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City Council to study Tenant Relocation Assistance

From: John Harpootlian <"John>
Date: Sat, 9 Feb 2019 11:54:20 -0800

To: Menlo Park City Council


From: John Harpootlian


Subject: Proposed Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance

Dear Mayor Mueller and Members of the City Council,

I am the owner of a duplex in Menlo Park since 1974. We resided in one unit for several years, and have rented it ever since. I speak as someone who has both rented or been a landlord in Menlo Park for the last 45 years.

I urge you to reject the Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance proposed by the City’s Housing Commission. It is rent control which has been conclusively demonstrated to diminish the quantity and quality of affordable rental housing in cities which have adopted it.

Because rent control results in higher rents going forward the only true beneficiaries are the tenants in place when the legislation is adopted – and of course the legal profession which promulgates it and reaps the rewards of the bounty of fees it generates.

Forty four states and most of California have no form of rent control. In October 2017 the Palo Alto’s City Council considered and rejected rent control. Then Councilman now Mayor Eric Filseth said at that time (as quoted in the 10/20/17 Palo Alto Weekly), “Rent control has a strong tendency to help a few people right away and hurt a lot more in the long run.” Let us follow the lead of our neighbor and reject these well intended but misguided policies.

 I thank you for your time and consideration

Received on Sat Feb 09 2019 - 19:59:00 PST

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