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Say NO to rent control in Montclair, NJ

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Dear Mayor Jackson and Council members,

The Montclair City Council is considering imposing RENT CONTROL on all non-owner-occupied apartments in Montclair.

For the reasons stated below we are opposed to this proposal:

  • The Town Council is overriding TWO referendums in which we said NO to rent control.
  • The Town Council is not only doing this over our objection, they are doing it with little to no input from Montclarions themselves.
  • Universally, studies have shown that rather than help those in need, Rent Control leads to:
    • Decreased affordability for renters
    • Decreased supply of housing for renters
    • Increased taxes for ALL town residents
    • Lower property values for ALL property types
  • The pending Ordinance transforms a community of inclusion into a community of division.
  • Many people who do not need relief will be subsidized anyway.
  • The inevitable reduction of new constriction and improvements will limit this source of increased revenue.
  • Rent Control will reduce incentive for rental property owners to maintain or improve properties.
    • The result is deterioration of once beautiful properties and urban blight.
  • Large increases in property taxes have and will continue to cause homeowners to leave Montclair.
  • The Mayor and Council are meant to be the voice of all the people and the expression of our will collectively.

To the Mayor and Town Council of Montclair:

I do not want Rent Control in Montclair

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