City Council, the Rent Stabilization Board, and the Housing Advisory Commission work daily to chip away at property owner rights. Rather than create solutions that help Berkeley's housing challenges, they force the middle class to pay higher taxes through parcel assessments and increase business taxes. The money generated is used to support the homeless and to keep tenants housed - all at a cost to the taxpayer.
These policies are putting small rental housing providers out of business. It paves the way for large nonprofit housing organizations and Land Trusts to buy properties in the hopes that they can suppress growing property values. 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 and capture value 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. Your housing ownership and creation of generational wealth is a threat and you must be stopped at all costs!
Is this really the way to house those in need?
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!
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 Berkeley rules and regulations.
Even if you aren't renting it, they'd 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 for every city ill -- there's an equally ill-thought-out proposal to squeeze you of your hard earned dollars.