Mylene Pagba applauded San Jose’s push for stronger tenant protections, including a lower cap on annual rent hikes passed in 2016 and higher threshold for evictions adopted the following year. As a 43-year-old retail worker on a tight budget with steep rent, the policies brought her welcome relief.
But she says they come at a cost she’s reluctant to pay.
“It’s, basically, my privacy for financial security,” says Pagba, who eschews social media and other forms of data-harvesting because she consistently avoids making that tradeoff. “It’s the principle of the thing.”
That makes her an unlikely ally to landlords, who spent the past few years lobbying against stricter rules and a rent control database for economic reasons and, when they lost, sued to block their implementation on constitutional grounds.