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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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A pictorial History of LEAP Transit

A pictorial History of LEAP Transit

With some Chariot SF thrown in, gratis.

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chariot-1

 

“15-passenger van” means CPUC operating permit required.

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leaptransit-3

fb-cover-leaptransit-2b

londonbreed-leap-201

leap-2013-1b

laeap-102c

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Google “LEAP transit wheelchair” and you’ll find stuff like this…

 

  • Andreessen Horowitz-Backed Leap Buses Are Hitting San …

    techcrunch.com/2015/03/17/leap-buses/

    TechCrunch

    Mar 17, 2015 - Transit startup Leap is finally launching in San Francisco with completely  Leap buses are not also currently accessible to wheelchair-using or  …

  • Complaint: Commuter buses yanked disabled access for bar …

    www.sfgate.com/…/Bus-startup-Leap-s-luxury-d…

    San Francisco Chronicle

    4 days ago - The spaces once reserved for wheelchairs now feature bar-style …Leap uses four 2001 and 2002 North American Bus Industries buses sold to …

  • Private bus startup Leap hit with complaint under US …

    arstechnica.com/…/private-bus-startup-leap-hit-with-compla…

    Ars Technica

    3 days ago - San Francisco-based Leap aims to create a comfortable lounge, on …uses a wheelchair, has alleged that new private bus startup Leap is in  …

  • Leap Purposely Made Their Private Buses Inaccessible For …

    sfist.com/2015/04/16/private_bus_service_leap_removed_wh.php

    5 days ago - Worse, it sounds like Leap actually replaced wheelchair  house from the Riverside Transit Agency, and a representative from that agency said  …

  • Transportation Carrier Leap, Facing ADA Complaint, Has …

    sf.curbed.com/…/transportation_carrier_leap_facing_ada_compla…

    Curbed

    5 days ago - A San Francisco resident who uses a wheelchair has filed a  uh,leaptransit.com) “does not provide transportation services” and that it is “not a  …

  • Behold Leap Transit: The Uber for city buses is nigh …

    pando.com/2013/11/…/behold-leap-transit-the-uber-for-city-buses-is-nig…

    Nov 26, 2013 - Leap Transit, as envisioned by its founders, is a private alternative to … out the wheelchair accommodations built into the busses purchases for  …

 

 

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Airbnb in San Francisco on April 18 2015

Airbnb in San Francisco on April 18 2015
Following are some data from Airbnb San Francisco rental files downloaded on April 18, 2015. The percentages of Apartment vs House, Shared vs Not Shared remains consistent throughout the data collected starting on October 1, 2014. One thing that is different, and shown here, is the activity of multi unit rental hosts (see below). Also, the number of non San Francisco hosts (according to their ‘Host Home Location’) who are renting units in San Francisco.

The raw data used for these charts will be uploaded later this week in an excel file and a link appended to the post.

These triangular markers are used in some charts to note significant dates in the San Francisco Airbnb (‘Short Term Rental’, ‘STR’) legislation saga.

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October 7, 2014 is the date the original David Chiu sponsored legislation passed.
February 1, 2015 is the first day of the legislation being activated.
March 23, 2015 is when many media sources first reported that San Francisco officials considered the new legislation “unenforceable”.
April 23, 2015 (this coming Thursday) is the date for an upcoming City Planning Commission hearing, when Mayor Lee and Supervisor Farrell will present their ‘fix’ for the legislation (which many consider more flawed than the original), and Supervisor Campos will present another ‘fix’ (which many on the opposing side are calling “draconian”).
(Airbnb is in favor of none of it and wants no changes to the current legislation)

It is interesting to note in some of the following charts how the up and down swings of data coincide with these dates (or shortly before or after them).
You can click on the charts to view a larger version.

