I agree with attorney Fiol. If you don't like the service that your elected officials provide, perhaps you should run for office or help elect new officials. Why would you continue to live in a neighborhood where the rent is so outrageously high and the neighborhood conditions are so unlivable? You are free to move and live wherever you like.
I agree its more of a political than legal issue. The City has wide latitude when it comes to how to spend its money and what laws to enforce or adopt. In fact, California Government Code Section 818.2 even provides that " A public entity is not liable for an injury caused by adopting or failing to adopt an enactment or by failing to enforce any law."
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Rents in SF and everywhere else are based on what the free market will bear. The rents charged in SF are the amounts that the owners can successfully rent their properties at. That is proof positive of "worth." When a rental property is offered at more than it is "worth," it sits vacant and returns nothing to the owner. No landlord leaves a rental unit unrented for a minute longer than necessary because the rental income for each day that a unit is vacant is lost forever, never to be collectible. "Worth" is a relative term in the rental market as everywhere, but it aways means "what the available willing renter is willing to pay."
In truth, rents usually lag a bit behind "worth." If you moved out tomorrow, could your landlord re-rent your place for $20 a month more than you are paying?
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