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Why Should I Trust Airbnb? (You Shouldn’t)

Question: Why Should I Trust Airbnb?
Answer: You Shouldn’t

On April 19 2015, David Owen posted this item on the Airbnb website…
Supporting Small Business in San Francisco )
(from an economic impact study Airbnb commissioned)

The average Airbnb host earns $13,000 per year hosting – money they use to pay the bills and stay in San Francisco, and shop at businesses like yours.

On April 23 2015 (morning hours), David Owen posted this item on the Airbnb website…
Introducing San Francisco’s Home Sharing 11 )

According to a recent economic impact study, the average Airbnb host in San Francisco makes a little more than $1,000 each month from hosting.

On April 23 2015 (evening hours), David Owen said this during his 2 minute public comment piece before the San Francisco Planning Commission…

“A few things are abundantly clear.  Every month Airbnb collects and remits more than  $1,000,000 in hotel taxes for the city of San Francisco.  Every month the average host here in San Francisco  makes between $500 and $1000.”

It’s a good thing he wasn’t under oath at the Planning Commission meeting.

“Between five hundred and a thousand dollars” = an average of $750 per month (or $9000 per year) for the average San Francisco Airbnb host. Four days earlier he had stated “$13,000 per year” and the very morning of the meeting video he had stated “a little more than $1,000 each month” (same as “$13,000 per year”). But within a few hours that was downsized to an average of $750 per month per San Francisco Airbnb host. What happened?

$250 per month may not sound like much, but in the Airbnb PR war with public opinion the less that hosts are purported to earn, the less it sounds like a commercial endeavor. Every dollar (less) helps when you want it to look like a mom & pop operation. And the fact that he lowered it by $250 only when speaking to the Planning Commission, knowing full well it was low-balled, is disturbing.

But we’re not done. What is ‘abundantly clear’ is that Mr Owen can contend (1) That the average Airbnb San Francisco host makes $1000 per month, or (2) that Airbnb remits over $1,000,000 in hotel taxes to the city each month. But he cannot have both. Those two statements cannot co-exist in the same universe, not using the mathematics I learned in school.

Get out your calculator…

From October 1 2014 thru May 4 2015 I ran 11 ‘data scrapes’ of Airbnb’s website for San Francisco rentals. The total number of unique hosts, on average, was 4096. The math goes like this:

Scenario 1 is based on David Owen’s statement that the average San Francisco Airbnb host makes $13,000 per year ($1083 per month). I added the 3% Host Fee Airbnb charges, then I added a 9% Guest Fee they charge (it’s actually variable from 6-12%, so I used the average), then I multiplied this by 4096 hosts to get the monthly gross, which is the hotel taxable amount, and then computed the 14% hotel tax. The resulting tax paid is $300,000 short of the $1,000,000 claimed by Mr Owen.

Scanario 2 is based on David Owen’s statement that Airbnb remits (over) $1,000,000 in hotel tax to the city each month. Here I worked backwards, but using the same calculations, to arrive at the minimum monthly (and yearly) host income necessary to justify $1,000,000 in San Francisco hotel tax for 4096 hosts. The yearly average host income required is $18,639, and the monthly average host income required is $1553. This is twice the amount stated by David Owen to the SF Planning Commission.

“1000 per month” $1M Hotel Tax
Scenario 1 Scenario 2
Host Earnings Per Year $13,000 $18,639
Host Earnings Per Month $1,083 $1,553
Host Earnings Pre 3% Host Fee Charged $1,116 $1,600
Add 9%(avg) Guest Fee for Airbnb $1,216 $1,744
Avg Host Count (Oct 1 2014 thru May 4 2015) 4096 4096
Monthly Airbnb Gross (4096 Hosts) $4,981,794 $7,142,857
SF Hotel Tax (14%) $697,451 $1,000,000
Airbnb Tax (claimed) Paid 1000000 $1,000,000
Minimum Missing Tax $302,549 $0.00
Minimum Missing Income Pre Tax $2,161,063 $0.00

Which leads me to conclude…

It is fairly obvious that David Owen deliberately mislead the Planning Commission when he stated that the average San Francisco Airbnb host earned (an average of) $750 per month, when he had posted a number over 33% larger online, just that morning (and four days earlier). By my calculations above his $750 amount is actually only half of the minimum necessary to justify the monthly hotel tax amount claimed. Whether he knows this or not, I cannot say. But until Airbnb can show me better math skills than they have so far, I will live by this rule of thumb:

Whatever Airbnb says is probably 50% true. And 50% false.
OR
Whatever Airbnb says, there is a 50% chance that it is true. And a 50% chance it is false.

[added] The chance of Airbnb’s statements being truthful is equivalent to the best bet you’ll find in a Las Vegas casino (the ‘odds’ bet on a craps table, even money). That shouldn’t bother you, if you like the idea of your city’s housing stock being manipulated by the motivations of a Las Vegas casino owner.

 

 

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Intent to Evict (Ellis Act, OMI), and Condominium Maps ~ April 2015

Intent to Evict (Ellis Act, OMI), and Condominium Maps ~ April 2015
*note: if SF Planning site offers multiple APNs, APN listed here has probably been sub-divided; some CRIIS links may show more names than listed here–these are not necessarily involved in intent to evict notice

These are “NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL FROM RENT OR LEASE” records recently posted by City Recorder, which is required prior to (this type of) an Ellis Act Eviction.
Click on links for CRIIS website owner, records info
Click on APN number (####?-###?) for link to SF Planning Property Map website (from there you can click a link to see all CRIIS records for that property)

Ellis Act Eviction • Withdrawal of Units from Rent or Lease

Show Name Detail Show APN Detail 04/08/2015 K043748-00 NOTICE E WITHDRAWAL OF RNTL UNTS FRM RNT OR LSE
[1222 to 1222 YORK ST; ] 4267-007
SHAPY INTERNATIONAL INC

Owner = SHAPY INTERNATIONAL INC, Address = 1222 to 1222 YORK ST;
CntRecords = 1

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These are “NOTICE OF CONSTRAINTS ON REAL PROPERTY” records recently posted by City Recorder, which is required prior to an Owner Move-in Eviction.
Click on links for CRIIS website owner, records info
Click on APN number (####?-###?) for link to SF Planning Property Map website (from there you can click a link to see all CRIIS records for that property)

OMI Eviction • Owner Move-In

Show Name Detail Show APN Detail 04/09/2015 K044318-00 [CONSTRAINTS]
2015 K044318-00 04/09/2015 [1805 to 1807 DIVISADERO ST; ] 1049-058
DIVISADERO IRREVOCABLE TR JUDD & MARILYN REDDEN RVC TR LOUIS A SCHMIDT RVC TR REDDEN MARILYN S SANDERS SUSAN SCHMIDT LOUIS A
Show Name Detail Show APN Detail 04/09/2015 K044317-00 [CONSTRAINTS]
2015 K044317-00 04/09/2015 [412 to 420 NOE ST; ] 3582-090
MCGUIRK CARMEN
Show Name Detail Show APN Detail 04/09/2015 K044316-00 [CONSTRAINTS]
2015 K044316-00 04/09/2015 [412 to 420 NOE ST; ] 3582-090
MCGUIRK CARMEN
Show Name Detail Show APN Detail 04/09/2015 K044315-00 [CONSTRAINTS]
2015 K044315-00 04/09/2015 [20 to 30 EUGENIA AVE; ] 5673-044
LIN HUI-RU LO SHENG-WEI
Show Name Detail Show APN Detail 04/09/2015 K044314-00 [CONSTRAINTS]
2015 K044314-00 04/09/2015 [2833 to 2835 UNION ST; ] 0949-023
LAS BLOCK LLC
Show Name Detail Show APN Detail 04/09/2015 K044313-00 [CONSTRAINTS]
2015 K044313-00 04/09/2015 [2833 to 2835 UNION ST; ] 0949-023
LAST BLOCK LLC

Owner = ARCHULETA AMANDA ESTELLE, Address = 177 to 179 PRECITA AVE; 177 to 179 PRECITA AVE;
Owner = ARCHULETA MARSHA, Address = 177 to 179 PRECITA AVE; 177 to 179 PRECITA AVE;
Owner = DIVISADERO IRREVOCABLE TR, Address = 1805 to 1807 DIVISADERO ST;
Owner = HU ZHEN, Address = 244 to 244 WHEELER AVE;
Owner = JUDD & MARILYN REDDEN RVC TR, Address = 1805 to 1807 DIVISADERO ST;
Owner = LAS BLOCK LLC, Address = 2833 to 2835 UNION ST;
Owner = LAST BLOCK LLC, Address = 2833 to 2835 UNION ST;
Owner = LIN HUI-RU, Address = 20 to 30 EUGENIA AVE;
Owner = LO SHENG-WEI, Address = 20 to 30 EUGENIA AVE;
Owner = LOUIS A SCHMIDT RVC TR, Address = 1805 to 1807 DIVISADERO ST;
Owner = MARSHA ARCHULETA TRUST, Address = 177 to 179 PRECITA AVE; 177 to 179 PRECITA AVE;
Owner = MCGUIRK CARMEN, Address = 412 to 420 NOE ST; 412 to 420 NOE ST;
Owner = REDDEN MARILYN S, Address = 1805 to 1807 DIVISADERO ST;
Owner = SANDERS SUSAN, Address = 1805 to 1807 DIVISADERO ST;
Owner = SCHMIDT LOUIS A, Address = 1805 to 1807 DIVISADERO ST;
Owner = VOUTYRAS KATHERINE, Address = 268 to 268 JOOST AVE; 268 to 268 JOOST AVE;
CntRecords = 11

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These are “CONDOMINIUM MAP” records recently posted by City Recorder.
Each condominium map applies to the property/APN lot, not an individual condominium. It can be a map for one or many planned condominium units.
Click on links for CRIIS website owner, records info
Click on APN number (####?-###?) for link to SF Planning Property Map website (from there you can click a link to see all CRIIS records for that property)

