San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera has filed a lawsuit against the owners of a Bernal Heights house, saying they turned into an illegal hotel where an unruly party last year devolved into a gunfight, his office announced Wednesday.
The lawsuit alleges that Erik Rogers and Anshu Singh illegally converted the property into two units without permits and in June 2016 began renting it out via Airbnb and HomeAway/VRBO, violating state and local laws.
In October, guests at the home allegedly hosted a party where a fight broke out and resulted in a shootout. The gunfire prompted the party guests to scatter, with some running from rooftop to rooftop and others through people’s backyards, Herrera’s office said.
Police allegedly recovered 100 bullets and shell casings from the shootout. One person was hit struck by a bullet, and gunfire allegedly pierced homes and parked cars.
In addition, the lawsuit alleges, about two months later a neighbor who rarely uses his backyard found a discarded gun there and accidentally discharged it, injuring his hand.
After the October melee, an investigation by Herrera’s office found that Singh and Rogers had rented the home at least 319 times over 16 months, sometimes charging guests as much as $800 per night, according to city prosecutors.
During this time, the couple allegedly lived in Bali, Indonesia.
“This is exactly why San Francisco has common-sense regulations on short-term rentals,” Herrera said in a statement. “In the middle of a housing crisis you have a couple who aren’t even living in the country turning a
house into an illegal hotel for tourists and partiers.
“This could have been a home that kept one more family in San Francisco. Instead, it brought a deluge of gunfire to a quiet neighborhood. We are changing that,” Herrera said.
“San Francisco’s short-term rental laws allow people to rent out their home …read more
Source:: The Mercury News