Breed wants working group to speed up construction of in-laws

Board of Supervisors President London Breed on Tuesday said she was drafting legislation to create a working group to speed up the construction of in-law units in San Francisco.

Breed’s request comes after the San Francisco Examiner reported that just 23 in-law units, otherwise called accessory-dwelling units, have been built since The City legalized the units citywide and allowed new ones to be built beginning in 2016.

“That’s only 23 units in two years while we are in the middle of a housing crisis,” Breed said. “These units are an efficient and affordable way of building desperately needed housing in San Francisco and its the only way that we can actually build rent control units.”

Those in-laws, when built within existing rent-controlled buildings, are covered by rent control laws.

“There are tens of thousands of opportunities all over the city to actually building these units. As we speak there are 419 applications in the pipeline,” Breed said.

Concerns over The City’s approval process for the in-law units were raised during a recent Building Inspection Commission hearing where city officials spoke of confusion and uncertainty in the permitting process.

“The data suggests we are not moving as fast as we need in order to get these units online,” Breed said.

Breed said the legislation would create a working group of city departments who must approve the units and other stakeholders to figure out how to solve the “roadblocks that are preventing these units from coming online.”

Joshua Sabatini

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