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Santa Monica Gets Its First Conviction Under Anti-Airbnb Regulations

Convicted Scott Shatford says he risked the $3,500 fine because "that's what one of my properties makes in a month."

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One of my favorite aspects of the new information age ability to connect people and make mutually agreed deals to buy and sell things like lodging and transportation has been the winning rise in people just willing to do the right free-market thing, even in open defiance of the law.

Thus, while it was not good to see the city of Santa Monica, California, getting its first conviction under laws it passed last year explicitly banning renting out the entirety of an apartment for fewer than 30 days (one of the main uses of the Airbnb service), it was a bit warming to see the convicted Scott Shatford blithely saying to The Los Angeles Times that "Even with the $3,500 fine, that's what one of my properties makes in a month," when explaining why he kept violating the law even after it passed in May 2015.

Shatford publicly hyped the Airbnb way of life through books and websites, so presumes "I was probably targeted by Santa Monica because I was out there, talking about my rentals."

Shatford is moving to Denver in the wake of his conviction. (He's on two years probation as well.) Denver recently passed Airbnb regulations that allow only "primary residences" to be rented short term.

Those who believe that government is always working on the absolute edge of its fiscal capabilities will be delighted to learn Santa Monica nabbed him via entrapment by its own paid agents, and that "a full-time task force dedicated to the issue, with two code enforcement officers and an analyst" is working to make sure mutually beneficial trades for lodging can't be made in its city.  The Vacation Rental Enforcement Task Force of Santa Monica is alert, aware, and on the march, scofflaws.

I reported last month on Santa Monica's neighboring metropolis of Los Angeles contemplating new regulations on short-term rentals.

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  2. Parasites are gonna parasite.

    A task force to nab people entering voluntary contracts. Nice.

    1. so vice squad gets another bullet point to put on their budget presentation to the town council

      1. It goes beyond comparisons to Vice. It is also comparable, with the exception of predictable prohibition effects, to every law enforced by Narcotics.

  3. “Convicted Scott Shatford…”

    I had to read that three times before I got the name right.

    1. Right there with you! 🙂

    2. Same here? thought it was our own Scott Shackford at first!

      1. He would never get caught.

        1. That’s why he used an alias.

  4. I have no comment at this time.

    1. I was torn between making a you joke, a Shatner joke, or a past-tense shit joke.

      1. If you substitute the word “pants” for “comment”, then that is an excellent working environment.

        Tell KMW your many productive assets leave you financially independent and yet with a need for location mobility. Demand a 4% raise.

  5. Convicted Scott Shatford says he risked the $3,500 fine because “that’s what one of my properties makes in a month.”

    “Can’t we arrest him for…I don’t know, bragging??”

  6. It should be noted that Santa Monica has some of the worst rent control regulations in the country.

    I used to work with a girl that was peanuts and change a month in rent. She had to FedEx her rent every month, or her landlord would claim he never got it and initiate eviction proceedings against her.

    It doesn’t surprise me that someone can get $3,500 a month there through Airbnb for a single room on a short term basis. It wouldn’t surprise me if someone could get a little less than that for the same room on a long term basis, either.

    1. The single mom thing was the best. Bitch, your husband works 3 days a week.

  7. Those who believe that government is always working on the absolute edge of its fiscal capabilities will be delighted to learn Santa Monica nabbed him via entrapment by its own paid agents…

    They’re going to need to collect a lot of $3,500 fines to stay in the black.

  8. I make over $3500 a month renting my residence part time.

    1. How do you make money by paying someone else for a place to live?

      1. He doesn’t – he pays $3500 in monthly rent, renting from other people so that he can rent out his place.

  9. What needs to exist is a completely decentralized system. Something like bittorent/bitcoin but for airbnb/Uber. It’s already happening with retail (OpenBazaar). I’m sure someone could make it happen.

    It will be difficult to beat first mover advantage but the savings from not having to pay fees with be huge.

  10. Rent it out for 30 days at some big amount.

    Have it cancellable for the first N days for some nominal amount.

    Might not be bullet proof, but should be able to fuck with them a little bit over this.

    1. We need to clone Jack Travern.

    2. Time to ban Bastille Day.

    3. We’ll probably never know the motive…

    4. This highlights the need for commonsense lorry control.

    5. Sounds like a case of exploding Muhomeds.

    6. In the movies no one ever dies when a car drives recklessly onto the sidewalk!

      1. -1 fruit stand

    7. I guess the cat is out of the bag.

      You can kill a lot of people with a vehicle if you choose the right time. I won’t get into details, but I’ve discussed it with friends.

      1. Why avoid the details… this has been discussed by many people. And when it occasionally happens– large numbers of people being killed in novel ways, the issue will still be guns and airplanes.

    8. Not very Nice of them

  11. Shatford publicly hyped the Airbnb way of life through books and websites

    Ohh, a scofflaw, is he? Throw the book at him!

  12. I swear, for the most part, I prefer AirBnB. The experience, setting, price, and comfort level have always been superior to hotels. Why the fuck would I want a shitty hotel at double the price ever again when the value delivered by my AirBnB choices has always been more friendly and delivered twice the value? Previously being a captive hotel patron meant just swallowing the clock of “yeah, no. We’re going to place you by the elevator” or dealing with loud-assed dipshit hotel patrons having inane high volume conversations (and orgasms!) through paper-thin walls. Condos/flats and standalone homes generally do not have this issue with AirBnB; a loud location is always exposed in peer reviews. Fuck the whiney bitch hotel industry.

  13. Santa Monica is concerned that people buying properties just to rent them out as Airbnbs was driving up their cost of living.

    Santa Monica.

    *uncontrollable laughter*

    Because real estate there didn’t start getting expensive before Airbnb’s founding in 2008, right? And there’s no way their highly competitive housing market has anything to do with…oh, like, the fact that they’re an affluent Southern Californian city right on one of the world’s most famous stretches of beach.

    But I’m sure fining Airbnb operators will make lots more housing available to people of modest means. Lots.

    *yet more snickering*

  14. Scott Shatford

    Pretty thin alias, Shackford.

  15. Shatford is moving to Denver in the wake of his conviction. (He’s on two years probation as well.) Denver recently passed Airbnb regulations that allow only “primary residences” to be rented short term.

    Sounds like a little more than $3,500. And despite your ‘defiance’, it sounds like you’re not willing to duke it out for round two.

    No criticism of Shatford, just pointing out that once the high-profile convictions start rolling in, the agents of ‘free markets’ scatter like cockroaches.

    Which reminds me, remember the discussion that went on here about “Arcade City” and all of its super-duper decentralized blockchainness and decentralized nature?

    Unfortunately, the central place where people went to arrange rides is quite easy for officials to target, and target it they have. Vehicles are now being impounded as people who clearly can’t survive on the federal mileage reimbursement rate alone accept fares higher than that.

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