In recent years the state legislature has taken unprecedented steps to encourage the production of new ‘infill’ housing. Multifamily owners are favored with big incentives to redevelop their property to greater heights. Permitting is streamlined. Local zoning regulations and parking requirements are preempted. It seems like no opportunity was missed to shoehorn new dwellings wherever they may fit. Coming soon to your property: one or more accessory dwelling units carved out of common spaces like the garage, laundry, recreation room or management office. Low construction costs and high rents make it a no-brainer for the landlord. What does it mean for tenants?
Councilmember Bob Wunderlich back in March proposed a rental housing assistance program to help eligible tenants to afford a large rent increase of the kind we expect to see in the coming years. Council was eager to get a program up and running and in April the mayor appointed two councilmembers to an ad-hoc committee to flesh it out. The ad-hoc ran aground and we heard nothing more about it until late October when the RSO office quietly contacted landlords about a subsidy program. What happened to financial help for tenants? Let us explain!Read more