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May 10, 2016
"The roomers usually pay what could be considered very high rent because the landlord, I believe, is trying, based on what I've learned, is trying to get the highest allowed rent for the space. So, a three … or a two- or three-bedroom house will end up with three different, unrelated individuals who pay individual rents of $1,000 a room per month, or more. What has happened during this process is the landlords not only charge a high rent, but they have proceeded to exploit the roomers to the extent that they have leases or agreements that takes away the rights of the roomers," said Assemblymember Perry, who sponsors bill A-9847, which requires landlords to place utility bills under his or her name and makes certain that one roomer does not have to take the responsibility for services provided to other renters.