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Relocation Assistance

From: domainremoved <Evan>
Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2018 10:43:40 -0700

Dear Mayor Ohtaki and Members of the City Council,

Carol and I are mom and pop landlords with units on Roble Ave. near
University Ave. We believe the Housing Commission’s proposal is a
watered-down version of rent control and just cause eviction. We met with
Ms. Grove and had a good discussion. We are sympathetic with her concerns
regarding potential homelessness when tenants are evicted. We may have
unintentionally left her with the impression that we do not oppose this
proposal. We do oppose it. What we tried to communicate in our
discussion with Ms. Grove is that this proposal would not materially impact
our rental business as we are presently running it. We have only evicted
one tenant without cause over many years and we have not lost any tenants
over a rent increase. Although we presently choose to charge most tenants
below market rents and earn less than we could, it does not mean that we
wish to surrender the right to earn the market rent and raise rents
accordingly should our circumstances change. Furthermore, we do not wish
to have the rights of other landlord’s restricted just because the proposal
may not impact us much. This proposal also puts landlords with older units
at a disadvantage because the additional large relocation expense
dramatically increases the cost of keeping older units functional. We
treat our tenants fairly and believe it is unnecessary to have our
practices and property rights further regulated.

We urge the City Council to reject this proposal.

Finally, we are not opposed to a relocation program that is triggered when
units are permanently removed from the market or vacated for redevelopment.

Regards, Carol and Evan Collins
Received on Thu Sep 27 2018 - 10:42:19 PDT

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