Proposition F: Rent breaks for distressed shot down

Voters sided with landlords on a measure that aimed to help renters in tough economic times.

Proposition F, known as Renters’ Financial Hardship Applications, was placed on the ballot to amend the residential rent ordinance to allow tenants to postpone rent increases if they become unemployed, their wages decrease by 20 percent or more or if they do not receive a cost-of-living increase in their government benefits and it’s their only income.

Supporters of the law said it was a “modest” measure that would help out tenants who have seen their incomes decrease but rents increase in the past few years.

Opponents said it would increase rents for vacant units so landlords could make up for the ones where rent increases were not allowed.

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