Half of California’s renters spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing.
Housing experts call it “rent burdened”. A third of the state’s renters are considered “severely burdened” because they spend half of their paycheck on rent.
And rents in the state keep going up.
So, what rights do tenants have when the landlord asks for more?
KPBS’s Amita Sharma reached out to two experts for their perspective.
Dean Preston is the founder and executive director of Tenants Together, a statewide coalition of tenant groups focused on advancing the rights of renters.
Dan Faller is the founder and president of the Apartment Owners Association of California.
As you might expect, the two had very different outlooks.