NEWR is obviously against this. No precedent for a tax on landlords, they said. Other cities have all done fees.
Carr has testified that a fee IS defensible "but a tax is more defensible."
Carr: I think any nonprofit would be exempt. But it's really difficult law to interpret, so we don't know.
Carr: Anything from $1.7M-$2M is defensible. If you go too high, it may be seen as trying to discourage ppl from voting for it.
Carr: No. David Gehr told me this afternoon. That's the position of BHP.
Carr: BHP takes the argument they are not subject to this fee.
Carr: That's correct.
Carr: OK we're not usurping anybody. They got back to us at 5 today saying this was acceptable. We're doing this at the last minute.
That is news to me.
Arango: I would say yes. I would really love some input from Carr to clarify if BHP is exempt.
Very interesting development.
Carr: There's a good argument they're exempt, but Boulder has previously argued that BHP pays certain fees. They do NOT pay the rental license application fee.
Carr: I'm not sure why, but yeah. They have limited funds.
Carr: There are limits in affordable housing, so I'm not sure.
Friend: Even if they don't pay, their tenants would still be able to access it, right?
So that would be ~$75,000 per year.
Probably our first landlord, though he didn't say so. (No wonder, given the crowd so far.)
NEWR is a "solution in search of a problem."
SURJ endorses; asks council to pass amended version.
Go to their second one, duh.
He wants to change the ballot title but not the text of the measure.
Particularly at issue: "vulnerable to eviction" and "loss of housing" in the ballot language.
Weaver says: We missed your singing. I agree.
"Landlords are the problem, not the solution. And this debacle with Bedrooms Are For People is a disgrace."
That's a Canadian thing, right?
Friend: Let's put on the ballot what NEWR wants and not do any "last-minute shenanigans."
Carr: The city provides legal services for BHP; not as much as we used to. We have an IGA with them which requires them to pay some fees and not others.
Wants to make a motion.
Finds the BHP thing, "interesting. ... Anyone who evicts someone probably should be responsible for who they are evicting, in one way or another."
You would if you read my story or did literally any research on programs in other cities. NYC and SF both had double-digit drops in evictions.
During COVID, they gave free rent to tenants who couldn't pay and have taken a no-eviction stance, Wallach says. "There's been a lot of unwarranted hostility and criticism that I don't understand."
Funny, that's not what he said in an email to EFAA.