This article was posted on Saturday, Dec 01, 2018

Lack of Housing

Dear Dan:

Al Jacobs and others fail to express a concern for the people who can afford the higher rents.   As I see it, there are insufficient units available for rent in Los Angeles County regardless of the amount of rent being charged. For example, say all units are rented to tenants who lack sufficient funds to pay market rent and are allowed to pay a reduced sum under the provisions of rent control or more rent control restrictions to be created. I believe you now have the problem of just where do the persons who have sufficient funds to pay higher rent obtain a living unit?

 As I see it as shown above, there will be no additional units for them to rent, therefore, they will become homeless, even though they have funds to pay higher rent.   I reach this conclusion as all available rental units as premised above have in fact been rented to low income persons. Accordingly, I see the problem being lack of available units.   This is a zoning problem and possibly related to the ability of the municipal government to provide the framework to accept additional burden on the supporting system of drainage, sewage, parking, etc.   I live in Venice and much the property is zoned for single-family residences, so when one is torn down the owner is prevented from building a multi-unit housing structure. Is there anyone out there who considers the issue of how lack of housing and lack of incentives to build more multi-unit buildings directly impinge on housing availability? In conclusion, if you provide all available housing units for low income persons, where will you provide housing for those persons who can afford to pay higher rents?    Bob F.

Landlords Forced to Accept Section 8 in San Diego!

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Dear AOA:

Considering the difficulty and expense of U.D.’s, if Section 8 renters face no consequences from Section 8 – landlords are left pretty defenseless in the face of consistent violations.Caseworkers used to be good teammates with landlords in expecting Section 8 clients to be good, rule-abiding renters.  Now, that conscientious, responsive caseworker is the exception, rather than the norm. However, instead of trying to analyze and address the reasons for landlords’ legitimate reluctance to accept Section. 8 clients, cities throw the problem right back at the property owners and then they all give each other a “mission accomplished!” high-five and head out to happy hour.  At Applebee’s.   Rebecca A.

 Open Letter to the Mayor and Honorable Council Members:

Honorable Mayor and Councilmembers:  I understand you are considering implementing rent control in our well run city of Glendale. As a homeowner of forty years, and a rental property owner of a number of apartment buildings in Glendale since 1985, please read what I am writing below.

  • Rent control, in and of itself, is wrong. Price controls do not work. Simply put, imagine putting a cap on the price of gasoline. We would not have enough gasoline to go around.
  • If you believe rent control will not affect prices and construction, please understand what I and many other apartment owners do. We do not invest in properties in Los Angeles, Santa Monica West Hollywood. And it does not matter whether those properties are price controlled or not. Simply put, the housing bureaucracy created in these cities make owning property there unbearable. It impacts all housing. And without investors, builders cannot build and sell their product to the chain of investors needed to continue more building.
  • I continue to purchase properties outside the three cities mentioned above. I am able to properly manage them well, as the residents are my customers without whom I could not continue to operate, and can afford to keep them well maintained without the restriction imposed by rent control. Glendale would go by the wayside, just like those other cities have. Drive around City of Los Angeles sometime. What a mess.
  • For heaven’s sake, use the money that might operate these awful agencies and instead help people directly with their housing. What an incredible, useless waste of money rent control government agencies are.

It is hard for me to fathom that this would be considered in our great city. Please do not take us there. Respectfully, Lawrence Rubenstein, Ph.D.