Condominium Map

Show Name Detail Show APN Detail 04/27/2015 K052575-00 [CONDOMAP]
2015 K052575-00 04/27/2015 [971 to 971 ALABAMA ST; ] 4146-023
BAEREBD SEBASTIAN W BAEREND FAMILY TRUST BAEREND LINDA PETERS CONFROTO ELENA E PONS
Show Name Detail Show APN Detail 04/27/2015 K052574-00 [CONDOMAP]
2015 K052574-00 04/27/2015 [1567 to 1567 SANCHEZ ST; ] 6619-018
GRANT ROY WANG YING
Show Name Detail Show APN Detail 04/27/2015 K052573-00 [CONDOMAP]
2015 K052573-00 04/27/2015 [1210 to 1214 ALABAMA ST; ] 4270-002
GEBALA DAVID A HUSS DANIEL MARSDEN KIERAN P
Show Name Detail Show APN Detail 04/22/2015 K050972-00 [CONDOMAP]
2015 K050972-00 04/22/2015 [671 to 673 03RD AVE; ] 1641-018
671 & 673 3RD AVE LAU FAMILY TRUST LAU JONIE LAU TOL LAU YUK-SWA
Show Name Detail Show APN Detail 04/22/2015 K050971-00 [CONDOMAP]
2015 K050971-00 04/22/2015 [2615 to 2617 SACRAMENTO ST; ] 0634-032
2615-2617A-2617B SACRAMENTO ST ALEC M MAKDESSIAN REVOCABLE TRUST CRAWFORD ANDREW LLEWELLYN SARAH MAFFIA MICHAEL MAKDESSIAN ALEC M
Show Name Detail Show APN Detail 04/17/2015 K048115-00 [CONDOMAP]
2015 K048115-00 04/17/2015 [2 to 2 BRUMISS TER; ] 6472-022
5875 MISSION ST CHAN ALAN CHUNG MING LEE CINDY ZHOU TAM YIN KWAN
Show Name Detail Show APN Detail 04/17/2015 K048114-00 [CONDOMAP]
2015 K048114-00 04/17/2015 [4231 to 4233 24TH ST; ] 6505-044
4231-4233 24TH ST CHAVEZ THOMAS A CHEN ROSALYN
Show Name Detail Show APN Detail 04/17/2015 K048113-00 [CONDOMAP]
2015 K048113-00 04/17/2015 [920 to 922 ESMERALDA AVE; ] 5550-042
DYKMAN DAMIEN S FRAISSE ESTELLE MITCHELL CAROL A
Show Name Detail Show APN Detail 04/17/2015 K048077-00 [CONDOMAP]
2015 K048077-00 04/17/2015 [1 to 5 CENTRAL AVE; ] 1256-003
1 & 5 CENTRAL AVE HARDER DAN LEIGHTON MICHELLE MADDEN DAVID J SCHULMAN ORA
Show Name Detail Show APN Detail 04/16/2015 K047043-00 [CONDOMAP]
2015 K047043-00 04/16/2015 [174 to 190 SAN CARLOS ST; ] 3589-048
CARON GAETAN KASHOU MARIO M PATRICK KRISTIN LEIGH PORAY AMANDA K WATSON ROBERT OWEN
Show Name Detail Show APN Detail 04/02/2015 K041381-00 [CONDOMAP]
2015 K041381-00 04/02/2015 [1762 to 1764 BAY ST; ] 0436F-016
CLEMENS MICHAEL G LEVENTINI HEATHER LEVENTINI JOHN WIXSON AMY
Show Name Detail Show APN Detail 04/02/2015 K041379-00 [CONDOMAP]
2015 K041379-00 04/02/2015 [NO ADDR] 4151-020
MYTILINAOIS EFSTATHIOS PARKER ROBERT S

Owner = 1 & 5 CENTRAL AVE, Address = 1 to 5 CENTRAL AVE;
Owner = 2615-2617A-2617B SACRAMENTO ST, Address = 2615 to 2617 SACRAMENTO ST;
Owner = 4231-4233 24TH ST, Address = 4231 to 4233 24TH ST;
Owner = 5875 MISSION ST, Address = 2 to 2 BRUMISS TER;
Owner = 671 & 673 3RD AVE, Address = 671 to 673 03RD AVE;
Owner = ALEC M MAKDESSIAN REVOCABLE TRUST, Address = 2615 to 2617 SACRAMENTO ST;
Owner = BAEREBD SEBASTIAN W, Address = 971 to 971 ALABAMA ST;
Owner = BAEREND FAMILY TRUST, Address = 971 to 971 ALABAMA ST;
Owner = BAEREND LINDA PETERS, Address = 971 to 971 ALABAMA ST;
Owner = CARON GAETAN, Address = 174 to 190 SAN CARLOS ST;
Owner = CHAN ALAN CHUNG MING, Address = 2 to 2 BRUMISS TER;
Owner = CHAVEZ THOMAS A, Address = 4231 to 4233 24TH ST;
Owner = CHEN ROSALYN, Address = 4231 to 4233 24TH ST;
Owner = CLEMENS MICHAEL G, Address = 1762 to 1764 BAY ST;
Owner = CONFROTO ELENA E PONS, Address = 971 to 971 ALABAMA ST;
Owner = CRAWFORD ANDREW, Address = 2615 to 2617 SACRAMENTO ST;
Owner = DYKMAN DAMIEN S, Address = 920 to 922 ESMERALDA AVE;
Owner = FRAISSE ESTELLE, Address = 920 to 922 ESMERALDA AVE;
Owner = GEBALA DAVID A, Address = 1210 to 1214 ALABAMA ST;
Owner = GRANT ROY, Address = 1567 to 1567 SANCHEZ ST;
Owner = HARDER DAN, Address = 1 to 5 CENTRAL AVE;
Owner = HUSS DANIEL, Address = 1210 to 1214 ALABAMA ST;
Owner = KASHOU MARIO M, Address = 174 to 190 SAN CARLOS ST;
Owner = LAU FAMILY TRUST, Address = 671 to 673 03RD AVE;
Owner = LAU JONIE, Address = 671 to 673 03RD AVE;
Owner = LAU TOL, Address = 671 to 673 03RD AVE;
Owner = LAU YUK-SWA, Address = 671 to 673 03RD AVE;
Owner = LEE CINDY ZHOU, Address = 2 to 2 BRUMISS TER;
Owner = LEIGHTON MICHELLE, Address = 1 to 5 CENTRAL AVE;
Owner = LEVENTINI HEATHER, Address = 1762 to 1764 BAY ST;
Owner = LEVENTINI JOHN, Address = 1762 to 1764 BAY ST;
Owner = LLEWELLYN SARAH, Address = 2615 to 2617 SACRAMENTO ST;
Owner = MADDEN DAVID J, Address = 1 to 5 CENTRAL AVE;
Owner = MAFFIA MICHAEL, Address = 2615 to 2617 SACRAMENTO ST;
Owner = MAKDESSIAN ALEC M, Address = 2615 to 2617 SACRAMENTO ST;
Owner = MARSDEN KIERAN P, Address = 1210 to 1214 ALABAMA ST;
Owner = MITCHELL CAROL A, Address = 920 to 922 ESMERALDA AVE;
Owner = MYTILINAOIS EFSTATHIOS, Address = NO ADDR
Owner = PARKER ROBERT S, Address = NO ADDR
Owner = PATRICK KRISTIN LEIGH, Address = 174 to 190 SAN CARLOS ST;
Owner = PORAY AMANDA K, Address = 174 to 190 SAN CARLOS ST;
Owner = SCHULMAN ORA, Address = 1 to 5 CENTRAL AVE;
Owner = TAM YIN KWAN, Address = 2 to 2 BRUMISS TER;
Owner = WANG YING, Address = 1567 to 1567 SANCHEZ ST;
Owner = WATSON ROBERT OWEN, Address = 174 to 190 SAN CARLOS ST;
Owner = WIXSON AMY, Address = 1762 to 1764 BAY ST;
CntRecords = 12

 

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Airbnb in San Francisco on May 4 2015

On May 4 2015 I found 5312 San Francisco rentals on Airbnb.
This is a 660 increase over the number of rentals found on April 18 2015.

From Oct 1 2014 thru May 4 2015 the average number of San Francisco rentals found on Airbnb is 5148. This table shows, for each date, the count, the count plus/minus compared to the average, and the percentage compared to the average.

TABLE 1 : Total Rental Counts by Date

date COUNT AVG-UP/DN AVG-PERC
20141001 5429 281 5.5%
20141024 4784 -364 -7.1%
20141116 4987 -161 -3.1%
20141204 5507 359 7.0%
20141225 5544 396 7.7%
20150125 5431 283 5.5%
20150210 5080 -68 -1.3%
20150228 4580 -568 -11.0%
20150324 5321 173 3.4%
20150418 4652 -496 -9.6%
20150504 5312 164 3.2%

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This chart shows the breakdown of San Francisco rentals, by Apartment vs House, and Shared vs Not Shared (Shared=”Private Room” or “Shared Room”, Not Shared = Entire Apartment/House is for rent; “Other” are rentals considered jokes or accommodations not germane to the discussion here, such as boats, yurts, tree-houses, etc, although it also includes dorms and hotels, which are worthy of a separate discussion of Airbnb’s effects).

• 70% of the San Francisco rentals on Airbnb are Apartments vs 27.2% Houses
• 2/3 of the Apartments are Not Shared
• Slightly more (2.2%) Houses are Shared over Not Shared
• Overall Not Shared rentals are nearly 60% vs 40% Shared

Chart 1 : Apartment vs House, Shared vs Not Shared

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This line chart shows the per-date change vs the overall percentage as in Table 1 above, with some notable event dates indicated. There appears to be a relationship between these events and the rise and fall of San Francisco Airbnb rentals.

