New SF Regulations Present Risks & Opportunities for Property Owners

If you own San Francisco residential real estate, the new in-law unit regulations may present opportunities for you to legally increase your property's rental income and/or simply provide your family with additional segregated living space. The Law Offices of Daniel Bornstein can help you navigate the complex and ever-changing regulations of this program.







What is an ADU anyway? An accessory dwelling unit (ADU), commonly known as a secondary or in-law unit, is a residential unit developed within an existing residential building. ADUs are typically developed in an underutilized area of the property. This could include a garage, lower level storage areas, attic space, etc.

Amid the San Francisco housing shortage crisis, the city understands that many properties have space that is not being used to its highest potential.

As of September 2016, Ordinance No. 162-16 allows construction of accessory dwelling units (ADU) Citywide in areas that allow residential use. This program reduces some Planning Code requirements to make it possible for property owners to add ADUs, also known as ‘in law units,’ ‘secondary units,’ or ‘granny flats.’
Bornstein Law can assist in evaluating the law and its impact on your real estate. Our goal, first and foremost, is to educate you on the risks and potential rewards so that you can determine if this program is right for you.

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San Francisco is a complex and challenging region, with new In-law regulations changing often.  At Bornstein Law, we seek to keep you updated and informed about all the changes. Contact us for further assistance.