Mass Rent-Control Evictions Are on the Rise in Santa Monica

San Fran tried to protect the poor, instead it is making them homeless due to loopholes in rent control laws of the State of California. Now we are finding Moscow on the ocean, Santa Moscow, ur, Monica, is also protecting the poor and middle class by using laws to evict them from their homes. If these were “conservative” cities we would be hearing about this on the 6:00 pm news, NBC and CBS would be using this as an example of the heartlessness of Republicans. Will they mention that the Left hates the poor and this is the natural outcome of the policies to harm people?

“The practice has just recently started taking off in Los Angeles, and in Santa Monica, Ellis use was way up in 2014. Landlord filings to withdraw their buildings from the rental market were up 75 percent and the number of units evicted nearly tripled over 2013. In absolute numbers, the jump was small—29 units to 85—but the trend is real. What’s worse: “Early indications for 2015 show that the improving economy is likely to result in significantly increased Ellis activity going forward.”

This is what happens when government wants to help people—at that point the people to be helped are harmed.

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Mass Rent-Control Evictions Are on the Rise in Santa Monica

LA Curbed, 3/18/15

Los Angeles and San Francisco have some some positive things in common: greatburritos, a dense urban core. Now it looks like they’re about to have some very negative things in common too: an influx of technorati, skyrocketing rents, and rampant abuse of the Ellis Act, which makes it a lot easier for landlords to evict their tenants (those three may all have something to do with one another). Landlords have been using the 1986 Ellis legislation to boot renters from a rapidly disappearing stock of rent-controlled units for a while now, and according to the Santa Monica Rent Control Board’s Consolidated Annual Report, things are getting worse.

The report, published this week, takes a broad view of the rental market in desirable, density-averse Santa Monica. What’s left of the rent-controlled stock is concentrated in the north and east of the city, with more than 40 percent north of Colorado and east of Lincoln. Downtown Santa Monica accounts for a measly four percent of rent-controlled units.

The statewide Ellis Act lets landlords kick out all of their tenants so long as they’re taking the property off the rental market (e.g., for a conversion to condos or an extensive remodel). In San Francisco, it’s been used thousands of times and become one of the most significant methods by which the city has hypergentrified over the past decade.

The practice has just recently started taking off in Los Angeles, and in Santa Monica, Ellis use was way up in 2014. Landlord filings to withdraw their buildings from the rental market were up 75 percent and the number of units evicted nearly tripled over 2013. In absolute numbers, the jump was small—29 units to 85—but the trend is real. What’s worse: “Early indications for 2015 show that the improving economy is likely to result in significantly increased Ellis activity going forward.”

Santa Monica has made a big commitment to providing affordable housing (even if some of those developments fail to launch), but the middle class is being squeezed out of the city, unable to afford the luxe upmarket stuff, and unable to qualify for public assistance programs. The report concludes that their disappearance from Santa Monica is “[likely to] continue without a concerted effort toward rectifying the problem.” Ian Grant

 

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Comments

  1. Mark Fernwood says

    Rent control is theft. It is redistribution. Landlords are denied the fair market income from their investments. Their investments are also greatly reduced in value as commercial property trades on a “cap rate.” This is a multiple of net income. The reality is not everyone can afford to live in any community. Not everyone can afford a yacht either.

  2. Rottweiler says

    Evict the section 8 housing in the Republic of Santa Monica. Geneva on 21st and Santa Monica Blvd. The Russian populice pays a mere 250.00 for a fabulous ocean view apartment, very luxurious and uber nice allows pets too. The ingrates come on down to St. Johns for medical and don’t pay a dime, nor do they have any graces like gratitude for free health care. They snap their fingers and give you a cup of shut the heck up in Russian. I think Putin is calling eh? These are the first to put out on the streets, those who don’t like America but will feast off of the tax payers backs. Thanks Obama!

  3. Rottweiler says

    There are numerous section 8 housing apartments in SM. They stink and so do the occupants!

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