Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Rent Control Passes Committee

House Bill 1017-concerning Rent Control was heard late afternoon yesterday in the Local Government committee of the House. Of the eleven committee members, we had six confirmed votes of opposition (NO) on House Bill 1017 prior to the hearing. After three hours of testimony from 20 testifiers, Democrat committee member, Rep Sue Schafer-D, Wheat Ridge, who had long committed and repeatedly confirmed her opposition to the bill the day before the hearing, changed her mind mid-hearing and voted YES on the bill. HB1017 now goes to the house floor.

Rep Schafer cited reasons of democrat caucus pressure for her change in vote.

We will now target select democrats in the house. The bill could come up for second reading as early as this Friday.

Special thanks go to Lauren Brockman, Rex Gambrell, Terry Simone, Brandon Rich, Mike Papantonakis, Stephanie Avery, and Gordon Von Stroh who delivered excellent testimony in the committee hearing.

Please continue to watch for alerts. We will need to make a strong, united effort to produce numerous phone calls and emails to take this out in the house.

Need more information? Contact Meghan Storrie (mstorrie@caahq.org) or Nancy Burke (nancy@aamdhq.org) with the Colorado Apartment Association.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Rent Control Update

Colorado State legislature will consider the Rent Control bill in House Local Government Committee next Tuesday, February 23 at 1:30 in Rm 111.

WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP TO DEFEAT THIS BILL. PLEASE CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE AND TELL THEM TO PLEASE VOTE NO on House Bill 1017

WHEATRIDGE/GOLDEN
Rep. Sue Schafer (D-24)
Email: sue.schafer.house@state.co.us
Capitol Phone: 303-866-5522
Home: 303-918-2660

WESTMINSTER/ARVADA
Rep. Cherilyn Peniston-Chair (D-35)
Email: cherylin@cherylinpeniston.com
cherylin.peniston.house@state.co.us
Capitol Phone: 303-866-2843
Home: 303-428-1945

THORNTON/NORTHGLENN
Rep. John Soper- Vice-Chair (D-34)
Email: john.soper.house@state.co.us
Capitol Phone: 303-866-2931
Home: 303-428-8281

AURORA
Rep. Cindy Acree (R-40)
Email: cindy.acree.house@state.co.us
Capitol Phone: 303-866-2944
Home Phone: 303-748-9534

COLORADO SPRINGS
Rep. Dennis Apuan (D-17)
Email: dennis.apuan.house@state.co.us
dennis@dennisapuan.com
Capitol Phone: (303)866-3069
Personal: (719) 291-9898

WESTERN SLOPE
Rep. Laura Bradford (R-55)
Email: laurabradford55@gmail.com
laura@BradfordForHouse.com
Capitol Phone: 303-866-2583
Work - 970-245-7870Home - 970-487-0154

NE DENVER/BRIGHTON
Rep. Kevin Priola (R-Brighton)
Email: kpriola@gmail.com
Capitol Phone: 303-866-2912
Home: 303-923-5138

ALAMOSA
Rep. Ed Vigil (D-62)
Email: edward.vigil.house@state.co.us
Capitol Phone: 303-866-2916
Home: 719-570-1785

Monday, February 8, 2010

Rent Control Bill (Colorado)

Colorado State legislature will consider the Rent Control bill in House Local Government Committee this week Thursday morning.

PLEASE CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE AND TELL THEM TO PLEASE VOTE NO on House Bill 1017

WHEATRIDGE/GOLDEN
Rep. Sue Schafer (D-24)
Email: mailto:sue.schafer.house@state.co.us
Capitol Phone: 303-866-5522
Home: 303-918-2660

WESTMINSTER/ARVADA
Rep. Cherilyn Peniston-Chair (D-35)
Email: cherylin@cherylinpeniston.com
cherylin.peniston.house@state.co.us
Capitol Phone: 303-866-2843
Home: 303-428-1945

