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Proposed Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance

From: domainremoved <Arlene>
Date: Sun, 10 Feb 2019 13:45:53 -0800

Dear Mayor Mueller and Members of the City Council,

Please 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 have owned my single apartment complex with 6 units for more than 60
years, since 1957. It is the sole source income that supports my entire
family. The cost of repairs and upgrades has 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.

I thank you for your time and consideration


Arlene Geary

270 Waverley Street Apartment

Menlo Park, CA

Received on Sun Feb 10 2019 - 13:42:19 PST

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