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Here's a real-life situation friends of ours are going through right now
By Donna
June 6, 2022 5:24 pm
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My son's ex-girlfriend and her dad are going through some very tough times right now. They live in San Bernardino which is about an hour east of Los Angeles. About a month ago their landlord sold the complex where they live and raised the rent to a price they can't afford. Her dad, who's my age, is on Social Security and can't work because of a back injury he sustained years ago when he worked as a nurse. She works as an optician at Walmart's vision care center and can only work limited hours because due to a double-lung transplant she underwent about 20 years ago and the complications that have come from it from the numerous anti-rejection meds she's been on, some of which have caused her to partially lose her vision, she doesn't have the stamina to work more hours. It's amazing that she can work as much as she does.

So far they haven't found any place they can afford. I suggested moving to Nevada or Arizona like we did, and she asked how much it cost us to move and we told her $5,400 which they also can't afford. We could have done it cheaper if a truck had been available to rent. Then we could have hired day laborers and maybe done it for about half the cost, but because so many people are exiting California due to the astronomical cost of living, there were literally no trucks available to rent. We looked everywhere. The situation is the same today.

Anyhow, she and her dad are trying to sell some of their possessions but are having no luck. They have to be out of their place by the end of July. I just asked her a little while ago via text message if she and her dad have how she and her dad have had any encouraging news, and she just sent back a heart.

They're desperate.

No one should be in the predicament they're in living in the wealthiest country on the planet. There are literally millions of families in similar situations right now despite low-wage jobs paying 7% more.

What should they be doing, Curt? And ideas, islander, Hts?

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  1. by Curt_Anderson on June 6, 2022 5:44 pm
    They need to check the legal rights as renters.

    Since 2020, California has a statewide rent control law. Rent increments have now been capped at a maximum of 5% per year. The Tenant Protection Act of 2019, also known as Assembly Bill 1482, is meant to ensure that landlords don't raise rent exorbitantly.

    My daughter used to work for Legal Aid in Portland. They handled mostly cases like your friends' situation. See if San Bernardino has a similar service.

    For the short term, they may be able to find a roommate to defray costs until they work something out for the long term.

  2. by Donna on June 6, 2022 6:22 pm
    Thanks for your suggestions, Curt. I'll ask her about the legalities of the rent increase. I thought about the roommate idea, but that would only be an option if they could stay where they are now. I'm sure that if they're forced to move and they get lucky and fins a place they can afford, it'll be very small and therefore not workable for adding a roommate.

  3. by Donna on June 6, 2022 6:50 pm
    Before I sent her info on CA's rent control laws, which she thanked me for, she sent me this:

    We applied to a place in San Bernardino yesterday. It’s in a shitty area. Lots of applicants already.

    When Sheri and I were forced out of our cottage by the new owner back in late 2019 which we had been living in since 2005, CA's rent control laws didn't apply because it was on the property of a privately owned home, very much like you have, Curt.

  4. by Curt_Anderson on June 6, 2022 7:25 pm
    I hope they do some math and consider the cost of a 5 percent rent increase and compare that to what it would cost to move to a sketchy part of town.

    It would give them time to sell their stuff too, rather than pay to haul it across town or wherever.

  5. by HatetheSwamp on June 7, 2022 2:34 am

    Wow. Sorry to hear this but you're right. This happens all the time in America.

    They could contact some churches. Back in the day, ours would have been happy to provide help, though we didn't have the resources to solve their problem.

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