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State Senate Committee Kills Controversial Housing Bill SB 827

With only four (4) of the thirteen (13) members of the State Senate’s Transportation and Housing Committee voting in favor of advancing Senator Scott Wiener’s “transit-rich housing bonus” bill, the controversial SB 827 is DOA this legislative year but is expected to be rewritten and reappear in 2019. The... Read More »

Plans to Limit Restaurants and Bars as Neighborhood Retail Falters

Plans to Limit Restaurants and Bars as Neighborhood Retail Falters

With the rise of online retail sales and services impacting the viability of brick and mortar retail in San Francisco, landlords are seeing an increase in demand for street level spaces to be occupied by new restaurants and bars and an increase in vacancies for spaces which are restricted... Read More »

Never Mind, the Facade of Remodeling Will Remain

Never Mind, the Facade of Remodeling Will Remain

The proposed framework for eliminating San Francisco’s frequently gamed Tantamount to Demolition rule and instituting a new Residential Expansion Threshold will not be presented at the Bayview Hunters Point Citizen Advisory Committee Meeting this evening. And in fact, as of late yesterday, San Francisco’s Planning Department has formally suspended... Read More »

This Could End the Façade of Remodeling in SF, Streamline Demos

This Could End the Façade of Remodeling in SF, Streamline Demos

Attempts to game the real estate rules in San Francisco which govern the demolition and expansion of residential properties, by removing all but the façade or a few walls of an existing home and calling it a “remodel,” resulted in new legislation being adopted in 2007 that attempted to... Read More »

Controls to Limit Legal Grow Houses in S.F. to Be Extended

Controls to Limit Legal Grow Houses in S.F. to Be Extended

As we first reported last year: Fearing a proliferation of indoor grow houses following the passage of California’s Adult Use Marijuana Act (a.k.a. Proposition 64) last week, Mayor Ed Lee has…introduced proposed legislation which would require conditional use authorization for new “indoor agriculture uses” in buildings zoned for Production,... Read More »

Eviction Law Amendments Could Hold Landlords More Accountable

San Francisco’s Rent Stabilization and Arbitration Ordinance allows landlords of rent-controlled units to legally evict their tenants without cause, if said eviction is intended to allow the landlord or landlord’s family to occupy the apartment as their principal place of residence. Under the terms of an Owner Move-In (“OMI”)... Read More »

Even Bigger Plans for the Shuttered Lucky Penny Site

Even Bigger Plans for the Shuttered Lucky Penny Site

While zoned for building up to 80 feet in height, the shuttered Lucky Penny parcel at 2670 Geary Boulevard is also only zoned for moderate density. And as such, plans for a seven-story building, with 21 apartments over three stories of office space, a new ground floor commercial space... Read More »

How to Play Planning and Mint a Few Million Bucks

How to Play Planning and Mint a Few Million Bucks

Purchased as two adjacent but completely separate units in the Royal Towers building at 1750 Taylor Street for a combined $4.6 million back in January of 2014, an application to legally merge the one-bedroom unit #804 and the two-bedroom unit #805 was soon filed with the city, citing a... Read More »

Potential Reefer Madness in Pac Heights

Potential Reefer Madness in Pac Heights

With the wine shop Vino having closed its doors at the end of last year, following a 20 year run at 2425 California Street which sits within the Upper Fillmore Neighborhood Commercial District, on the border of Lower and full-blown Pacific Heights, a request for a formal determination as to... Read More »

Airbnb Settles with San Francisco, Law Limiting Listings to Take Effect

Airbnb and HomeAway have agreed to dismiss their legal challenge of San Francisco’s new short-term rental law which restricts units that haven’t been registered with San Francisco’s Office of Short-Term Rentals from being listed on their sites and to provide a mechanism for easily verifying said registrations. The requirements... Read More »