伴随新冠病毒COVID-19的爆发,以及加州居家隔离令的实施,很多人的工作和生活都受到了影响。在保护租客方面,加州已经通过了在5月31日前不得驱逐房客的法令。

但是圣荷西的两位议员Magdalena Carrasco和Raul Peralez认为这还不够,于是在今天(4月6日)提出了一项提案:房客不用交房租!

提案人之一的Raul Peralez认为,租金暂停是为了保护那些交下次租金有困难的家庭,保护他们免于潜在的被驱逐。由于新冠病毒的原因,不管他们是生病、不能工作,或者失去工作或工时减少等而导致不能交房租,我们都应该深入研究,不仅保护我们社区的健康,还要保护他们的住房和经济安全。

他们还认为,联邦政府已经通过了CARES Act(Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security),房东们可以从中获得房贷付款救济。因此,租客们也需要相应的保护。

不过一些房屋组织,比如California Apartment Association则认为这个提案是非法的,对房东非常不公平。议员们应该将重点放在帮助居民和商业主支付他们的账单,而不是这样可能导致高昂的法律讼诉的举措。

房东们则认为:租金免了,那么贷款免除吗?对房子的维修等投入也免除吗?

如果圣荷西通过此法案,湾区其他县势必效仿,会影响这个湾区的房屋市场。该提案会在明天(4月7日)的市议会中进行讨论。如果提案通过,租金暂停从4月1日算起,有效期三个月。



现在需要房东们写信给市政府表示反对!

圣荷西市政府邮箱:cityclerk@sanjoseca.gov。请在4月7日中午之前发送。同时抄送给下列邮箱:

TheOfficeofMayorSamLiccardo@sanjoseca.gov
District1@sanjoseca.gov
district2@sanjoseca.gov
district3@sanjoseca.gov
district4@sanjoseca.gov
district5@sanjoseca.gov
district6@sanjoseca.gov
district7@sanjoseca.gov
district8@sanjoseca.gov
district9@sanjoseca.gov
district10@sanjoseca.gov

网络有人还帮忙准备了一个模板,房东们可以参考:

Subject: Strongly Opposing “Rent Suspension”

Let us be fair. We know a lot of tenants got impacted by COVID-19.

However, this is same for property owners. We got mortgage to pay as well.

The problem had been addressed by California government and federal government with very generous benefits. People who lost their job can get 40% of their salary, plus $600 per week from Fed.

If city would like to help, please pay the tenant from city’s reserve. Using property owner’s money instead of city’s reserve is purely robbery and unconstitutional.

Prohibit owner to collect rent is purely irresponsible, unreasonable and absurd idea. It is communism.

As a San Jose resident, I oppose this proposal.

参加4月7日市议会网络会议的公众评论

会议是明天(4月7日)下午1:30, 这个免租金的议题是Item 8.3.。网络会议的信息如下:

How to provide spoken Public Comment during the City Council Meeting:
1) By phone (888) 788-0099. Click *9 to raise a hand to speak. Webinar ID is 145 575 432
2) By online https://zoom.us/j/145575432
a. Use a current, up-to-date browser: Chrome 30+, Firefox 27+, Microsoft Edge 12+, Safari 7+. Certain functionality may be disabled in older browsers including Internet Explorer. Mute all other audio before speaking. Using multiple devices can cause an audio feedback.
b. Enter an email address and name. The name will be visible online and will be used to notify you that it is your turn to speak.
c. When the Mayor calls for the item on which you wish to speak, click on “raise hand.” Speakers will be notified shortly before they are called to speak.
d. When called, please limit your remarks to the time limit allotted.

来源:San Jose Spotlight