Saturday, November 2, 2013

HFHA - Beware of false information on ballot question

HFHA announces:



Hoboken Fair Housing Warns People that Developer Group is Trying to Confuse Voters

Hoboken Fair Housing Association is asking all of their friends and neighbors to VOTE ‘NO’ AGAIN! on CITY OF HOBOKEN PUBLIC QUESTION #1 on NOVEMBER 5, 2013

Ø  DON’T BE FOOLED BY THE DECEPTIVE FLYERS POPPING UP AROUND TOWN
Ø  DON’T BE FOOLED BY DECEPTIVE LANGUAGE ON THE BALLOT

On Election Day, November 5th, you will be asked to vote on the only Hoboken Public Question which proposes major changes to Hoboken’s Rent Control law.

It starts off with:

Shall the City of Hoboken continue annual rental increase protections for current residents of rent controlled properties …

If you read no more, you’d probably think the intent is to protect tenants by keeping rent control.

NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH.

ITS ACTUAL PURPOSE IS TO COMPLETELY DECONTROL ALL RENTS UPON VACANCY!

Here’s what will happen if the Hoboken Public Question is approved:

Once a current tenant vacates his/her unit either “voluntarily” or by court ordered eviction:
1.    Rents are DECONTROLLED and can be increased to whatever the landlord wants to charge for every new tenant.    In Hoboken, that can mean doubling or tripling the rent.
2.      All 1-4 unit buildings and condos are PERMANENTLY EXEMPTED FROM RENT CONTROL.

NJ state law makes it easy for a landlord to obtain court-ordered eviction of tenants from 1-3 unit buildings and condos and from all rental buildings through condo conversions or other means.  Even when an eviction is illegal, the tenant may be unaware of NJ Eviction Law and/or too afraid to contest it in court.

Thus, if this DECONTROL ballot question is approved by the voters, landlords will have the means and incentive to evict current tenants or otherwise “convince” them to move “voluntarily” and then jack up the rent to whatever they want for new tenants.    MANY HOBOKEN RENTERS WILL LOSE THEIR HOMES.

Note: This public question is a court-ordered re-vote of a question already decided and defeated last year, when a majority of 16,444 Hoboken voters voted “no”. The supporters of the “yes” vote to eliminate tenant Rent Control protections convinced the courts to overturn that valid democratic election result by submitting false evidence that 114 “displaced Hoboken voters” were not allowed to vote on this Hoboken public question.

DON’T BE MISLED!   If you want to DEFEND HOBOKEN RENTERS:

VOTE ‘NO’ on CITY OF HOBOKEN PUBLIC QUESTION # 1

To volunteer, contact: hobokenfairhousing@gmail.com


To donate to this cause, go to: hobokenfairhousing.com