TIC owners will want to pay particular attention. First as a reminder, ticket sales for the 2012 Condo Conversion Lottery end this Friday, January 18th @ 4:45pm. The ticket cost is now $275 per application. First time applicants are now projected to have to remain qualified for 18 years in order to “guarantee” their ticket being selected among the most senior class. The appropriate application and additional information can be obtained at the DPW’s website or be clicking here. The scheduled 2012 Lottery Drawing will be held at City Hall on Wednesday, February 6, 2012 at 9AM.
The second and more important announcement is that a critical vote is coming up at the Board of Supervisors regarding the Condo Lottery Bypass Legislation. As you know Plan C has led the fight for first-time homeownership and condo conversion reform in San Francisco for over 10 years and it is our belief that this legislation represents the best chance ever to achieve real reform – if you can help! The time to get involved is NOW. Please continue reading for additional details and critical actions that each and every TIC owner must take.
As a reminder, the legislation introduced last June by Supervisors Mark Farrell and Scott Weiner will provide a one-time opportunity for owners of tenancies in common (TICs) to convert to condominiums, provided that they pay a specified fee to the City. Any tenants in these buildings will be protected from eviction, and will continue to enjoy rent-control protections, but TIC owners in the building will have a guaranteed chance to convert to condo status. The fee to participate in this program ranges from $4,000 to $20,000, depending on the number of years a building has entered and lost in the “condo lottery” (buildings that have failed more times will pay lower fees). For more info on the legislation, go to www.plancsf.org.
This truely is “win win” legislation – TIC owners finally get a chance to convert to condos; tenants get rock-solid protections, and the fees generated will go into a fund to promote affordable housing in the city.
Here are the two things TIC owners urgently need to do: Contact Supervisors and arrange your calender to allow you to show up at the Land Use Committee hearing scheduled on January 28th at 1pm.
Again, the most important things that you can do is contact your supervisor right now, as well as, the supervisors who we believe are key votes. We also need you to attend and if you are willing to speak at the Land Use Committee Hearing at City Hall scheduled for 1pm on Monday January 28th.
You can find your supervisor’s contact info here.
Key supervisors to contact are Supervisors (click on this link now to email the three of them):
-Malia Cohen in District 10 – Malia.Cohen@sfgov.org – phone: 415-554-7670
-London Breed in District 5 – London.Breed@sfgov.org – phone: 415-554-7630
-Norman Yee in District 7 – Norman.Yee.Bos@sfgov.org – phone: 415-554-6516
What you can say: Tell them if you live in their district (give an address) and that you vote, ask them to support the “condo bypass” legislation. Call their offices (a volunteer will likely answer the phone) and email them. Explain that passing this legislation is important to you, that it will help many first-time homeowners, while protecting tenants and providing needed funds for the city’s affordable housing programs. Tell them your story.
Other things that you can do to make a difference:
- Tell others in your building, other TIC owners, or anyone who supports this legislation – to contact their supervisor and the key Supervisors listed above.
- Get as many other TIC owners, friends, family and supporters to attend the hearing scheduled on January 28th at 1pm.
- If you’re on Facebook or Twitter, post on your Facebook page and Tweet about this issue. Like us on Facebook to keep up with developments on this important issue and “share” our updates with others. Make sure you follow us on Twitter and “Retweet” us. You’ll find us and our action alerts: @plancsf
- Sign our petition and spread it to others! Click here to sign the petition.
- Distribute fliers to friends/contacts. Click here for an easy-to-print flier.
- Complete our form (click here to do so yourself) or email us at Plan C to let us know that you support this legislation – we can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s critical that we be able to contact and mobilize a large number of TIC owners who are suffering under the current lottery system.Email and call your supervisor (personal calls or emails to your supervisor are hugely important). Click here for a list of supervisor names and contact info. Calling a supervisor is easy – a volunteer will answer the phone and take down your position/views.
- Again- Email, call and visit the Supervisors. Key supervisors to contact are Supervisors
-Malia Cohen in District 10- Malia.Cohen@sfgov.org – phone: 415-554-7670
-London Breed in District 5- London.Breed@sfgov.org – phone: 415-554-7630
-Norman Yee in District 7- Norman.Yee.Bos@sfgov.org – phone: 415-554-6516
Key points to make in any call, email or visit to the supervisors:
· Please support the “condo bypass” legislation
· If you are a voter in the supervisor’s district, mention that
· The condo bypass is personally very important to you (and explain why)
· No one will be hurt – tenants are protected by “lifetime leases”, and buildings that have been cleared by evictions cannot participate
· The condo bypass will raise $20-25 million for affordable housing
Dear Supervisor [Name]:
I am writing to urge you to support the “condo bypass” legislation recently introduced by Supervisors Mark Farrell and Scott Wiener. This legislation will help many hundreds of first-time homeowners in San Francisco, while protecting tenants and raising an estimated $20 to $25 million in funds for affordable housing. Please let me know if you will support this important legislation.