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S.F. Sues Owner and Operator of Dungeon-Like Death Trap

S.F. Sues Owner and Operator of Dungeon-Like Death Trap

A warren of 20 illegally constructed rental units were discovered in the basement of the Clean Wash Center building at 4680-4690 Mission Street, on the border of Mission Terrace and the Excelsior, earlier this year. Built in the building’s former garage and constructed of wood-framed partitions – with two... Read More »

Coworking Space Could Be Shut Down, Others at Risk

Coworking Space Could Be Shut Down, Others at Risk

Five years ago, the owners 414 Brannan Street sought permission to change the permitted use of the industrial building, which had once been home to an electrical contractor, to general office space. Informed by the City that the ongoing use of the building as office space for a contractor... Read More »

San Francisco Files Suit Against Affordable Housing Scofflaws

San Francisco Files Suit Against Affordable Housing Scofflaws

Catherine Bailey bought a below market rate (BMR) condominium at 888 7th Street for $270,500 back in 2008. And at the time of her purchase, Bailey signed an affidavit acknowledging that she could not rent the unit “in part or whole without written approval from the Mayor’s Office of... Read More »

Playing the Illegal Housing Card for a Holdout in Central SoMa

Playing the Illegal Housing Card for a Holdout in Central SoMa

Responding to a complaint about the illegal addition of a residential unit above the Central City Glass shop at 759 Harrison Street back in 2003, a city inspector met with the owner of the four-story building who stated that the unit had “been in place for 20-25 years” despite... Read More »

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 »