Oh no, the bus is packed and you’re already late?
Isn’t it ironic?
Here it is, just posted by the Planning Department.
Oh, be sure to show them your half-million dollar liability insurance policy that I’m sure you already have (haha!).
If Airbnb is your bidness, you might even welcome these new regs. But if you are the more casual renter-outer, well, brace yourself for dealing with SFGov.
And here’s the kicker:
“You may not rent your unit (in all or a portion) as a short-term residential rental until you have received a Short-Term Residential Rental Registration number from the Planning Department.”
Choose wisely, Airbnbers…
“Short-Term Residential Rental Registry
Frequently Asked Questions
Applications Accepted Beginning February 2nd, 2015.
What is the SF Short-Term Residential Rental Ordinance?
On October 27th, 2014 Mayor Lee signed San Francisco Ordinance No. 218-14, amending the Administrative and Planning Codes to allow some residential properties to conduct short-term residential rentals without violating the requirements of the City’s Residential Unit Conversion and Demolition Ordinance (Administrative Code Chapter 41A) or the Planning Code. A short-term residential rental is a rental of all or a portion of your residential unit for periods of less than 30 nights. This law will become effective on February 1st, 2015. At that time, eligible Permanent Residents (owners and tenants) will be able to apply to place their residential unit on the Planning Department’s Short-Term Residential Rental Registry.
What can I do with a Short-Term Residential Rental Registration?
With a valid Short-Term Residential Rental Registration you may rent your primary residential unit for periods of less than 30 nights without violating the requirements of the City’s Residential Unit Conversion and Demolition Ordinance (Administrative Code Chapter 41A) or the Planning Code. This includes renting a portion or your entire unit while you are also present for an unlimited number of nights per year and renting a portion or your entire unit while you are not present for a maximum of 90 nights per year.
How can I apply to be on the Registry?
Short-Term Residential Rental Applications will be made available online and at the Planning Information Center (PIC) located at the ground floor of 1660 Mission Street. To register your unit, you will need to make an appointment with the San Francisco Planning Department to meet with staff and submit your application.Applications must be filed in person by the permanent resident whose name will appear on the registry. Applications may not be filed by representatives or agents. Drop-ins or dropped off applications will not be accepted. The Planning Department will begin conducting intake appointments on Monday, February 2nd. To schedule an intake appointment, please call 415-575-9179 after Monday, January 26th.
You may not rent your unit (in all or a portion) as a short-term residential rental until you have received a Short-Term Residential Rental Registration number from the Planning Department.
If you are a tenant of your residential unit you will also need to provide a copy of your lease or rental agreement. Please note that upon receipt of your completed application, the Planning Department will send a notice to the owner(s) of your unit, informing the owner(s) that your application has been received.
What will happen at my intake appointment?
Staff will review your application and related materials for completeness and intake. Only applications deemed complete at the time of submittal will be accepted for intake and further review. Additionally, staff will go over conditions and limitations of renting your unit as a short-term rental.
What happens after I’ve submitted my application?
It is expected that the Planning Department will review a completed application within fifteen (15) business days. If the Planning Department determines that your application meets the criteria then your unit will be added to the Short-Term Residential Rental Registry. You will you receive a “Short-Term Residential Rental” certificate by mail, which contains your assigned Registration Number. This registration number must be included at the top of all short-term rental listings’ descriptions (online or otherwise). We recommend that you place this certificate in plain view within your unit.
What can I do and not do once I have obtained a Short-Term Residential Rental Registration Number?
Once you have obtained a Short-Term Residential Rental Registration Number, you may use your residential unit as a short-term residential rental without violating Administrative Code Chapter 41A or the Planning Code under the following conditions:
What you may not do with your Primary Residence registered as a Short-Term Residential Rental:
Due to the expected volume of requests and inquiries related to this matter, please continue to check back on our website for the latest news and updates pertaining to the Short-Term Residential Rental Registry.
(Not That There’s Anything Wrong With That.)
This has been a remarkable change, over the past half-decade.
You see them, all over the place, every day, coming and going, taking photos of buildings, looking at maps, asking where “the Seven Ladies” are, asking where the “Full House house” is, and rolling luggage up and down the street, you know, that kind of thing.
Sometimes I don’t know if they’re Airbnb people, but other times, like this time, it’s easy to tell:
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I don’t have a generalized beef against tourists – that makes me different from the typical Western Addition NIMBY.
In any event, this is what Airbnb looks like IRL on the street.
Ooh, here’s one:
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(It seems that most large luxury sedans in San Francisco have handicapped placards, the better to park you with, dear.)
And check it out, “Lyft drivers make $20+ per hour,” per a recent ad.
So, Lyft drivers are making $20/hr+ after paying for their expenses? Mmmmm…
Something doesn’t wash here, IMO.
A quote of a quote:
Matt Kochman… served as Uber’s founding general manager in New York before he left last year. Kochman left Uber to do consulting for transportation brands and startups, fed up with Uber’s irreverent attitude toward regulators. “Discounting the rules and regulations as a whole, just because you want to launch a product and you have a certain vision for things, that’s just irresponsible,” Kochman said.
Yep, pretty much.
