On Rent Control
Reader feedback on last month's issue.
On Rent Control
I would argue tenants rights have gone overboard [“Money Floods the Alameda Election,” July]. My mother-in-law has a large property that she would like to sell and get out of the rental business, but she has nine different tenants. That means she would have to pay each up to $3,200 (estimated, given each maybe pays $800 per month on the high end), adding up to almost $30,000 in relocation fees. Crazy! She can’t even sell her own property without being penalized. And she’s been a very just landlord, hardly raising the rent. I for one don’t ever want to be a landlord in the Bay Area. And I have a feeling others are feeling the same, which will bite the city in the butt in the end, because you will have an ever-more shrinking rental market. There has to be a better balance with tenant rights. Landlords have rights, too. Tenants are not the only victims.
Silly rabbit, rent control is for kids. The solution for all property owners is to jack up the rents to the uppermost limit. This makes a 5 percent rent increase a hefty monthly amount. If you are a single homeowner renting out your place, then implement a 10 to 15 percent increase every year, and the tenants will self evict. This crazy rent measure punishes landlords for having long-term residents. So, jack up the rent, and make them self evict, and the problem is solved. The only protection is very high rents, and forcing self-eviction every couple of years. Landlords, protect yourselves and your property. Tenants, you asked for it, you got it.
One Fine Course
Overall, I love the redesign “Corica Park Hits the Big Time,” August]. I am not sure why the trees on the back 9 — kind of changes the flow from the front. Also, the deep rough outlining the bunkers is a bit punitive. The main thing about the course is that the players need to respect it and take care of it. Replace divots, fix ball marks, stop spitting sunflower shells and tobacco on the greens, be gentle with the carts, etc. Greenway gave us a great course, but it’s up to us as golfers to keep it great. Oh, and keep up with the group ahead — thanks.
We misspelled the name of Corinne Jan, the chief executive officer of Family Bridges, in “Building Bridges for Immigrants” [Snapshots, September].