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Please do not vote in Rent control

From: domainremoved <Keri>
Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2018 15:12:32 -0700

1. *The current proposal would apply to single-family homes. *This is a
violation of Costa Hawkins, which restricts rent control on single-family
properties. Imposing this on single-family homes will only drive up the
cost of such rentals, or incentivize landlords of these homes to redevelop
or sell their properties, removing them from the rental market.

2. *Requires relocation payment when tenants receive "significant rent
increases." *This is defined as CPI plus 5% of the previous rental rate.
This is rent control. Any attempt to limit rent increases or place
financial penalties on a rent increase functions for the same purpose.
Furthermore, it was stated several times by housing commissioners and by
the public that rent increases need to be limited; revealing the true aim.

3. *Relocation payments are intended to be substantial and imposed at the
highest possible rate. *Payments are to be assessed at up to four times the
"most current applicable Menlo Park market rate monthly rent" or four times
the current rent the tenant is paying if it is greater. The City of Menlo
Park does not currently publish a monthly market rate rent, and it is not
defined how this should be calculated. Is it the monthly rate of all
single-family rentals, multi-family rentals, or an average of all rental

4. *Imposes Just Cause rental restrictions. *A "landlord-caused
termination" also includes a landlord taking action to terminate the
tenancy of an eligible tenant occupying a rental unit, except when at least
one of the following conditions exist: 1) failure to pay rent; 2) breach of
rental agreement; 3) nuisance; 4) owner move-in. This limits private
property rights as it would allow government to dictate who lives in your

5. *Doesn’t address the real housing crisis. *Even if all these conditions
are approved and a displaced tenant receives a $30,000 relocation payment,
where will they go? What does this program do to create more housing in our
community? The real solution is building more housing, and affordable
housing for those who need it in our community. Protecting those who can
already afford to rent a single-family home in Menlo Park is an insult to
those who are really struggling in our community.


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Keri Nicholas
Oppose Rent control

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