 


TABLE 1
These are the San Francisco Airbnb ‘rundates’ I’ve used. The ‘days’ is the number of days since previous run. These are total rentals found, of all types.

days date rentals
0 20141001 5432
23 20141024 4786
23 20141116 4989
18 20141204 5509
21 20141225 5647
31 20150125 5434
16 20150210 5083
18 20150228 4583
24 20150324 5327
25 20150418 4655

Chart 1

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Table 2
Here is the breakdown for April 18 2015, differentiated by Apartment / House / Other (“AHO”, property type), and Shared / Not Shared (Yes or No). The “PERC ALL” is the line item percentage of all rentals found (the 4619 SUMS). The “PERC TYPE1″ is the line item percentage of rentals found of same type (AHO). The “PERC TYPE2″ is the combined line item percentage (all Apartments combined, etc) of all rentals found (the 4619 SUMS). The “Housing Stock” is a plus or minus comparison of Airbnb’s ratio of Apartment:House rentals vs the existing stock of units in San Francisco. For example, the chart shows that Airbnb rents 9.87% more apartments than would be expected (70.53% of rentals vs 64.2% of housing stock), and 26.04% less house rentals than would be expected based upon the housing stock.
Note: the 4619 total below is lower than the 4655 total above because not all records have valid data for property type or share type.

airbnbtgt date AHO shared COUNT PERC ALL PERC TYPE1 PERC TYPE2 Housing Stock
SF 20150418 A N 2140 46.33% 65.68% Apartment Renter
SF 20150418 A Y 1118 24.20% 34.32% 70.53% +9.87%
SF 20150418 H N 584 12.64% 47.75% House Owner
SF 20150418 H Y 639 13.83% 52.25% 26.48% -26.04%
SF 20150418 O N 40 0.87% 28.99% Other
SF 20150418 O Y 98 2.12% 71.01% 2.99%
SUMS 4619 100.00% 300.00% 100.00%
SOURCE: US Census American FactFinder
Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010
2010 Demographic Profile Data, http://factfinder.census.gov/
SF (2010) HOUSING TENURE
Occupied housing units 345,811
Owner-occupied housing units 123,646 35.80% Owner Units
Population in owner-occupied housing units 327,985 42.00% Owner Pop
Average household size of owner-occupied units 2.65 351701 Est Pop (2013)
Renter-occupied housing units 222,165 64.20% Renter Units
Population in renter-occupied housing units 452,986 58.00% Renter Pop
Average household size of renter-occupied units 2.04 485741 Est Pop (2013)
Ratio (Population) Owner:Renter = 327985 : 452986 1:1.38
Ratio (Housing Units) Owner:Renter = 35.8 : 64.2 1:1.79
San Francisco, Population = 837,442 (2013) 837442 Population

Table 3
The overall average, during the 6.5+ month period covered, of Rentals Per Host, for hosts renting 2 or more units, is 2.85. The following table and chart compare the data on individual dates to this average. The overall average for hosts renting only 1 unit is obviously 1, but shown here for comparison and consistency.
“H1″ = Hosts with only 1 rental, “H2+” = Hosts with 2 or more rentals

Rentals Per Host vs Overall Average
days date H2+ H1
0 20141001 +0.79% 0.00%
23 20141024 +0.96% 0.00%
23 20141116 -0.22% 0.00%
18 20141204 +0.17% 0.00%
21 20141225 +0.40% 0.00%
31 20150125 +0.83% 0.00%
16 20150210 -1.79% 0.00%
18 20150228 -1.54% 0.00%
24 20150324 -0.44% 0.00%
25 20150418 -0.11% 0.00%

Chart 3
Rentals Per Host vs Overall Average (for hosts renting two or more units)
It’s interesting to note that just previous to enactment of the STR legislation on February 1, multi-renting hosts were at a nearly all-time high for rentals per host. Then, right after February 1, a huge dip to the lowest rentals per host in the chart. But, ever resourceful, the multi-renting hosts levels consistently rose back to nearly the overall average. A keen observer of this saga might attribute this steady rise to the obvious lack of enforcement of the legislation.

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Table 4
The overall average, during the 6.5+ month period covered, of Total Rentals for hosts renting 2 or more units, is 1606. The overall average for hosts renting only 1 unit is 3526. The following table and chart compare the data on individual dates to this average.
“H1″ = Hosts with only 1 rental, “H2+” = Hosts with 2 or more rentals

Rentals vs Overall Average
days date H2+ H1
0 20141001 +9.88% +3.92%
23 20141024 -10.72% -4.99%
23 20141116 -3.44% -2.55%
18 20141204 +10.82% +5.71%
21 20141225 +4.47% +9.65%
31 20150125 +3.84% +6.73%
16 20150210 -4.44% +0.54%
18 20150228 -14.33% -9.13%
24 20150324 +9.07% +1.22%
25 20150418 -8.30% -9.84%

Chart 4
Rentals vs Overall Average (comparing multi vs single unit renting hosts)
What’s interesting to note here is that the multi and single unit renting hosts generally follow the same paths (seemingly responding to the significant date markers), but the multi unit renting hosts respond more sharply, whether the trend is up or down.

