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Tenants rally against rising rent

Posted at 5:59 PM, May 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-01 21:44:06-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A rally organized by the San Diego Tenants Union was held Thursday outside the Morley Street Apartments in Linda Vista.

According to tenants living there, the rent is expected to increase about $200. The San Diego Tenants Union co-director, Rafael Bautista, tells 10News, “the increases here are between 15 to 40 percent.”

Bautista says the rent increase percentages continue to rise each year, “last year we saw 16% increase in rents."

Not only did tenants living in the Morley Street Apartments show up, tenants facing rent increases from all over San Diego county showed up to express their frustrations.

Angel Leyva has lived in City Heights apartment for five years. Leyva tells 10News, “they’re increasing our rent from $1400 to $1800”.

He’s lived in San Diego for 20 years and has had to move multiple times before because of rent increases, ”our other landlord tried to increase our rent from $1200 to $1600.”

Bautista tells 10News, “unless we get rent control in place people are going to live in fear that they’re one rent increase away from being displaced, from being homeless.”

The San Diego Tenants Union is fighting for a policy to push rent control at two percent.

The property management company that owns the Morley Street Apartments in Linda Vista as well as Leyva’s complex in City Heights told 10News they would email a statement, but we have not yet received it.