December 7, 2016
Airbnb’s head of policy, Chris Lehane, is a maestro of timing. Days before Mayor Ed Lee is expected to veto strict new rules for Airbnb in San Francisco that would place a hard cap of 60 days annually on all stays (hosted and unhosted), the former aide to Bill Clinton essentially declared long-term political victory in our foggy little town. But so far, victory for Airbnb has meant strains to our housing stock, as reports abound of landlords evicting tenants to turn their apartments into full-time Airbnb rentals. Pseudo-hotels for tourists are, of course, far more profitable than renting to long-term tenants….