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Table 5
The overall average, during the 6.5+ month period covered, of Hosts renting 2 or more units, is 563. The overall average for hosts renting only 1 unit is 3526. The following table and chart compare the data on individual dates to this average.
“H1″ = Hosts with only 1 rental, “H2+” = Hosts with 2 or more rentals

Hosts vs Overall Average
days date8 H2+ H1
0 20141001 +9.03% +3.92%
23 20141024 -11.57% -4.99%
23 20141116 -3.23% -2.55%
18 20141204 +10.62% +5.71%
21 20141225 +4.05% +9.65%
31 20150125 +2.99% +6.73%
16 20150210 -2.69% +0.54%
18 20150228 -12.99% -9.13%
24 20150324 +9.56% +1.22%
25 20150418 -8.20% -9.84%

Chart 5
Hosts vs Overall Average (comparing multi vs single unit renting hosts)
What’s interesting to note here is that, like Chart 4 above, the multi and single unit renting hosts generally follow the same paths (seemingly responding to the significant date markers), but the multi unit renting hosts respond more sharply, whether the trend is up or down.

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When comparing all 3 charts above it is interesting to note that in the last period of March 24 to April 18, even while the number of multi rental hosts is going down, and the number of units they rent is going down, the number of rentals per host went up. It’s as if the ‘weaker’ multi rental hosts were banished from the pack, while the stronger remained.


Bedrooms and Beds
By Apartment vs House, Shared vs Not Shared

Table 6
Here we compare the number of bedrooms and beds listed by hosts, using Shared vs Not Shared (this table and chart are for Apartments only, Houses are covered in the next table and chart). The line items are the averages for that date, with the overall averages for the 6.5+ month period at the bottom of the table. The percentage change for shared bedrooms is obviously 0, but shown here for comparison and consistency.
“A-N|Y” = Apartment-Shared (Yes|No)
“BRper” = Bedrooms per unit, “BDper” = Beds per unit
The left 4 numerical columns are the units per, the right 4 percentage columns are the percentage plus or minus vs the overall average.

A-N A-N A-Y A-Y A-N A-N A-Y A-Y
days date8 BRper BDper BRper BDper BRper BDper BRper BDper
0 20141001 1.49 1.76 1.00 1.12 -0.24% -1.47% 0.00% -4.81%
23 20141024 1.48 1.75 1.00 1.19 -0.81% -1.76% 0.00% +1.14%
23 20141116 1.50 1.79 1.00 1.18 +0.40% +0.33% 0.00% +0.22%
18 20141204 1.50 1.78 1.00 1.19 -0.03% -0.33% 0.00% +1.06%
21 20141225 1.48 1.75 1.00 1.18 -1.09% -2.05% 0.00% +0.65%
31 20150125 1.49 1.78 1.00 1.17 -0.17% -0.42% 0.00% -0.45%
16 20150210 1.48 1.78 1.00 1.18 -1.17% -0.25% 0.00% +0.67%
18 20150228 1.51 1.81 1.00 1.18 +1.11% +1.52% 0.00% +0.45%
24 20150324 1.51 1.82 1.00 1.18 +0.76% +1.89% 0.00% +0.30%
25 20150418 1.51 1.83 1.00 1.19 +1.24% +2.52% 0.00% +0.77%
avg 1.50 1.79 1.00 1.18

Chart 6
The chart shows that ever since the STR legislation was enacted on February 1, the percentage number of bedrooms and beds are (nearly) steadily climbing, compared to the 6.5+ month overall average.

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Table 7
Here we compare the number of bedrooms and beds listed by hosts, using Shared vs Not Shared (this table and chart are for Houses only, Apartments are covered in the previous table and chart). The line items are the averages for that date, with the overall averages for the 6.5+ month period at the bottom of the table. The percentage change for shared bedrooms is obviously 0, but shown here for comparison and consistency.
“H-N|Y” = House-Shared (Yes|No)
“BRper” = Bedrooms per unit, “BDper” = Beds per unit
The left 4 numerical columns are the units per, the right 4 percentage columns are the percentage plus or minus vs the overall average.