Chart 2 : Overall Fluctuation by Date

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Here is a table depicting Hosts by number of rentals and how many rentals they control (and the percentage that is of the overall total of San Francisco rentals on Airbnb).
• Only 2/3 of San Francisco Airbnb rentals are rented by single-rental hosts.
• One third (1791) are rented by multi-rental hosts. In theory 828 of these can include some ‘legitimate’ Airbnb hosts who rent the same property twice, once as a shared or private room, and again as entire apartment/house.
• 18.1% of all San Francisco Airbnb rentals are controlled by hosts renting 3 or more units. None of these (in whole) can be considered ‘legitimate’ Airbnb rentals according to our Short Term Rental regulations.

Table 2 : Hosts by Number of Rentals

Rentals
Per Host
Hosts Sum
of Rentals
Percent
of All
1 3521 3521 66.3%
2 414 828 15.6%
3 97 291 5.5%
4 36 144 2.7%
5 27 135 2.5%
6 12 72 1.4%
7 4 28 0.5%
8 5 40 0.8%
9 2 18 0.3%
11 3 33 0.6%
12 3 36 0.7%
13 4 52 1.0%
14 1 14 0.3%
15 2 30 0.6%
22 2 44 0.8%
26 1 26 0.5%

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Airbnb spokesperson David Owen has stated that “each month Airbnb pays to the city of San Francisco over $1,000,000 in Hotel Taxes” and “each month Airbnb hosts in San Francisco average between $500 and $1000 to help them to stay in San Francisco” (for one source see the video of San Francisco Planning Commission meeting on April 23 2015, David Owen’s statement during public comments).

(this gets a little complicated, you may want to get out your calculator)

On May 4 I found 4134 hosts renting 5312 units on Airbnb.
4134 hosts averaged (high for Mr Owen’s numbers) at $1000 each = Host net receipts of $4,134,000 per month.
$1,000,000 in Hotel Tax (14%) = Airbnb gross receipts of $7,142,857 per month.
Which leaves us with this question…
• Is Airbnb earning (gross), with its maximum 15% take of gross revenue, from San Francisco alone, per month, the remaining $3,008,857?
• Or, are hosts making more than Mr Owen contends?

At a Gross Monthly Income of $7,142,857, minus Airbnb’s ‘cut’ of 3% Host fee and 9% Guest Fee (actually variable from 6-12%; I used the middle 9%) of $857,143, the Host Net would be $6,285,714, which would work out to an average of $1,520 per Host ($18,245 per year). This may seem like a minor discrepancy, but it’s indicative of how Airbnb throws numbers out to the public (and government regulators) that cannot be trusted. Airbnb knows that the more their hosts are known to earn, the less sympathy the public will have for their ’cause’. The more that hosting on Airbnb is recognized as a profit-making endeavor, the less believable their constant refrain of “helping ordinary people pay their rent and property taxes”.

Another way to look at it is this:
If Airbnb is paying $1,000,000 per month in Hotel Tax, that’s $7,142,857 gross receipts.
If 4134 hosts averaged $1000 each, that equals Host net receipts of $4,134,000 per month.
That gives Airbnb a gross take of $3,008,857.
If Airbnb’s maximum take is 3%+12%, then the actual gross receipts is (3,008,857 / 15 * 100) $20,059,046 per month. And the 14% Hotel Tax on that is $2,808,266. Which indicates that Airbnb is cheating the city of San Francisco of $1.8 million per month.

The fact that the numbers don’t add up gives more credence to the claim that we need to be able to examine the actual numbers to discern who might not be paying what they are, by law, supposed to be paying. Personally, it makes me wonder if $1,000,000 per month in hotel taxes paid by Airbnb in San Francisco is a valid amount–or is it just a number they decided on paying because it sounds good in their media PR, and they know the city of San Francisco has no way of verifying it?

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I found 5277 rentals with a valid ‘price’ field. Here are the counts, average price, standard deviation, by AHO (Apartment, House, Other) and by Share Type.

Table 3 : Average Rental Prices

AHOU share type count AvgPrice StdDev
A Entire home/apt 2444 $238.66 $337.12
A Private room 1118 $123.15 $54.32
A Shared room 120 $94.56 $76.62
H Entire home/apt 659 $360.10 $484.56
H Private room 710 $133.35 $390.64
H Shared room 65 $61.35 $29.16
O Entire home/apt 51 $210.57 $111.47
O Private room 76 $122.99 $57.28
O Shared room 34 $343.15 $1,706.37
Total 5277

Table 4 : Rental Price Ratios

PRICE RATIOS Shared Private Entire
Apartment 0.77 1.00 1.94
House 0.46 1.00 2.70
PRICE RATIOS Apartment House
Shared 1.00 0.65
Private 1.00 1.08
Entire 1.00 1.51

Based on Airbnb’s (David Owen’s) statement of “Each month we pay over $1,000,000 Hotel Tax to the city of San Francisco”…

Based on the nightly price figures from Table 3, we get the following (numbers are for 100% occupancy rate, until end):

Table 5 : Estimated Gross, Hotel Tax, and Occupancy Rate

TotalDailyBaseRateIncome $1,100,042.59
AddAirbnb9%GuestFee $1,199,046.42
YearlyGross $437,651,943.48
MonthlyGross $36,470,995.29
14%TaxPerMonth $5,105,939.34
AirbnbTaxPaid $1,000,000.00
OccupancyRate 19.6%

The 9% Airbnb Guest Fee is midway between the actual 6-12% variable fee.
The overall average occupancy rate is 19.6% (would actually be slightly more as David Owen states they pay ‘more than’ $1M per month in Hotel Tax).
This does not include income from extra fees (cleaning, pets, extra guests, etc) (which would lower occupancy rate). This does not account for duplicate rentals (same address as Private Room and Entire Apartment) (would raise occupancy rate).

This is a very general estimated average, based upon an unverified statement of David Owen (unverified: (1) Airbnb pays $1,000,000+ per month in SF Hotel Tax, and (2) $1,000,000+ per month is the correct amount of Hotel Tax owed by Airbnb).

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Regarding Airbnb’s statement “72% of bookings leave reviews”.
Based on the “72%” quote, and 5.1 nights average stay, and David Owen’s “We pay $1M+ per month to San Francisco in hotel tax”…
…the numbers I get match up remarkably well (see note below).

For the period:
10/1/2014 5/4/2015 =215 days
=7.06 Months

I subtracted, for each roomid, MAX(visible_review_count)-MIN(visible_review_count) = Number reviews this 7month period, then multiplied x average price x 5.1 days x 1.09 (avg) GuestFee and got…
(calc : bookings :  gross : tax)
SUM : 45423 : $42,387,580 : $5,934,261
Monthly :  6426 : $5,996,693 : $839,537

Then I added the ‘missing’ 28% (not reviewed) and got:
SUM : 63088 : $58,871,639 : $8,242,029
Monthly :8925 : $8,328,740 : $1,166,024

The $1,166,024 matches Airbnb alleged tax paid/owed.
(no extra fees included here, which would raise the end totals)

But… as Airbnb has been known to fiddle with its publicly quoted data, I would not be surprised to learn eventually that the actual quote should be “72% of Airbnb Hosts leave a review when they stay at another Airbnb listing (not their own)” (non-host stays are reviewd at a much lower rate). ‘72%’ seems high to me for any type of active public response rate—unless you get a reciprocal payback in kind, as a host is looking for. And then a new formula will have to be devised to calculate estimated gross income.
But until then, this seems to match up well.

*Note: It’s (very) possible that “MAX(visible_review_count)-MIN(visible_review_count)” does not count all unique, new reviews. If a roomid has MAX=12 and MIN=8, resulting in 4 ‘new’ reviews, it is possible that the 8 not counted are not the same 8 reviews from date to date. For example, 2 of these 8 could be removed and replaced by 2 new reviews, which would not be counted. The end result calculations should be considered a minimum of gross receipts and hotel taxes due.

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Table 6 are numbers using only Entire Apartment Rentals (Not Shared, no Houses).
‘SINGLE RENTAL’ are hosts renting only one Entire Apartment (they could be renting one, or many, or none, Private Rooms or Shared Rooms) (therefore “HOSTS”=”RENTALS” in the chart).
‘MULTI RENTAL’ are hosts renting two or more Entire Apartments (they could be renting one, or many, or none, Private Rooms or Shared Rooms).
Overall, the number of Multi Entire Apartment hosts is going up, as is their percentage of this market share (especially recently). Currently these percentages are higher than they’ve ever been (since Oct 1 2014).

Table 6 : Entire Apartment Rentals, by Single-Rental Hosts vs Multi-Rental Hosts

SINGLE RENTAL MULTI RENTAL
DATE HOSTS RENTALS HOSTS RENTALS %HOSTS %RENTALS
20141001 2149 2149 156 436 6.8% 16.9%
20141024 1921 1921 122 331 6.0% 14.7%
20141116 1999 1999 122 333 5.8% 14.3%
20141204 2202 2202 159 452 6.7% 17.0%
20141225 2254 2254 136 393 5.7% 14.8%
20150125 2157 2157 138 406 6.0% 15.8%
20150210 1996 1996 133 364 6.2% 15.4%
20150228 1802 1802 116 312 6.0% 14.8%
20150324 2011 2011 154 424 7.1% 17.4%
20150418 1774 1774 131 351 6.9% 16.5%
20150504 2000 2000 161 442 7.5% 18.1%

Chart 3 : Entire Apartment Rentals, by Single-Rental Hosts vs Multi-Rental Hosts

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Table 7 : Host Home Locations

Each Airbnb host lists a ‘Home Location’, presumably where they live. The table shows this broken down by hosts who claim to be from San Francisco, those who claim to be from California (not  San Francisco), United States (not California), and Foreign (not United States) (some claim a generic ‘California’, which I assume to not be San Francisco, or a generic ‘United States’, which I assume to not be California).

