Inglewood Residents See Rent Increase Ahead Of New Rams And Chargers Stadium
Rent prices are soaring, causing the city council to find a permanent solution.
The Los Angeles Rams and Chargers will have a new home in Inglewood, California, but with the new stadium, many Inglewood residents may also be looking for new homes.
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Rent prices have reportedly surged as some renters like Tomisha Pinson, who lives next door to the facility, saw hers go from $1,145 to $2,725, according to The Los Angeles Times.
“Everybody can agree that these 120 percent rent increases are astronomical and ridiculous,” said D’Artagnan Scorza of the Uplift Inglewood Coalition. “I think we can start there.”
The issue of gentrification in the area is something rapper Nipsey Hussle fought as he tried to improve the neighborhood for the Black residents in it.
His multiple businesses and STEM center attempted to give residents a way to better their lives and the neighborhood.
In a small step to slow the problem, Inglewood’s city council passed a rent moratorium, as Curbed Los Angeles reports, creating a 45-day ban on rents within the city being raised more than 5% as well as stopping all evictions unless “the underlying reason is for criminality or drug use.”
“After years of advocacy, we are proud to have gotten the city to take this important step to send the message to corporate landlords that rent gouging is not okay in the City of Inglewood,” Scorza said in a statement.
After speaking with a managing partner who recently purchased two buildings in the city and notified residents of a rent hike of more than double, Mayor James Butts saw the need for the moratorium to give renters a chance.
“He had every right to capitalize and pay his mortgage,” Butts said. “But here’s the rub: There’s a social cost... We will not allow apartment buildings to be emptied out in mass. We will not allow that to happen.”
Staffers for the council members and mayor’s office are reportedly working on a more permanent resolution regarding the displacement of Inglewood residents.
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