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East Palo Alto to discuss new tenant protections

Original post made on Apr 1, 2014

The East Palo Alto City Council will discuss Tuesday evening a new tenant-protection ordinance that aims to address an increasing "imbalance of bargaining power between landlords and tenants" in the city.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, March 31, 2014, 10:03 PM

Comments (5)

Posted by Raymond, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 1, 2014 at 12:11 pm

I am a tenant of Equity Residential. I can attest to slow responses for property repairs. Also, a very poor attitude on the part of management towards people. Granted, some people themselves are not very friendly towards staff. I have remained aloof from these tenant/landlord disputes. On the other hand, some of my neighbors may need some support. I wouldn't much care what restrictions may exist for curbing dissenting voices.

Don't get me started Equity Residential.


Posted by Joe, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 1, 2014 at 12:41 pm

> It also states that a landlord may not prohibit a tenant or tenant
> organizer who lives in a building or residential complex from using
> common areas in the building to distribute literature to other tenants,
> including information that relates to "issues of common interest or
> concern" for the tenants.

There are Fire Amendment issues here, that the City of East Palo Alto may not be adequately discussing--

Robbins vs Pruneyard Free Speech in Shopping Centers):
Web Link

In the 2001 Golden Gateway decision, a 4–3 majority of the Court significantly narrowed Pruneyard by holding for a variety of reasons that California's free speech right does not apply to private apartment complexes – yet they also refused to overrule Pruneyard.[9]

Golden Gateway Ctr. v. Golden Gateway Tenants Ass'n:
Web Link


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 1, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Hmmm is a registered user.

It's interesting that the majority of the major issues have reportedly been hammered out, according to EQR's mouthpiece, er, attorney. Dare it be true??

And notice the lack of other landlords weighing in. Is that the function of a very real reporting deadline, due to the other landlords not returning the reporter's calls, or because they haven't weighed in on these issues?


Posted by Aquamarine , a resident of Stanford
on Apr 1, 2014 at 10:45 pm

There's buzz at Stanford that these tenant protections were passed. Apparently those involved worked well together, which is good to know.


Posted by resident , a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Apr 1, 2014 at 10:51 pm

My cousin has some rental properties. A law has changed - if the younger relatives come in to help the older family members who are the legal signed names on the lease and take up residence that is effectively passing the lease down to the children. In this case the "children" were causing sheriff calls all night long and it was a long ordeal to get them out of the place.
You will have to careful how the lease is written to preclude this type activity.
Any future activity in PA - like the Maybell project will have to be written to prevent anyone but the originally lease names occupy the property.


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