In the Progressive Utopia of San Francisco (… cough… 6% Black) has a housing code (of course), and it s illiegal to have a rental unit that doesn’t comply with the code. So, what if a property owner has such an “illegal” unit? In a semi-rational society, he would have two choices: 1. Bring it up to code. 2. Tear it down.
Property owners looking to get rid of a unit that doesn’t meet city codes now will have to justify “why they are removing, rather than legalizing,” the illegal dwelling unit. If a property has more than two units, the owner must go through the discretionary review process, which can include a full-blown hearing before the City Planning Commission.
If planners decide there is a “feasible path to legalize the unit,” they will recommend that “the current housing affordability crisis creates an ‘exceptional and extraordinary’ circumstance such that the Commission should deny the (building) permit and preserve the unit,” Rahaim and Hui said in a Feb. 3 memo to the mayor.
No one really owns property in the Progressive Utopia; one is only allowed to administer it as the state directs.