Tired of paying more and more money for apartment units that only seem to not only get smaller but also more expensive each year?
Many people in Glendale are, and they’ve formed a renters’ rights group that intends to organize and work at ways to somehow cap outrageous rents.
“I helped start the Glendale tenants’ union and we have a number of things we are pursuing,” former Glendale City Council candidate Mike Van Gorder told the Pasadena Weekly. A group of roughly 15 people recently met and broke up into separate groups with specific tasks.
“One of the teams is indeed working on a ballot measure for rent stabilization that would cap rent increases at 3 percent,” Van Gorder said.
The model is based on the rent control ordinance in West Hollywood, one of a handful of cities in Los Angeles County, among them Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and Los Angeles, that have rent control.
In Glendale and other local areas without rent control, landlords can raise the rent as much as they want.
A similar movement has started in Pasadena, where rents are some of the highest in Southern California.
Van Gorder said he has spoken to people in Pasadena and several other communities.
Like Glendale, Pasadena also does not have rent control, but, also like Glendale and a handful of other communities, it has what are called “just cause evictions,” where landlords must simply have a good reason for kicking people out.
Former mayoral candidate Jacque Robinson promised to bring rent control to Pasadena during the 2015 mayoral race, but no one of the council has broached the subject since that time.
Van Gorder said last week that he met with tenants, mostly seniors, living in one-bedroom apartments where the owner wants to raise the rent from $1,200 to $1,700 a month.
According to Van Gorder, 65 percent of the residents in Glendale are renters, but the members of the Glendale City Council are all financially secure homeowners.
“No one is supporting them,” Van Gorder said of the tenants.