Aaron Hunter 
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Re: “Oakland Tenant Advocates File Ballot Initiative to Strengthen Rent Control and Eviction Protections

Rent control is complete socialism. There is no industry that has its profits limited like housing. This is accomplished because the majority of rentals are owned and operated by mom and pop landlords. It is easier to pass legislation against these individuals than it is to make renters face the ugly fact that they have been priced out of the rental market. Renting a place is meant to be easy and convenient. You can move as you have no responsibility to upkeep or improve or maintain your current residence. As such, you do not get rights to stay where you are. Rent control steals rights from property owners and redistributes the rights of ownership. It is only achieved because renters coalitions are currently stronger than mom and pop land lords who are being fleeced of their savings via property values and rental values of their units. These laws are a pox on the community as they prevent development and perpetuate the housing shortage. Oakland is full of greedy entitled takers who look to the government to protect them from the hand of the market.

Posted by Aaron Hunter on 05/01/2016 at 5:07 PM

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