Reuben & Junius Alert

Legitimization Application Deadline Approaching Soon

As avid readers of our update know, the Eastern Neighborhoods (EN) Legitimization program provides “amnesty” for existing uses that were legal under the old pre-EN zoning but had no building permit or other authorization to back that up, and are no longer permitted uses under the EN zoning. The legitimization program was intended to only apply for a short time after the Eastern Neighborhoods Plan was enacted, and the Planning Department will no longer accept legitimization applications after January 18, 2012.

There is still time to get a legitimization application on file. Legitmization can be especially important to properties that were rezoned from an M district to a PDR district, as the PDR district allows a very limited number of uses – and office use is generally prohibited. If you are interested in determining the eligibility of your property for legitimization, or want to take advantage of the legitimization program, contact our office at (415) 567-9000 for more information.

2012 Condo Conversion Lottery Tickets Now On Sale

Ticket sales for the 2012 Condominium Conversion Lottery commenced on Monday, November 28th. Lottery tickets may be purchased at the Department of Public Works, Bureau of Street-Use and Mapping (BSM) at 875 Stevenson Street, Room 410. The ticket cost is $275 per application. The lottery application may be obtained at the BSM office indicated above, or online at Ticket sales will end on Friday, January 20, 2012. No lottery application will be accepted after 4:45 pm on January 20, 2012.

Multiple tickets may be available for applicants providing proof of previous unsuccessful participation in the condo conversion lottery. Note that only building owners or authorized agents bearing a letter of authorization from the building owners will be allowed to purchase lottery tickets. See the DPW website above for further information.

The 2012 Condo Conversion Lottery drawing is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, February 1, 2012. The drawing will be held in Room 400, City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place. The condo conversion lottery consists of 200 units. A lottery winner’s list and standby list will be available from BSM 7 days after the drawing.

Reuben & Junius, LLP has extensive experience processing condominium conversions, as well drafting condominium and homeowners association formation documents. For further information or assistance with the condo conversion lottery, please contact Jay Drake.
The issues discussed in this update are not intended to be legal advice and no attorney-client relationship is established with the recipient. Readers should consult with legal counsel before relying on any of the information contained herein. Reuben & Junius, LLP is a full service real estate law firm. We specialize in land use, development and entitlement law. We also provide a wide range of transactional services, including leasing, acquisitions and sales, formation of limited liability companies and other entities, lending/workout assistance, subdivision and condominium work.

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