South San Francisco

What are SSF's Bright in Your Own Backyard's eligibility requirements?


  • Your property must be a single-family home on a residentially zoned lot that can accomodate an ADU/JADU located within South San Francisco.
  • You must own your home and occupy the home that you are adding a new unit to or you own no more than one single-family home that is rented where you want to add an ADU/JADU unit.
  • Once your ADU/JADU is completed, you must rent out either the main home or the new ADU/JADU to a tenant, which may be a family member, a friend/acquaintance or someone brand new to you.
  • You must be willing to enter into certain South San Francisco Deed Restrictions affecting the new unit. In South San Francisco, ADU/JADU's may not be rented for less than 30-days. ADU/JADU's may not be sold separately from the primary residence. JADUs (only) require that the owner lives onsite in the primary unit or the JADU unit.
  • You must have access to financial resources to fully finance the design and construction of your ADU/JADU. Bright in Your Own Backyard offers free feasibility and project management services but not design or construction capital. We hope to connect homeowners to financial resources to support construction costs in future iterations of Bright in Your Own Backyard.
  • You must agree to participate in Hello Housing-approved landlord and fair housing training prior to entering into a lease with a tenant.
  • An important aspect of our program services is an evaluation of what worked well for homeowners and what could be improved. You must agree to participate in our evaluation activities, such as filling out occasional surveys and engaging in interviews about your experience in the program. Homeowner feedback allows us to improve processes and (we hope!) showcase successful projects to inspire other homeowners to build an ADU on their property.




What are SSF's Bright in Your Own Backyard's rental requirements for my ADU/JADU?


  • You agree to enter into a lease with a minimum one-year lease term.
  • Within 3 months of your ADU/JADU unit receiving a Certificate of Occupancy (which your building department will issue to confirm your project is complete and ready for occupancy) your new unit (or your main home if you move into the new unit) must be rented to a bona fide tenant (which may be a friend or family member) pursuant to a written lease.
  • You agree to provide Hello Housing with a copy of the signed lease agreement.
  • Marketing, tenant applicant screening, and leasing must comply with fair housing laws.
  • Your lease and your conduct as a landlord (and any agents acting on behalf of you as the landlord) must comply with all applicable landlord-tenant laws, including state law/regulations and local ordinances.




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The Fine Print

As a nonprofit organization working on housing in the Bay Area, there is far more demand for our services than we have resources available. As a result, we work very hard to design our services to have the biggest bang for the buck. Our approach for Bright in Your Own Backyard has been to balance out homeowner eligibility with overall feasibility, and to balance the value of our services with the rental requirements that come with receiving them. Ideally, we can both agree that joining forces is a win-win!