San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors is slated to approve legislation which will allow more in-law units to be added to existing buildings throughout San Francisco. And the bargaining chip ballot measure designed to put pressure on the Board’s passage of the legislation is slated to be withdrawn.
Under the refined Construction of Accessory Dwelling Units amendment to San Francisco’s Planning Code, which represents a compromise between competing amendments sponsored by Supervisors Peskin and Farrell and could be adopted this afternoon, existing buildings with four dwelling units or less will be allowed to add one in-law while buildings with five units or more will be allowed to add an unlimited number of accessory units.
But all the new units would have to fit within the existing envelope of the buildings (which includes the area under most decks and some lightwells) and each new would have to measure at least 350 square feet if a studio or 550 square feet if a one-bedroom.
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 or in areas principally zoned for single-family homes. And the new units would be prohibited from ever being registered for use as short-term rentals or (legally) airbnb’d.