You have two ways in which to express your opinion. 1) Have your comments read by the City Clerk during the City Council meeting (go to Step 2). OR you may write a message to the City Council, which will place your comments into public record for all anyone to see (go to Step 3). You can find some suggested talking points to help you hone your message (hint: personal stories are best!)
If you decide you want the City Clerk to read your comments during the City Council meeting, send the item to email@example.com and make sure the subject line says PUBLIC COMMENT ITEM #34. It must be 150 words or less.
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The Rent Board continually acts as though these small, owner-occupied parcels are evil landlords, with some greedy intent to steal money from their tenants. We are not!
"Small owners who live onsite with their tenant, have a more personal relationship - one that is akin to a roommate. We share common areas, and the impact of our interactions has a far greater effect on us then an owner that doesn’t live on site. If evictions weren’t so costly and lengthy, and I could quickly disengage from a contentious relationship with my tenant, I wouldn’t be fighting for these protections. But the truth is evictions are expensive, on average take 2-4 months, and in the meanwhile I am forced to live in close proximity to the tenant that is posing the problem or has violated the lease."
Craft your story by answering some of these questions:
TELL YOUR PERSONAL STORY TO THE MAYOR & COUNCIL. These stories are important. Let them know how you are a provider of an essential service during the pandemic and you are working to provide your tenants a safe space to be during Shelter in Place!
When the rest of the City is focusing on reducing expenditures, putting hiring freezes into place and figuring how to survive, the Rent Board is acting tone deaf by trying to grab more money through additional registration fees and increased regulation. All community members (both landlord AND tenant) ability to voice concerns is hobbled under the Shelter-in-Place Order, and standard participation in public discussion is hindered.
In 2018, the voters spoke and that said increased regulation owner-occupied parcels are a hindrance to the creation of ADUs. The Rent Board is acting tone deaf in ignoring the will of the voter. Golden Duplex exemptions follow the same lines of owner-occupied ADU parcels – increased regulation inhibits an owner’s likelihood to choose to rent to a long term tenant.
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