San Francisco Approved Minimum-Allowable Size Apartment of 220 Square Feet
San Francisco will soon have "micro-unit apartments" as The Board of Supervisors has approved legislation that allow for building apartments with only 220 square feet of living space.
The sanctioning for such itsy-bitsy apartments is to help single adults who are unable to afford a house in populous urban area find a place to live.
Supervisor Scott Wiener hoped to have apartment rent for $1,200 to $1,500 a month, compared to the average studio rent of $2,000, by reducing the minimum-allowable size.
"To confront San Francisco's rising housing affordability crisis, we must be creative and flexible," said Wiener. "Allowing the construction of these units is one tool to alleviate the pressure that is making vacancies scarce and driving rental prices out of the reach of many who wish to live here."
However, certain city lawmakers expressed their concerns about the mounting rents for bigger places caused by the allowing for tiny apartments, thereby actually worsening the lack of affordable housing in the city.
"Even though they do maximize their use of the space, you are still talking about very small units being very expensive," Supervisor David Campos stated. "If these places that are 200 square feet are going for 1500, what is that going to do to the rest of housing prices in San Francisco?"
San Francisco has overcome New York to become the city with the most expensive apartment rents. Though there are increasing criticisms concerning the pint-sized apartments, the demand for affordable living in a growing city is apparently inevitable.