H-N H-N H-Y H-Y H-N H-N H-Y H-Y
days date8 BRper BDper BRper BDper BRper BDper BRper BDper
0 20141001 2.41 2.73 1.00 1.29 +2.66% +1.00% 0.00% +3.49%
23 20141024 2.39 2.72 1.00 1.28 +2.03% +0.50% 0.00% +2.69%
23 20141116 2.38 2.75 1.00 1.27 +1.63% +1.44% 0.00% +2.50%
18 20141204 2.36 2.71 1.00 1.25 +0.67% +0.02% 0.00% +0.85%
21 20141225 2.31 2.69 1.00 1.27 -1.34% -0.75% 0.00% +2.37%
31 20150125 2.32 2.70 1.00 1.27 -1.06% -0.40% 0.00% +2.41%
16 20150210 2.30 2.65 1.00 1.16 -1.75% -2.08% 0.00% -6.46%
18 20150228 2.30 2.67 1.00 1.17 -1.65% -1.45% 0.00% -6.08%
24 20150324 2.35 2.74 1.00 1.24 +0.09% +1.24% 0.00% -0.26%
25 20150418 2.31 2.72 1.00 1.22 -1.28% +0.51% 0.00% -1.52%
avg 2.34 2.71 1.00 1.24

Chart 7
The enactment of the STR legislation on February 1 obviously had a much larger effect on house residents who shared a bedroom than on the others. One reason for this might be that these are the ‘true’ Airbnb ‘sharers’ (although still technically renters), and they wanted to comply with the law before continuing to rent a room. After February 28 there is a marked increase in this line.

chart7

Table 8
Hosts by Home Location
The ‘Home Location’ provided by the hosts.
SCUF / ‘SF’ = San Francisco
SCUF / ‘CA’ = California (not San Francisco)
SCUF / ‘US’ = United States (not California)
SCUF / ‘FO’ = Foreign (not United States)
‘CNT’ = Number of Hosts, ‘SUM’ = Number of Rentals by these Hosts
‘PERC-H’ = the percentage of these hosts of total hosts
‘RpH’ = average Rentals Per Host by these hosts
‘xSF’ = average Rentals Per Host by non SF hosts combined

date SCUF CNT SUM PERC-H RpH xSF
20141001 CA 145 195 3.50% 1.34
20141001 FO 42 53 1.01% 1.26
20141001 SF 3502 4421 84.63% 1.26 1.26
20141001 US 449 555 10.85% 1.24
20141024 CA 129 177 3.47% 1.37
20141024 FO 39 50 1.05% 1.28
20141024 SF 3154 3897 84.78% 1.24 1.25
20141024 US 398 481 10.70% 1.21
20141116 CA 124 164 3.21% 1.32
20141116 FO 36 50 0.93% 1.39
20141116 SF 3268 4072 84.69% 1.25 1.24
20141116 US 431 521 11.17% 1.21
20141204 CA 136 187 3.22% 1.38
20141204 FO 49 66 1.16% 1.35
20141204 SF 3570 4481 84.60% 1.26 1.27
20141204 US 465 575 11.02% 1.24
20141225 CA 152 214 3.52% 1.41
20141225 FO 47 58 1.09% 1.23
20141225 SF 3657 4575 84.59% 1.25 1.30
20141225 US 467 595 10.80% 1.27
20150125 CA 152 211 3.62% 1.39
20150125 FO 56 76 1.33% 1.36
20150125 SF 3566 4400 84.84% 1.23 1.32
20150125 US 429 551 10.21% 1.28
20150210 CA 130 197 3.29% 1.52
20150210 FO 45 64 1.14% 1.42
20150210 SF 3360 4094 84.91% 1.22 1.33
20150210 US 422 534 10.66% 1.27
20150228 CA 122 177 3.41% 1.45
20150228 FO 51 64 1.43% 1.25
20150228 SF 3038 3698 85.00% 1.22 1.32
20150228 US 363 467 10.16% 1.29
20150324 CA 134 192 3.30% 1.43
20150324 FO 53 70 1.31% 1.32
20150324 SF 3479 4346 85.77% 1.25 1.36
20150324 US 390 520 9.62% 1.33
20150418 CA 115 166 3.22% 1.44
20150418 FO 39 52 1.09% 1.33
20150418 SF 3079 3809 86.17% 1.24 1.36
20150418 US 340 452 9.52% 1.33