‘PERC-1′ = Percentage of total rentals for San Francisco
‘PERC-2′ = Percentage of Apartment, or House, or Other rentals for San Francisco
‘PERC-3′ = Percentage of Apartment, or House, or Other, then by ‘roomtype’ rentals for San Francisco

AHO roomtype SCUFX COUNT PERC-1 PERC-2 PERC-3
Apartment Entire home/apt California 83 1.6% 2.3% 3.5%
Apartment Entire home/apt Foreign 20 0.4% 0.6% 0.8%
Apartment Entire home/apt San Francisco 2045 39.9% 57.2% 86.4%
Apartment Entire home/apt United States 217 4.2% 6.1% 9.2%
Apartment Entire home/apt (Unknown) 1 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Apartment Private room California 38 0.7% 1.1% 3.5%
Apartment Private room Foreign 22 0.4% 0.6% 2.0%
Apartment Private room San Francisco 944 18.4% 26.4% 86.3%
Apartment Private room United States 90 1.8% 2.5% 8.2%
Apartment Shared room California 2 0.0% 0.1% 1.7%
Apartment Shared room Foreign 3 0.1% 0.1% 2.5%
Apartment Shared room San Francisco 98 1.9% 2.7% 83.1%
Apartment Shared room United States 15 0.3% 0.4% 12.7%
House Entire home/apt California 17 0.3% 1.2% 2.7%
House Entire home/apt Foreign 3 0.1% 0.2% 0.5%
House Entire home/apt San Francisco 558 10.9% 40.1% 87.2%
House Entire home/apt United States 61 1.2% 4.4% 9.5%
House Entire home/apt (Unknown) 1 0.0% 0.1% 0.2%
House Private room California 10 0.2% 0.7% 1.5%
House Private room Foreign 7 0.1% 0.5% 1.0%
House Private room San Francisco 622 12.1% 44.7% 90.4%
House Private room United States 49 1.0% 3.5% 7.1%
House Shared room California 7 0.1% 0.5% 10.8%
House Shared room Foreign 1 0.0% 0.1% 1.5%
House Shared room San Francisco 57 1.1% 4.1% 87.7%
(Other) Entire home/apt California 17 0.3% 10.9% 34.7%
(Other) Entire home/apt Foreign 1 0.0% 0.6% 2.0%
(Other) Entire home/apt San Francisco 19 0.4% 12.2% 38.8%
(Other) Entire home/apt United States 12 0.2% 7.7% 24.5%
(Other) Private room California 3 0.1% 1.9% 4.0%
(Other) Private room Foreign 1 0.0% 0.6% 1.3%
(Other) Private room San Francisco 51 1.0% 32.7% 68.0%
(Other) Private room United States 20 0.4% 12.8% 26.7%
(Other) Shared room California 4 0.1% 2.6% 12.5%
(Other) Shared room San Francisco 14 0.3% 9.0% 43.8%
(Other) Shared room United States 14 0.3% 9.0% 43.8%

Table 7b : Host Home Locations (Non SF Combined, Ratios of Not Shared vs Shared)

Same as above for generic Shared vs Not Shared by host home location, with the ratio of Not Shared to Shared.
(All Non San Francisco combined in last row)

Total 5127 PERC-1 SHARED NOT RATIO
San Francisco 4408 86.0% 34.8% 51.1% 1.47
California 181 3.5% 1.2% 2.3% 1.83
United States 478 9.3% 3.7% 5.7% 1.54
Foreign 58 1.1% 0.7% 0.5% 0.71
(Unknown) 2 0.0%
Non San Francisco 717 14.0% 5.6% 8.4% 1.51

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Table 8 • 1102 Hosts Active in Every Web Scan

There are 1102 hosts who had at least one active rental in each and every of the eleven Airbnb web scans listed. The average Rentals Per Host, for all hosts, is 1.26. For the 1102 hosts active every scan, 1.60. For all hosts except the 1102, the average is 1.13.

ALL HOSTS / RENTALS 1102 HOSTS Not 1102
DATE HOSTS RENTALS RATIO HOSTS RENTALS RATIO RATIO
20141001 4278 5429 1.27 1102 1801 1.63 1.14
20141024 3848 4784 1.24 1102 1708 1.55 1.12
20141116 3981 4987 1.25 1102 1705 1.55 1.14
20141204 4350 5507 1.27 1102 1757 1.59 1.15
20141225 4452 5544 1.25 1102 1738 1.58 1.14
20150125 4343 5431 1.25 1102 1775 1.61 1.13
20150210 4093 5080 1.24 1102 1747 1.59 1.11
20150228 3694 4580 1.24 1102 1697 1.54 1.11
20150324 4186 5321 1.27 1102 1834 1.66 1.13
20150418 3696 4652 1.26 1102 1744 1.58 1.12
20150504 4134 5312 1.28 1102 1850 1.68 1.14
AVG 4096 5148 1.26 1102 1760 1.60 1.13

Chart 8 • 1102 Hosts Active in Every Web Scan

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Chart 8b • 1102 Hosts Active in Every Web Scan

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Airbnb Logo

Here’s an Airbnb logo for anyone to use…

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Click on this to download transparent PNG version

Note: It has been mentioned to me that some people may find the image of the hangman’s noose objectionable. It is intended as symbolic of Airbnb’s ‘stranglehold’ on part of our housing market, and how, as they tighten the noose (as they gain more market share, and receive higher and higher inflated investor valuations, and exert more influence over our elected officials), we suffer more and more. My apologies if interpreted otherwise.
For example…

(see Short-Term Rental Scofflaws Hit With $276,000 Fine )

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Support the Campos STR/Airbnb Enforcement Legislation

ENFORCE OUR AIRBNB LAW
Support the Campos STR/Airbnb Enforcement Legislation
Monday, May 18, 1pm, Rally on City Hall steps
1:30pm, Meeting, City Hall, Room 263
Land Use Committee

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Don’t let Airbnb write our laws for us! Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco

Three out of eleven Airbnb shills agree: “If you pass this legislation I’ll need to resort to selling crack to your grandchildren in their schoolyard to pay my property taxes!”

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And you might ask yourself…
Who would not want an existing law enforced?
The answer is… Those who are breaking it.

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Airbnb ~ The Home Sharing 11 ~ The (Curdled) Cream of the Crop

SCORE
Owners: 9
Tenants: 2
Houses: 6
Apartments: 4
Condominiums: 1
Apparently Illegal Structures/Conversions: 4
Tenants Renting Non-residence: 1
Related Evictions: 1
No STR Permit Found: 3
Own Additional Condominium: 1
Own Additional Rental Unit: 1

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District 1: Laurie Ustruck : HostID 2275604

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When I moved to San Francisco four years ago, I was splitting the cost of living with someone else. When we parted ways, I was left to shoulder all of the housing costs on my own. Home sharing has allowed me to stay in the city I am madly in love with – San Francisco. Since I work from home, I can channel that love into being an ambassador for this city and introduce visitors to my favorite local businesses here in the Outer Richmond/Ocean Beach. There’s nothing I enjoy more than watching other people fall in love with my neighborhood the way that I have. I hope I can continue sharing my home, and sharing the treasures of this amazing city with my guests.

Property: 1 FAMILY DWELLING
Host: [appears to be tenant]
ZONING DISTRICTS: RH-2 – RESIDENTIAL- HOUSE, TWO FAMILY
Short Term Rental Registration: Not listed in property record, Is listed on Airbnb

Because it appears that Laurie is a tenant on this property, I can only guess at some of this (assuming I have the correct address of her residence).
There is no STR registration listed in the property records because, I suppose, it is not the property owner doing the Airbnb’ing. We’ll assume that Laurie has her landlord’s permission to do this, although the city STR registration procedure for tenants does not require proof of this from your landlord (as the SPCA used to require [still does?] your landlord’s written permission before you adopted a pet).

The only property records available online are the deed transfer in 1991 when the (assumed) husband of the current owner died. The property is assessed at $64,000, so we can assume it’s been in the hands of the current owner for a very long time. It’s also a fair guess, considering an annual property tax payment of $1142, that the landlord does not need to charge Laurie very much rent to cover her costs. I think Laurie was very lucky finding her San Francisco home. And I think Laurie is violating the terms of her San Francisco Short Term Rental registration…

Laurie’s residence is listed in the property records as a one unit single family dwelling. Her Airbnb listing is for a “Charming Studio Apt at Ocean Beach”, “Entire home/apt”, “The self contained studio is on the ground floor of my home with a secure, well lit, private street entry through my garage and access to the deck and patio in the back of the home”, which would mean that this is probably another In-law type 2nd apartment for which there seems to never have been a building permit. Which also brings up this conundrum: If Laurie is not the owner of the property, and the unit being rented on Airbnb is a separate, albeit ‘illegal’, apartment, can Laurie legally rent this on Airbnb? The answer is NO. Only the owner of a property can rent a unit which they do not live in under the STR regulations. A tenant may only rent, in part or whole, the unit they reside in.

And I will say here that, regardless if I have Laurie’s correct address or not (but I’m pretty damn sure I do), what she is doing is illegal. She cannot register nor rent on Airbnb an apartment which she does not reside in which she does not own.

[update 5-21-15, see comment #5 below]

*The information above is true, to the best of my knowledge, gathered from the Airbnb website and available public records.
Here is the link to the Airbnb ‘Home Sharing 11′ page
Here is the link to the Host Home Page

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District 2: Sandor and Guiliana Halasz : HostID 10891326

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We migrated to the United States in the 1960s with our family and have been living in the beautiful Marina District ever since. We started sharing our home in order to afford our property taxes. Hosting has allowed us to stay in San Francisco during our retirement. After fifty years here, we are so lucky and thankful to be able to remain in the city we love. And now, we have friendships and connections with visitors from all over the world. In our retirement, home sharing has given us a new adventure together.

Property: 1 FAMILY DWELLING
Host: Owner
ZONING DISTRICTS: RH-1 – RESIDENTIAL- HOUSE, ONE FAMILY
Short Term Rental Registration: Listed in property record and Airbnb listing

Sandor and Guiliana live in the Marina. The property taxes that Airbnb is helping them to afford were $10,266.60 for tax year 2014-2015 (which have been paid in full).
They are paying taxes on a property valued, by the city, at $845,475.
The Zillow real estate1 website estimates the current value of their property at $3,407,992.
As far as I can tell, their ownership of the property goes back to 2001–and I suspect way before that, based on their statement above.

