Aftershocks from a catastrophic fire in San Francisco's Mission Hill neighborhood are still felt throughout the city; some of the nearly 60 residents are still displaced following the 2015 fire that occurred in a mixed-use building. The fire killed one resident and injured six others. According to reports, the unsprinklered building had repeated safety violations. And one lawmaker is telling repeat offenders with similar violations that enough is enough.
San Francisco Supervisor Hillary Ronen has introduced legislation requiring landlords with buildings constantly flagged with safety violations to upgrade or install fire sprinkler and alarm systems. California's new homes currently require fire sprinklers. The new law would give the city's Department of Building Inspection and Fire Department the authority to order a building owner in an existing, unsprinklered residence with at least two fire safety violations to make these upgrades. Moreover, the upgrade costs cannot be passed on to the tenants, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.
The news outlet also reports that between 2004 and 2016, the city experienced more than 250 residential fires that were two alarms or more. This legislation is "another tool for the city to use so tenants have a level of safety," Tommi Avicolli Mecca with the city's Housing Rights Committee told the Chronicle. “There is a problem with buildings that have violations that could lead to fires, and sometimes they go years without being abated. There’s got to be a way that we can protect people when you’ve got these bad actors."