Archive for the ‘housing’ Category

Ungradeable Backyard, Frisco, Just a Few Miles from the San Andreas Fault

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

This is the high-rent district of Sea Cliff, where you can’t expect much from your backyard except making sure your house doesn’t slide away during the next Big One:

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The 94117 Vs. London Breed: “MISSING – Have You Seen Me? LOST LAW” – Yes, I’m Only a Bill

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

As seen about town:

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Looks like somebody is trying to get her to keep a promise?

Outrageousness: Six Tourists Bunking Up in Just One Room on Ocean Paying $6000 per Month?

Monday, March 6th, 2017

six bunks

This is a part of “Coliving Club Ocean,” which self-ID’s as:

  • 40 Beds
  • 9 Bedrooms
  • 6 Bathrooms

The cost to said newcomers is $998 per month, so that means that just one room is potentially generating $71,976 for somebody, or some entity, each year. And this location is by no means in any of Frisco’s typically high rent districts.

Wow.

(Hey, are these bunk beds made for adults? IDK. Hey, do they have a weight limit like, IDK, something like 165 pounds? Just asking.)

Anyway, wow

Here It Is: Your New Homeless “Navigation” Center in Dogpatch – Opening March 2017

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Via Dogpatch Block Party:

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Volunteers wanted…

The Richmond District’s Classiest Entranceway: Fish and Bubbles

Monday, November 14th, 2016

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IS THIS KOSHER? Micro-Unit Apartment Parked on 9th Street Tells Citizens How to Vote

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Here’s the description:

Inside a tiny prefab home for the homeless – A possible solution for San Francisco citizens without a place to call home BY ADAM BRINKLOW

And here’s the unit, complete with signs telling you to vote for Propositions J & K:

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Is this what special parking permits from SFGov are for?

How IKEA Wants Us to Live: In a 259 Square-Foot Studio Apartment

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Or maybe this is an efficiency?

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“It might be compact, but it’s more spacious than you can imagine. It’s my 259 sq. ft home.”

“Luxury Housing” at the Corner of 33rd and Nowhere – What Makes This Orange Building Out in the Outer Richmond “Luxury”

Friday, August 5th, 2016

I’m at a loss here:

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Word on the Street: “RENT CONTROL 4 MIDTOWN” – No Mercy from the Politically-Connected Sisters of Mercy

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

As seen on Divisadero, north of the NoPA Northeast of Panhandle Area:

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Why don’t these people have rent control in a pre-1980 building in Frisco? Here’s the story from Joe Eskenazi and here’s the official story from, IDK, a public relations-type that we’re, somehow, paying for? Take your pick.

Frisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera Goes After Lem-Ray Properties and Broker Chuck Post Over Section 8 Voucher Discrimination

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Just released:

“Herrera seeks injunction to halt discrimination over Section 8 vouchers

City Attorney calls vouchers ‘an essential tool for many San Franciscans to access affordable housing—especially in crisis like the one we are currently experiencing’

SAN FRANCISCO (April 20, 2016)—City Attorney Dennis Herrera is seeking a tough, enforceable court order to prevent a residential landlord and an affiliated real estate broker from continuing to flout the law by refusing to honor Section 8 vouchers. The motion for preliminary injunction filed in San Francisco Superior Court yesterday would require defendants Lem-Ray Properties, an affiliate of the once-high-flying Lembi real estate empire, and broker Chuck Post to immediately stop their unfair and illegal conduct and comply with the law.

“Housing vouchers are an essential tool for many San Franciscans to access affordable housing—especially in crisis like the one we are currently experiencing,” said Herrera. “Lem-Ray Properties and their real estate broker’s refusal to rent to tenants who rely on these vouchers discriminates against low-income communities. It’s a terrible injustice at a time when city leaders are struggling desperately to preserve San Francisco’s economic, social and cultural diversity.”

The requested injunction follows a March 22 ruling by Judge Ronald E. Quidachay that denied the defendants’ bid to dismiss Herrera’s suit. The ruling affirmed San Francisco’s local law that prohibits landlords from refusing to rent to tenants who intend to use federal housing vouchers.

Section 8 vouchers—so named for Section 8 of the Federal Housing Act, and also known as the Housing Choice Voucher Program—are administered locally by the San Francisco Housing Authority. The program allows low-income families to secure housing in the private rental market by requiring qualifying renters to pay thirty percent of their income toward rent, with Section 8 vouchers covering the remainder. The vouchers impose no additional costs on landlords, and landlords’ refusal to accept them violates local law.

Lem-Ray is among the entities associated with the Lembi family’s once expansive CitiApartments-Skyline Realty empire, which Herrera sued in 2006 for an array of lawless business and tenant harassment practices involving at least 30 properties. The defendant, which is still subject to the 2011 civil injunction Herrera secured in his five-year litigation battle, is among the landlords memorably dubbed “the Scumlords” in an award-winning 2006 exposé by investigative reporter G.W. Schulz. Schulz won first-place honors from the California Newspaper Publishers Association in 2007 for his San Francisco Bay Guardian series on tenant mistreatment by the Lembis, who at the time were among the largest residential property owners in the city. Chuck Post, also named in Herrera’s civil suit, is a real estate broker whose ApartmentsinSF.com website and other online rental postings brazenly flouted local law by advertising that Section 8 vouchers would not be accepted as payment for Lem-Ray’s residential apartments.

Under San Francisco law, property owners and real estate agents are prohibited from refusing to accept federal, state, or local housing subsidies as a form of rental payment, or to indicate in rental advertisements that housing subsidies will not be accepted as payment. Post and Lem-Ray are both alleged to have violated the local law, according to Herrera’s complaint, together with provisions of the California Unfair Competition Law that prohibit unfair and unlawful business practices.

If successful, Herrera’s lawsuit could secure civil penalties against Lem-Ray Properties of up to $6,000 for each violation of its 2011 court order, and civil penalties against both defendants of $2,500 for each violation of the state Unfair Competition Law. Both defendants could also be liable for three times the amount of a single month’s rent in which the landlords charged for any unit in violation of the Police Code provision. Herrera is also seeking a permanent injunction against both parties to bar them from business practices in violation of state or local law.

The case is: City and County of San Francisco and People of the State of California v. Chuck M. Post, Lem-Ray Properties I DE, LLC et al., San Francisco Superior Court Case No. 548551, filed Oct. 21, 2015.”