Megan Spurrell and Lauren Riley were having a difficult time finding an apartment last year. At several open houses, they were told by landlords they weren’t the most ideal renters because they’re young and don’t have high incomes.
“We had one tell us, ‘You guys are nice, but if someone has a Google paycheck, I’m taking them,'” recalled Spurrell.
So when they found a relatively affordable three-bedroom apartment in a duplex near Broadway and 40th Street, they readily signed a lease. They were also relieved to be covered by Oakland’s rent control law because it would protect them against being hit with an unsustainable rent increase.
But in June, they received notices from the city of Oakland that their landlord,…
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