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Low-income tenants say rent increases are too high

Posted at 11:41 AM, Sep 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-06 21:08:24-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV)- The fight continues fort tenants in Oak Park who say they soon won't be able to pay their rent if it continues to go up. The group met with the San Diego Housing Commission Friday morning.

Many of the tenants are seniors living on a fixed income. Some of them say they've already seen their rent increased twice this year.

"There doesn't seem to be any protections for people like us," says one of the tenants who spoke during Friday's board meeting. "We're on a fixed income; we get a two percent raise every year. My rent was raised by 50 percent."

Olive Wood Gardens is a low-income housing complex for seniors and those who are disabled. Tenants say they are scared for their future.

"I don't know what to do now," says Kathy Blackstock. "I don't think I can go back to homelessness."

They're not only asking help from the San Diego Housing Commission; the tenants are hoping the state would pass Assembly Bill 1482. Last week, a rally was held outside of the complex in support of the bill. It would make it illegal for property owners to raise rents more than seven percent in one year. The Senate Committee is currently reviewing the bill.

The San Diego Housing Commission board says they've referred the tenants' comments and information to the staff. They will work on making some progress before next month.