Sandra Lou spoke through an interpreter and asked for an extension.
Councilmember Noecker asked what the purpose of an extension would be if the
owner intended to sell the property without fixing it.
Council President asked for clarification on the revoking of a fire certificate of
Moermond gave an overview of what would happen if the fire certificate of occupancy
Noecker asked if the correction not being made could revoke the fire certificate of
Moermond said there was not enough info. A complete inspection would be needed.
The current item was just the result of a complaint.
Brendmoen stated that the most helpful thing for everyone might be to approve
Moermond's recommendation. Moved approval.
Councilmember Brendmoen, Councilmember Tolbert, Councilmember
Noecker, Councilmember Prince and Councilmember Jalali
2 - Councilmember Thao and Councilmember Yang
Appeal of Matthew & Jim Lindquist to a Rent Stabilization Determination at
1029 RAYMOND AVENUE.
Marcia Moermond gave a staff report.
Councilmember Jalali asked how the city could make sure utilities are not increased in
lieu of rent increases, to get around the rent control ordinance.
Moermond stated that the ordinance did not spell out how that enforcement would
work. The answer would likely be forthcoming as enforcement action had not yet been
taken on this by the City.
Jalali expressed a commitment to supporting tenants who are worried about utility
increases that would effectively increase monthly rents by more than what is allowed.
Asked if the 15% increase was based on a fair return formula or another method.
Moermond stated that the 15% number came from Department of Safety and
Inspection rules that capped the allowable increase via an exception. Said the
ordinance was silent on percentages. Said that in this case the recommendation would
not bring them to where the owners want but moves them in that direction.
Council President Brendmoen thanked Jalali for her work on the item.
Jim Lindquist spoke in support and thanked legislative hearing staff.
Jalali thanked legislative hearing staff. Stated that she had reviewed the file and felt
the resolution was allowed by the ordinance, relating to the provision on ensuring a fair
return on investment. Renewed commitment to tenants. Moved approval.
Brendmoen expressed appreciation for landlords who invest in properties as well as