Oh, the mail that arrives in our inbox! Remember when Donk was evicted for renting out the home she shared with Grape Nehi? She apparently didn’t learn her lesson as our burro went on to rent out the Novato house on a fairly regular basis. We heard from a woman who rented Donk’s digs some time ago when she and her husband needed to be in the Marin area. Donk allegedly told the woman that only she and her fiancé lived there! Though the woman took no photos of the “bland, sparse furnishings,” she did note Judy’s mug leering out from the framed WIRED cover, as well as that tacky red painting of our burro that was first glimpsed by the AirBNBer renting the OMG! Marina apartment. I forgot to ask if Judy’s celebrity scrapbooks were still sitting on the coffee table.
That same tipster, along with a loyal reader, alerted us to this big time AirBNB scam – it’s what led the tipster to googling Julia in the first place – “I remembered the house and her as being odd” – and finding us. The appalling violation of San Francisco housing regulations below was perpetrated by a woo grifter and her husband. Donkey is at least acquainted with this Bali expat:
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — San Francisco officials are suing a couple for allegedly turning their Bernal Heights home into an illegal hotel where a party was held by guests last year that ended in a wild shootout.
City Attorney Dennis Herrera announced the lawsuit on Wednesday, revealing that during a short term rental in October 2017 a party was held in the residence that ended with a massive early Sunday morning shootout that “sent dozens of partygoers fleeing through the neighborhood, running from rooftop to rooftop and trespassing through residents’ backyards.”
Acting to the suit filed against Erik M. Rogers and his wife, Anshu Singh, Herrera said that police recovered more than 100 bullets and shell casings from the gunfight littered throughout the home and neighborhood.
Bullets pierced neighbors’ homes, damaging windows, doors and, in one house, the living room. Eighteen parked cars were damaged by gunfire.
Fortunately, only one person suffered a non-life threatening injury in the shootout. However, a neighbor was also injured weeks later when they found a discarded firearm in his backyard and accidentally discharged it, suffering a hand wound.
A City Attorney’s Office investigation found that between June 2016 and October 2017, Rogers and Singh had unlawfully rented out 212 Banks St. as a short-term rental on online sites Airbnb and HomeAway/VRBO for at least 319 nights, charging nightly rates sometimes topping $800, while they lived in Bali, Indonesia.
“This is exactly why San Francisco has common-sense regulations on short-term rentals,” Herrera said in a press release. “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 is seeking a court order requiring the property to be brought into compliance with the law and imposing stiff restrictions to ensure it’s not used as an illegal hotel.
The lawsuit also seeks hundreds of thousands of dollars in monetary penalties to deter future violations.
My, my! Here’s hoping Bali deports Anshu Singh and Erik M. Rogers to stand trial in the states. Singh, who has a very shady history, runs an online grift called The Pleasure Revolution that sounds like the love child of Ali Shanti and Jena la Flamme. She was also part of the Bali Spirit Fest.
Update: I’m deluged with responsibilities, bunnies, and intel is coming in very quickly. A big thanks to Winchester for locating the zillow listing and Donkey’s fauxtos. It’s my understanding that only our burro and Rain lived in the Novato house. He was off touring much of the time, sometimes with Donk, and the house was rented out on a fairly regular basis.
Donk is apparently now subletting the “furnished” house, if furnished consists of several cuddle pillows. I don’t know if Rain is also on the lease and I don’t know when the lease ends. I’m very curious about this foreclosure.
I know we had some other snaps of the house – the upstairs hallway, with the framed WIRE cover on the wall – but I can’t find them in my RBD fauxtos and am too busy to search through the blog right now. ss; sf. Stay tuned!
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