Can’t afford an apartment in San Francisco? So-called “co-creative housing” is offering a bunkbed and lots of company. But is it legal? “It’s decorated nicely, looks clean,” she said.
Other pluses: a communal kitchen, well stocked. And three bathrooms per floor, though Heidi found them not always spotless.
“You still have those typical roommate issues but times that times 30, because there’s 30 people sharing a house,” Heidi said.
The minuses: Small bedrooms.
“So the four-person bunk room is pretty tight. I mean its small, the bunk beds are backed up to each other,” Heidi said.
Even her two-person bunk room she says was tight. “It’s not like I would sit in my room and hang out. There’s a bunk bed and a desk, you know? And it’s small,” Heidi said.
Heidi told us most of the residents are in their 20s, from out of town, many from out of the country.
“I think it is just one of those, I need to get to the city and this is going to be the first stop. And then I’ll find something else,” she said.
The tenants seemed happy. But is it legal? Chief housing inspector Rosemary Bosque said bedrooms have to be 170 square feet to accommodate four adults.
Bosque says her inspectors can’t go in to measure unless there’s a complaint from inside. And so far there hasn’t been. “Whenever we do an inspection, it’s a consensual inspection,” she said.
As for using the building for what appears to be a hostel? “That is really a policy matter that I would leave then to the board and to the Planning Department,” she said.
“We do have a complaint, an active complaint on that property which we are investigating,” said Scott Sanchez with the Planning Department.