Correspondence - #32
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Correspondence - #32
7/19/2021 4:44:04 PM
7/19/2021 4:44:04 PM
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<br />Orozco, Norma <br />From:Nathaniel Greensides <email@example.com> <br />Sent:Monday, July 19, 2021 4:35 PM <br />To:eComment <br />Subject:City Council Agenda Item 32 <br />Categories:Correspondence <br />Dear City Council Members, <br /> <br />As a tenant/renter in Santa Ana, I am against this idea. On the surface, this idea seems good: issue citations and <br />fines upon LLs who are so greedy that they rent out a garage or unpermitted rooms which are completely <br />uninhabitable for purposes of being considered a “residential unit”. To start, the amount of the fine as <br />equivalent to the median rent of a two bedroom unit in Santa Ana is rather arbitrary. Secondly, this policy does <br />nothing to ensure that the affected tenants actually have any protections or housing after said fine is imposed. It <br />fails to center the experience and needs of those who it purports to protect. <br /> <br />Additionally, it doesn’t actually fix the systemic issue at hand which is the fact that resource laden Landlords <br />have very little incentive (comparatively anyways) to act in good faith. Tenants, on the other hand, fork up an <br />ever increasing percentage of their income to ensure that their families have a roof over their heads, invest their <br />time and energies into their neighborhoods and communities, remain model tenants so as to not jeopardize their <br />housing, yet are still told that they have “no skin in the game” and as such are subjected to relatively easy <br />displacement by Landlords and their scummy attorneys. <br /> <br />Not owning property is hardly an affliction that only tenants face. If a property is financed, it is in fact not <br />owned by a Landlord. Yet Landlords and “property investors” constantly find ways to increase their debt <br />amounts via mortgages and financing agreements only to pass on the cost of said borrowed money onto the <br />people who actually create the value in the first place resulting in an ever inflating housing market. <br /> <br />I am certainly not suggesting that Landlords be allowed to rent out unsafe and uninhabitable units. Fines are <br />only one mechanism to deter bad actors from acting in illegal manners, but not the only one. And at worst may <br />result in further destabilization of communities. The issue of degraded housing quality and housing issues <br />period cannot solely be viewed from the viewpoint of the Landlords – in this example, the policy aims to <br />produce good behavior on the part of the landlords. Yet, while it may be true that those “good” landlords never <br />have to think about this seeing as they aren’t the bad actors which this policy centers, Tenants have no <br />protections in the scenario that supposed “good” landlords decide to act badly. Policies which reduce or remove <br />harm upon our community are best – especially in our City where harm is constantly re-inflicted by Landlords <br />who utilize unjust laws against tenants who are just trying to live, contribute, and exist. Ensuring protection and <br />stability for the most vulnerable of our community (not those who already have access to resources and wealth) <br />will work in everyone’s interests. This policy proposal may result in more harm than good. Thus I am against it. <br />Sincerely, <br />Nathaniel Greensides <br />Ward 3 resident (had to move out of Ward 5 recently unfortunately) <br /> <br />p.s. Median rent of a two bedroom in Santa Ana as of the time of writing this email according to <br />https://www.zumper.com/rent-research/santa-ana-ca is $2,295.00 per month. This is not enough to ensure that a <br />family can relocate if a Landlord were to retaliate against receiving these fines. In other words, LLs are happy <br />to pay the fines of $2,300 because state laws exist which allow them to make up fake reasons to evict people <br />1 <br /> <br />
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