The Inglewood City Council passed a permanent rent control ordinance Tuesday, which will cap rent increases in the market at 5% annually. The measure is a response to growing housing affordability issues throughout the greater L.A. area. A group of local residents called the Uplift Inglewood Coalition were the chief supporters and proponents of the measure.

“This rent control ordinance was so critical because we have had tenants experiencing rent increases of up to 140% and beyond,” D’Artagnan Scorza, Ph.D., executive director of the Social Justice Institute and a member of the Uplift Inglewood Coalition, tells “We have been deeply concerned about the impact that this has had on our residents in the community and we wanted to make sure that this ordinance would protect both our newer residents as well as to support people that have been here for decades, especially our seniors and veterans that are on a fixed income.”

The Uplift Inglewood Coalition launched three years ago in response to rising rents. In addition to a cap in rent increases, the measure also includes eviction protections and establishes a rent board. There are also exceptions for the cap on rents. “We have been working for the past three years to address Inglewood’s housing crisis, and we believe that the rent control ordinance is one approach to help to that,” says Scorza. “We have worked with the city to adopt inclusionary zoning policies to make sure that there is a focus on affordability, and we want to make sure that there are protections in place for tenants that are being gouged and evicted.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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