The fight over whether property owners should be allowed to rent their homes on Airbnb was taken to another level recently in San Francisco, CA.
These Wanted flyers have been posted around Chinatown and boldly post the photos and names of 12 individuals who are supposedly “destroying affordable housing for immigrant, minority, & low income families.” The Chinatown area in San Francisco is known for strict zoning laws that help to protect the needs of newly arrived immigrants.
When questioned by The Guardian, one owner who rents on Airbnb (but whose photo is not on the flyer) stated that “We rather leave rooms and apartment empty rather than renting because of rent control. Once tenants move in they own the property … they have more rights than property owners.”
One individual who is on the flyer has said: “I’ve seen this flyer and have reported it to AirBnB and will be filing a police report. If I’m able to find the creator of the flyer, there will also be a lawsuit filed for slander as this is completely untrue.”
What are your thoughts on Airbnb?