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Council candidates discuss high cost of housing

Original post made on Oct 5, 2012

In a Whisman neighborhood forum Monday night, City Council candidates had differing views on how to tackle what they all agreed is an affordable housing problem in Mountain View.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, October 5, 2012, 10:32 AM

Comments

Posted by crime is up, a resident of Shoreline West
on Oct 5, 2012 at 11:05 am

Really?! I post a comment not agreeing with affordable housing and all comments are then removed!! Why are you trying to silence people? You don't agree with my opinions because they differ from yours? Please respond. Or are you going to just remove this too?


Posted by Garrett, a resident of another community
on Oct 5, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Affordable housing is not the example, check out Menlo Park list of people living in this type of housing. It is right up there next to the Palo Alto Weekly. Affordable homes can be starter homes, middle income housing, a place that a first time college grad newly married with new job who are going to buy a first time home couple. You have seen them,.might have know them, they even live.next to you or they might even be.your kids or you.


Posted by Renter, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 5, 2012 at 9:06 pm

I would like to see rent control. My rent goes up 10% each year. The Park Place apartments have a large number of units that are rented to other entities for extended stay. I believe that inflates demand and drives up rental prices. Not sure how much longer I can afford to live in this lovely town.


Posted by Old Ben, a resident of Shoreline West
on Oct 5, 2012 at 11:54 pm

My rent goes up 10% each year as well. Rent control is a little extreme, but requiring a five-year lease is not.

Leases should be mandatory. Month-to-month is ridiculous. And Mountain View has no standards whatsoever when it comes to what is permitted to be rented out as inhabitable residences.


Posted by Real World Resident, a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Oct 8, 2012 at 11:21 am

I was very please to have a month to month alternative when we had sold our house but had not bought the next. The rental was slated for a rebuild and the owner needed to keep covering rent until all the permits and such were completed. The month to month option served both of us perfectly. A month to month lease is still a lease.


Posted by Monica, a resident of North Whisman
on Oct 8, 2012 at 1:09 pm

This is a real problem. Compared to when we moved into our apartment just 3 years ago, our rent has gone up $400 a month. That's an extra $4,800 a year!

We live in a modest 2-bedroom apartment. We are a Google household, so we're by no means low-income. If we're feeling the pinch of the crazy high rent increases, than I imagine it's an even bigger problem for middle and low-income renters in MV.


Posted by kma, a resident of Monta Loma
on Oct 8, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Has anyone seen the prices of the new houses they are putting up on Evelyn?

A cool Million dollars they want and that is just the starting price.


Posted by Political Insider, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 9, 2012 at 12:28 am

Rents have not risen 10% per year from 2000-12. If so they would have gone up about 3.5 times, from $1000/month to $3500/month