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The Board of Supervisors finds that:
(a) There is a severe shortage of decent, safe, sanitary and affordable rental housing in the City and County of San Francisco.
(b) The people of the City and County of San Francisco, cognizant of the housing shortage in San Francisco, on November 4, 1980, adopted a declaration of policy to increase the City and County's housing supply by 20,000 units.
(c) Many of the City and County's elderly, disabled and low-income persons and households reside in affordable residential units.
(d) As a result of the removal of residential units from the housing market, a housing emergency exists within the City and County of San Francisco for its elderly, disabled and low-income households.
(e) The Board of Supervisors and the Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco recognized this housing emergency and enacted an ordinance which established a moratorium on the conversion of residential units to tourist and transient use.
(f) The conversion of residential units to tourist and transient use impacts especially on persons seeking housing in the low to moderate price range.
(g) It is in the public interest that conversion of residential units be regulated and that remedies be provided when unlawful conversion has occurred, in order to protect the residents and to conserve the limited housing resources.
(Added by Ord. 331-81, App. 6/26/81; amended by Ord. 224-12, File No. 120299, App. 11/1/2012, Eff. 12/1/2012)