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F3. Residential Tenant Relocation Assistance

From: domainremoved <Pamela>
Date: Tue, 12 Mar 2019 16:12:06 -0700

Mayor Mueller, Mayor Pro Tem Taylor and Councilmembers Carlton, Combs, and

Thank-you for your discussions on the Tenant Relocation Ordinances. It
appears you sincerely desire to provide a “safety net” for our residents
most prone to homelessness resulting from displacement.

Although the Council may sincerely be trying to protect, under certain
circumstances, residents of Menlo Park from possible homelessness when rent
is substantially increased, you maybe exacerbating the current displacement
problem with these two ordinances.

The Redwood City model appears to have “unintended” consequences. Excepted
from a news article, “A group of Redwood City renters held a rally outside
city hall Monday night urging city leaders to put a freeze on rent
increases and just cause evictions before taking a closer look at new
renter protection laws passed last year.

“They claim the ordinances are failing to protect them.

 “If the landlord gave them eviction notices they would have to pay the
relocation assistance, but instead they gave them massive displacement rent
increases,” said the tenants’ attorney Daniel Saver…”

Our Housing Commissioners (HC), our subject matter experts, began their
extensive research and outreach in order to help people have the resources
to move when rent is increased CPI plus 5%. Tenants would have choices and
landlords would have choices. Landlords can raise rents 5 to 9% annually
with no consequences.

Ordinance No. 1053 and Resolution No. 6488 could possibly create open
season for those landlords that have previously used extraordinary rent
increases as an eviction tool.

I urge you to *NOT* to adopt Ordinance No. 1053 and Resolution No. 6488.

Respectfully, Pamela D. Jones
Received on Tue Mar 12 2019 - 16:08:29 PDT

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