Stop the Rent Increases on Tenants of Metro @ Chinatown Senior Lofts!

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This petition is on behalf of Metro @ Chinatown Residents Organization (MACRO), the self organized tenant association of the Metro @ Chinatown Senior Lofts residents

To: WSH Management & Meta Housing Corporation

In the first week of July, tenants in the 120 units of the Metro @ Chinatown Senior Lofts were hit with an 8% rent increase beginning August 1, 2018. The 8% increase is on top of a 3% increase last year, the largest annual increase ever for this building. Located at 808 N Spring Street in Los Angeles, the Metro @ Chinatown Senior Lofts is billed as affordable senior housing and is subsidized by tax credits and loans provided by the government, including the Los Angeles Housing Department.

All of the tenants at Metro @ Chinatown Lofts are low-income. Most residents are elderly Chinese people and on fixed incomes, and many are disabled with limited options for living accommodations. The large rent increase came as a total surprise to the residents, especially as they were given only 30 days notice.

The new rental rates at Metro @ Chinatown Lofts are more than its residents can bear. Senior tenants moved into Metro @ Chinatown Lofts because it was marketed to active 55 and over individuals with low-incomes or fixed incomes. They believed it was a true low-income building that had rent stabilization.

Chinatown is the second lowest income area of Los Angeles. This building is many peoples’ last refuge before homelessness. This unacceptable rent increase will have unintended and harmful consequences on the residents.

Building residents have come together to seek relief from this illogical action and want this determination to be reversed:

No resident should have to move because they can’t afford the rent increase.

No rent increase should go into effect without 90 days notice.

An 8% annual increase is excessive and should be rolled back.

We, the undersigned, support the residents of the Metro @ Chinatown Senior Lofts and call on the owners and management of the building to respect the tenants’ legitimate demands.

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此致WSH管理及Meta房產公司

本月第一星期,市區華阜老人公寓超過120個租戶受到2018.8.1起漲租8%的沉重打擊。這漲租8%的事更是疊在去年漲租3%之上,成為這棟建築物有史以來最大的漲幅。華阜老人公寓位於808號洛杉磯北噴泉街,它是個負擔得起的老人公寓,享有政府稅收及貸款補貼,包括市政府居住部在內。

老人公寓的租戶全是低收入戶。大部份是華裔,收入固定,好些人是殘障,可依靠的謀生技能有限。這次大幅度漲租對租戶是全然意外,何況還加上30天限期。

老人公寓的租戶付不起這樣的新租。老年人所以當初搬進市區華阜老人公寓,就是因為它標榜收55歲或以上的低收入或固定收入者。租戶相信它真的是低收入戶公告寓,租金穩定。

華阜是洛杉磯倒數第二的收入區。這棟公寓是人們變成露宿街頭前的最後歸宿。如今不合理的漲租對租戶是意外的、有害的。

租戶團結起來要求解除並收回這個不合理的漲租行動:

*     租戶不能因付不起所漲的租金而被迫遷出。

*     漲租通知有效期為90日。

*     一年漲租8%太過分,應取消。

我們謹簽署,支持市區華阜老人公寓的租戶,並呼籲該公寓的地主及經理尊重租戶的合理要求。



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