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Support Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance

From: domainremoved <Lynne>
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2018 16:51:09 -0700

Hello Housing Commission, Staff and Council,

I fully support the proposed Tenant relocation assistance ordinance as
detailed at the project page.
<https://www.menlopark.org/relocationassistance>A lot of time and diligent
effort went into developing the ordinance and I commend all those who
played a direct role in this effort.

Skyrocketing rent is a serious problem. The recent Mercury News (Sep 5,
2018) article on "Anxious Tenants facing more Bay Area rent Increases"
<https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/09/05/anxious-tenants-face-more-bay-area-rent-increases/>
explains the urgency as well as landlord's efforts to defeat rent control
efforts. At a certain point, one also has to ask how much profit is enough.
So I don't have sympathy for the landlords who are making excessive rental
profits from buildings bought years ago. Landlords benefit from owning
rental property in Menlo Park, a city where they can rapidly raise rents
due to the overall jobs/housing imbalance. I consider the tenant relocation
assistance a minor fee for the landlords. The amount is small, overall,
compared with the disruption on the tenants' lives.

I would also talk with our local small business owners about staffing
shortages because of the high costs of living in MP. I recently heard about
one place that had to close due to the lack of help. That kind of data
might be helpful in convincing the landlord community that it's important
to consider the needs of MP overall. They need to do their part for the
overall good of MP.

I applaud the good work in this ordinance.

Lynne Bramlett
Received on Thu Sep 13 2018 - 16:50:17 PDT

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