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Housing-clipart-_9667858236By Michael Harrington

Dear City Leaders:
May I ask a simple question?

If I want to advertise a rental unit on Craig’s List, and I list if for $1,000 to anyone, but $850 to a full time, card carrying student, everyone knows that as a private owner and lessor, I cannot do this. I cannot do this even if the City thinks it’s fine and gives a City Council 5-0 vote blessing and passing an ordinance.

This question is not anti-student or anti-student affordable housing. It’s a basic fair housing question.

So, how is Nishi 2.0 any different than my renting a house to students and non-students, with a 15% discount for being a fulltime student?

Thanks, and I am truly puzzled by the city and Nishi’s action on the 15% set aside.

I raised this issue during public comments several weeks ago, and there was no response at the meeting.

I think any adult human being with lower income should be able to apply for that 15%? It’s private land, and governed by state and federal fair housing laws.

Is there some sort of legal opinion in the public record where the City justifies this restriction on the 15% benefit to students? If so, may I have a copy?

Michael Harrington, Esq.
Former Member, Davis City Council

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