BY EMILY MIBACH
Daily Post Staff Writer
A proposed law that would make it easier for tenants, nonprofits and even the city to buy homes put up for sale was defeated by the East Palo Alto city council last night (Dec. 5).
Council passed the Opportunity to Purchase Act or OPA on Nov. 7 by a 3-2 vote. But each ordinance or new law that goes before council at two separate meetings.
Councilman Antonio Lopez, who was on the “yes” side at the Nov. 7 meeting, flipped last night to the “no” side, giving it three votes. OPA failed 3-2. Lopez is one of several candidates running for the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors to replace Warren Slocum, who is retiring.
OPA would have required the owner of a single-family home or condominium to tell their tenants, if they have any, that they plan to put the home on the market. When offers roll in for the house, the tenant would have an opportunity to match the offer, though the owner wouldn’t have to a take the offer. A nonprofit or the city could also make offers.
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