Chart 8a
Rentals per Host Home
Comparing SF CA US FO
Average Counts: Hosts: SF=3367, CA=134, US=415, FO=46
Average Counts: Rentals: SF=4179, CA=188, US=525, FO=60
chart8a

Chart 8b
Rentals per Host Home
Comparing SF CA US FO
Date vs Overall Average

Average Counts: Hosts: SF=3367, CA=134, US=415, FO=46
Average Counts: Rentals: SF=4179, CA=188, US=525, FO=60
chart8b

Chart 8c
Rentals per Host Home
Comparing SF vs non SF

Average Counts: Hosts: SF=3367, CA=134, US=415, FO=46
Average Counts: Rentals: SF=4179, CA=188, US=525, FO=60
chart8c

Chart 8d
Rentals per Host Home
Comparing SF vs non SF
Date vs Overall Average

Average Counts: Hosts: SF=3367, CA=134, US=415, FO=46
Average Counts: Rentals: SF=4179, CA=188, US=525, FO=60
chart8d

[added 20150422 =]

Table 8e
Hosts by Home Location
The ‘Home Location’ provided by the hosts.
Hosts renting 2 or more units.
‘SF’ = San Francisco
‘CNT’ = Number of Hosts, ‘SUM’ = Number of Rentals by these Hosts
‘PERC-H’ = the percentage of these hosts of total hosts
‘RpH’ = average Rentals Per Host by these hosts
‘xSF’ = average Rentals Per Host by non SF hosts combined

SF only  – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -| xSF
days date8 CNT SUM PERC-H RpH RpH
0 20141001 523 1442 86.59% 2.76 3.05
23 20141024 418 1160 85.66% 2.78 3.03
23 20141116 462 1266 86.36% 2.74 2.97
18 20141204 524 1435 85.48% 2.74 3.00
21 20141225 484 1320 84.03% 2.73 3.08
31 20150125 482 1316 84.86% 2.73 3.31
16 20150210 457 1191 84.63% 2.61 3.37
18 20150228 409 1069 84.68% 2.61 3.31
24 20150324 522 1388 86.14% 2.66 3.42
25 20150418 434 1163 85.27% 2.68 3.35
AVG 472 1275 85.37% 2.70 3.19

Table 8f
Hosts by Home Location
The ‘Home Location’ provided by the hosts.
Hosts renting 2 or more units.
‘SF’ = San Francisco
‘xSF’ = Not San Francisco (California + United States + Foreign)
Left 2 Numerical Columns = Rentals Per Host (only showing 2 decimal digits)
Right 2 Numerical Columns = Rentals Per Host on date compared to overall average

days date8 SF xSF SF xSF
0 20141001 2.76 3.05 2.01% -4.37%
23 20141024 2.78 3.03 2.68% -5.03%
23 20141116 2.74 2.97 1.39% -6.78%
18 20141204 2.74 3.00 1.33% -5.92%
21 20141225 2.73 3.08 0.91% -3.54%
31 20150125 2.73 3.31 1.02% 3.92%
16 20150210 2.61 3.37 -3.57% 5.79%
18 20150228 2.61 3.31 -3.29% 3.83%
24 20150324 2.66 3.42 -1.62% 7.15%
25 20150418 2.68 3.35 -0.85% 4.95%
AVG 2.70 3.19 0.00 0.00

Chart 8e
Rentals per Host Home
Comparing SF hosts vs non SF hosts
Hosts Renting 2 or more Units

chart8e

Chart 8f
Rentals per Host Home
Comparing SF hosts vs non SF hosts
Hosts Renting 2 or more Units
Date vs Overall Average

chart8f

[= added 20150422]

[= added 20150423]

Table 9
“H1+” = All Hosts (renting 1+ units)
“H2+” = Hosts Renting 2 or more units
‘SF’ = San Francisco
‘CA’ = California (not San Francisco)
‘US’ = United States (not California)
‘FO’ = Foreign (not United States)
‘TOTAL’ = SF+CA+US+FO
‘xSF’ = non San Francisco hosts combined (CA+US+FO)
‘RpH’ = Rentals Per Host
‘HOSTS’ = number of hosts, ‘RENTALS’ = number of rentals

• 14% of San Francisco hosts rent more than 1 unit on Airbnb in San Francisco, accounting for 31% of their rentals
• 13% of Non San Francisco hosts rent more than 1 unit on Airbnb in San Francisco, accounting for 33% of their rentals
• 15% of hosts who rent in San Francisco claim not to be a resident of San Francisco

