Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, announced today Senate Bill 906, which is designed to protect existing live-work and warehouse spaces used for housing to ensure safety improvements are made without residents being displaced. SB 906 would allow cities to work cooperatively with property owners to make live-work and warehouse spaces and other types of housing safer. The legislation would also reform California live-work laws that effectively make some communal live-work and warehouse spaces, including arts and maker communities, illegal.
“California’s housing crisis demands that we give cities the tools they need to protect existing housing while making it safer, especially live-work and warehouse spaces,” Sen. Skinner said. “Right now, cities are faced with difficult choices: Force the closure of live-work and warehouse spaces and other types of housing that have safety issues and push tenants onto the street; mandate upgrades that could make the housing too expensive for existing tenants; or ignore the problems and allow people to remain in potentially hazardous conditions. SB 906 is a necessary tool to protect and retain live-work and warehouse residences.”