Against AB 3088
By Ernie Salomon
This is a question that I would like publicly answered by Limon and Jackson about their AB 3088 housing anti eviction bill.
Why have you put the the inability of millions of tenants to pay their rent during the Covid 19 Epidemic, squarely on the backs of landlords to finance?
The bill is immoral! It places the cost of lost income of tenants during the Covid pandemic solely on the financial backs of landlords. Landlords did not cause the Covid pandemic.
They are not to blame for tenants being unable to pay their rent because of income loss from shutting down employers with rulings that are imposed by our state's government.
Millions of workers have been thrown out of work by government edicts concerning Covid 19. Many are on unemployment or have no income at all. Is this the fault of landlords, ladies? Well, is it?
Many landlords have mortgages and all have taxes, insurance and maintenance expenses, etc. They cannot operate on 25% of scheduled rents. A huge number of tenants, especially in the high rent areas and the rest of California are marginally able to pay rent during normal times. They will not be able to pay thousands in back rents when their payments are due.
Eventually, landlords will raise rents higher than they normally do in order to recover the rents that they cannot recover. Some landlords will leave their units vacant until this bill is no longer in effect. Other landlords will lose their properties when they are foreclosed by lenders. AB 3038 does not protect landlords from foreclosure, it prevents them from collecting the 75% of their rents that they need to make mortgage, taxes, insurance and maintenance payments!
SB 3088 will also put a lag in the building of new residential units because landlords will not build new units while this law is in effect or there is the prospect of renewing it.
Why have Limon, Jackson and their associates in Sacramento, who all continue to receive their good sized taxpayer paid paychecks, health and pension benefits, put this Covid 19 crisis on the backs of just landlords? Why don't they pass a bill making gas stations cut their prices by 75%? The same for grocery stores, utilities and all other important resources: Cut all prices by 75%. Sounds crazy? Probably, but then this is what Jackson and Limon have thrust on landlords!
AB 3088 is a lousy law; an unfair law and most of all it is an immoral law!
Is it no wonder that a majority of people living in California have said that they would leave, if they could. Many who can afford to leave, are leaving every day! Our state is going downhill in several measurable categories. We have 50% of our country's homeless population and 34% of our country's welfare recipients, but we are only 12% of our country's population! We have the highest median cost of housing in the entire USA!
Our state's GDP is up only about 1%! Its tax base is shrinking!
More and more people are turning against government. They cannot be blamed for doing so. I am one of them!
Remember in November!
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