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Rental Issues

From: domainremoved <Zarine>
Date: Sat, 9 Feb 2019 08:50:53 -0800

Dear Mayor Mueller and Members of the City Council,

I do not support the Housing Commission’s Tenant Relocation Ordinance and
urge you to find equitable, community-based alternatives that aren’t
punitive or burdensome on city resources.

As a small mom and pop housing provider who offers quality, safe housing to
my tenants and recognizes our region’s housing challenges, I have
significant concerns with this approach:

   1. *The City of Menlo Park can't afford this program.* The city is
   extremely short-staffed and is not structured to administer, operate, and
   enforce this program. Adopting this will pull city resources away from
   focusing on important initiatives such as economic development, traffic
   mitigation, and quality of life improvements.
   2. *Doesn't address the real housing problem.* Even if all these
   conditions are approved and a displaced tenant receives relocation
   payments, this does not create a single additional unit, and in fact
   incentives the reduction of rental units in Menlo Park. This ultimately
   makes housing more expensive!
   3. *This is going to make the affordability problem worse.* If housing
   providers are required to pay a relocation penalty after every termination
   of tenancy or any time a tenant moves out after getting a rent increase,
   then housing providers will set rents higher to cover their costs.
   4. *Many small mom and pops will be driven out of business.* We have a
   small 6 unit building. This is our retirement and we provide naturally
   affordable housing in the city! The majority of buildings are fewer than
   fifty units and have renters who generally have good relationships with
   their landlords.
   5. *This is rent control in disguise.* It’s a form of rent control and
   just cause eviction disguised as relocation ordinance. Menlo Park voters
   joined San Mateo County and the State in rejecting Prop 10. The city should
   consider that Menlo Park voters did not support policies like rent control.

If the intent is to help vulnerable members of the community who are facing
housing emergencies, then a better approach is to explore emergency housing
assistance programs that is funded by the community-at large vs a specific
class of small business owners.

Thank you for your consideration.


Your name

 Zarine Batliwalla

Received on Sat Feb 09 2019 - 08:47:23 PST

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