Wednesday, April 8, 2009

SoCal Rents Fall

The LA Times reports Apartment rents fall in Southern California

Apartment rents are falling across most of Southern California as unemployed tenants double up with friends or family and the affordability of foreclosed homes makes some renters into buyers, a new survey has found.

The average rent in Los Angeles County fell almost 4% in 2008 as apartment occupancy rates dropped and new units came online. The decline should continue this year as more renters lose their jobs, according to the annual USC Casden Forecast expected to be released by the university today.

…To keep their units occupied, some landlords are lowering rents or offering concessions for signing a lease, such as a month of free rent or a reduced deposit, she said.

I haven’t seen any specific reports for the East Bay, but I can tell you from talking with landlords and property managers that the same thing is happening here.