The Glendale Tenants Union this week was scheduled to protest an $800 a month rent increase in an apartment building on Windsor Road.
“They are implementing a rent spike without fixing any of the tenants’ problems… cockroaches, mold, termites, mice and faulty old appliances. With over 60 families living in this complex, most of whom are low-income earners with jobs in the city of Glendale, this is essentially an eviction,” said Vanessa, one of the affected residents, in a prepared statement.
The 63-unit building, located in the 1300 block of Windsor Road, is managed by Moss & Company.
The Tenants Union, the residents of the building and their allies spoke in front of Glendale City Hall at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, just before heading into the City Council meeting to speak during the meeting. The Tenants Union continues to collect signatures for their Rent Stabilization and Fair Housing Act.
The proposed ordinance would cap rent increases at 4 percent per year and establish a Rent Board to oversee the implementation of the new ordinance. For a more detailed summary, please see below. The full text of the proposed ordinance is available at http://GlendaleTenants.org/CSFR.pdf.
About two-thirds of households in the city are renters. According to the city’s own data, 59 percent of them are “burdened by housing overpayment,” meaning they pay more than 30 percent of their income on rent.
In October, the group turned in 11,000 signatures in an effort to get the initiative on the June ballot, but Glendale City Clerk Ardy Kassakhian deemed the petition “deficient and invalid.”
According to Kassakhian, the text of the ballot measure did not contain the ballot title and summary of the city attorney.
The text of the measure was not included anywhere in the petition, which is a violation of California Election Code, Kassakhian said. The petition also did not include a declaration by the author.
The Glendale ballot measure is modeled 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 neighborhoods in Los Angeles — that have rent control.
“Our city government has allowed reckless profiteering to attack the working class character of our city,” said Tenant Union co-founder Van Gorder. “Renters have been demanding meaningful protection for years and gotten nothing but phony sympathy and inaction.”