“Bad Actors” (Supervisor Jane Kim)
On September 15, 2014, at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ Land Use hearing regarding short term rental regulations, Airbnb spokesperson David Owen said “Let’s say, for the purposes of a hypothetical, if there was 10% of the activity on the Airbnb platform that was truly objectionable to the city…”

Since I’ve been collecting Airbnb’s data on San Francisco rentals, starting October 1 2014, these has been an average of 596 hosts at any one time, who self-proclaim not to be a resident of San Francisco (by their ‘Host Home Location’), and these hosts combined rent on average 772 units. That’s 15% of total hosts, and 16% of total rentals.
Although some hosts may legitimately simultaneously list a shared room and an entire apartment (or house) for the same property, the numbers for multiple listings are, on average, 31% of the total (the same 31% for San Francisco hosts alone, so as not to double count the non San Francisco hosts above).

These percentages are far above the 10% Mr Owen cites for “hypothetical objectionable activity”.  And if he does not want Airbnb to provide the city of San Francisco the means to investigate these hosts, and these rentals, then why does Airbnb continue to accept listings which it knows are in violation of the STR legislation enacted on February 1? How hard could it be to automatically reject a listing for a San Francisco apartment when the host states they live in Denver? or New York? or Mexico City, or Paris? The constant refrain by Airbnb of its ability to ‘self-regulate’ seems to be quite an overstatement.

H1+ AVERAGE SF CA US FO TOTAL xSF
HOSTS 3362 134 418 44 3958 596
RENTALS 4179 188 526 58 4951 772
H2+ AVERAGE SF CA US FO TOTAL
HOSTS 471 20 52 8 551 80
RENTALS 1275 74 160 23 1532 257
RperH SF CA US FO TOTAL
H1+ RperH 1.24 1.40 1.26 1.32 1.25 1.30
H2+ RperH 2.71 3.70 3.08 2.88 2.78 3.21
RATIO H2/H1 SF CA US FO TOTAL
HOSTS 14.01% 14.93% 12.44% 18.18% 13.92% 13.42%
RENTALS 30.51% 39.36% 30.42% 39.66% 30.94% 33.29%

[= added 20150423]


There is a Planning Commission Hearing regarding all this, on Thursday, April 23, 2015, 12:00pm, at City Hall, Commission Chambers, Rm 400.
SF Planning Commission

Here are some links to recent articles about this:
48 hills
SF Gate
SF Examiner
Tech Crunch

Here is a link to ‘SHAREBETTER SAN FRANCISCO’, who is behind the proposed ballot initiative.

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Airbnb ~ Pyramid Scheme 2.0

Airbnb ~ Pyramid Scheme 2.0
How to disrupt a classic scam.

The Airbnb Pyramid 2.0 is an improvement on the classic pyramid scheme which eventually goes bust and what you win, or lose, is determined by your level in the pyramid. With Airbnb there is a very limited upper level of beneficiaries, and then instead of growing the pyramid geometrically downward, the base level of building blocks of ‘hosts’ is grown outward, laterally. Each ‘host’ makes a modest income in this scheme, never to go bust as in the typical pyramid scheme, all the while feeding a percentage of their income to the upper-most levels of creators and investors and intermediaries. The value of this format is that each new ‘host’ building block that joins has a small detrimental effect on those outsiders (‘renters’, for one) who have not joined the scheme, thereby inducing some of them to eventually join up with the pyramid scheme, which creates the self-perpetuating cycle of injured > joiner > injurer.

airbnb-pyramid-1

How I would describe Airbnb to an Alien (in 3 sentences).

3sentencechallenge-airbnb-1

Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor Mark Farrell are trying to curtail an upcoming ballot initiative that would help the city to better regulate Airbnb’s business model in San Francisco. They are offering a pseudo-fix that that they say addresses our current inability to enforce the Short Term Rental legislation, but in truth, doesn’t. According to reliable sources this ‘fix’ makes the situation worse, and more advantageous to Airbnb (see links below).

