Hello! 

I own and reside in a 2 unit building in san francisco. It has two street numbers and separate entrances, however is legally a single unit (not a TIC or condo, single mortgage/utilities/insurance, sole proprietorship). 

If I rented the second unit on Airbnb, would it be considered hosted or unhosted (assuming I am living there full time, in the adjacent unit). 

 

Would this change if the rented unit was an in law unit? (separate entrance but not separate address?) 


Thank you!
Fernanda

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Re: two unit building in SF - hosted vs/ unhosted

in
SF, CA
Level 3

According to the rules established by the San Francisco Department of Short-Term Rentals "unhosted" only. You have two different street numbers, i.e. two separate legal addresses. You can only rent apartments that you actually live in. The fact that the apartment you want to rent is under the same roof does not matter to the city.

If you can prove to the SF Department of Short-Term Rentals that you actually live in the unit that you want to use for Airbnb (ore any other short term rental service), you can rent it hosted.

Download and read everything, ... and I mean EVERYTHING from this page.
https://businessportal.sfgov.org/start/starter-kits/short-term-rental

 

 

Re: two unit building in SF - hosted vs/ unhosted

in
Paris, France
Level 10

Hi @Fernanda843 

Everything @Abrasha-and-Maria0  said make sense👍 

To be clear and way to understand, read the link all in all.

 

                                Ps. @Abrasha-and-Maria0  your listing is stunning, lovely.👏

Happy Hosting ✌️

Re: two unit building in SF - hosted vs/ unhosted

in
Sayulita, Mexico
Level 10

@Fernanda843  It seems like a bit of a grey area, but consulting a lawyer is a good idea.

 

I say a grey area because I think the intent of the ordinance is to eliminate entire homes off-site hosting,

as those are the situations that lead to parties, guests disturbing neighbors, and a steady stream of strangers coming and going, which makes residents uncomfortable. 

 

The ordinance seems to assume that all strs are either home shares, or these off-site or perhaps even out-of-state host entire house listings.

 

So your situation is one they haven't accounted for- an entire unit, but with the host living right next door, in the same building, able to keep an eagle eye out for bad activity.

Re: two unit building in SF - hosted vs/ unhosted

in
Berlin, Germany
Level 10

@Sarah977  The intent of this ordinance has nothing to do with neighbors. It's about the city's chronic housing shortage. The city is trying to make it less lucrative for landlords to take viable residential housing off the market to convert it into short term accommodation.

 

@Fernanda843 if the rental unit is viable as residential housing, with its own kitchen and bathroom and entrance, the fact that you live in an adjacent unit does not make any difference. This is an unhosted rental, and after 30 days, a renter in this home is legally considered  by the state of California to be your tenant rather than your housemate. 

Re: two unit building in SF - hosted vs/ unhosted

in
Sayulita, Mexico
Level 10

@Andrew0  Thanks for the correction. I am quite supportive myself of legislation which aims to keep enough affordable housing available for locals. In my town, it's gotten so that people who work here can't afford to rent here, and have to commute from neighboring towns. There are very few homes left here that are priced reasonably for residents.

Re: two unit building in SF - hosted vs/ unhosted

in
Austin, TX
Level 10

@Fernanda843 go sleep in the second unit when there is a guest and then you're all good!

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