Sandor and Guiliana have 2 rental listings on Airbnb. One is a ‘private room’ in their home in the Marina ($135 / night), the other is an “Entire home/apt” (it’s a house) in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico, which they rent for $90 / night or $550 /week or $2300 /month. I have no idea if they own the property in Mexico. It has no reviews on Airbnb as of this writing.

As with some of the other Airbnb hosts here, with similar statements, I think Sandor and Guiliana’s “Hosting has allowed us to stay in San Francisco during our retirement” is an exaggeration, at best. I think Sandor and Guiliana would have no (financial) problem staying in San Francisco without Airbnb’s help.

Note: In 2013 there was an eviction at this property for an “Owner Move In” (OMI). This type of eviction is not included in the proposed amendment to our STR legislation by Supervisors Kim and Breed, which only applies to Ellis Act evictions.

Another note: If not for Proposition 13 (what some call the Homeowners’ Rent Control), Sandor and Guiliana would probably be paying an annual property tax closer to $41,380. But even then, I don’t think this couple would need Airbnb’s help “to stay in San Francisco during our retirement”.

*The information above is true, to the best of my knowledge, gathered from the Airbnb website and available public records.
Here is the link to the Airbnb ‘Home Sharing 11′ page
Here is the link to the Host Home Page

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District 3: Tracy Tanner : HostID 1409712

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With my passion for art, this Kentucky girl can dream of no better place to make a life than here in San Francisco. When I arrived to San Francisco for art school over ten years ago, I knew I had found my home and a community that held my values. With the challenges of being a single mom and sustaining my career as an art consultant, I rely on the financial stability Airbnb provides me to help me raise my two-year old daughter Thea and keep our Russian Hill apartment. Sharing my home creates an interchange where my guests can step into my own personal art experience and in turn, my daughter and I are able to travel the globe through their stories.

Property: 2 FAMILY DWELLING
Host: [appears to be tenant]
ZONING DISTRICTS: RH-3 – RESIDENTIAL- HOUSE, THREE FAMILY
Short Term Rental Registration: Not listed in property record, Not listed on Airbnb

Because it appears that Tracy is a tenant on this property, I can only guess at some of this (assuming I have the correct address of her residence).
There is no STR registration listed in the property records and no STR registration listed on her Airbnb webpage.
She has one other occupant (unit) in her building, but they do not share a common entry door, so inconvenience/annoyance would be minimal.
Tracy’s been an Airbnb member since November 2011, and lists 176 reviews for her ‘private room’.
Just from appearances (Tracy’s profile, the house location and type), I would guess that Tracy is one of the very few on this list who actually needs Airbnb to help pay her rent.
Not that a roommate wouldn’t solve that problem either, though.

I hope Tracy registers her Airbnb pad with the city.
I hope Tracy has her landlord’s permission to rent on Airbnb.
I hope Tracy and her two year old daughter don’t get evicted by her landlord for renting on Airbnb.
I wish Tracy would just get a goddam roommate.

*The information above is true, to the best of my knowledge, gathered from the Airbnb website and available public records.
Here is the link to the Airbnb ‘Home Sharing 11′ page
Here is the link to the Host Home Page

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District 4: Kevin & Esther Krejci : HostID 1743076

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My husband and I have been sharing a room in our Sunset home. Since Kevin was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, it has been the money we make hosting on Airbnb that makes it possible to pay his medical and physical therapy bills. The visitors we’ve welcomed from across the world have taught us so much, especially our children, who learned to welcome people of different cultures, and understanding their own stories that they have. San Francisco is expensive, very expensive, and for our family hosting on Airbnb has made it affordable.

Property: 1 FAMILY DWELLING
Host: Owner
ZONING DISTRICTS: RH-1 – RESIDENTIAL- HOUSE, ONE FAMILY
Short Term Rental Registration: Listed on Airbnb, not found in property record
Building Permit for In-law Studio: Not Found

Kevin and Esther are the Airbnb couple who have been often mentioned in the media recently, just prior to the San Francisco Planning Commission’s hearing on STR enforcement, because of the reference to Airbnb income helping to pay for Kevin’s Parkinson’s disease medical bills. This is generally considered a new low, even for Airbnb’s PR machine. So, obviously, we must tread lightly here…

From what I can gather, Kevin is still a current employee for Fujitsu Laboratories. I admit I am lucky to have never fallen victim to a catastrophic illness like Kevin has, and I have no direct knowledge of the medical, and other, costs. But I find it difficult to believe “it has been the money we make hosting on Airbnb that makes it possible to pay his medical and physical therapy bills”, and not the health insurance from Kevin’s current job that pays for this. Certainly there may be deductibles, and there are always indirect effects and costs of such an illness that a health insurance policy will not fully cover, but Airbnb is not the savior of Kevin and Esther here, as it is being portrayed.

There was a complaint against Kevin and Esther registered with the city in June of 2014 for “illegal tourist hotel/short-term rental without DCP approval”, which was “Marked as Closed upon Abatement” in July of 2014 (38 days later). I’m not totally positive, but as the city defines abatement as “having all code violations corrected as confirmed by a final inspection” I can only assume that what happened was: (1) someone complained (2) the city investigated and found Kevin and Esther in violation and told them to stop renting their in-law studio as they were (3) Kevin and Esther took their listing off Airbnb, showed the city inspector it no longer existed (4) the city inspector ‘abated’ the violation, went away, and (5) Kevin and Esther re-listed their illegal rental on Airbnb.

I found Kevin and Esther’s Airbnb rental listed on each of these dates when I ran scripts to gather San Francisco Airbnb data: 2014-10-04, 2014-10-24, 2014-11-02, 2014-11-16, 2014-12-04, 2014-12-25, 2015-01-25, 2015-02-10, 2015-02-28, 2015-03-24, 2015-04-18

It’s entirely possible (though unlikely), that someone in the executive brain trust of Airbnb now regrets using Kevin and Esther, and Kevin’s illness, as a sympathetic ploy for Airbnb’s cause running up to the San Francisco Planning Commission hearing. But what I think is definitely true is that Airbnb does not want Kevin and Esther put forward into the spotlight as a shining example of how easy it is (not) to enforce our STR laws without Airbnb’s cooperation and compliance.

ps: Kevin and Esther’s Airbnb rental is not a ‘room’ as stated above, it is a “Private Luxurious Studio Near Beach” (from the Airbnb rental page). It appears to be an illegal (no building permit issued) stand-alone in-law type structure.

*The information above is true, to the best of my knowledge, gathered from the Airbnb website and available public records.

Here is the link to the Airbnb ‘Home Sharing 11′ page
Here is the link to the Host Home Page

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District 8 5: Karen and Rodolfo Cancino : HostID 3645596
(the district 8 is a typo — this rental is in the Western Addition)

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We home-share a bedroom/bath with a private entrance in our Western Addition home. The room sat unused for years after our son left for college. We have lived in our home for 39 years and have love sharing it with guests. The guests who stay with us at ‘Casa Cancino’ allow us to share the neighborhood we love, while bringing new customers and new dollars to our favorite local businesses. As both a retired teacher and a social worker on fixed incomes, home-sharing has made it financially possible for us to stay in San Francisco. And equally important has been the joy of having guests from across this country and the world enriching our lives. Home-sharing is a “win-win-win” situation: for us, for our guests and for the small-business community in the Western Addition.

Property: 2 FAMILY DWELLING
Host: Owner
ZONING DISTRICTS: RM-1 – RESIDENTIAL- MIXED, LOW DENSITY
Short Term Rental Registration: Listed

Karen and Rodolfo own a two unit building where they rent a ‘private room’ out of the unit in which they live. The other unit in the building I assume is a long term rental (built in 1900, it’s probably under rent control, but I have no idea what the rental income might be).

As Airbnb intended, with its cherry-picking of sympathetic hosts who are retired, unemployed, youthful dream-pursuers, et al, just trying to survive in San Francisco, Karen and Rodolfo hit the mark and it would be unwise to malign them here in any way. Retired school teacher? Retired social worker? Only a heartless prick would criticize these two for running their bed and breakfast to stay in their home of 40 years.

Zillow real estate1 lists the estimated current value of this property at $2,550,818. Since Karen and Rodolfo purchased the building nearly 40 years ago (although the oldest deed reference I could find was 1990) I would think they’ve got themselves quite a nest egg there if they ever decide to cash out. I don’t think “home-sharing has made it financially possible” for these two to stay in San Francisco. I think that with an asset like this house there are several other ways they could live out their retirement comfortably in San Francisco. Not that I’m totally against Karen and Rodolfo renting out a room in their home on Airbnb, if everyone plays by the rules. I just want to point out here that their situation is not, most likely, as dire as Airbnb would like us to believe. And describing home sharing as a ‘win-win-win’ situation–referring to yourself and some tourists and a handful of local businesses–is showing an astounding lack of concern for the rest of your fellow San Franciscans, including current social workers and teachers who can no longer afford to live here.

*The information above is true, to the best of my knowledge, gathered from the Airbnb website and available public records.
Here is the link to the Airbnb ‘Home Sharing 11′ page
Here is the link to the Host Home Page

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District 6: Michael McNamee : HostID 21421213

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As a resident of San Francisco for the past 40 years, I love the opportunity to share the nooks and corners of my SOMA neighborhood with guests from around the world. I sold Stompers Boots, my small business, 4 years ago, and homesharing has significantly helped me afford to stay in the city while still enjoying my retirement. Through the years, I’ve travelled through most of the US, often on my motorcycle, and explored many far-away cities. With Airbnb, not only can I afford to continue my love affair with San Francisco, I can also share it with fellow travelers.

