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Proposed Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance

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Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2019 08:19:13 -0800

Dear Mayor Mueller and Members of the City Council,

I urge you to reject the Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance proposed by
the City’s Housing Commission urge you to find equitable, community-based
alternatives that aren’t punitive or burdensome. As a small rental owner
who offers quality, safe housing to my tenants and recognizes our region’s
housing challenges, I have significant concerns with the current approach.

The Housing Commission has expanded the scope of a relocation program
beyond the City’s Counsel’s original intent – which was to pursue a
relocation assistance program triggered when units are permanently removed
from the market or vacated due to redevelopment. The current program
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.

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. Please consider that
Menlo Park voters did not support policies like rent control. Rent control
has issues which have serious long term impact on our city's growth and

Please do not create more legal hurdles and financial burdens on small
property owners. These proposals jeopardize my ability to continue provide
safe, stable and reliable housing for Menlo Park residents.

Instead please continue working with housing providers to explore a true
relocation assistance program that addresses situations when residents are
displaced due to redevelopment.

Thank you for your collaborative approach to addressing the region’s
housing challenges.


Christine Chan

Received on Mon Feb 11 2019 - 08:15:46 PST

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