February 8, 2017
Airbnb host Scott Shatford was the perfect target for Santa Monica, California’s newly formed Vacation Rental Enforcement Task Force: a slick, unapologetic entrepreneur exploiting a regulatory loophole to make a ton of money in a saturated housing market. It didn’t matter to city officials that Shatford was part of the dynamic, burgeoning “homesharing” economy that was bringing millions in tax revenue to Santa Monica. He was blatantly disregarding the city’s unanimously passed ban on short-term vacation rentals, literally gloating that the regulation was “not that enforceable.”