The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

California Housing:
A Bloodsuckers’ Market

Feb 17, 2014

In 2013, the median rent for an apartment in California reached $1,550. This means that about HALF of the rental apartments in the state cost more than HALF of the entire income of a full-time worker who makes $20 an hour, AFTER taxes.

And millions of workers certainly don’t make that much these days–in 2013, the average hourly wage of all renters in the state was $18 an hour.

The high number of foreclosures drove up rents in California because as thousands and thousands of working-class families lost their homes in the “Great Recession” and looked for a rental home, landlords (including the banks that owned the foreclosed homes) jacked up rents to take advantage of these same families in need!

This is exactly how capitalism works.