Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Rent control in Marin?

Supervisors consider rent control, other tenant protections as housing crisis reaches boil

Claudia Ramirez of San Rafael addresses the Marin Board of Supervisors as others wait to speak during a forum about affordable housing at the Civic Center in San Rafael on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015. (County of Marin photo)

By Richard Halstead, Marin Independent Journal

Marin county staff advised supervisors Tuesday that rent control has the potential to have the “most immediate and significant positive impact” toward preserving housing affordability in Marin.

County supervisors held their third in a series of informational workshops examining the affordable housing crisis gripping the county and exploring possible solutions. Nearly 200 people turned out for the 5 p.m. meeting at the Civic Center, and more than two dozen people, renters and landlords, provided comments.

Dave Coury of San Rafael chided the supervisors for not addressing the housing issue sooner. “I am a landlord and I feel we must have rent control,” Coury said. “We are in an emergency.”

Kiki La Porte urged the supervisors to “transcend politics and summon the leadership and vision to accept staff’s recommendation” on rent control.

Sue Tracy, a retired teacher living on a pension, said, “ We need to stabilize our rental rates in Marin County; if we don’t retired teachers like me won’t be able to live near our churches and friends.”

Wendi Kallins said, “Right now tenants really don’t have any rights. We have to do something.”

See Article in the Marin IJ HERE

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