Letter to the Editor: Oakland evictions highly exaggerated

Why blame the owners of the most affordable housing in the city for what is clearly a supply and demand problem? - Written by J. Furstoss, EBRHA Member - Posted Jun 9, 2016

Oakland evictions highly exaggerated

The Oakland City Council continues to have its collective head in the sand when it comes to the current housing crunch. Instead of researching facts on their own, they are taking the tenants’ word as gospel and blaming the owners of rental properties already under rent control for the city’s ills. How can that be?

It turns out the number of evictions aren’t anywhere near what tenants claim. With other East Bay Rental Housing Association members, I pulled the numbers from the county courthouse and found 3,200 court-approved evictions in 2015, far, far fewer than the 13,000 a year cited by tenants to the scare council into supporting their ballot initiative.

Why blame the owners of the most affordable housing in the city for what is clearly a supply and demand problem? Build more housing, and the supply side will take care of itself.

J. Furstoss, Oakland

This article appeared in the Letters to the Editor section in the Montclarion East Bay Times

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