URGENT: Speak Up to Preserve Rent Controlled Units Wednesday at 7 PM!


Suggested changes to the demolition ordinance will allow developers to tear down rent controlled buildings. Right now, builders have to replace rent controlled units with affordable housing and let low-income tenants move back in. A draft of the new law would allow empty rent controlled units to be bulldozed without being replaced. This would mean more Ellis Act evictions and a loss of affordable units citywide.

If you can’t come to the hearing on Wednesday at 7 PM at the North Berkeley Senior Center, please send an email to the Planning Commission care of aamoroso@cityofberkeley.info — they have to get this by NOON Wednesday: “Staff will not deliver to Commissioners any additional written (or email) materials received after 12:00 noon on the day of the meeting.”

BTU suggests your email be labeled “Regarding Demo Ordinance” and that it support replacing units that have been under rent control with housing that is permanently affordable to low-income folks, and that you ask for “Measure Y-type protections” if landlords want to combine units in smaller buildings.