Supervisors pass legislation limiting San Francisco
Supervisor Aaron Peskin (foreground) with legislative aide, David
Owen, authored the legislaton placing restrictions on certain
types of condominium conversions.
By Angela Hokanson, Bay City News Service
May 17, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - Legislation that places restrictions
on condominium conversions of buildings where certain types of
evictions have occurred was passed 7-3 yesterday by the San Francisco
Board of Supervisors.
Under the legislation, condominium conversions would not be permitted
for buildings that had experienced evictions of members of the
"protected class" of tenants, according to David Owen,
legislative aide for Supervisor Aaron Peskin. This protected group
of tenants includes people over 60, the disabled, and the catastrophically
ill, Owen said.
Conversion to condominiums would also be prohibited for buildings
where there had been two or more evictions on or after May 1,
2005, according to Owen.
The restrictions on condominium conversion for buildings with
these types of evictions would last for 10 years, Owens said.
Supervisor Aaron Peskin, who co-sponsored the legislation, said
that the ordinance is "a responsible attempt to balance the
protection of vulnerable tenants" with the need to maintain
paths to home ownership.
According to the text of the ordinance, the legislation "will
create greater opportunities for conversion of those buildings
where evictions have not occurred and where non-owning tenants
are afforded the ability to purchase the units in which they reside.''
Supervisors Michela Alioto-Pier, Sean Elsbernd, and Fiona Ma
voted against the legislation. Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi was excused
from the vote.
The legislation will now be turned over to the mayor's office.
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