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San Francisco landlords are turning ‘crappy old storage rooms’ into apartments—and it’s good news

At make an appearance value, the prospect of paying top dollar to live in what was once a “crappy old storage dwelling” might not sound appealing but ADUs are much needed housing choices to an area desperate for them. And with San Francisco’s median rental premium climbing to $4,400 a month, the price isn’t as outlandish as it may seem.

“The new laws won’t wake up close to filling the Bay Area’s housing needs. But they could think up options for middle-income renters who don’t qualify for below-market-rate housing and can’t afford a market-rate apartment,” the San Francisco Describe reported in late 2016 as the law was about to take effect.

The cost of dynamic and the housing crisis in San Francisco are a pressing issue, and not just for the working and centre class.

When Houston-based law firm Patterson and Sheridan expanded to Silicon Valley, it opted to food employees in Texas rather than have relocate to California. Now the legal practitioners commute once a month for meetings on a nine-seat, $3 million jet clad with maple-paneled cabins and plush leather seats. It was, remarkably, the cost-effective verdict.

Even with the cost of the jet, plus the $2,500 per hour cost to direct it, the firm says it can offer clients lower prices because uncountable of the work is done in Houston, where commercial real estate is 43 percent tackier, salaries are 52 percent lower and competition for technical talent less aggressive, according to an original report in the Houston Chronicle.

Meanwhile, employees at particular tech behemoths like Twitter and Facebook have reported wriggling to make ends meet. Earlier this year, one Twitter wage-earner earning a $160,000 salary told The Guardian that he’s barely scraping by in Silicon Valley.

The staff member’s biggest expense is the $3,000 monthly rent he pays on a two-bedroom crib where he lives with his wife and two kids, which he describes as “ultra skinflinty.”

“Families are priced out of the market,” he says, explaining that it’s hard to vie with the hordes of 20-somethings willing to pile into a shared quarter — and still pay $2,000 per person for a room.

Turning unused space into rentable portions could be part of a solution. It also allows families to create profuse affordable housing options for extended family members, live-in nannies or caretakers for lifetime parents.

With the median home value in San Francisco reaching in $1 million, it could also help property owners pay off high-priced mortgages.

“Adding an ADU to your property can provide several benefits, such as yield housing for family members, simplifying your lifestyle, and increased pecuniary flexibility,” the San Francisco Planning Department says on their website.

How in the world, according to the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition, the “legalization of ADUs did not show the way to the increase of units in single family home (SFH) neighborhoods that the Conurbation anticipated.” Rather, the majority of ADU permits were for additions to larger erections. That’s partly why both San Francisco and California overall still be subjected to a way to go to solve the housing crisis. But it seems ADUs are a step in the right control.

“We’ve created a new asset class in the housing market — someone is going to direction up and make a lot of money financing these things,” Matt Regan, older vice president of housing policy at the Bay Area Council, a business-sponsored, community policy advocacy group, told Business Insider.

“Someone’s affluent to crack this nut very quickly.”

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