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Rent Increases Hit East Palo Alto Tenants Hard; Property Owner Delays Rent Hikes To Feb. 1 To Comply With State Law

Publication Date: 
December 13, 2007
Palo Alto Online
Don Kazak

Lecturer in Law Jeanne Merino, attorney with Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto, is quoted by Palo Alto Online about rent increases planned by landlords:

The increases will violate the rent board's 3.2 percent increase allowed for 2008, according to Jeanne Merino, a lawyer for Community Legal Services.

But there may be little the rent board or city can do to head off the increases despite the city's rent-control ordinance, Merino said.

Each apartment has a rent certificate and should have a base rent determined when the current tenants moved in, Merino said.


Merino said she hoped the board would call a special meeting for early January and take action to rescind the rent certificates Page Mill Properties used to calculate the increases.