It’s not a meeting that gets any sort of real attention but given the recent City Council actions and focus on rental housing issues, the RRAC is worth paying attention to if just from the standpoint of seeing whether or not the RRAC is a “success” which was touted by folks asking the City Council to do nothing or people on the City Council who voted to do nothing coughFrankMatarresecough.
On Tuesday night John Klein live tweeted the RRAC meeting, here are some highlights:
At least two of the units mentioned by John Klein was managed by Gallagher and Lindsay which means that it was probably owned by a “mom and pop” landlord operation.
Also, the RRAC seemed inclined to approve almost every rent increase request even in the face of evidence of maintenance issues. In almost every scenario the landlord declined to consider a lower rent increase amount (the problem with the lack of actual consequences). Additionally the RRAC’s eagerness to approve rates above the 5% “trigger” just proves the point that the appointees to the board should really be something other than Mayor nominated and rubber stamped by the City Council.