THORNTON/NORTHGLENN
Rep. John Soper- Vice-Chair (D-34)
Email: john.soper.house@state.co.us
Capitol Phone: 303-866-2931
Home: 303-428-8281

AURORA
Rep. Cindy Acree (R-40)
Email: cindy.acree.house@state.co.us
Capitol Phone: 303-866-2944
Home Phone: 303-748-9534

COLORADO SPRINGS
Rep. Dennis Apuan (D-17)
Email: mailto:dennis.apuan.house@state.co.us
dennis@dennisapuan.com
Capitol Phone: (303)866-3069
Personal: (719) 291-9898

WESTERN SLOPE
Rep. Laura Bradford (R-55)
Email: laurabradford55@gmail.com
laura@BradfordForHouse.com
Capitol Phone: 303-866-2583
Work - 970-245-7870Home - 970-487-0154

NE DENVER/BRIGHTON
Rep. Kevin Priola (R-Brighton)
Email: mailto:kpriola@gmail.com
Capitol Phone: 303-866-2912
Home: 303-923-5138

ALAMOSA
Rep. Ed Vigil (D-62)
Email: mailto:edward.vigil.house@state.co.us
Capitol Phone: 303-866-2916
Home: 719-570-1785


PLEASE PLACE YOUR CALL OR SEND YOUR EMAIL TODAY, TUESDAY OR WEDNESDAY as the bill is being heard Thursday morning.

House Bill 1017 gives government entities and municipalities the upper hand, an unlevel playing field. This bill adversely affects private property rights because if this bill passes, rent controls will be imposed by local governments.

Top 10 Reasons to Vote NO on House Bill 1017

TOP TEN REASONS TO VOTE NO ON HOUSE BILL 1017

#1
Any form of rent control is a matter of private property rights because it forces one property owner to subsidize housing for others.

#2
We do NOT need this legislation. The process in place today is working. Six court cases in Colorado illustrate this. Don't try to fix something that is not broken. (see #10)

#3
Rent control is NOT a government program. It is unfair regulation of private property that is NOT practiced in 46 states! Rent control is outlawed in most states - Forty-six (46) states have no rent control policies and thirty-five of those have statutes which make rent control illegal. In fact, the liberal state of Massachusetts voted to repeal rent control because it was not providing housing to those truly in need and the negative economic impact rent control created on access to and availability of rental housing.

#4
Rent control is a failed housing policy. It does the wrong things to the wrong people. Rent control has the perverse consequence of reducing, rather than expanding, the supply of rental housing in times of shortage. Existing units are converted to condos or coops. Furthermore, developers do not invest capital for new construction in rent control states.
o From 1980 - 1989, there was a 12% decline in available rental units in Brookline, Massachusetts.
o From 1978 - 1990, there was a 14% decline in available rental units in Berkley, California.
o From 1950 - 1986, there was a 45% decline in available rental units in the United Kingdom.
Setting price controls through rent control has reduced supply and private investment in affordable housing.

#5
Low Income Renters and Property Owners Lose - It is a common perception that rent control is an affordable housing program that benefits those on limited incomes - seniors, disabled, veterans, and students, among others. Countless studies of the rent control imposed in New York City show that rent control benefits the wealthier residents in Midtown and Upper Manhattan and not the lower income tenants in other New York burrows.

#6
If this bill passes, we will see unprecedented mandates on building and development.

#7
This legislation would affect school funding. This bill will have an adverse impact on property tax income that in turn, will affect public school funding.

#8
Rent control reduces the quality of the housing stock and NO rent control study has proven that rent control provides affordable housing

#9 Lowers the values of properties which could create additional foreclosures. This could lower the net income on communities which will adversely affect salaries.

#10 Land Use Restrictive Agreements (LURA) are in place today. They require just compensation to the developer in exchange for affordable units to be rented to residents with AMI below a certain level. LURAs are working----there is NO need for this legislation.


If legislators request more information, please have them call Nancy Burke at 303-548-3193. She will be at the Capitol and can talk directly with legislators.