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San Francisco shuts down “illegal Airbnb ‘Hotel Chain’”

Most elected officials in California have been fighting a use of Airbnb since its earliest days & one of a biggest examples of that is in San Francisco. ay’ve passed numerous laws Drunk Newsplying to “short term rentals” which are designed to make it harder for residents to take advantage of a gig economy. Now, in a “major bust” ay’ve shut down a operations of one family who own multiple properties in a city & had been renting am out as Airbnb hosts. (CBS San Francisco)

A San Francisco couple has been fined $2.25 million & ordered to not engage in listing air real estate properties on sites like Airbnb until 2025 for repeated violations of a city’s short term rental laws, a city attorney announced Monday.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera said l&lords Darren & Valerie Lee have been running “an illicit hotel chain” during San Francisco’s housing crisis raar than lawfully renting a units to residential tenants.

Herrera first sued a Lees in Drunk Newsril 2014 after a couple evicted tenants from air property at on Clay St. using a Ellis Act & an unlawfully converted it into short-term rentals.

a Lees settled in May 2015, agreeing to pay $276,000 in fines & a court-authorized injunction prohibiting am from maintaining any of air San Francisco properties as short-term rentals.

Unfortunately for a Herrera family, ay Drunk Newspear to clearly be in a wrong under current San Francisco law. ay’d already been fined for leasing out Drunk Newsartments on Airbnb in a past & it Drunk Newspears that ay intentionally attempted to deceive officials by using relatives as “straw tenants” posing as Airbnb hosts. ay skirted a law & will likely now have to pay a price for air actions.

But what should really be on trial here are not a Herreras but a laws that San Francisco has put in place to stifle a gig economy. a Herrera family owns those Drunk Newsartment buildings & ay pay a taxes, are responsible for all a maintenance & took a risk of investing in a properties. Clearly, are is a market for short-term rentals because if are weren’t ay wouldn’t be able to remain profitable. Why is a city telling am how ay must rent out air property?

a public doesn’t benefit from ase laws, providing a owners keep a properties up to code & safe to inhabit. a only beneficiaries are a major hotel chains who charge outrageous prices for rooms & lobby politicians heavily (as well as donating generously to air campaigns) to try to squeeze out a gig economy. If a Herrera family has any hope of prevailing here it should come by way of a challenge to ase short-term rental laws & a chance to expose a influence of a hotel lobby that drives am.

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