Coalition for Economic Survival (CES)
ACTION ALERT!!!
SAVE RENT CONTROL!!!!
City Council to Decide on Proposals That 
Could Mean Major Rent Increases to Tenants!!!
 
Save Rent Control SignLA's Rent Control law is in danger of being undermined, resulting in tenants receiving major rent increases and potentially losing their homes. Turnout is greatly needed this Wednesday, SEPT 29 at 7:00 am,  Room 350, City Hall at the City Council Housing, Community & Economic Development (HCED) Committee. We encourage you to get there at 7:00 am to ensure getting in the hearing room. Landlords will try to pack the room.

The HCED Committee hearing on the new rent control proposals could result in major rent hikes to tenants. Please attend this hearing to help SAVE RENT CONTROL!


LA Tenants Are Paying Too Much for Rent

A $1 million City-sponsored
"Economic Study of the Rent Stabilization Ordinance and the Los Angeles Housing Market" (RSO Study) was released in June 2009. The study's findings showed tenants are paying too much for rent in LA even with rent control:
58% of LA tenants are rent burdened, which means they pay more than 30% of their income to rent, with 31% being severely rent burdened, paying more than 50% of their income to rent.
56% of those with annual incomes of $35,000 or less are severely rent burdened, paying 50% of their income to rent.
27% of RSO tenants received illegal rent increases
.

A Key recommendation of the study was the elimination of the 3% "floor" on rental increases allowed by the RSO based on the Consumer Price.

Last May, the City Council shockingly voted down a proposal by Council Member Richard Alacon to freeze rents until the study recommendations are discussed and adopted. As a result of the rent freeze rejection,
even though the current CPI rate for 2010 was -.62 %, renters were unjustly hit with another 3% annual rent increase (with an additonal 1-2% increase for master metered builidngs, effective July 1, 2010.

New Proposals Will Result in Higher Rents for Tenants

The new proposals before the LA City Council ignores the study findings and are heavily weighed towards providing concessions to landlords at tenants' expense. If these proposals pass it will increase the rent burden to tenants, force tenants from their homes, increase homelessness and result in the loss of affordable housing.

The City Council has a clear choice of protecting the lives of LA tenants or siding with increasing landlords' excessive profits and greed.

The proposals does the following:
    - Fails to Eliminates the Rent Increase Floors (It only lowers it from 3% to 2%)
    - Increases the Rent Increase Cap to 9%
    - Adds an Additional Rent  Utility Surcharge
Increase for tenants
    - Does Eliminate the 1-2% Utility Rent Increase for Master Metered Units & Replaces it With the lower utility surcharge
    - Increases rent increase cap amounts for renovations and capital improvement pass thoughs and extends the time tenants will have to pay these increases.
    - Removes the limits on the allowed number of applications for Primary Renovation applications a landlord can file.
    - Increases the yearly rent registration fees for tenants
    - Allows for new luxury unit exemptions removing rent control protections for tenants living in these units.

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ATTEND & TESTIFY at the

LA City Council Housing, Community
and Economic Development Committee

To SAVE RENT CONTROL!!!
 
City Hall    
      DATE:
    NEXT WED.,
   SEPT. 29

 
     TIME:

     7:00 a.m. (Be on time to ensure a seat)


LOCATION:
L.A. CITY HALL -Room 350
200 N. Spring Street, Downtown LA



Contact City Council Members
Tell Them:
Eliminate the Rent Increase Floor
No Utility Increase Surcharge
No Renovation Pass Thru Changes
 
Write & Mail to: LA City Councilmember ______________
LA City Hall - Room ____________
200 N. Spring Street,  Los Angeles, CA 90012


Email & Call:
If You Call, Ask for the Council Member's Housing Deputy.

Housing, Community and Economic Development Committee
City Council Members

HERB WESSON, JR.   -   Committee Chair   
213-473-7010     
Rm 430        councilmember.wesson@lacity.org

ED P. REYES 
               
213- 485-3451     Rm 410        
councilmember.reyes@lacity.org

RICHARD ALARCON
         
213-473-7007      
Rm 470        councilmember.alarcon@lacity.org

JAN PERRY
                   
213-473-7009      
Rm 420        jan.perry@lacity.org

TONY CARDENAS
        
213-473-7006      
Rm 455        councilman.cardenas@lacity.org