Il­le­gal Airbnb rentals cost cou­ple dearly

Times Colonist - - Travel -

SAN FRAN­CISCO — A San Fran­cisco cou­ple has agreed to pay $2.25 mil­lion to the city for il­le­gally rent­ing out 14 apart­ments as Airbnb units.

Dar­ren and Va­lerie Lee were also barred for at least seven years from of­fer­ing short-term rentals in any of the 17 San Fran­cisco build­ings they own or man­age.

The city first sued the Lees in 2014 for evict­ing ten­ants from one of their prop­er­ties to rent the spa­ces on Airbnb. The Lees agreed to an in­junc­tion against fur­ther va­ca­tion rentals in their 17 prop­er­ties.

The city said the Lees ig­nored the in­junc­tion and took steps to pre­tend the apart­ments were be­ing rented to long-term ten­ants, in­clud­ing draw­ing up fake leases for friends and fam­ily. San Fran­cisco faces an acute short­age of af­ford­able hous­ing.

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