EAGLE ROCK — Living in a city-owned apartment building does not guarantee your rent won’t suddenly jump, according to a story in the Los Angeles Daily News.
A group of residents at Reflections on Yosemite — a residence for seniors and the disabled in the 1500 block of Yosemite Drive — are fighting the city over such a 6% hike. The increase is double the percentage of what the city has typically raised rents, Tina Smith-Booth from the L.A. Housing Authority told the Daily News.
But Smith-Booth added the city needs to keep up with market rents in the surrounding area. She said the average rent for a one-bedroom unit at Reflections is $747, whereas area rents for one-bedrooms in Eagle Rock are $1,375.
“The property doesn’t receive any federal or other assistance and therefore must operate on the rents it collects. … As with most landlords, rents are periodically increased to stay in line with increases in operating expenses.“
— Tina Smith-Booth, a director at Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles.
While rent control generally caps the annual rent increases at 3%, city officials told the Daily News the building isn’t subject to rent control, which is administered by the city.
But this argument does not do much good for residents,who say they may not be able to afford the higher rent.
One tenant, Alex Ortega, 70, questioned why the city is raising rents as it also seeks billions of dollars from voters to fund homeless programs.
“Are the elderly going to be included (in homeless programs)? If so, where will they be put? On the bottom of the list?”
— Alex Ortega, 70, resident of Reflections on Yosemite.
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