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Measure M: The Facts About Relocation Assistance
by Yes on M: SC for Rent Control
Saturday Oct 27th, 2018 4:30 PM
Much of the debate about Measure M has involved the amount of Relocation Assistance that landlords are required to pay in certain situations. For most tenants, the amount is calculated as 6 times the HUD Fair Market Rate for a similar size rental, but this does NOT equate to the actual amount of rent that tenants pay in Santa Cruz - this amount adds up to less than 4 months' rent on the open market in all cases.
In addition to the up front costs of paying a deposit and first month's rent for a new apartment, tenants in Santa Cruz must also pay for moving and storage expenses, numerous application fees, and some will need to pay extra for temporary housing in a motel or another costly short term rental, while they try to secure a new home. Considering these costs that tenants face when they are forced out due to no fault of their own, Relocation Assistance is neither "too extreme" nor "too expensive" - it is just barely adequate to enable these people to remain a part of our community.

Please spread the word, and ask everyone you know in Santa Cruz to vote YES on M!
§Relocation Assistance for Seniors, the Disabled, and the Terminally Ill
by Yes on M: SC for Rent Control Friday Nov 2nd, 2018 9:23 PM
As a follow up to the previous infographic we posted regarding Relocation Assistance for most tenants, this covers how Relocation Assistance works under Measure M for seniors, the disabled and the terminally ill, who are referred to in the law as "Qualified Tenants". Many distortions and untruths have been spread by the opposition about this part of Measure M, claiming that this will hurt these Qualified Tenants, when the opposite is true - it will help them remain in their homes, and it will ensure that they have sufficient resources to successfully find a new home, if circumstances beyond their control should force them out. We need Santa Cruz to vote YES on M, to protect our community's most vulnerable renters!
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