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LA tenants increasingly engaging in rent strikes amid housing crisis

By Patrick following x   2018 Jun 3, 11:10am 342 views   11 comments   watch   sfw   quote     share    


LOS ANGELES - A few dozen tenants from a working-class neighborhood here hopped into their vehicles, creating a caravan that would head to affluent Orange County.

After the hour-long drive in late May, the group converged on the sidewalk in front of a two-story house with Spanish-tile roofing belonging to Gina Kim - their landlord's daughter. Chung Suk Kim had purchased the seven-building apartment complex in Los Angeles for $8.5 million in September. Eviction notices for all 80 residents - almost all of them black or Latino - went up a few weeks later, indicating that the owner wanted to convert the units, located near the University of Southern California, into student housing.

"Vulture landlord, get a real job! Vulture landlord, get a real job!" the tenants shouted. A pair of police cars soon arrived.

But chanting is not the only way the tenants are making their feelings known. Since the eviction notices were posted some eight months ago, they have refused to pay rent.
1   lostand confused   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 3, 11:54am   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

That is one of the advantages of buying your own home. Of course you have to contend with property taxes.
2   FortWayne   ignore (2)   2018 Jun 3, 11:57am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote        

They can thank Democrats for housing shortages.
3   marcus   ignore (1)   2018 Jun 3, 12:00pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote        

Everything bad is the fault of democrats.

Maybe it's even democrats fault that too many people with IQs under 90 choose to be republicans.
4   everything   ignore (1)   2018 Jun 3, 12:45pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Next time they plan a group caravan outing might be a good time to do a mass eviction and change the locks.
5   MisterLefty   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 3, 5:50pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

"Paul Lanctot, an organizer with the L.A. Tenants Union, ...... charges that the Kims want to convert the dwellings into student housing because they "just want to rent to a different class of people and a different race of people.""

Didn't see that coming.
6   Goran_K   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 3, 6:12pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

I’m sure their behavior will encourage more investors to enter the market to provide cheap rentals.
7   FortWayne   ignore (2)   2018 Jun 3, 6:40pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

marcus says
Everything bad is the fault of democrats.

Maybe it's even democrats fault that too many people with IQs under 90 choose to be republicans.

Who is in charge in CA? Who has been in charge in CA since the 90's?

Aren't you a history teacher? At least look at recent history.
8   APOCALYPSEFUCKisShostikovitch   ignore (30)   2018 Jun 3, 8:46pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

A 10 second burst from M134 mounted on the lawn would bring Ms Kim peace.
9   Right vs Wrong   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 3, 8:52pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Do people have a right to space on planet earth? If every square inch of the planet is already owned and we keep pooping out children, where do we go from here?
10   Strategist   ignore (1)   2018 Jun 3, 9:32pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

From the article:
"I'm not against student housing, don't get me wrong," said Robert Evans, a 32-year-old African-American security guard who makes $14.50 an hour and shares a $1,700 three-bedroom unit with six people in one of Kim's buildings. "But if you want to come in and invest in property, you can't just put people out on the streets."

Dear Robert Evans, they gave you a notice. You are OK with student housing. So what is your problem?
11   Ceffer   ignore (1)   2018 Jun 3, 10:55pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Rent needs to be free shit, and more free shit is what the country is all about.

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