Speaking up to let your City Councilmembers and the Mayor know how you feel about legislation does have impact! And it's not hard to do. You typically only have one minute to speak, so practicing ahead of time will help you! Not sure what do say? Craft your own message using the guidance below, or read our suggested statement.
Elected officials continually act like owner-occupied parcels are controlled by evil landlords that intend to steal money from their tenants.
"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 work hard to create a home for your tenants.
SUGGESTED STATEMENT EXAMPLE
"I am here once more to oppose the intention to eradicate Golden Duplexes. This policy disregards the positive contribution owner-occupied rental housing properties provide the community. We demand the Mayor and this Council stop harming small rental housing providers. We are not 'corporate landlords'. We are your community members!
Many of these owners have been buried under the Eviction Moratorium, many with horror stories about being forced to live with a nightmare tenant who is repeatedly violating the lease. The voters made it clear at the beginning of rent regulations in Berkeley in 1980 that they want owner occupied two-unit properties to have the ability to more easily terminate a tenancy when the relationship goes sour.
As our elected officials, you cannot vote in good conscience for something that chips away at the last vestige of our community - the small rental housing provider. I urge you to vote 'no' this evening. Thank you."
Email the Mayor and City Councilmembers with your testimony. If you don't have personal testimony, use our statement above titled "Talking Points."