In my previous letter about rent control, I noted that the ballot campaign by the group representing Montclair landlords was both sloppy and misleading. So it is ironic, but not surprising, that their response to my letter affirmed both charges. 

First, Mr. Simoncini misspells my name. (No wonder they couldn’t get enough valid signatures.)

Then, he accuses me of selfishly benefitting from being a rent-regulated tenant. That is inaccurate and misleading. I have never been a rent-regulated tenant. As my letter made crystal clear, I owned rent-regulated apartments. My sole personal experience with rent regulation is as a landlord. I found it beneficial to me and to my tenants.

To add insult to irony, Mr. Simoncini suggests that supporting rent control is using government to advance “personal interests” — as if a landlord’s desire to use government to maximize profits is not a “personal interest.” I suffer from that desire myself. I am glad that rent regulation tempered it.

Keith Hefner
Montclair


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