Yesterday Steven Tavares tweeted this:
Which means that if the Renters Coalition ballot initiative is successful and Tony Daysog’s aw-shucks mom ‘n pop initiative can get enough signatures as well, there might be — at least — three initiatives on the same subject: rent control.
Which, naturally, will be confusing and will probably make most people vote against all of them out of sheer frustration.
I’ll review the new rent control ban initiative tomorrow, but in the meantime, let’s look at Tony Daysog’s mom ‘n pop proposal.
This mom n’ pop (MNP) landlord initiative would allow MNP landlords to be exempt from the relocation fee.
A MNP landlord would be defined as an Alameda resident owning six (6) units or less. You only need to have lived in Alameda for one year to qualify as a “resident” per Tony Daysog’s initiative.
Additionally, if you are not an Alameda resident you will be exempt from the initiative if you can prove that you lived in that unit for at least one year prior to moving someplace else.
But even though Tony Daysog will elect to hype up that these are only protections for MNP landlords the initiative also changes the ordinance passed by the City Council with regard to relocation fees to only cover very-low, low, and moderate income households. Also to only allow for a maximum of two months’ rent plus $1500 for relocation fees.
Essentially what this does is create a disincentive to rent to very-low, low, and moderate income households because renting to folks that do not fall into the moderate income or below scale would not require paying a relocation fee if the landlord decides to evict.
But, naturally, Tony Daysog is too concerned about protecting MNP landlords that being concerned that his initiative would result in creating a caste system for renters.