Los Angeles’ housing agency has scrapped a proposal for a 6 percent rent hike at a city-owned, senior apartment building in Eagle Rock.
Following a city hearing last week which drew angry seniors, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles announced Tuesday that rents will rise 3 percent this year instead of 6 percent at Reflections on Yosemite, a 1970s-era building on Yosemite Drive.
Citing “concerns expressed by our residents,” HACLA said rents will rise just 3 percent, in line with allowable increases under the city’s rent control law.
At first, Jamie Kahn tried ignoring the repeated knocks on her front door. It was September 2015, and the 52-year-old Santa Cruz woman had recently faced an unexpected 40% rent increase that she could not afford.
After missing a rent payment, her new landlords in the northern California beach city quickly moved to evict the single mother and her two children. Kahn thought that if she refused to open the door and accept a summons, she could bide some time to fight the increase from $1,400 to $2,000 a month. She was wrong.
The Glendale City Council will try to tackle the issue of fast-rising rents by securing tenants longer leases to avoid having to suddenly move because of a rent spike and possibly requiring landlords to pay for moving expenses.
The direction to city staff came Tuesday night during the latest discussion on the topic of rent affordability.
Tenants Together formed in 2008 with the mission to "galvanize a statewide movement for renters' rights." At that time, the California Apartment Association threatened renters' with a ballot initiative to make all rent control in CA illegal. The foreclosure crisis hit and unsuspecting tenants were displaced as landlords defaulted on mortgages. Now the ranks of tenants in California has swelled from 13 million to 16 million and counting, and landlords are taking advantage of a market glut with venture capital and international investors to gouge tenants with unfair rent increases.
Wolford Wayne LLP is a tenant’s rights law firm dedicated to representing Bay Area tenants. We represent tenants in wrongful eviction actions, tenant harassment, failure to repair, eviction defense and other related landlord tenant disputes. Almost all of our cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, meaning that we only get paid when you do.
We want you to know about the Concord Four: tenant-leaders Olga Chan, Feliciano Puerto, Gloria Ayala, and Juan Carlos Mendoza, who have been fighting slumlord Steven Pinza for repairs and fair rents. They are now being evicted for standing up for their rights. They need your support.
The LA Tenants Union is a diverse, tenant-led movement fighting for the human right to housing for all.
To mobilize tenants in a city as diverse and expansive as Los Angeles, the LA Tenants Union is establishing local chapters. Locals organize around neighborhood issues and help link neighborhood struggles to the larger movement for housing justice.
Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc offers free legal services in civil matters to low-income persons residing in its service area within Kern County, California
Areas of practice include but are not limited to:
- Housing and homelessness
- Domestic violence,
- Children and family services
- Health law
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A group of activists seeking a rent-control ordinance and other tenant-protection measures gathered in Ocean Beach on Saturday (June 4), circulating a petition they hope will convince the city council to open a dialogue concerning their grievances.