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Housing: Fairness of Rent Controls

March 10, 1994

In response to the tenant who complained that "to permit this pass-through (of repair costs to tenants) is to change for all time the face and character of Santa Monica" ("Quake Puts Dent in Rent Control," March 3), I say it's about time!

I've been a renter for 30 years in the L.A. area and have never been a landlord sympathizer. Owners of rent-controlled units in Santa Monica, however, I view quite differently. They are unfairly treated by the Santa Monica City Council.

How appalling that renters enjoying ocean view apartments at $350 per month think it is their God-given right.

It's time outsiders be allowed in--those willing and able to pay rents at market value.

JO PAPICH Los Angeles

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