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Supervisor Scott Wiener plans to introduce legislation requiring landlords to notify tenants of illegal units when they plan to take units out of service. Because landlords need only a building permit to demolish—that's Planning parlance for taking a unit off the rental market, even if the building structure remains the same—an illegal unit, landlords can proceed without notifying tenants. Wiener's legislation would provide tenants of illegal units with a 15-day appeal period, the same window already available to legal tenants. The new law has support from the Board of Appeals and is expected to be introduced in the coming weeks. [SF Examiner; previously]