(You know, praying that that percentage doesn’t drop too much further.)
Well, read the news and turn the pages. Here’s an recent ouchy from the HuffPo’s Aaron Sankin:
Whoops, how could that be?
Now let’s hear from Ron Russell of the Bay Area Observer. Just yesterday he pointed us to a couple things:
“…marks the departure of one of the best-known companies, with a global brand, from the city where it was born…”
“Social media companies and other tech companies are competing for space in San Francisco,” said Edward Del Beccaro, managing director with Transwestern Real Estate. “So other companies have to consider whether to renew their leases in San Francisco or look for other locations.”
Oh, and look at who else is leaving town. That’s right it’s the San Francisco 49ers:
Justin Herman Plaza, September 12th, 2012 – enjoy your weekend and then check out Homecoming 2012 this Sunday at 5:20 PM – this is a game you won’t want to miss – Detroit Lions. (I think I prefer the older uniforms, actually. Moving on…)
So, I’m struggling to understand how the City Family’s all-knowing, all-seeing Dear Leader Ed Lee, whose primary qualification for getting appointed appears to have been pleasing Willie Brown whether Willie Brown was doing something good or Willie Brown was doing something bad, is so obviously steering us in the right direction.
Will Twitter (the so-called “Mid-Market phenomenon”) ever employ 6000 souls in San Francisco? Hells no. So why do we base our planning around that prediction?
That’s the kind of thing I think about these days.
All right, enjoy your brekky at the Hilton, everybody, while I wonder who writes stuff like this:
“Cranes are in the air, office and residential towers are rising and San Francisco’s real estate market is red hot!”
“Join us for your tour of San Francisco’s future!”
Ooh, I have one too. It goes like:
“Let’s take the Golden State Warriors away from pathetic Oakland – It’s like stealing candy from a baby!”
Oh, and this:
“Let’s not talk about the failed America’s Cup anymore! At least not today.”
All right, back to “reality.” Here’s the invite. Enjoy:
“San Francisco Structures
This event is sold out.
Building San Francisco: Pipeline to the Future
Cranes are in the air, office and residential towers are rising and San Francisco’s real estate market is red hot!
This annual event takes a sweeping look at developments transforming San Francisco’s landscape, and the vision for the future. Our all-star lineup of real estate and community leaders will share inside information on the pipeline of projects: the Mid-Market phenomenon; sports team-led developments; Moscone Center expansion; key waterfront developments; what’s ahead for Mission Bay, and San Francisco is rapidly becoming the innovation capital of the world. Join us for your tour of San Francisco’s future!
*Mayor Ed Lee, City of San Francisco
*Rick Welts, President & COO, Golden State Warriors
*Carl Shannon, Managing Director, Regional Director – Northern California, Tishman Speyer
*Joe D’Alessandro, President & CEO, San Francisco Travel
Partnering Associations: BOMA San Francisco; SPUR; ULI San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94102″
[UPDATE: Oblvious, as expected. Who’s the cheerleader now?
Remember back in the day, back when construction workers spent 2008 pouring suspended slabs of steel-reinforced concrete to build the UC Hastings Garage just to the east of State Building in Civic Center (the one Arnold tried to sell to insiders last year, or something)? Things were looking grim.
But now things seem better, workwise. Here’s the lot just to the west of our State Building – it’s the new San Francisco PUC Building at 525 Golden Gate.
Big Blue, the Old Federal Building, will be harder to spot from Civic Center soon, that’s for sure…
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Busy as a beaver high above the Civic Center / Tenderloin / Little Saigon area…
Never really noticed the UC Hastings College of Law parking garage after it got finished, but it seems to be doing all right. It’s got a four star Yelp rating so that’s not bad for a such a battle-scarred structure.
If they could fill up the first floor retail spaces facing Larkin then we’d be all set, huh?
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But the Vanishing Construction Workers of San Francisco who put this garage up have vanished once again. Oh well.
Well, here it is. After all kinds of stress and strife, the University of California, Hastings College of the Law parking garage / multi-use building in the Civic Center / Tenderloin area (aka Little Saigon) looks done from the outside.
Soon the legal eaglets at the largest and oldest law school in the West (yes, older than vaunted Boalt Hall across the estuary in Berkeley) will be able to easily descend from their nests at historic 100 McAllister or the “Book Concern Building” to get to their small German cars – without hogging up spaces at the Civic Center Parking Garage (aka Victory Garden Basement).
Note the “sickly green tiling” put in by the Vanishing Construction Workers of San Francisco County.
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It’s up… and it’s good! Three points for UC Hastings.
Now back in the day, it was easy to see construction workers on the job. All you had to do was look up through the I-beams and see them walking around. Those were the days, see?
But these days, due to changing construction techniques using concrete, rebar, and whatnot, you need to get above the workers to see them at labor. These folks are mostly out of view after the first floor gets done. Here, they work on the third floor.
Pretty soon, you wont see the cars of UC Hastings Law School students and staff clogging up the parking spaces of Civic Center and Little Saigon thanks to this new mixed-use building that’s still going up.
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The other problem with seeing these people at work is that these jobs are drying up lately.
Good-bye construction workers of San Francisco. See you again in a year or two?