Speaking of potential housing related ballot measures and legislative bargaining chips, Supervisor Mark Farrell has submitted the paperwork for an initiative to allow more in-law units to be added to buildings throughout San Francisco.
Under the proposed Accessory Dwelling Units measure, existing buildings with four dwelling units or less would be allowed one in-law unit. An unlimited number of in-law units would be permitted within the existing envelope of buildings with five units or more. And new buildings with five units or less would be allowed to add an in-law unit to their plans.
New in-law units would not be allowed to be added to buildings from which a tenant had been removed by way of either an Ellis Act or Owner Move In eviction in the past 5 to 10 years. And the new units would be prohibited from ever being registered for use as short-term rentals or (legally) airbnb’d.
The initiative, which could very well be abandoned prior to being printed on the November ballot, is intended to put pressure on the passage of a mirror legislative ordinance to allow more in-laws which was drafted by Supervisor Farrell and is competing with a more restrictive in-law ordinance sponsored by Supervisor Aaron Peskin.