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Supervisors Approve Strict New Limits on Airbnb-ing in San Francisco

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors has approved the proposed ordinance which would limit the number of days any unit that hasn’t already been registered with the City can be rented on a short-term basis (a.k.a. Airbnb’ed) to no more than 60 days per year, regardless of whether a rental... Read More »

Mayor Moves to Control Proliferation of Legal Grow Houses in SF

Mayor Moves to Control Proliferation of Legal Grow Houses in SF

Fearing a proliferation of indoor grow houses following the passage of California’s Adult Use Marijuana Act (a.k.a. Proposition 64) last week, Mayor Ed Lee has just introduced proposed legislation which would require conditional use authorization for new “indoor agriculture uses” in buildings zoned for Production, Distribution and Repair (PDR),... Read More »

Ordinance to Further Limit Airbnb-ing and Lawsuits Closer to Vote

Speaking of legislation which could radically affect Airbnb(ing) in San Francisco, the proposed ordinance which would limit the number of days any unit that hasn’t already been registered with the City to no more than 60 days per year, regardless of whether a rental was hosted (i.e., the host... Read More »

Judge Backs Law That Could Ban Majority of Airbnb Rentals in SF

Judge Backs Law That Could Ban Majority of Airbnb Rentals in SF

A federal judge has rejected the arguments of Airbnb and HomeAway that their online listings and subsequent transactions are protected by the First Amendment and Federal Communications Decency Act, upholding San Francisco’s amended Short-Term rentals law which now requires hosting platforms to verify that the units they offer for rent... Read More »

Cab Company Seeking Legacy Business Status in San Francisco

Cab Company Seeking Legacy Business Status in San Francisco

In a sign of the times with a side of irony, the Luxor Cab Company, which has operated in San Francisco since 1928, has applied for Legacy Business status and a grant from the city. From the Planning Department’s summary of the business and application (which it’s recommending be... Read More »

Eviction Protection for Parents and Educators in SF Overturned

A Superior Court Judge has officially invalidated San Francisco’s recently adopted law which had expanded eviction protections for tenants with a resident child under 18 years of age and extended said protections to educators – which was defined as any person who works at a school in San Francisco... Read More »

Legislation to Allow New In-Law Units throughout San Francisco

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors is slated to approve legislation which will allow more in-law units to be added to existing buildings throughout San Francisco. And the bargaining chip ballot measure designed to put pressure on the Board’s passage of the legislation is slated to be withdrawn. Under the... Read More »

Senators Urge Federal Investigation into Use of Airbnb

Senators Urge Federal Investigation into Use of Airbnb

Concerned that short-term rentals “may be exacerbating housing shortages and driving up the cost of housing in communities,” U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (California), Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts) and Brian Schatz (Hawaii) are urging the Federal Trade Commission to launch a formal investigation into the commercial use of short-term rental... Read More »

Bonus Height Program for Affordable Developments Approved, But…

Bonus Height Program for Affordable Developments Approved, But…

While San Francisco’s proposed Affordable Housing Bonus Program, which would allow market-rate developers to build up to two stories higher than currently zoned in exchange for pricing 30 percent of the development at below market rates, remains DOA, a pared-down program which would only apply to 100 percent below... Read More »

Airbnb Sues San Francisco

Arguing that its listings are protected by the First Amendment and a couple of Federal Communications Acts, regardless of whether or not said listings are for offerings which are illegal, Airbnb has filed suit in District Court seeking an injunction to block the recently adopted amendment to San Francisco’s... Read More »