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LA May Seek Strategies to Stop Large Companies From Worsening Housing Crisis
By City News Service
Published November 10, 2021

 

The Los Angeles City Council on Friday will consider a motion introduced by Council President Nury Martinez aimed at preventing large tech companies and private equity firms from purchasing affordable, predominantly single-family housing as investments.

“The housing crisis has been further exacerbated by high tech companies such as Zillow, Opendoor, Rockethomes and Redfin as well as private equity firms. These companies primarily target affordable, single-family homes and compete to buy up as much inventory as possible, flip them and then sell them for a profit,” the motion, which was seconded by Councilwoman Nithya Raman, stated.

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LA City Council President Nury Martinez
(Courtesy Photo

If passed, the motion will instruct the Chief Legislative Analyst and the City Attorney to report on recommended strategies that Los Angeles can use to prevent tech and private equity firms from engaging in speculative practices involving affordable, single-family housing.

The motion comes amid Los Angeles’ worsening affordable housing crisis, with the ranking among the top most unaffordable cities each year.
“As of August 21, the L.A. city recorded a price increase of 11.3% compared to the prior year,” Martinez said in her motion. “… Low-income Angelenos, who have lived in their neighborhoods for decades, are unable to compete with these iBuyers. This has led to many longtime residents being pushed out of their homes, neighborhoods and communities.”
The Los Angeles City Council will consider the motion during its 10 a.m. meeting Friday. People can watch at clerk.lacity.org/calendar

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