Airbnb is using this graphic from a San Francisco ‘host’ to show how difficult it is to comply with the new Short Term Rental requirements…

airbnb-techcrunch-str-reg-process

Sadly (purposely?), most of the graphic’s text is illegible, so it is difficult to follow the trials and tribulations this ‘host’ has had to suffer at the hands of the bureaucratic maze.
So I’ve tried to simplify it for this ‘host’, and others, with an updated version of the process…

STR-reg-process

Obviously, their first mistake was forgetting to include Step #0, filling out the actual Short Term Rental application form. If they make this minor adjustment I think they will fare better throughout this extremely convoluted 5 (now 6) step process.

There is a Planning Commission Hearing regarding all this, on Thursday, April 23, 2015, 12:00pm, at City Hall, Commission Chambers, Rm 400.
SF Planning Commission

Here are some links to recent articles about this:
48 hills
SF Gate
SF Examiner
Tech Crunch

Here is a link to ‘SHAREBETTER SAN FRANCISCO’, who is behind the proposed ballot initiative.

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SFMTA Commuter Shuttle Pilot FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions
Project Update

Commuter Shuttle Pilot FAQs

Updated April, 2015

1. How many shuttle service providers have permits through the Commuter Shuttle Pilot?

There are currently 14 shuttle service providers with Commuter Shuttle Pilot permits.

2. Which companies hold permits?

Bauer’s IT
Black Tie Transportation
Corinthian International Parking Services
LOOP Transportation
Lux Leasing
MV Transportation
Pure Luxury Transportation
Royal Coach Tours
San Francisco Minibus
SFO Airporter (Compass Transportation)
Storer Coachways
Sunset Development/Bishop Ranch
Transmetro
WeDriveU

3. How many commuter shuttles are operating in San Francisco on an average weekday?

205 shuttle vehicles

4. How many routes do these buses have?

Click link above (or here) for more

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

Intent to Evict (Ellis Act, OMI), and Condominium Maps ~ March 2015
*note: if SF Planning site offers multiple APNs, APN listed here has probably been sub-divided
*note: 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)

No “NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL FROM RENT OR LEASE” records found for month of March.


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)
FILE:CONSTRAINTS_03012015_to_04012015 Continue reading

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New Airbnb Listing: One bedroom apt in Hayes Valley in San Francisco

One bedroom apt in Hayes Valley in San Francisco.

Let’s see how long they keep this online…

airbnb-gd-2b

The price I listed was $666.00, which became $864.00 when listed online.
The SF hotel tax is 14% == $93.24
I listed no security nor cleaning fee.
This leaves $104 unaccounted for, which I assume is Airbnb’s ‘cut’.
I had thought they take a cut out of my listed price, but it seems they tack it on, instead.
I could be wrong. If I find out I’ll post it here.

[12 hours later]
Alas and Alack…
The Airbnb Police do not take the weekends off.

airbnb-gd-3


But I wonder…
If I hadn’t put all the bombastic ‘holier than thou’ preaching in the listing, would it still be up?


For posterity… Continue reading

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No Free Ride for Airbnb – Tenants Together Action Fund

Sign this Petition!
Now!

Before it’s too late…

No Free Ride for Airbnb – Tenants Together Action Fund.

Companies like Airbnb are exacerbating California’s affordable housing crisis, but lawmakers in Sacramento want to give the company a free ride.

Assemblymember Matt Harper — an Orange County Republican — has introduced AB1220, a bill that prohibits cities from collecting taxes on short term residential rentals, like those rented through AirBnB.

Sign on to tell your Assemblymember to support affordable housing, not handouts to Airbnb: reject AB1220.

The explosion in short term rentals through AirBnB is decreasing long term rental stock in California, and driving up prices. And in many California cities, there are laws against converting scarce housing resources to tourist use. Using political influence, Airbnb has engaged in a systematic campaign to dismantle those laws and avoid paying any taxes to offset their impact. Now, Airbnb is taking their lobbying efforts to the state level, and this bill could exempt the company from local taxes.

It’s bad enough cities are losing valuable rental housing stock. The least AirBnB and the property owners that use it can do is pay their fair share.

We can kill this bill if we let Democrats in Sacramento know we are watching. Democrats control the legislature, but history shows they will quietly pander to special interests like Airbnb unless we expose this.

This bill could be heard any day in the Assembly Committee on Local Government. If enough of us speak out right now, we can make sure this bill never makes it out of Committee. But we have to act now or you can be guaranteed that Assemblymembers will push it forward.

Sign on right now to tell your Assemblymember to reject AB1220.

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