Sunday, December 01, 2019
TKC SUNDAY SPECIAL!!! KANSAS CITY TENANTS 'BILL OF RIGHTS' AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEBATE RESTARTS!!!
The social justice campaign that powered Mayor Quinton Lucas into office now hopes to continue their momentum and turn protest into municipal policy.
To wit . . .
AS EXTREME WINTER COLD CONFRONTS KANSAS CITY, ACTIVISTS FOCUS THEIR ARGUMENTS AGAINST UTILITY BILLS AND LANDLORD HVAC TACTICS!!!
The argument might resonate with Kansas City voters who will be coping with higher heating bills no matter their demographic.
A few more things to consider . . .
- Behind the scenes, this debate threatens to start another fight betwixt Council Lady Shields Vs. Mayor Quinton Lucas -- If she decides to take up for landlords she could kill the legislation with help from her "biz friendly" voting bloc.
- Again, our Conservative friends note this progressive legislation might actually backfire and hurt low income residents as many "home providers" could cut their loses and exit the KC market given the regulatory crackdown.
- The compromise is a wash that might offer both sides a win - Gutting the legislation of enforcement funds would basically make it a useless piece of paper given that a lot of the demands for reform are subjective and HOME PROVIDERS HAVE MADE PROGRESS IN THEIR QUESTIONS OVER SECURITY CONCERNS that would prevent them from tenant screening.
Nevertheless, we can't deny that there have been some heartfelt arguments in this case.
Here's the latest . . .
PUBLIC SOCIAL MEDIA TESTIMONY FROM KC TENANTS
We're close. Really close.
On Monday the KCMO City Council's Housing Committee will deliberate our Tenants Bill of Rights again. We are optimistic that the package will be passed out of committee and advanced to City Council as soon as Thursday December 5. Join us: KC Tenants Bill of Rights in Housing Committee #2.
Every component of our Tenants Bill of Rights is connected to a story from our base. Here's Diane's story:
My name is Diane Charity. I am a leader with KC Tenants. I have been a community activist for over 30 years. Our KC Tenants Bill of Rights would change my life in two main ways.
First, I've been scammed on my utilities. The place I live got tax credits to put solar panels on the roof. They advertised that utilities would be $30 a month. To my dismay, my utility bills have been close to $200 a month, sometimes as high as $350. This causes me to go broke by the fifth of the month. I'm forced to work multiple jobs and take money from my family to make ends meet. When I asked the manager about the discrepancy, she told me that the solar panels didn't have to work, and I'd have to deal with the bills.
Second, my privacy has been violated. Just a few weeks ago I got a phone call while I was in a meeting. It was my manager, something about the furnace. Now, I've been requesting repairs on the furnace for five years and I've never gotten a response. BUT all of a sudden she called to say she was about to enter my unit. I said... hell no! You're not going in there without any notice and definitely not without me being there. I rushed out of our meeting and put an end to this. I wish I could tell you this was the only time this has happened, but it's not. They do me and other tenants like this all the time. The little indignities stack up. Would you all live like this? I don't think so, none of us should have to.
KC Tenants Bill of Rights would change all of this mess. It requires landlords to provide a utility estimate at the time of advertisement. Second, the Tenants Bill of Rights requires affirmative consent from the tenant before landlord entry into the unit, except for emergencies, or if the landlord gives over 48 hours notice and the tenant agrees to the date/time, the persons to enter, and the reason for the visit.
I urge a YES on the KC Tenants Bill of Rights package. We need our rights, and we need FULL funding for enforcement.
You decide . . .