I have decided to write to you regarding Angela Swartz’s article “Middle-income grapple with housing prices in San Mateo County” in the Aug. 20 edition of the Daily Journal.
I can really relate to Lanelle Duran’s scenario (The woman that was chronicled for her situation in this article). I fully agree with her that housing prices are “criminal.”
Like Duran, I was born and raised here. I am currently renting a one bedroom apartment where the rent was raised $200 a month upon my arrival. The previous tenant was paying $200 less. The apartment had nothing done
to it. The previous tenant was there for a year and a half. There was no new carpeting, paint or fixtures; nothing was updated. The place was built in the 1950s and has the same 1950s decor to match. I don’t understand the sheer greediness of landlords or property owners that do not put any effort to, at the very least, providing new carpets, paint, etc. to semi-justify the $200 rent increase. The owner saw an advertisement on Craigslist for a place across the street that was getting $200 more per month, and BOOM — it’s a done deal. I am a single person with no kids or pets — really a landlord’s dream. When will the renters of this insane market ever catch a break? I suppose that I am one of many on a long list ... still waiting.
Sharon E. Levine