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Thousands Violate SF Housing Laws, Few Face Penalties

May 20, 2016

By Bigad Shaban, Jeremy Carroll and Kevin Nious : nbcbayarea – excerpt – (includes video)

We go undercover and reveal landlords who convert residential homes into illegal hotels for tourists…

San Francisco is home to one of the most expensive housing markets in the country. With rent prices soaring, more and more people are looking to earn some extra cash by renting out their homes to tourists through websites like Airbnb and Craigslist.

But as the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit uncovered, many of these listings are illegal, with thousands breaking the law each day and getting away with it.

Short-term rentals can be a big payday for landlords, but that means less housing and higher prices for anyone looking for a place to live.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors first identified the crunch on affordable housing in the 1980s when the city moved to ban all short-terms rentals. The measure was intended to stop landlords from converting residential homes into makeshift hotels…

Last year, the city loosened those restrictions, allowing permanent residents to rent out their homes if they register with the Office of Short Term Rentals and follow certain restrictions…

In April, Supervisor Campos introduced a bill that would streamline the registration process and penalize homeshare websites like Airbnb when users post illegal properties. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is expected to take up that debate over the next few weeks… (more)

PART TWO: Illegal Short-Term Rentals Can be Nightmare for Neighbors : San Francisco officials say short-term rental platforms such as Airbnb are not doing enough to enforce the rules… (more)

 Stay tuned for more…post comments on the host site. We need more investigative reporting on these subjects.


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