Many San Francisco renters, especially those living in rent-controlled units, have likely had to sign leases, or revised leases, with their landlords in recent years that specifically prohibit short-term rental of the unit through services like Airbnb. This of course makes sense from a landlord's perspective, and it provides an easy out for landlords when it comes to evicting someone for cause. As the Examiner reports, the number of Airbnb-related violations cited in eviction notices filed with the Rent Board have steadily increased over the past five years.
These for-cause evictions have cited breaches of lease agreements that usually say something like "illegal use of unit." And though only 145 evictions in the last year (out of a total of 2,120 eviction notices filed) specifically mention Airbnb as a violation, that number is probably much higher when you factor in tenants who move out after intimidation by landlords, without official eviction proceedings, and tenant buyouts after Airbnb-related eviction threats.
One lawyer says there are "hundreds of cases."
It is a fact, though, that in the last year, the Ellis Act was invoked 113 cases, while Airbnb violations came up 28 percent more often in eviction notices.
This isn't, however, Airbnb's fault one guy quoted in the article marched down to Airbnb's headquarters after he was served an eviction notice, claiming the site doesn't do a good enough job warning hosts of potential risks. But we're all adults here, right? Can you read a lease? Good.