 properties it owns in San Francisco, the Academy of Art University is about to learn that it could lose over a quarter of... Read More »

Vast Majority of Hometown Airbnb Hosts Remain Scofflaws

According to Airbnb, there are nearly 9,500 listings for short-term rentals in San Francisco on Airbnb alone, listed by 7,046 unique hosts. According to the City, it has received a total of 1,647 applications to register as a legal host. And as such, it would appear that roughly 77... Read More »

Legislation to Mandate Legalization of Illegal Units, Restrict Mergers

Legislation which would require special authorization from San Francisco’s Planning Commission in order to merge or remove any residential unit in the city – whether legal, illegal or demonstrably unaffordable – is working its way through the City’s Board of Supervisors. And in addition to further restricting the merger... Read More »

San Francisco’s City Attorney Sues Short-Term Rental Scofflaws

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera has filed two lawsuits against landlords in San Francisco for illegally converting their apartments into short-term rentals, which the property owners then marketed through online platforms such as Airbnb, Homeway, and VRBO. “In the midst of a housing crisis of historic proportions, illegal... Read More »