Illegal Short-Term Rental Conversions in San Francisco

Gamache et al. v. Airbnb Inc. (filed) Plaintiffs v. Vbro.com and homeaway.com (pending) Plaintiffs v. Flipkey.com (pending) Background and Information San Francisco lawyers filed the first ever lawsuit against Airbnb on behalf of tenants who have been damaged by the illegal conversion of residential housing. In the suit against Airbnb, Plaintiffs are tenants of a single residency hotel which has been converted from affordable housing into an unpermitted and unregulated tourist hotel. The Owners of the hotel use these websites to make a huge profit off the rentals. However, Hooshmand Law Group is preparing to file similar suits on behalf of tenants and apartment owners affected by these websites short term rentals. The conversion of residential units into tourist or transient hotels has significantly contributed to the housing shortage in San Francisco. It is estimated that currently there are more than 6,000 residential properties currently rented in San Francisco for illegal short-term rental. The conversion of residential units in apartment buildings and neighborhoods has had an adverse impact on the other people who live in those apartment buildings and neighborhoods. Guests staying in the short-term rentals create significant additional amounts of foot traffic and security problems due to this increased foot traffic, and the extent of additional customers who are only staying for short stays can be noisy, inconsiderate, destructive, violent, and even dangerous to the people in the surrounding apartments and neighborhoods. The conversion of residential units into short-term rentals, used primarily by tourists, has removed rent controlled apartments from use and caused residential rents in San Francisco to rise as thousands of residential units are no longer...

2013 BART Strikes Detrimental to Public Health and Safety

BART is a vital form of transportation around the Bay Area that serves an average of 400,000 commuters each day. Many of us rely exclusively on BART to get to and from work. Last year, BART Union workers went on strike twice within a four month period due to failed contract negotiations between BART management and BART union leaders. The strikes, which each lasted for four days, shut down all BART train services, leaving thousands of individuals without a viable way of getting to and from work. The strikes also led to increased traffic congestion, traffic accidents, pollution, and had a significant impact on public health and safety. The first of the two BART strikes also cost the Bay Area at least $73 million a day in lost worker productivity. If you have been affected by the BART strikes and have information you would like to share, please contact...

San Francisco Bay Area Litigation – Do Discovery!

Clients typically turn over a matter to their lawyers and believe that their lawyers will “handle it”. A few months later an exorbitant bill is received without any actual results. Discovery is the ability to achieve results in a cost-effective manner. Discovery forces your opponent to provide the information that they will rely on at trial. It prevents surprises, enables you to evaluate your claims, their claims, and also make pre-trial motions that may dispose of the case. There are various types of discovery which will be explored further but if your attorney has not performed discovery, it is imperative that you discuss this with...