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Proposed Tenant Relocation ordinance

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Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2019 11:30:54 -0800

February 21, 2019

Dear Honorable Ray Mueller and Members of the Menlo Park City Council,

Thank you for hearing the issues and concerns regarding the Tenant
Relocation proposal on February 12, 2019. Our family has been providing
housing for Menlo Park residents in our 9 unit buildings for many years.
We try to be responsible housing providers balancing the needs of the
buildings, the City of Menlo Park, the tenants and our business. The
process has included not only regular building and landscape maintenance
but also the renovation of the landscape and units for the safety and well
being of all. The time and cost to maintain and improve the buildings
have dramatically risen over the years predominantly due to the tech surge
in our area. A new roof recently cost us 2.5-3 times what we paid for the
last roof 18 years ago.

The tech surge has been a welcome addition to the Bay Area. But their
presence has not been without ramifications, like our current housing
issue. Many large businesses are experiencing a windfall of billions of
dollars in profit while paying no or little in taxes. While we small
property owners are definitely paying our share of taxes. We feel we are
doing our part in assisting the city by being responsible tax paying
property owners who strive to provide a better quality of life for Menlo
Park residents.

The Tenant Relocation proposal is a punitive measure directed at one group,
the housing providers. This housing issue is very complex and its answer
should involve representatives of all groups- the City, tenants, property
owners, and businesses.

Unfortunately throughout the United States, many workers’ salaries are not
commensurate with the rising cost of living including housing. This issue
needs to be addressed along with housing affordability.

Therefore as a small housing provider, we urge you not to adopt this Tenant
Relocation proposal. but seek solutions that will address the multifaceted
issues. This current proposal is a form of rent control that will have
unintended consequences. Thank you for your attention to our concerns. We
appreciate your service to the city.


The Chan Family

Received on Thu Feb 21 2019 - 11:27:12 PST

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