Yes2TOPA

Yes2TOPA

Berkeley, like the rest of the Bay Area, faces a housing crisis, one driven by rising rental prices and a hot housing market. With 75% of the city’s low-income census tracts at risk of or undergoing displacement and a continued loss of thousands of Black households, Berkeley desperately needs anti-displacement strategies that prioritize low income renters and communities of color. One of those strategies is the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA).

TOPA prevents displacement by empowering tenants with choices for their future housing when the owner of a rental property decides to sell (learn how it works here ...

Berkeley, like the rest of the Bay Area, faces a housing crisis, one driven by rising rental prices and a hot housing market. With 75% of the city’s low-income census tracts at risk of or undergoing displacement and a continued loss of thousands of Black households, Berkeley desperately needs anti-displacement strategies that prioritize low income renters and communities of color. One of those strategies is the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA).

TOPA prevents displacement by empowering tenants with choices for their future housing when the owner of a rental property decides to sell (learn how it works here!). In Washington, DC, TOPA has helped preserve over 3500 units of affordable housing since 2002, and those numbers continue to grow. 

Berkeley’s TOPA policy is designed to:

  • Prevent displacement of low-income communities of color and marginalized tenants

  • Create permanently affordable housing

  • Create pathways to ownership for tenants and promote democratic residential control

  • Stabilize housing for existing tenants

  • Give tenants choice and voice regarding their housing

  • Protect rental housing from speculative investment by keeping them in the community

Now is the time for Berkeley to pass a TOPA policy that helps meet Berkeley’s housing crisis and needs. 

We can’t do this without you. Raise your voice for TOPA today!

 

SIGN OUR PETITON TO PASS TOPA NOW

+

YES TO TOPA NOW

We need to urge Mayor Arreguin to bring TOPA to a vote as soon as possible. We have the ability to get TOPA passed in Berkeley - all we need now is for it to be put up to a vote.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN OUR NEW PETTITION

Please send as many emails to Mayor Areguin and the Berkeley Councilmembers as possible - urging a vote for TOPA NOW in Berkeley. Tell your neighbors, friends, partners and family to send an email!

 

For Berkeley residents, please include whether you are a rentner or owner, as well as which District you live in (you can verify here: https://www.cityofberkeley.info/CouncilDistrictSearch.aspx). 

Think about how TOPA will affect you and your neighbors and write a short sentence or 2 as the first paragraph right under  "Dear Mayor and Councilmembers,"

Compose your email

Email Tips +

CLICK HERE TO SIGN OUR NEW PETTITION

Please send as many emails to Mayor Areguin and the Berkeley Councilmembers as possible urging a vote for TOPA now in Berkeley. Tell your neighbors, friends, partners and family to send an email!

 

Think about how TOPA will affect you and your neighbors and write a short sentence or 2 as the first paragraph right under  "Dear Mayor and Councilmembers,"

For Berkeley residents, please include whether you are a rentner or owner, as well as which District you live in (you can verify here: https://www.cityofberkeley.info/CouncilDistrictSearch.aspx).