Tag Archives: Airbnb

Housing’s Latest Legislation, a User’s Guide

Last week was a full one in the legislative debate about fixing San Francisco’s housing crisis. Here at Mission Local HQ we could barely keep up with all the various proposals, amendments and votes. To help you sort through the administrative mess, here’s a (hopefully) useful guide to the latest in housing legislation: What’s Happening in Sacto Ellis Act Reform...

Mapping Project’s New Report: Vacation Rentals

The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project has a new report out today investigating the role vacation rental companies like Airbnb and VRBO play in San Francisco’s housing market. As you might expect from the activist organization, the report offers a grim picture of the effect these “sharing economy” services have on the city. The report uses data the group has gathered over...

Airbnb Hosts, ‘It’s About the Economy + Experience’

For the last four years, Jessica H., a community mental health worker who lives near San Francisco General Hospital, has used Airbnb to rent out rooms to visiting tourists in her Mission District home. As a longtime San Francisco resident, she prides herself on her insider knowledge, sending people to Vermont Street instead of the much-hyped Lombard Street, or Corona...

Another Short-term Rental Law May Join Ballot

ShareBetter San Francisco, a coalition of housing and neighborhood organizations has filed to put another short-term rental law on the ballot for November. The intent to petition was filed this week with the Elections Department. The initiative’s key points are imposing fines on hosting platforms that list illegal or unregistered short-term rental units, requiring quarterly reports of rental nights from hosts,...

Report: Airbnb Cuts into Housing, Should Share Data

A new report by the Budget and Legislative Analyst Office states what many have long been arguing about Airbnb and other short-term rental sites. They’re decreasing the amount of available permanent housing in San Francisco. The independent agency’s report also recommends several policy options to restrict short-term rental companies’ impact. For one, companies like Airbnb should turn over address and...

Supes Stall On Short Term Rental Legislation

Poised to make a choice between two competing versions of legislation to regulate short-term rentals, the Board of Supervisors instead voted today to continue the items, delaying a final decision by more than a month. Supervisor Farrell, who sponsored one of the proposals together with Mayor Lee, made the motion to delay the vote on both his proposal and that sponsored...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...