During the holiday season, many of us will turn to activities we can safely enjoy with our families inside and outside of our homes. But unfortunately for hundreds of families in Concord, their homes are not the safe places they should be.
This is because Concord families do not have the tools necessary to stop landlord harassment. Thanks to a handful of unscrupulous landlords, Concord families have had their utilities turned off for making repair requests. They have received unwarranted eviction threats, unannounced intrusions and even gun threats.
“My children are afraid to play outside because they are so traumatized from our landlord’s threats of evicting us – even though I pay my rent,” shares Patrica Martinez, a long-term resident of Concord. “Right now, Concord law doesn’t make landlords harassing tenants illegal, which is why calling the police will not stop this behavior.”
It is up to the Concord City Council to give residents the tools necessary to protect our children and our homes. This holiday season, let’s keep Concord families safe at home by passing an ordinance to end landlord harassment and protect Concord families.
– The East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE), a registered NGO