New Study Links Airbnb Short Term Rentals To San Francisco Housing Crisis

The City and County of San Francisco released a report on May 14, 2015 that found between 925 and 1,960 housing units in the city are being used for short-term rentals on the website Airbnb. Some San Francisco landlords are allegedly renting out entirely vacant housing units on homeshare websites such as Airbnb, VRBO, and Flipkey. According to the report, in 2013 Airbnb alone has impacted as much as 23% of the rental market citywide. In the Mission, Airbnb impacted 29% of the rental market. The report also shows that landlords are profiting as much as $2,000 more a month by renting vacant housing units as short-term rentals then to long-term tenants.

The report also states that neighborhoods with the most evictions also have the most Airbnb listings. While the City is attempting to pass new legislation to properly regulate Airbnb, tenants have alleged that landlords are illegally evicting long-term residents in order to put up those units on websites like Airbnb.

We at the Hooshmand Law Group have joined Supervisor David Campos and San Francisco community members in encouraging the Board of Supervisors to oppose the renting of long-term residential housing units as short-term rentals in San Francisco. Hooshmand Law Group currently represents San Francisco tenants in multiple class action lawsuits against short-term rental hosting platforms, such as Airbnb and VRBO/Homeaway, concerning damages incurred as a result of these businesses. Hooshmand Law Group also represents tenants who have been illegally evicted from their homes by landlords looking to rent those homes on Airbnb, VRBO, Flipkey, and other similar websites.

If you have been affected by Airbnb or are the subject of an eviction by your landlord, please contact us at (415) 318-5709.