Property: 1 FAMILY DWELLING
Host: Owner
ZONING DISTRICTS: RCD – REGIONAL COMMERCIAL
Short Term Rental Registration: Not Listed

Michael owns, and lives in, the building where he had his store for many years. He rents a ‘private room’ on Airbnb in his upstairs apartment.
From what I can tell, Michael is the most ‘legitimate’ Airbnb host in this lot (so far)–except for the fact that he seems not to have registered in the STR registry. He owns the building, the building is not in a residential area, and he does not rent out the entire apartment, and there are no other residents of the building who might object to a stream of strangers traipsing through their hallways, with keys to their front door. This is just an on-the-fly guess, but I would estimate Michael represents about 2 or 3 percent of all the San Francisco hosts on Airbnb (ie: the least objectionable hosts).

*The information above is true, to the best of my knowledge, gathered from the Airbnb website and available public records.
Here is the link to the Airbnb ‘Home Sharing 11′ page
Here is the link to the Host Home Page

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District 7: Bruce Bennett : HostID 3198527

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My husband Lawrence and I have been sharing a room in our Glen Park home since February 2014. I lost my job a few months ago and now work a contract job. With limited income, a mortgage and property taxes due soon, home sharing is the only way I could make ends meet. Some of the people that have stayed in our home could not afford to come to San Francisco if a hotel was the only option. I love that our guests can enjoy the neighborhood we love, Glen Park, and spend money at the local businesses that we love, as well.

Property: 1 FAMILY DWELLING
Host: Owner
ZONING DISTRICTS: RESIDENTIAL- HOUSE, ONE FAMILY
Short Term Rental Registration: Listed

Bruce and Lawrence rent a ‘private room’ in their Glen Park home. While Bruce says “I lost my job a few months ago and now work a contract job”, on their Airbnb profile page (which is actually Lawrence), Lawrence lists the following for ‘Work':
“Hi Tech Companies – Okta / Responsys / BigFix / Chordiant Software / Genetech”
I don’t know if Lawrence is still gainfully employed, unlike Bruce, but if he is, I assume it is at Genentech, the last employer on his list. This kind of dulls the effect of Bruce’s hard-luck blurb about losing his job (but still finding contract work). Times are really tough here in San Francisco when a two-household income of a Genentech employee and a private contractor need Airbnb to make ends meet.

ps to Bruce: I think you need to update this section in your listing (it doesn’t quite fit in with the woe-is-me lost-my-job status you proclaim): “Upon arrangement and nominal fee, we can schedule to pick you up either at BART or SFO as we work close to SFO and live not too far from SFO. Just inquire and we can work through the arrangements and details of any schedule.” Your work schedule sounds a little steadier than you’d like us to think.

Oh–and I just want to assure you here, that I found no evidence that Bruce and Lawrence Airbnb their other San Francisco property, the condo they own in Diamond Heights. I don’t know for sure, but I’ll just assume they rent it out to a long-term tenant. Yes, it’s certainly difficult making ends meet here in San Francisco without Airbnb…

*The information above is true, to the best of my knowledge, gathered from the Airbnb website and available public records.
Here is the link to the Airbnb ‘Home Sharing 11′ page
Here is the link to the Host Home Page

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District 8: Doug Nielson : HostID 3780377

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Having worked for the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau, now called San Francisco Travel for 8 years, I love that home sharing allows me to put my skills in hospitality to work even after retirement. I am still selling San Francisco. Plus, the income allows me to help pay a portion of my mortgage, property taxes and essential repairs around the house. My favorite part about hosting, though, is bringing newcomers and repeat guests to Noe Valley. I am still able to sell San Francisco and help bring tourist dollars to the neighborhood that I love, which offers incredible economic support to the area in which I I live. I have neighbors who refer business to me as there are no hotels in the neighborhood and they realize that the business generated in our neighborhood helps the neighborhood businesses survive and thrive.

Property: 1 FAMILY DWELLING
Host: Owner
ZONING DISTRICTS:RH-2 – RESIDENTIAL- HOUSE, TWO FAMILY
Building Permit for ‘cottage': Unknown
Short Term Rental Registration: Listed

From the listing page on Airbnb:

About This Listing
The Clipper Street Cottage has been frequently described as is a private, peaceful, quite, clean and well appointed cottage in a very safe and convenient neighborhood location which has many things to do and see. Room amenities are equal to a hotel.

‘Room amenities are equal to a hotel.’ Yes. I’m sure they are. Because it’s the amenities that count, not the building codes, fire codes, health codes, etc. I’m surprised Airbnb allows the use of the ‘H’ word here.

From Doug’s profile page:

My wife and I are empty nesters and love to travel, ski, bike, hike, cook, go to the movies, dine in San Francisco’s great restaurants, and spend time in the Napa/Sonoma Valley wine country. Spending time with family and friends is the best and meeting new people is right up there as well. We feel so fortunate to live in the great city of San Francisco and look forward to sharing it with you.

Doug is another example of the Airbnb host who doesn’t appear to need the money (he can certainly use it, as we all can), but looks upon his hosting activities as being an ambassador for the San Francisco tourism industry. And that, actually, is what Doug’s job used to be, before he retired and started up his mini-hotel in Noe Valley. But I’m pretty sure the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau, now called San Francisco Travel, hired someone to replace Doug when he retired, and while we appreciate his desire to keep up the good work, it’s not really necessary. Especially at the costs levied on the rest of the population of San Francisco, particularly those who cannot afford to retire in comfort in his Noe Valley home.

So, I would say to Doug, enjoy your retirement! Relax! You’ve earned it! Enjoy your traveling, skiing, biking, hiking, cooking, going to the movies, dining in San Francisco’s great restaurants, and your jaunts to the Napa/Sonoma Valley wine country! And please stop asking our elected officials to bend, mangle, and eviscerate our Short Term Rental enforcement efforts just because Airbnb asks you to. Because there is a community out there, Doug, that is much larger than your community of Airbnb hosts and guests, and your actions on behalf of Airbnb do much harm to that larger community of your San Francisco neighbors.

*The information above is true, to the best of my knowledge, gathered from the Airbnb website and available public records.
Here is the link to the Airbnb ‘Home Sharing 11′ page
Here is the link to the Host Home Page

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District 9: Toby Klayman and Joe Branchcomb : HostID 287136

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San Francisco has become a difficult place for two retired artists, living on a fixed income, to afford the cost of living. But this city is our home. We’ve lived in our Bernal Heights home 39 years and cannot imagine living anywhere else. Our PG&E bill is now over $450 most months — without the ability to share our home, I am just not sure what Joe and I would do.”

Property: 1 FAMILY DWELLING
Host: Owner
ZONING DISTRICTS: RH-1 – RESIDENTIAL- HOUSE, ONE FAMILY
Building Permit for ‘cottage': Unknown
Short Term Rental Registration: Listed

Toby and Joe rent a single ‘private room’ on Airbnb, described as “This 9′ x 12′ cottage is in the garden of two Well Known Artists..and has a very unusual setting. The quiet is marvelous! You can write a book in our garden! Get your wireless, enjoy a tea & biscotti. We will suggest favorite places in S F. Welcome!” and “Bathroom, w/tub, is through garden, adjacent to the studio, and has easy access and privacy.” The Property Type is listed as a ‘Cabin’.

They include the following in their listing:

We are the Home Owners of this Property.
Dear Guests: Things are changing here in S.F. The City has asked us to tell you that we now have a Rental Registration Permit#. You will find our # inside our Listing. The City has also asked us to publish the following notice: Possession of a San Francisco Short-term Residential Rental Ordinance (SF Administrative Code Sec. 41A). This ordinance does not require an inspection of the unit by the City for potential Building, Housing, Fire, or other Code violations.

If you look at the photo of the rental…

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…you will understand why Toby and Joe (and Airbnb) don’t want any city inspectors nosing around for compliance with ‘Building, Housing, Fire’ regulations of any kind. It’s doubtful this quaint ‘cabin’ would pass muster. These are some of the petty details that Airbnb calls government intrusion and wants to abolish from ‘home sharing’ altogether. And if any calamity should ever befall Toby and Joe’s guests? Well, Airbnb is just a ‘platform’, and cannot be held responsible in any way.

I sympathize with Toby and Joe. Life is expensive here in San Francisco. I hope Airbnb is compensating them well for shilling on their behalf.

*The information above is true, to the best of my knowledge, gathered from the Airbnb website and available public records.
Here is the link to the Airbnb ‘Home Sharing 11′ page
Here is the link to the Host Home Page

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Airbnb ~ The Home Sharing 11 ~ District 10: Nancy Rosales : HostID 17296363

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As a young Latina entrepreneur who’s a proud resident of Hunters Point, I serve to be a role model and positive force to those in my community. And as someone with a love of people, opening my home to guests on Airbnb has allowed me to financially invest in my neighborhood as well as bridge cultural gaps. Visitors from all over the globe teach me that we’re all connected, and the more we all embrace home-sharing, the more we find that we’re all one big happy family.

Property: 3 Story Townhouse
Host: Owner
ZONING DISTRICTS: RM-1 – RESIDENTIAL- MIXED, LOW DENSITY
Short Term Rental Registration: Listed

Nancy purchased a 3 story townhouse in Hunters Point in 2002. On Airbnb she rents out, for seemingly the same townhouse, a ‘shared room’, and a ‘private room’, and the entire townhouse, simultaneously. Her calendar lists the entire townhouse as available for every day from June 1 thru December 31 of this year at $295 per night ($450 for 4th of July weekend, $850 for New Year’s eve)–or you can rent by the month for $7000. Nancy shows “Permit Number business account ###### location ########” on the listing page, which I assume is her Short Term Rental registry number, to assure you that she’s running a legitimate business. Which I guess is correct, so long as she doesn’t book all those available dates (the entire unit can only be rented for a maximum of 90 nights per calendar year).

