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San Francisco Protesters Are Slapping Neon Green Stickers On Airbnb Rentals

September 16, 2014

By Joey Cosco : businessinsider – excerpt

Protesters gathered in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood Tuesday to protest both Ellis Act evictions and Airbnb.

The protest was sparked when several renters were “Ellised” from their Mason Street residence, which was then converted to full-time short-term rentals. The organizers of the event maintained that this is not just a moral issue, but also a legal one.

“These are illegal units, and the city needs to do something,” said Sarah Sherbum-Zimmer of the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco during the protest.

After speaking in front of more than a dozen protesters, the group began marching through the North Beach neighborhood, placing neon-colored warning stickers signifying a building is being used for illegal short-term rentals through Airbnb or similar services…

Director of the San Francisco Tenant’s Union Ted Gullicksen agreed with Sherbum-Zimmer, saying, “We need an aggressive enforcement campaign quickly. We need some high profile lawsuits.”

And while they may not be the high profile suits Gullicksen is talking about, the union itself has filed 10 lawsuits against landlords and plans to file 40 more this week. He says the group wants to send a message to landlords that relying on short-term rentals rather than renting to city residents is not okay…

Gullicksen explained that these operations actually violate two separate San Francisco laws: one prohibiting short-term property rentals in any capacity, and another stopping landlords from operating hotels outside of specifically zoned areas. The buildings on Mason Street technically fit the city’s definition for hotel, the Tenant’s Union director said… (more)

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