rent control http://kalw.org en What's it like to lead the San Francisco Rent Board? http://kalw.org/post/whats-it-lead-san-francisco-rent-board <p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 19px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.5;">With rental housing being such a contentious topic in San Francisco, we thought it could be helpful to talk with the person who might know more about rent laws than anybody else in the city, the Executive Director of the San Francisco Rent Board.</span></p><p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 00:24:00 +0000 Ben Trefny 43083 at http://kalw.org What's it like to lead the San Francisco Rent Board? Growing number of San Francisco landlords not renting http://kalw.org/post/growing-number-san-francisco-landlords-not-renting <p></p><p></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-size: 19px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">We often hear how the rent in San Francisco is some of the priciest in the country</span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-size: 19px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">, but there are also just not enough places for people to live. </span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-size: 19px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The mayor’s office has asked city officials to speed up the lengthy permitting process</span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-size: 19px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> in efforts to increase the housing supply. But some say that the supply already exists -- that thousands of units are simply being kept off the market</span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-size: 19px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">. Some estimate up to 10,000 of these units</span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-size: 19px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> exist. Many sit unrented because tenants are proving too risky an investment for some property owners. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:33:23 +0000 Leila Day 42693 at http://kalw.org Growing number of San Francisco landlords not renting Airbnb to start paying hotel taxes in two west coast cities http://kalw.org/post/airbnb-start-paying-hotel-taxes-two-west-coast-cities <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 23:06:24 +0000 Charlotte Silver 41907 at http://kalw.org Airbnb to start paying hotel taxes in two west coast cities The New Gold Rush: How tourist rentals are affecting San Francisco’s housing market http://kalw.org/post/new-gold-rush-how-tourist-rentals-are-affecting-san-francisco-s-housing-market <p></p><p>The sharing economy in San Francisco is humming. Companies like Airbnb have figured out how to make a lot of money by using existing housing stock to meet consumer demand, which in Airbnb’s case is coming from tourists. Fast Company magazine declared AirBnB will soon become “the world’s largest hotel chain –&nbsp;without owning a single hotel.”</p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 00:45:00 +0000 Ben Trefny & Charlotte Silver 41384 at http://kalw.org The New Gold Rush: How tourist rentals are affecting San Francisco’s housing market In San Francisco, rent control gets personal http://kalw.org/post/san-francisco-rent-control-gets-personal <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rent control has been a way for cities to regulate their housing prices and evictions since World War One, in the wake of a big housing shortage in New York. But that doesn’t mean it’s common. In fact, only a handful of cities in the United States have rent control, like New York City, Los Angeles, a few cities in the Bay Area and San Francisco.</span></p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 18:29:28 +0000 Isabel Angell 40867 at http://kalw.org In San Francisco, rent control gets personal