After voters passed the rent control measure, the apartment owners attempted to lock their tenants into higher rates by getting them to sign yearlong leases. Many tenants agreed to the leases even though their rents were supposed to roll back, under the provisions of Measure V.
In a petition filed earlier this year, David Avny, who co-owns the building, proposed splitting the difference and increasing rents to a level slightly under the amount agreed to in the leases. He pointed to higher property taxes, utility bills and management expenses as evidence that his tenants needed to pay more.
But the city hearing officer who examined his books disagreed. Jil Dalesandro pointed out that the property was still making $35,000 a year in profit while the landlord was allegedly cutting back on maintenance and services. Various expenses, such as travel, office supplies and landlord meals were improperly included in the apartment's expenses to justify rent increases, she said.
Dalesandro denied all requests made in the petition.
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