Ellis Act and Tenant Protection Ordinance Petition

In the City of San Jose property owners like myself play a vital role in providing safe well maintained housing. On Tuesday April 18th, the City of San Jose is proposing measures that attempt to make housing more affordable; instead the proposals will make the costs of maintaining and managing rental property more uncertain and expensive for good tenants and landlords alike, while giving bad actors the tools to abuse the new laws. I support efforts to help renters in San Jose, but doe not believe costly mandates make housing more affordable for all.

The Ellis Act Proposed Ordinance: http://sanjose.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=&event_id=2680&meta_id=628013

Under the Ellis Act, if I choose to redevelop my property but continue to operate it as a rental property, all the replaced units and any additional units I might add will be subjected to rent control. I support policies that add more housing not limit it. You should exempt new units from the rent control law. If I choose to redevelop my rent controlled property as for sale housing I will be required to pay out each tenant thousands of dollars. This is on top of other development fees and costs the city already imposes. I will be forced to pass these costs to the home buyers, making ownership housing more expensive than it already is.

The Tenant Protection Proposed Ordinance: http://sanjose.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=&event_id=2680&meta_id=628017

Under this law, tenants have the ability to file frivolous claims for repair because the City does NOT require verification that the claims are legitimate. This will grant tenants the ability to file frivolous claims to extend their just cause protection endlessly. Tenants have no responsibility to prove that any claims they make are true, they are essentially given unlimited protection under this new law. The burden of proof is on the landlords like me to prove the tenants are being truthful. Under this law, I would have to provide evidence of a lease violation or proof that an illegal act was committed to evict a tenant. This harms a my ability to keep my good tenants safe from my bad ones.

By submitting my name and contact information I am registering my opposition to the proposed Ellis Act and Tenant Protection Ordinances.

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