71% of Oakland residents rent their homes. Yet the rent control protections we have in Oakland are very weak in comparison to our neighbor to the North, Berkeley, and our neighbor across the Bay, San Francisco.
As the regional housing market heats up, we risk increasing evictions and displacement in our city. Now is our time to expand and strengthen rent control and eviction protections for Oakland.
In March of this year, the City Council voted to implement a package of tenant reforms, which included getting rid of debt service “pass-throughs” from property owners to their tenants. While Dan Siegel supported the legislation, it completely avoided the kind of real rent control protections that we desperately need.
71% of Oakland residents rent their homes. Yet the rent control protections we have in Oakland remain relatively weak.
Dan Siegel will be that Mayor who finally supports tenant rights demonstrably and unequivocally. He will seek stronger rent and eviction control reforms and advocate for an elected rent board to oversee a hearings process around rent control disputes.
As he did when he was the Executive Director of the Berkeley Rent Control Board in 1973, Dan Siegel will establish a pilot “Civil Gideon” program to provide free or low cost legal counsel for tenants facing unlawful eviction or harassment.
New building projects and developments in Oakland should not benefit only the wealthy or the top 5% of income earners. We need to favor smart investment that creates the diverse kinds of housing our city needs.
The question behind every new development deal is: whom do you trust to negotiate the strongest deal for Oakland? Among the mayoral candidates, Dan Siegel has the strongest track record negotiating union contracts and settlement agreements in complex lawsuits to defend our public interests.