Short-term rental company Sonder is in a fight with the City of San Francisco, looking to break its lease over lost revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The lawsuit cites the City’s eviction moratorium that prevents landlords from evicting anyone suffering financial hardships due to COVID-19, stating “these laws have had a material adverse effect, a crushing one, on Sonder’s operations at the premises. Sonder can neither effectively market vacant units nor ensure that existing tenants pay rent”.

However, the local Neighborhood Association considers Sonder as ‘opportunists’, who ‘only care about money’.  The developer plans to counter sue, saying this property was always meant to be longer-term rentals.

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