Renters Rally At L.A. City Hall To Protect Renters

Hundreds of renters from all over Los Angeles gathered at Los Angeles City Hall, where two motions by Council member Gil Cedillo were approved. One has to do with putting more pressure on property owners to fix problems in rental units. The other deals with updating the city registries to reflect the actual changes in rent that are being set by property owners.

It's hard to believe there isn't an updated registry..but then again, Los Angeles remains the most unaffordable rental market in the country, according to UCLA's study : Impacts of the Widening Divide, out of the Luskin School of Public Affairs.

Councilman Cedillo admits a lot more has to be done. The issue of rental affordability is related to others. Permits to build any property in Los Angeles, he says, are difficult to get, and that is even more true for builders dealing with affordable housing.

Gentrification, seen as the betterment of communities by so many, is also pricing people out of the communities they've grown up in. At the same time, activists see a direct link between stagnant wages and housing affordability. The city recently approved a raise in the minimum wage, but there is little question that it's going to take a lot more to deal with rental issues in the city of Los Angeles, where over 70% of the population are renters.

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