Dominic Haigh 
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Re: “Eviction and Rent-Hike Complaints Skyrocket in Oakland

Rent control has been a disaster in San Francisco and elsewhere. It causes housing to be kept off the market, and allows wealthy tenants to continue paying under-market rent, at the expense of landlords - who are not all faceless corporations, but can also be retirees and others seeking to make a living from their property.

The goal of providing affordable housing is admirable, but the right way to do it is by a means-tested rent subsidy. This would focus the support on those who need it, and not penalize randomly selected landlords to pay for the city's social goal.

Yes, it would require the political will to raise taxes to pay for it. Rent control is a failure of political will that does not well serve its goal.

Posted by Dominic Haigh on 11/18/2015 at 2:30 PM

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