Tag Archives: Airbnb

Members of the public hold signs Inside the board of Supervisors at a discussion of short term rentals in 2015.

Judge Rejects Airbnb’s Objections to SF Homesharing Law

A federal district court judge on Tuesday denied homesharing company Airbnb, Inc. its request for an injunction against a San Francisco law aimed at protecting local rental housing stock from being used as tourist lodging. Further discussions will be held in court, however, about the enforceability of the regulation. The law, authored by District 9 Supervisor David Campos, prohibits homesharing...
Aaron Peskin in a still from "Company Town" by Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman.

Film Review: Mission and Chinatown Struggles Most Compelling in “Company Town”

Progressive politicos, activists, and other movie-goers descended on the Roxie Theater on Friday night for what has become a San Francisco tradition in recent years: lamenting tech’s influence on the city, particularly its financial takeover of local politics. Supervisors David Campos and Aaron Peskin, State Senator Mark Leno, author and journalist David Talbot, and various aides, journalists, and local activists...
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Developments in Development: Short Term

Fur is flying nationwide as cities around the country figure out how to deal with the housing arm of the sharing economy – short term rentals, a.k.a. Airbnb. Locally, District 9 Supervisor David Campos has joined lawmakers around the country in signing a letter, Elizabeth-Warren-style, to the Federal Trade Commission asking it to study to what extent Airbnb and other...
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Developments in Development: Are we happy yet?

San Francisco’s renters are giving the city top marks – in everything except affordability, of course, where they give it the equivalent of blowing a raspberry. That’s according to a renter satisfaction survey from Apartment List. Interestingly, the other thing renters in the survey were particularly unhappy with is the quality of schools. Also surprising: Respondents were more or less...
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“Airbnb Cash Cow” for Rent on Dolores Street

A nine-bedroom home on Dolores Street near 16th Street is for rent for $18,000 a month, possibly as an “Airbnb Cash Cow” or a tech incubator. The broker, Bill Harkins, said any master tenant who chooses to pursue the rental as an Airbnb short term rental rather than a family home or a home for several roommates would have to follow...
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SF Supervisors Approve Short Term Rental Law Aimed at Platforms

San Francisco Supervisors today approved legislation that requires short term rental platforms like Airbnb to list only rentals that have undergone the required registration process with the city. The legislation places the onus on Airbnb, HomeAway and other hosting platforms to make sure hosts who want to rent out part of their homes to visitors have gotten a business license...
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Short Term Rental Regulation Targeting Platforms Advances

A proposal that would hold home sharing platforms like Airbnb responsible for listing units not registered with the city moved one step closer to approval on Thursday when it secured a recommendation from a Board of Supervisors committee. “This is not about changing the existing law. It’s simply about making sure that this law that has been in effect, that...
Supervisors Campos and Peskin hold a press conference announcing their new legislation. Photo by Laura Wenus

Supervisors Target Homesharing Platforms with Hefty Fines

Some of the most progressive members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors are firing another shot in their ongoing battle with short term rentals, introducing legislation that would require homesharing platforms to verify whether hosts are registered with the city as local law requiresand charging hosting platforms fines of up to $1,000 per day per violation. A 2015 Budget...
Members of the public hold signs Inside the board of Supervisors at a discussion of short term rentals in 2015.

Airbnb’s Moneymakers Are Career Hosts, Study Says

A study by the Penn State School of Hospitality Management, funded by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation and the American Hotel & Lodging Association, indicates that a small number of full-time hosts account for a disproportionate amount of the home-sharing giant’s revenue in some of the country’s biggest cities, including San Francisco. Some 2.9 percent (308) of San Francisco’s Airbnb hosts were found to be full-time hosts,...
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Developments in Development: Slice of the Pie

A short time in the future in a galaxy very similar to our own, where housing is the hottest commodity on the market, everyone is scrambling to hold on to or get in on the good stuff. Exhibit A: Corporate landlords want a slice of the Airbnb pie, reports the Wall Street Journal. Some of the nation’s biggest property management...
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Voter Guide: The Housing Initiatives

The upcoming November election is shaping up to be one of the most controversial in recent years. A new housing bond, a moratorium in the Mission, and short-term rental regulations are on the ballot to address the city’s worsening housing crisis, albeit it in very different ways and drawing varied reactions. Tech firms and private developers have spent millions to...
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There’s Still Time to Register to Vote – Here’s How

Monday, October 19, is the last day to register to vote in the upcoming November 3 election. The good news is you don’t even have to get off the couch to do this — voters can register online here. You will, however, need to be a citizen, a resident of San Francisco, 18 years old, and not be serving a...
Proponents of Proposition F hold a press conference at City Hall before a hearing on short term rental enforcement.

SF Official Grills Short Term Rental Enforcement Office

As the city makes strides in streamlining the process of legalizing short-term rentals for casual home-sharers, its enforcement against bad actors remains focused on individual hosts. Supervisor David Campos grilled the director of the city’s new Office of Short Term Rentals on enforcement at this morning’s Budget and Finance Committee’s meeting. Since its creation four months ago, the office has received...
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SF Mission Hacker Hostel Navigates Housing Law

This is the second part of a two-part story about one “hacker hostel” in the Mission. Read Part 1 here. For interns at local tech companies like Twitter, Adobe and Google, taking on an internship means either commuting to the city every day or finding a place to stay for three months. One Twitter intern found his lodging on Airbnb,...
Bryant and 22nd streets, near the hacker hostel.

View From an SF Mission Hacker Hostel

Tucker Leavitt bikes to Twitter every day for work from a beautifully renovated house on Bryant near 22nd Street. But life in the Mission is not so different from his dorm at Stanford – except that he has more roommates in San Francisco.  In fact, he bunks with five other young men in a room fitted with six bunk beds.   The...