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Proposed Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance

From: domainremoved <Arlene>
Date: Sun, 10 Feb 2019 13:38:29 -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. It is rent control and just cause eviction
in disguise.

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.

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

I have owned my single apartment complex with 6 units since 1957. It is the
sole source of my income that supports my family. The cost of repairs and
upgrades have skyrocketed, and it is difficult even at present to keep up.
Please consider the consequences of this provision on individual property
owners who rely on a single building for their entire income to support
their families.

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. I hope you consider the extremely difficult financial
position this ordinance would create for property owners.


Arlene Geary

270 Waverley Street Apartment

Menlo Park, CA

Received on Sun Feb 10 2019 - 13:34:56 PST

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