Let’s have a laugh at those hapless millennials, shall we? Half of them seem to live with their parents—and the other half couldn’t live without them!
No one should be permitted to revel in the schadenfreude about millennial living arrangements without confronting what’s behind them: the sky-high cost of renting in U.S. cities. A growing number of frustrated young people lay the problem at the feet of the anti-development baby boomer, thwarting efforts to expand the housing stock and driving up his own home value in the process.
In practice, that means pushing planners to reject high-cost projects (“gentrification!”) and low-cost projects (“crime rates!”) and everything in between (“neighborhood character!”).
It’s a classic case of a seemingly innocuous attitude that, perpetuated over and over again in hundreds of different meetings and across residential neighborhoods, has worked to effectively constrain the housing supply, endowing one generation with a windfall in home values and dooming the next to a lifetime of rent payments.
Read more: “Talk to Your Friends About Zoning”
This study, conducted by Legal Aid of Marin and the Human Impact Partners, helps to document the conditions of rental properties in Marin and the policies of Novato, San Rafael and the County of Marin.
Often times, renters are exposed to adverse health conditions within their residences and their recourse to landlords are limited.
This report documents the conditions found and makes policy recommendations on how adverse conditions may be resolved.
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