City of West Hollywood Landlords, it is time to share the wealth
It is because of you there no longer is a middle class. You suck up the wealth leaving us nowhere to rise except work a job nine to five with no future. I am a former City of West Hollywood employee laid off because of people like you; rich, greedy and wanting to raise rents in our city till no one can afford an apartment or commercial space. So now its time to let you into a deep West Hollywood secret: A large majority of both employees and some council members have talked about a six point program to solve this issue. We must first overcome the CA state issue that outlines rent control. We must convince the congress in Sacramento to allow each city to set guidelines for rent control. We call it the Six Point Program. Most council members do not feel the time is right to promote it but I do! Here are our thoughts:
1 Rents shall be predetermined for every landlord. A one bedroom apartments rent shall be determined by size and amenities. As an example a one bedroom apartment with 1000 square feet shall be set at no more than $1000 or $1 per foot. Older buildings with small apartments shall conform to $1 per square foot.
2 Should the apartment not have air conditioning it shall not rent for more than eighty cents a foot. Should it lack other amenities further reductions shall apply based on a decision by West Hollywood Rent Stabilization.
3. Suspended Rent: should a person man or woman lose their job all rent shall be suspended until such time that person finds work. Landlords course of action in this case will be to find an insurance policy to cover such loss like Lloyds of London. Failure to comply will result in fines to be determined by Rent Stabilization.
4. Maintenance (interior) of properties in West Hollywood: building inspectors shall have entry to all apartments and commercial spaces once a year or more if needed. All needed repairs will be noted and failure to make repairs will result in a fine of not less than $1000 per incident, compounded every three days till work is completed and approved.
5. Maintenance (exterior) Building inspectors will note the exterior appearance of all properties, residential and commercial and issue warnings regarding paint and landscaping. Failure to maintain exteriors will result in fines starting at $5000 for residence and $10,000 for commercial including apartments. Fines will double each thirty days until the property is in compliance.
6. Right to litigate all issues by landlords will not be allowed. Anyone owning rental property in the City of West Hollywood must have a license renewable each year and waive any litigation against the city. Failure to sign this agreement will result in the owner not being able to rent their property. Should any landlord attempt to rent their property in secret the property shall be forfeited to the city.
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