Many on City Council, the Rent Board commission, and the Housing Advisory Commission work hard to chip away at your property rights. Rather than create solutions to help Berkeley's housing crunch, they choose to strip owners of their rights -- forcing the middle class to pay higher taxes through parcel assessments, to keep tenants housed no matter what the situation, and force small rental housing providers out of business so they (or a "qualified" nonprofit) can buy the distressed property. This has only grown worse with the pandemic!
Can you imagine a Berkeley where 50% of housing is socially owned, and Berkeley taxpayers fund it all? Many of Berkeley's Progressive leaders are working to take 50% of private housing "off the speculative market." Their goal is to strip you of your hard-earned right to own property in a highly sought-after market. They'd rather nonprofits, land trusts and tenants own YOUR housing through a first right of offer when you go to sell. You own housing and creating generational wealth is evil in their minds, and you must be stopped!
Join us in protecting what many owners have worked hard to achieve. Being a property owner does not mean you're automatically wealthy, evil or greedy. Many of us are providers of an essential service -- housing! Stop the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act.
The war we are waging isn't just about rental property owner rights. This is about housing ownership rights. If you've ever wanted flexibility in how you use your property, the City of Berkeley would rather you not. Whether you want to rent it for one day - or for many years to come - you WILL be under some sort of Berkeley regulation.
And if you're not renting it, they'd still like to squeeze you of every penny possible. There is an automatic assumption that if you own property in Berkeley, then you must be wealthy and if you're wealthy, you should pay for the city's mismanagement. And for every city ill -- there's an equally ill-thought-out proposal to squeeze you of your hard earned dollars.