Nancy seems to be a food entrepreneur, here in the Bay Area.
It does not appear that Nancy is suffering any economic hardship that has led her to ‘home sharing’ on Airbnb. It’s all about ‘bridging cultural gaps’ and providing a little extra pocket money to help finance her various entrepreneurial ventures.

Considering that it’s her townhouse, which she owns, why should we care?

We don’t, really (we really do, but we won’t, not here, not now). Aside from the deeper and murkier arguments about the destruction of communities, and the overall negative influence of Airbnb on our housing market shortage (which have been well argued elsewhere), if Nancy sticks to the rules, then fine. Have at it. It’s too late to complain about our zoning laws being flushed down the toilet because of Airbnb money and influence on our elected officials (although, that can always be reversed).

But bridging cultural gaps and providing a little extra entrepreneurial pocket money are not valid arguments against enacting reasonable enforcement regulations of our Short Term Rental ordinance. We need to know exactly how many nights you’re booking that $7000 / month townhouse, Nancy.

*The information above is true, to the best of my knowledge, gathered from the Airbnb website and available public records.
Here is the link to the Airbnb ‘Home Sharing 11′ page
Here is the link to the Host Home Page

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Airbnb ~ The Home Sharing 11 ~ District 11: PK Paksaichol : HostID 5284406

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Host PK Paksaichol:

“For years my wife wanted to go back to school to earn an MBA and obtain her real estate license. But doing so was expensive and felt out of reach. Without sharing a room in our Excelsior home, there was no way we could have afforded tuition. It just wasn’t possible. For our family, home sharing has made San Francisco affordable–and for my wife, it has allowed her to pursue her dreams.”

(see http://darkanddifficult.com/wordpress/?p=5801 for more on PK)

Property: Condominium
Host: Owner
ZONING DISTRICTS: NCD – EXCELSIOR OUTER MISSION STREET NEIGHBORHOOD COMMERCIAL DISTRICT
(which, I think, qualifies it, so far as zoning is concerned, for a Bed and Breakfast business)
Short Term Rental Registration: Not Listed

*The information above is true, to the best of my knowledge, gathered from the Airbnb website and available public records.
Here is the link to the Airbnb ‘Home Sharing 11′ page
Here is the link to the Host Home Page

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[added 5-26-15]
1I won’t put the link to the actual property address estimate (the address can be found online using publicly available information) but the home page for Zillow is Zillow Real Estate

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[done]

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Airbnb ~ The Home Sharing 11 ~ District 11: PK Paksaichol : HostID 5284406

Airbnb ~ The Home Sharing 11 ~ District 11: PK Paksaichol : HostID 5284406

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Host PK Paksaichol:

“For years my wife wanted to go back to school to earn an MBA and obtain her real estate license. But doing so was expensive and felt out of reach. Without sharing a room in our Excelsior home, there was no way we could have afforded tuition. It just wasn’t possible. For our family, home sharing has made San Francisco affordable–and for my wife, it has allowed her to pursue her dreams.”

PK and his wife live in a 3 bedroom condominium that they purchased in 2009. The building has 6 condominium units in total, and a commercial space on the ground floor. Their building was built in 2009 (as a condominium project–there was no apartment conversion) on the land lots of some commercial buildings which were demolished (no previous tenants were removed). They rent out two of their three bedrooms, apparently on a permanent schedule, on Airbnb, requiring only a one night minimum stay. They do not (apparently) rent out their entire apartment, ‘un-hosted’. I do not know if their condominium association CCRs allow for this mini-hotel business they are running.

When my wife wanted to go back to school we didn’t have the tuition money either. So at first she took classes at City College, which we could afford (many of her credits had expired, as she had quit her college studies some time ago). Then, when she had completed enough of the requirements, she applied to Mills College, and was accepted. We still didn’t have the tuition money, so she took out some loans (which we’re still paying for), and she applied for, and received, some scholarship money. All this occurred after my wife suffered a bad back injury at work, which resulted in a permanent partial disability. We were lucky that I have a job with flexible hours so I could drive her to and from school much of the time, because although she made those trips often, by herself, on public transportation (she does not drive), to do so constantly would have been too much for her due to the constant fatigue she suffers from her back injury. After several years of this grueling routine of work, on-campus classes, home-work, commuting and no sleep, my wife got her degree from Mills. I’m very proud of her for accomplishing this under these circumstances, although it’s really no more than what many others have been doing forever (think of single working mothers returning to school to get their degree).

She did not ask the city of San Francisco to legalize an illegal activity so she could “pursue her dreams”.
She did not ask her fellow residents of San Francisco to suffer the consequences of her illegal activities so she could “pursue her dreams”.
Airbnb isn’t your only option, PK. It’s just the option you and your wife have chosen.

I get it.
You own your condo. You’re not going to rent out your rooms to permanent room-mates if you can’t Airbnb. You’re not taking housing out of the rental market.
Why can’t you run a mini-hotel on your own property?

Well, you can, if you qualify. It’s called a bed and breakfast, and it requires a specific business license from the city.
And if you don’t qualify, because of city zoning, or some other ‘get the government out of my personal affairs’ bureaucratic snag… Well, tough luck. Try something else.
Because maybe I just bought the condo below you, and I’ve pursued a crazy dream all my life to run a wildlife sanctuary, and if I can grease enough palms at the SF Board of Supervisors maybe I can get my own legislation passed for ‘hosting’ a few lions and tigers and bears (oh my!).

So spare me your sob story about you and your wife pursuing your dreams, PK.
Your self-interests do not outweigh the well-being of your fellow San Franciscans being harmed by the business activities of you and your Airbnb ‘platform’.

*The information above is true, to the best of my knowledge, gathered from the Airbnb website and available public records.
Here is the link to the Airbnb ‘Home Sharing 11′ page
Here is the link to the Host Home Page

See Airbnb ~ The Home Sharing 11 ~ The (Curdled) Cream of the Crop for the full story of 11 Airbnb PR Shills

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Dear San Francisco Planning Department

Dear San Francisco Planning Department

From Saturday through Monday (April 25-27 2015) I sent 338 emails, addressed to Airbnb (trust@airbnb.com; support@airbnb.com) and San Francisco Planning Department (shorttermrentals@sfgov.org).
Most of these I also CC’d to Mayor Ed Lee (mayoredwinlee@sfgov.org) and my Supervisor London Breed (Breedstaff@sfgov.org).

I have no idea if the SF Planning Department, or the mayor, or my supervisor, are required to investigate what I have reported to them. I certainly hope that they do.

Each email gives details for a specific current (as of 4-18-2015) Airbnb listing for a San Francisco rental which is apparently not being ‘hosted’ by a San Francisco resident, based upon what the host lists as their ‘Home Location’, and therefore is most likely in violation of the terms of the recently enacted San Francisco Short Term Rental legislation. Each email lists the following information, taken from the online listing:

Listing Location: (always San Francisco, CA, United States)
Host ID: #######
Host Name:
Host Link: http://www.airbnb.com/users/show/######
Host Home Location: (city/state/country/country abbreviation)
Listing ID: #########
Listing Link: http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/#######
Listing Description:
Share Type: (Shared room or Private room or Entire home/apt)

This link opens a text file which contains all of the emails, and the auto-responses I received from Airbnb, combined. They are in order by date, first to last.
Airbnb.BadHost.emails.sent.received

There are 338 Rental IDs (338 emails sent).
For ‘Share Types’, they are:
• Entire home/apt = 214
• Private room = 109
• Shared room = 15

Following are host ‘Home Locations’ and the count of rentals from each I found thought to be at fault.
(some of the locations of note with more hosts are in bold)

Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States = 2
Annemasse, Rhone-Alpes, France = 2
Atlanta, Georgia, United States = 1
Austin, Texas, United States = 2
Azusa, California, United States = 1
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain = 1
Berkeley, California, United States = 13
Berlin, Berlin, Germany = 1
Blacksburg, Virginia, United States = 1
Boca Raton, Florida, United States = 1
Boston, Massachusetts, United States = 12
Boulder, Colorado, United States = 1
Broomfield, Colorado, United States = 1
Buenos Aires = 1
CN = 1
Campbell, California, United States = 1
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa = 1
Capitola, California, United States = 2
Carmel, California, United States = 4
Charlottesville, Virginia, United States = 1
Chicago, Illinois, United States = 11
Clearlake Oaks, California, United States = 1
Coppell, Texas, United States = 1
Dallas, Texas, United States = 1
Daly City, California, United States = 1
Dayton, Ohio, United States = 5
Delta, Utah, United States = 1
Denver, Colorado, United States = 2
Durham, North Carolina, United States = 1
ES = 1
Edmond, Oklahoma, United States = 1
Eugene, Oregon, United States = 1
Fair Oaks, California, United States = 2
Fairfield, California, United States = 1
Fairway, Kansas, United States = 1
Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico = 1
Hong Kong = 2
Huntington Beach, California, United States = 1
Ithaca, New York, United States = 1
Jacksonville, Florida, United States = 1
Kirkland, Washington, United States = 1
Laguna Hills, California, United States = 1
London = 3
London, England, United Kingdom = 2
London, United Kingdom = 5

