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Re: “Oakland Looks to Close Owner Move-In and Occupancy Loopholes, Reduce Evictions and Harmful Rent Increases

Jeff, are you responding as a statistician, a union leader whose mission supports maximum rent control and tenant protections, or as the head lobbyist for East Bay Housing Organization? Many do not know that EBHO's affordable housing properties are exempt from all the ordinances and rent increase caps you so passionately state are needed. We know that the restrictions you support are aimed at private property owners, and small ones at that, who have older buildings. East Rental Housing Association did pull ALL the county eviction records for several years in Northern Alameda County. Of those, Oakland was 95% of the total evictions filed, 90% of those were non-payment of rent, and close to 30 % of the evictions were from the non-profit housing developers you state are the empathetic ones to the lower income individual's plight. Renters paying 30-50% of income in the Bay Area is not a knew phenomenon, in fact it is the story for all large cities in CA. If you want to live in a hi-demand area that has a limited supply, and there are major cost barriers to new construction, this is the result. And the 50% scenario may only apply to NEW residents. If you have been in your rent-controlled apt for more than 3 years, you are below the rent average. If you want to lower that income/ rent percentage there are many cities that can accommodate, one just needs to move east. You move where you can afford to live, that is not a crazy thought.

Posted by RealFacts510 on 08/04/2017 at 12:46 PM

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