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How Many Rent-burdened Tenants Los Their Homes in Santa Monica?

July 16, 2018 -- We’re all concerned about "rent-burdened" tenants who can lose their homes because they can’t afford their rent.

That made me wonder just how many were evicted in 2017. So I did some research. And this is what I found.

The following is the text of a power-point presentation written by Wes Wellman, a long-time Santa Monica Realtor and member of ACTION Apartment Association.

We’re all concerned about "rent-burdened" tenants who can lose their homes because they can’t afford their rent.

That made me wonder just how many were evicted in 2017. So I did some research. And this is what I found.

Out of the 26,000 rent-controlled units in Santa Monica in 2017, there were a total of 102 evictions.

When I drilled down even further into the 2017 stats, I discovered that out of the 26,000 units with 102 evictions I was
surprised to find only 12 were related to non-payment of rent.

Which I think we can all agree represents an insignificant number, a number representing less than 4/100ths of 1 percent.

I have yet to determine how many of the 12 evictions in 2017
were of market-rent tenants and how many were of historically low rent-burdened tenants.

But I can make a wild guess that the number could be as low as zero.

Here are my observations about rent-burdened tenants based on my 40 years as a housing provider.

1. Some get help from relatives

2. Some get roommates

3. Some work for cash

But that won't stop the Rent Board, the City Council and the Housing Commission from over-stating the issues related to tenants who they label as rent-burdened.


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