THC is the first agency to file lawsuits against hotel owners following the newly strengthened Residential Hotel Unit Conversion and Demolition Ordinance.
The owners of the Lotus and Amsterdam Hotels are challenged by THC, alleging illegal use of their designated residential units for tourist rentals.
Court rules hotels do not have to pay replacement fees by evoking the Ellis Act.
Disgruntled Hotel Owner Adam Sparks files suit against Randy Shaw – Falsely claiming abuse of the Residential Hotel Ordinance for personal gain. Randy Shaw says this will make the owner look even more foolish, and that they would be making a motion to throw the case out.
Hotelier Adam Sparks is sentenced to jail for violating the city’s Residential Hotel Unit Demolition and Conversion Ordinance.
SF Judge issues a permanent injunction barring Hotel Owner Adam Sparks from renting rooms to tourists. A win for hotel conversion and zoning laws – showing they can be enforced.
The Residential Hotel Conversion Ordinance is under fire for being “unconstitutional” – Tenants rights groups speak upon its importance to preserving affordable housing.
The Cornell Hotel wants to convert 31 units from residential to tourist use. The Planning Dept initially recommends disapproval of the request but then flips (after Mayor Frank Jordan intervened) to supporting the conversion. The conversion would mean a loss of over $1,000,000 in funds for non-profit housing.
In a victory for affordable housing advocates, the SF Board of Supervisors rejected a bid for hotels to carve an exemption from a financial provision in a controversial housing ordinance. Leaving owners responsible to pay a conversion fee.
Randy Shaw addresses the San Francisco Residential Hotel Ordinance and how if it’s deemed “confiscation” residential zoning would be all but abolished.