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Please vote NO to any form of Rent Control which will destroy a city easily!!

From: domainremoved <Dan>
Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2019 19:58:50 +0000

Dear Mayor Mueller and Members of the City Council,



I do not support the Housing Commission’s Tenant Relocation Ordinance and urge you to find equitable, community-based alternatives that aren’t punitive or burdensome on city resources.



As a mom and pop housing provider and a resident in Menlo Park, I have significant concerns with this approach:

  1. The City of Menlo Park can't afford this program. The city is extremely short-staffed and is not structured to administer, operate, and enforce this program. Adopting this will pull city resources away from focusing on important initiatives such as economic development, traffic mitigation, and quality of life improvements. Please look at the cost of those RC cities, such as SF, Berkeley, Oakland, or even San Jose. As a resident of Menlo Park, I hope city can spend the cost for something useful for the good sake of our residents.
  2. Doesn't address the real housing problem but make the housing problem even worse by incentiving the reduction of rental units in Menlo Park. More than 10% of units are withdrawn from market in SF because of bad housing policies. This ultimately makes housing more expensive! If housing providers are required to pay a relocation penalty after every termination of tenancy or any time a tenant moves out after getting a rent increase, then housing providers will set rents higher to cover their costs. Tighter RC, higher rent. SF has the highest rent in the nation. Bad policies play significant roles for the high rent.
  3. Many small mom and pops like me will be driven out of business. These are the same people who provide naturally affordable housing in the city! The majority of buildings are fewer than 10 units and have renters who generally have good relationships with their landlords. This will break the harmony between housing providers and renters. They will become enemies after the policy is passed.
  4. This is rent control in disguise. It’s a form of rent control and just cause eviction disguised as relocation ordinance. Please don’t pretend this is not Rent Control. Menlo Park voters joined San Mateo County and the State in rejecting Prop 10. The city should consider that Menlo Park voters did not support policies like rent control.
  5. Menlo Park is a beautiful city and we love it very much. Don’t let any form of Rent control destroy it with high crime, high rent, shabby renting houses, and tons of homeless people.



Please trust your constitutes who can handle the housing issues well in Menlo Park.



Thank you for your consideration.



Sincerely,



Dan

Received on Tue Feb 12 2019 - 11:55:05 PST

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