Our community is in the midst of a housing crisis, with renters in particular facing major uncertainty over the availability and cost of housing. This crisis is harming individuals and holding back our community and economy.
I am therefore advocating for the following policies, which I believe that City Council must implement to help address the housing crisis and guarantee the right of all people to safe, affordable, energy efficient housing:
>> Limit the maximum allowable annual rent increase to the rate of inflation, to the extent possible within municipal authority.
>> Create a Municipal Inventory of Rental Housing, including the annual rent charged per unit, as a condition of annual Business License renewal for landlords, with the maximum allowable increase tied to the rent level recorded in the inventory.
>> Create Rental-Only Zoning to protect existing rental housing and encourage the construction of new rental housing, with at least 20% of new units being affordable (meaning housing that does not exceed 30% of a person's gross income).
>> Lead the expansion of non-market rental housing, through land acquisition and partnerships with senior levels of government and housing providers.
>> Introduce incentive programs for the retrofitting and conversion of existing homes for energy efficiency and the creation of affordable housing.
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