WE NEED YOUR HELP TO SPEAK AT THE CED MEETING ON MONDAY, JUNE 29 AT 1pm

TENANT ACTIVISTS ALWAYS ORGANIZE AND CALL IN – THAT’S WHY YOU NEED YOU TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING.  

Housing Providers (YOU) must be heard.  The Comment Period for all agenda items starts at the beginning of the meeting.    Don’t be shy, it’s easy, here’s what to do: 

FROM YOUR COMPUTER:  Click Here at 1pm on Monday, June 29 to join the meeting On-Line

  • After clicking the link above You will see a “Raise Your Hand” button on the screen.
  • Click the “Raise Your Hand” button. You will now be placed in the queue to speak. It may take a while before your turn comes up.
  • About 30 seconds before your time to speak, you will see a message on your screen that says you are the next speaker.  You will hear the Clerk mention your name and you can then start speaking.
  • You will have 2 minutes to speak. Read “what to say” below.

 

FROM YOUR PHONE:  Dial +1 669 900-6833 or +1 253 215-8782.  You will hear the meeting right away or it may ask you to enter the Webinar ID which is: 836 3063 9536.  Enter this ID number if requested.

  • After getting in and you hear the meeting, Press *9 on your phone.  You will now be placed in the queue to speak.
  • When it’s your turn, the City Clerk will say, “The next speaker is on the phone with the last four digits of their phone number “XXXX”
  • If you hear the Clerk say the last four digits of your phone number, it’s now your turn to speak.
  • You will have 2 minutes to speak. Read “what to say” below.

 

WHAT TO SAY AT THE CED MEETING (You will only have 2 minutes):

  1. Say you are a Small Owner/Housing Provider in the City of Oakland and You Oppose the 64 TPO Amendments – AGENDA ITEM #3
  2. Tell them any short story of how Covid-19 has hurt your income, or any story, Good or Bad about providing housing for tenants.
  3. Tell them to delay any TPO legislation until after a COVID-19 emergency has ended.
  4. Require the TPO authors to work closely with EBRHA (housing providers) to address the unintended consequences that primarily burden small homeowners. Pick an item below (e.g. TPO allows roommates with no additional rent).
  5. Say thank you.

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HERE IS MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE TPO CHANGES AND YOU CAN EMAIL THE COUNCIL BELOW:

Please voice your Opposition to the 64 Amendments. The ordinance makes significant changes to the Tenant Protection, Just Cause and Residential Rent Control Ordinances including:

  • Allows roommates with no additional rent: With recent court rulings, if you rent apartments (or even a room in your home), to just one person, your tenant could subsequently add his girlfriend and her child(ren) and there’s nothing you could do about it. Also, without a Primary Residency requirement, tenants can easily transfer their rent controlled units to their friend and even rent them out for a profit to the additional person.
  • The TPO proposals foster a litigious environment: The amendments create an environment of one-sided harassment regulations.  It does nothing to protect property owners from the same harassment they commonly receive from some tenants.
  • The City begins dictating what happens on residential rental property:
    • Property owners are restricted from screening tenants for the ability to pay rent or past credit-worthiness
    • A 3% maximum late fee
  • The TPO is bad for housing and ADU development:
    • The proposals further decrease investment in housing because it applies to all new housing including ADU’s. In addition to reducing housing, it will reduce City Revenues via Real Estate Transfer Tax fees, Development fees for the homeless, Building Department fees and business tax revenue.
  • Eliminates owner’s ability to make changes in terms without first getting agreement from the tenant

Although the Council is urging passage of this due to COVID-19, none of the changes have anything to do with COVID-19. The Council is just taking advantage of this pandemic to pass through a tenant activist wish-list of punitive changes.

Contact the council members immediately (email list below)

Click here to download the proposed TPO Legislation

EMAIL THE COUNCIL TO LET THEM KNOW YOU OPPOSE
Contact the council members below and CC
or use one of the forms below. 
Rebecca Kaplan
Council President (At Large Member)
Noel Gallo
District 5 Council Member
Dan Kalb
District 1 Council Member
Loren Taylor
District 6 Council Member
Nikki Fortunato Bas
District 2 Council Member
Larry Reid
District 7 Council Member
Lynette Gibson McElhaney
District 3 Council Member
Barbara Parker
City Attorney
Sheng Thao
District 4 Council Member
Libby Schaaf
Mayor

We can send a message on your behalf to all council members. It will contain the following:

Subject: Oppose the 64 Amendments to the TPO – CED Agenda Item #3
Message: Dear CED Committee,

I urge you to:

1. Delay any TPO legislation until after a COVID-19 emergency has ended, and

2. Require the authors to work closely with EBRHA (housing providers) to address the unintended consequences that primarily burden small homeowners.

  • The TPO proposals foster a litigious environment: The amendments create an environment of one-sided harassment regulations. It does nothing to protect property owners from the same harassment they commonly receive from some tenants.
  • The City now dictates what happens on residential rental property:
    • Property owners are restricted from screening tenants for the ability to pay rent or past credit-worthiness
    • A 3% maximum late fee
  • The TPO is bad for housing and ADU development: The proposals further decrease investment in housing because it applies to all new housing including ADU’s.

[Your name and email will be included here.]

 

 

Please enter your name and email to send the message above.


Alternatively, please enter your own message for the Oakland City Council. Please be sure to include in your SUBJECT: Oppose TPO