Link SJ rent con­trol to con­sumer price in­dex

The Mercury News Weekend - - OPINION -

It is no sur­prise that rep­re­sen­ta­tives of mil­lion­aire land­lords and cor­po­ra­tions who profit off ex­treme rent in­creases dis­miss rent con­trol and are now try­ing to mis­di­rect the pub­lic (Let­ters, Nov. 5). Yes we must build more hous­ing, but when ris­ing rents are forc­ing more fam­i­lies to make im­pos­si­ble choices like whether to pay for rent or gro­ceries, we can’t solely de­pend on so­lu­tions that take decades.

The gap be­tween the cost of rent and ten­ant’s wages has nearly tripled in five years. With­out sen­si­ble caps on rent in­creases, more San Jose fam­i­lies will be priced out of their city.

Un­less the San Jose City Coun­cil acts Tues­day, ev­ery large an­nual rent in­crease will force more fam­i­lies out of their homes or onto the streets.

Link­ing rent con­trol to the con­sumer price in­dex can help pro­vide se­cu­rity and safety to thou­sands of San Jose fam­i­lies im­me­di­ately. — Jef­frey Buchanan, direc­tor of Pub­lic Pol­icy Work­ing Part­ner­ships USA

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