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Oppose Alternative B, the Tenant Relocation Ordinance

From: domainremoved <Joe>
Date: Sun, 24 Feb 2019 10:49:45 -0800

Dear Mayor Mueller and Members of the City Council,

I have provided housing in San Mateo County for many years. While I
recognize we face significant housing challenges, I oppose Alternative B,
the Tenant Relocation Ordinance as proposed by the Housing Commission and
modified by Mayor Pro Tem Nash and Councilmember Taylor.

Alternative B, which requires relocation payments to tenants following a
rent increase or at the end of a tenancy, is nothing more than a form of
rent control. With such a strict regulation, many of Menlo Park’s “mom and
pop” housing providers will likely reconsider whether they continue to
provide housing.

As a responsible housing provider, I am supportive of the city’s efforts to
explore ways to address our region’s housing crisis. Menlo Park was a
leader in the county as the first city to adopt a minimum lease terms
requirement and has been studying balanced solutions to mitigate the
community’s housing challenges.

Let’s ensure safeguards are in place to protect residents who might suffer
a significant financial setback if they are forced to move as the result of
a demolition or redevelopment of their rental unit. I urge you to look
carefully at Alternative A -- the proposed relocation assistance policy
that is aimed at helping families who are displaced because of their unit
being redeveloped or removed from the rental market.

If the intent is to help vulnerable members of the community who are facing
housing emergencies, then the best approach is to collectively pursue
emergency housing assistance programs like the proposed relocation fund
that could be funded by the community-at large vs. a specific class of
small business owners.

Menlo Park does not need policies that function as a form of rent control
and would only deter rental housing providers from continuing to offer
homes for rent.

Thank you for your consideration.


*Joe Chen*
Received on Sun Feb 24 2019 - 10:47:46 PST

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