I am writing in response to Sam Hankin's article "Takoma Park Tenants Face Eviction" (Real Estate, Dec. 12). I am a concerned resident of Takoma Park and one of the landlords directly affected by the conversion law that is to go into effect in March 1988.
Montgomery County Council members seem to be about to enforce the 10-year-old law that requires all landlords with home apartments to convert their homes back to single-family use only. They should keep in mind that because of the impact of the law on, and the already existing problems with, rental housing in the metropolitan area, a certain amount of leniency should be considered for those properties that a) are already owner occupied, b) do not cause the parking problems that initiated the law in the first place and c) are occupied by owners who depend on the rental income for their livelihood.
This 1978 law was not meant for these properties, but for those that were zoned for single-family residences but were used and divided up by owners solely for investment purposes. Parking problems and a change of neighborhood identity were the major concerns. The law is now threatening those individuals who need not, and should not, be affected.
A proper rental law protects everyone involved: tenants, landlords and the community. This one, if passed as it stands now, is likely to affect all of us negatively. There should at least be a provision for case-by-case review, but preferably an amendment to protect both tenants and small-time landlords.
PETER K. MOOR Takoma Park