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In the Shadow of a Rising NFL Stadium, a Scramble to Cap Rent Hikes

The city of Inglewood is the future home of the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers, but current residents are worried about their future in the city as rents rise and landlords evict tenants.
March 7, 2019, 11am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Stadium construction in Inglewood, pictured in June 2018.
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"Inglewood officials adopted an emergency ordinance Tuesday to limit rent increases and halt evictions temporarily while the city tries to find a permanent solution to address rapidly rising rents spurred in part by construction of a $2.6-billion football stadium and entertainment complex," reports Angel Jennings.

"The measure, which received a unanimous 5-0 vote from the Inglewood City Council, will prevent landlords during a 45-day period from raising rents by more than 5% and evicting tenants for any reasons other than criminal activity or drug use in the rental property," adds Jennings.

The City Council was responding to reports of doubling rents—in a city where two-thirds of the population rents. Local organizations had been pushing for a rent stabilization ordinance, even attempting to get an ordinance placed on the November 2018 ballot, but to no avail until this week.

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Published on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 in Los Angeles Times
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