Long Beach, California, United States = 1
Los Angeles, California, United States = 24
Louisville, Kentucky, United States = 1
MX = 1
Mendham, New Jersey, United States = 1
Menlo Park, California, United States = 4
Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico = 1
Miami, Florida, United States = 1
Middlebury, Vermont, United States = 1
Milan, Lombardia, Italy = 1
Mill Valley, California, United States = 13
Millbrae, California, United States = 1
Milpitas, California, United States = 2
Mountain View, California, United States = 3
Napa, California, United States = 1
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States = 1
New York, New York, United States = 33
Newark, California, United States = 1
Novato, California, United States = 2
Oakland, CA, USA = 1
Oakland, California, United States = 16
PH = 9
Pacifica, California, United States = 1
Palo Alto, California, United States = 8
Paris, +Äle-de-France, France = 1
Pasadena, California, United States = 1
Petaluma, California, United States = 3
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States = 2
Portland, Oregon, United States = 3
Poway, California, United States = 1
Redondo Beach, California, United States = 1
Reno, Nevada, United States = 2
Richmond, Indiana, United States = 1
Rockville, Maryland, United States = 4
Ross, California, United States = 1
Sacramento, California, United States = 6
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States = 1
San Antonio, Texas, United States = 1
San Diego, California, United States = 1
San Francisco, Zulia, Venezuela = 2
San Jose, California, United States = 7
San Mateo, California, United States = 2
San Rafael, California, United States = 2
Santa Monica, California, United States = 2
Saratoga, California, United States = 2
Sausalito, California, United States = 3
Shaker Heights, Ohio, United States = 1
Shanghai, Shanghai, China = 1
Singapore = 1
Sonoma, California, United States = 1
South Lake Tahoe, California, United States = 1
St. Louis, Missouri, United States = 2
Stanford, California, United States = 2
Stockholm, Sweden = 1
Sunnyvale, California, United States = 1
S+úo Paulo, S+úo Paulo, Brazil = 1
TR = 1
Tel Aviv, Israel = 1
Topanga, California, United States = 2
Toronto, Ontario, Canada = 4
Toronto/San Diego/Fontainebleau/Singapore = 2
Troy, New York, United States = 1
Twain Harte, California, United States = 3
Vallejo, California, United States = 1
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada = 2
Vancouver, Washington, United States = 6

Walnut Creek, California, United States = 1
Washington, District of Columbia, United States = 1
Wayne, New Jersey, United States = 1
Wayne, Pennsylvania, United States = 1
West Hollywood, California, United States = 12
West Salem, Ohio, United States = 2
Winters, California, United States = 8
paris = 1

Following are host IDs and the count of rentals I found thought to be at fault.
Host ID = Count
103427 = 12, 6346492 = 9, 424190 = 8, 23719876 = 6, 1314138 = 6, 661691 = 6, 6202502 = 5, 3179232 = 5, 10135 = 5, 18330804 = 4, 191173 = 4, 19854 = 4, 4306242 = 4, 7054805 = 4, 6689576 = 3, 3942235 = 3, 1988650 = 3, 1808969 = 3, 1916903 = 3, 8049342 = 3, 9958899 = 3, 7823149 = 2, 7970136 = 2, 9967305 = 2, 863303 = 2, 919364 = 2, 9286303 = 2, 4242541 = 2, 191594 = 2, 2022081 = 2, 10940977 = 2, 1103305 = 2, 11417078 = 2, 12556651 = 2, 1274930 = 2, 1300134 = 2, 1448685 = 2, 16424714 = 2, 17338743 = 2, 16855211 = 1, 17170828 = 1, 172371 = 1, 1732387 = 1, 17359827 = 1, 1742199 = 1, 1823147 = 1, 186885 = 1, 1899126 = 1, 19384332 = 1, 1975631 = 1, 20035576 = 1, 20037498 = 1, 20074010 = 1, 20243006 = 1, 20447625 = 1, 2060012 = 1, 20801134 = 1, 20913365 = 1, 21660411 = 1, 21676000 = 1, 22267033 = 1, 2245180 = 1, 22741130 = 1, 22826067 = 1, 22942772 = 1, 230041 = 1, 2341144 = 2, 23867083 = 1, 2414495 = 1, 2428432 = 1, 24466896 = 1, 24708935 = 1, 2506919 = 1, 252154 = 2, 25366072 = 1, 26031246 = 1, 261391 = 1, 263595 = 1, 26450820 = 1, 27136096 = 1, 27277658 = 1, 2809997 = 1, 2965679 = 1, 30234589 = 1, 3030210 = 2, 3054387 = 1, 3085126 = 1, 3138864 = 1, 318000 = 1, 3201737 = 1, 3209334 = 1, 3308189 = 1, 3324300 = 1, 3379945 = 2, 3411905 = 1, 346276 = 1, 3537234 = 1, 356576 = 2, 3608385 = 1, 363883 = 2, 382712 = 1, 3963170 = 1, 403715 = 2, 4111317 = 2, 4114020 = 1, 4114183 = 1, 4161807 = 1, 4176136 = 1, 4227980 = 1, 4344454 = 1, 4375203 = 1, 4408461 = 1, 4480513 = 2, 4641823 = 1, 4808806 = 2, 5008933 = 1, 507064 = 1, 5189021 = 1, 5198765 = 1, 5243194 = 1, 528555 = 1, 5463353 = 2, 5522456 = 1, 5523422 = 1, 5577045 = 2, 5594565 = 2, 5603061 = 1, 5620226 = 1, 5628157 = 1, 5650414 = 1, 5700952 = 1, 573143 = 1, 5796098 = 1, 5834919 = 1, 5850811 = 1, 586154 = 1, 5898312 = 2, 5910403 = 1, 5928479 = 1, 6012990 = 1, 601310 = 1, 602654 = 1, 6092518 = 1, 6270363 = 1, 636875 = 1, 6411847 = 1, 6471016 = 1, 6532884 = 2, 6617210 = 1, 6675448 = 2, 6777950 = 1, 692008 = 2, 6947616 = 1, 7033037 = 1, 7079746 = 1, 7132214 = 1, 713631 = 1, 7272201 = 1, 734170 = 1, 7464103 = 1, 7476 = 2, 7528879 = 1, 753943 = 1, 7581411 = 1, 760354 = 1, 7858294 = 1, 8164679 = 1, 8293437 = 1, 836168 = 1, 8382696 = 1, 8474261 = 1, 85132 = 1, 8660028 = 1, 8716218 = 1, 8797452 = 1, 8988188 = 1, 9108465 = 1, 9164785 = 1, 9296727 = 1, 9619661 = 1, 9620841 = 1, 9871986 = 1, 9911613 = 1, 10139050 = 1, 101521 = 1, 10281286 = 1, 1028541 = 1, 10404372 = 1, 10494656 = 1, 10535939 = 1, 10607159 = 1, 10617754 = 1, 10676188 = 1, 10795563 = 1, 10811796 = 1, 10902050 = 1, 11048225 = 1, 11125317 = 1, 11332794 = 1, 1135602 = 1, 11508147 = 1, 11969606 = 1, 12250018 = 1, 1230397 = 1, 12791805 = 1, 1304469 = 1, 1320304 = 1, 13587736 = 1, 1381099 = 1, 14059180 = 1, 14091111 = 1, 14100542 = 1, 1457994 = 1, 14769839 = 1, 14774036 = 1, 15640752 = 1, 15686249 = 1, 16013287 = 1, 16093597 = 1, 16103943 = 1

This link opens a text file which contains all of the emails, and the auto-responses I received from Airbnb, combined. They are in order by date, first to last.
Airbnb.BadHost.emails.sent.received

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Dear Airbnb, regarding Listing ID 4359014…

TO: Airbnb
Using: trust@airbnb.com, support@airbnb.com
CC: San Francisco Planning Department [shorttermrentals@sfgov.org]
RE: Airbnb Listing ID 4359014

The following listing is in violation of San Francisco municipal code.
Any person renting a San Francisco property on your website described as below needs to be a permanent San Francisco resident, which host ‘Ludvine’ obviously is not. Please remove the listing, and any other listings host ‘Ludvine’ may have posted that violate our local laws. Please inform me of any further actions taken regarding this request.

Thank you,
Guss Dolan
San Francisco
gussdolan@darkanddifficult.com

Room Location: San Francisco, CA, United States
Host ID: 10940977
Host Name: Ludivine
Host Link: http://www.airbnb.com/users/show/10940977
Host Home Location: Annemasse, Rhone-Alpes, France
Listing ID: 4359014
Listing Link: http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/4359014
Listing Description: “Entire home/apt for $226 CAD. In trendy and central Duboce Triangle, very close to Mission charming loft 1 bedroom with a lot of light, wooden floor and Mid Century Modern furni…”
Share Type: Entire home/apt
Property Type: Apartment

(Minimum) Dates Known to be Listed on Airbnb website: 2014-12-25, 2015-01-25, 2015-02-10, 2015-02-28, 2015-03-24, 2015-04-18

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The following is from San Francisco Planning Department Short-Term Residential Rental Registry webpage

Who is eligible to register?

In order to conduct a short-term residential rental you must meet all of the following conditions:

  • You must be the Permanent Resident (owner or tenant) of the residential unit that you wish to rent short-term. This means you must live in that specific residential unit for at least 275 nights of any given calendar year. If you are a new resident you must have occupied this specific unit for at least 60 consecutive days prior to your application. If you own a multi-unit building, you may only register the specific residential unit in which you reside.
  • You must obtain liability insurance in the amount of no less than $500,000 or provide proof that liability coverage in an equal or higher amount is being provided by any and all hosting platforms through which you will rent your unit.
  • Your residential unit must not have any outstanding Planning, Building, Housing, Fire, Health, Police, or other applicable City code violations.
  • You may only register one residential unit.
  • Please note that residential units that are subject to the Inclusionary Affordable Housing Program and residential units designated as below market rate (BMR) or income-restricted under City, state, or federal law are not eligible to register.
  • Important note for tenants:  The Planning Department strongly recommends that you review your lease before submitting an application. The registration of your residential  unit on the Short-Term Residential Rental Registry does not override any lease agreements, homeowner’s association bylaws, Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions (CC&Rs), or any other agreement, law, or regulations that prohibit subletting or use of your unit as a short-term residential rental.

If you have any questions I suggest you contact:

San Francisco Planning Department
(415) 575-9179
shorttermrentals@sfgov.org

 

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Tenants Rights Fair 4/25 | SF Anti-Displacement Coalition

 

Tenants Rights Fair 4/25
Join us Saturday, April 25 from 10-4pm
Tenderloin Neighborhood School, 627 Turk St
Knowledge is Power: How to Stay in Your Home
A day of workshops and information for tenants across SF. Workshops will be in English, Spanish and Cantonese.
click for more…

Tenants Rights Fair 4/25 | SF Anti-Displacement Coalition.

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