Tenants Should Not Depend on a Tarp to Keep Dry

The city has identified two objectives for rent stabilization: to enhance the stability of renting households and to maintain and improve rental housing. But when landlords put profit before maintenance neither objective is accomplished: the property declines and prematurely reaches the end of its useful life. And there is no clearer sign of decline than a tarp on the roof!

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SoCalGas to Copen Tenants: It’s Up to You!

Here is the message that SoCalGas has for Dr. Stephen Copen’s tenants at 152 South Reeves: pay up the $1,359 your landlord owes or we’ll shut off your gas. It should come as no real surprise to any resident in his 12-unit apartment building. Helpfully this NOTICE TO TENANTS lets residents know that they could take this burden off the landlord by assuming “individual or joint responsibility” for the account and be on the hook for money and then deduct it from the rent.

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Metro Comes to Town: Tenants Will Feel the Impacts Now and Forever

Residents near to the future Wilshire/Rodeo station will be negatively affected by station construction and street closures. Those who reside on the 100 block of Reeves will be most affected by the work. Both in the short term (inconvenience and annoyance) and in the longer term (redevelopment will wallop the block). Renters Alliance has proposed several mitigations and remedies that could help residents around the Wilshire/Rodeo station project.

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Wilshire-Rodeo Station Construction: Where is the Mitigation for Tenants?

Do you live in near the future Metro station at Wilshire and Reeves? If so you are likely to experience construction-related disruption AND displacement if you rent housing anywhere near the future Purple Line station. Here I propose mitigation compensation for tenants affected by construction and displacement for redevelopment.

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When Landlords Put Profit Before Maintenance

Beverly Hills residents take well-kept properties for granted. High-and-rising values generate resources for maintenance and, in turn, maintenance keeps property values up. But maintenance is not part of the business model for some owners of residential rental property. Instead their priority is cash flow. But scrimping on maintenance not only affects tenants; it also augurs an overall decline in the city’s rental housing stock. Let’s take an example!

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