Articles Filed Under: Real Estate Legislation

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Framework To Legalize, But Limit, Airbnb-ing In SF Approved

Supervisor Chiu’s proposed framework to legalize, but limit, short-term rentals in San Francisco has been amended and approved by San Francisco’s Planning Commission.  The framework will now head to San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors to review. While the proposed limit of allowing a unit to be rented for no more than 90 days per year Read More »

Public Registry Of All Short-Term Rentals And Strict Limits Proposed

Supervisor David Chiu’s proposed law which would lift the existing outright ban on short-term rentals in San Francisco but establish a new set of rules and disclosures by which all hosts and “Hosting Platforms,” such as Airbnb, would have to adhere, or be subject to a penalty of up to $1,000 a day, will be reviewed by San Francisco’s Planning Read More »

Proposal To Regulate Tenant Buyouts, Penalize Those Who Do

As expected, the language for an ordinance which would require the public disclosure of all tenant buyout agreements in San Francisco, and prohibit buildings which are emptied by way of a buyout from being condo converted, has been drafted and proposed. Sponsored by Supervisors Campos and Avalos, if adopted, the “Tenant Buy-Out Agreements” ordinance would: Require landlords Read More »

Bond, Affordable Housing Bond: Beyond The Battle Of The Ballots

Officially lobbed by Supervisor Chiu, Mayor Ed Lee is slated to answer the following “housing crisis” question of the week in a prepared address to San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors on Tuesday: “Mr. Mayor, last month, Supervisor Jane Kim and three colleagues introduced a ballot measure that would limit the production of market rate housing Read More »

Legislation To Block Pinterest Move Advances To Board

Legislation To Block Pinterest Move Advances To Board

Despite an offer by the owners of the San Francisco Design Center to cover up to $3 million in relocation costs for tenants which would be displaced by the conversion of the Center to general office use and leasing of much of the building to Pinterest, and Pinterest’s offer to pay displaced tenants’ first and Read More »

Ballot Initiative To Restrict Airbnb Activity Withdrawn

The backers of a ballot initiative to restrict Airbnb’s operations in San Francisco have withdrawn their proposed measure despite having claimed to have gathered over six thousand more signatures than necessary to qualify their measure for this November’s ballot. The proposal’s backers “will instead work through the legislative process,” according to the Chronicle, and will likely Read More »

Loophole In Bill To Close Prop 13 Loophole Removed

Designed to close a loophole in Proposition 13 which has allowed businesses to avoid property tax reassessments upon the purchase of a property, Tom Ammiano’s proposed Assembly Bill 2372 aims to refine what constitutes a sale. But as originally drafted, the bill would have created a loophole of its own. The current definition of a change Read More »

Legislation To Block Pinterest’s Move And Design Center Conversion

Legislation To Block Pinterest’s Move And Design Center Conversion

Supervisor Cohen has formally introduced legislation which could effectively block the conversion of the San Francisco Design Center at 2 Henry Adams Street from showrooms into tech space for at least 18 months. The Design Center is currently zoned for Production, Distribution & Repair (PDR), a zoning which disallows general office use.  And a key Read More »

Leno Abandons Bill To Curb Ellis Act Evictions In San Francisco

Senator Mark Leno has decided not to pursue his proposed bill to curb speculative Ellis Act evictions in San Francisco. Drafted “to ensure that real estate speculators in San Francisco do not buy rent-controlled property and empty it of long-term tenants,” Senate Bill 1439 was tentatively passed by the State Senate last month but then Read More »

Bill To Freeze Ellis Act Evictions Rejected By Housing Committee

Senator Mark Leno’s proposed bill to curb speculative Ellis Act evictions in San Francisco has been rejected by the State Assembly’s Housing and Community Development Committee by a vote of 3 to 4. Drafted “to ensure that real estate speculators in San Francisco do not buy rent-controlled property and empty it of long-term tenants,” Senate Read More »

Bill To Freeze Ellis Act Evictions Amended, Key Exception Added

As promised, the language of Senator Mark Leno’s bill to curb speculative Ellis Act evictions in San Francisco has been amended.  And while the amendment might not be enough to get the bill passed into law, it would create a key exception for individuals if it does. Drafted “to ensure that real estate speculators in San Francisco do not Read More »

An Incentive To Build More Affordable Housing In S.F.

An Incentive To Build More Affordable Housing In S.F.

For many areas in San Francisco, the number of dwelling units allowed to be built upon a parcel is strictly limited by the size of the lot.  For example, within districts zoned RM-1, a common designation which allows for the development of apartments and condos, a developer is allowed to build no more than one Read More »

Bill To Close Proposition 13 Loophole Passed By State Assembly

As the State Senate revived a bill to freeze speculative evictions in San Francisco, the State Assembly passed a bill designed to expand the definition of a “change of ownership” for properties in California in an attempt to close a Proposition 13 loophole. Passed by a vote of 57-13 and on to the Senate, Assembly Read More »

Bill To Freeze Ellis Act Evictions In San Francisco Revived

Bill To Freeze Ellis Act Evictions In San Francisco Revived

Falling three votes short on Wednesday with only two days left to pass the bill to the State Assembly, Senator Mark Leno bill to curb speculative Ellis Act evictions in San Francisco appeared DOA but was revived when the bill was reconsidered and passed by the Senate in a 21-13 vote last night. Drafted “to Read More »

Bill To Freeze Speculative Evictions In SF Fails On Senate Floor

Bill To Freeze Speculative Evictions In SF Fails On Senate Floor

Mark Leno’s Senate Bill 1439 which seeks “to ensure that real estate speculators in San Francisco do not buy rent-controlled property and empty it of long-term tenants” failed to clear the Senate Floor yesterday in a 18-19 vote.  A motion to reconsider the Bill was approved, however, and Leno will have two days to “flip” Read More »