For two and a half years, I lived in a corporate-owned apartment building on The Alameda. During that time, my rent was raised 39%. When San Jose renters get their rent suddenly raised, one of the first questions we ask in a city as expensive as ours is: “Can I still afford to live in San Jose?” I was fortunate I could afford another apartment in my neighborhood. Many others are not so lucky. We need to protect renters so they don’t get displaced from our region and can save money while they live here. Today’s renters can become tomorrow’s homebuyers. But only if they aren’t constantly faced with rapidly rising rents that outpace their wages and inflation.

Expand Rent Stabilization & Tenant Protections
Tie Rent Stabilization to Income
Prevent Premature Eviction
Protect Mobilehome Residents from Displacement

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Expand Rent Stabilization & Tenant Protections: Currently, only buildings of more than two units built before September 7, 1979, are eligible for rent stabilization. I believe more renters should have stable rent. So I propose changing this by expanding rent stabilization to include duplexes. I also propose the City’s Tenant Protection Ordinance include all rental homes in San Jose so that all renters are protected from being removed from their homes without cause.

Tie Rent Stabilization to Income: The goal of rent stabilization is to protect renters from regular or sudden rising rents they can’t afford. The City’s current policy allows anyone to stay in a rent-stabilized unit as long as they want, no matter their income. But what if the renter makes $300,000 a year? I believe this policy should change to focus the ordinance on the renters who most need help.

Prevent Premature Eviction: In District 6, when a new development was proposed in 2019, the new owner swiftly evicted eight families living in affordably-priced, older housing already on the land. But the development wasn’t approved by San Jose’s City Council until four years later. And it’s not clear the developer has any immediate plans to actually build the approved project. As a result, these eight families were displaced from their homes years before they needed to be. San Jose should allow tenants to stay on a redevelopment site until demolition or construction is ready to begin.

Protect Mobilehome Residents from Displacement: San Jose has the largest number of people living in mobile homes of any California city, estimated at over 35,000 residents. Many San Jose residents found their home in one of our mobile home parks. These homes need protections too. Any developer willing / wanting to redevelop and increase density of mobile home parks must provide to mobile home park residents:

  • A first-right-to-return after the new housing is built
  • Stabilized rents for returning tenants in the new housing for up to 25 years
  • Rent subsidies for tenants if they’re displaced from their home