Urgent: County Vote on Rent Control & Just Cause

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Ask County Supervisors to Vote No on Rent Control & Just Cause 

A last-minute urgency item has been added to the County Board of Supervisors agenda for a vote this Tuesday, April 6. The ordinance, if approved will limit rent increases to only the CPI percentage (currently 1.8%) until July 1 throughout the County. It would also prevent any termination of tenancies and evictions unless a tenant is "an imminent health or safety threat." This means tenants can create nuisances and commit crimes at your property with no consequences. This also means that property owners will not be able to move into their own homes or sell their properties. You make click on "Take Action" at the bottom of this message or read on for other ways to make your voice heard!

The industry was not consulted about this proposal. Rental housing providers are already hurting financially and struggling with problematic tenants. This attack on the ability of property owners to keep their properties safe and maintained is unacceptable. And there is no end date on the eviction ban...it would be tied to the Tier system. 

We urge you to call in and speak against this item. The meeting begins at 9:00 am, however, the item is #19 and it may not be heard until later in the meeting. Click here to fill out a request to speak. Provide your name, phone number, and email address. Select "Item 19" and "In Opposition," then click submit. A confirmation page will appear with further directions. 

You can also call or write to your Supervisor today and ask them not to VOTE NO on the "URGENCY ORDINANCE EXERCISING THE COUNTY’S POLICE POWER TO PROHIBIT RESIDENTIAL EVICTIONS WITHOUT JUST CAUSE AND TO ENACT A MORATORIUM ONCERTAIN RESIDENTIAL RENT INCREASES." 

Supervisor Nora Vargas: 619-531-5511  or district1community@sdcounty.ca.gov

Supervisor Joel Anderson: 619-531-5522 or joel.anderson@sdcounty.ca.gov 

Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer: 619-531-5533 or terra.lawsonremer@sdcounty.ca.gov

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher: 619-531-5544 or nathan.fletcher@sdcounty.ca.gov

Supervisor Jim Desmond: 619-531-5555 or jim.desmond@sdcounty.ca.gov

Click here to find the District for your home or rental property.

Talking Points:

- Terminating a tenancy/eviction is a last resort for a housing provider.

- Renters already have ample protection under state law against termination of tenancy and eviction. 

- Housing providers should be able to terminate tenancies to ensure safety for other residents and prevent crime. 

- Waiting until a tenant is an imminent threat to terminate tenancy, and letting them stay for 2 months more, is dangerous.

- Many property owners have also been hurt by the pandemic and may need to move into their home or sell the property.

- Renters experiencing a financial hardship do not have to pay rent and can't be evicted if they simply sign a form. 

- Rental assistance is going to forgive the debt of many renters and likely cover future rent. There is no need for a rent cap.

- The costs to maintain a property have not decreased, some have increased during COVID-19, and the mortgage is still due.

 

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