Owning Rental Property Under Socialism in California in the Year 2025
Here is a satirical forecast of our future in California!
Hello, Mr. and Mrs. Normal hard-working citizens who accomplished enough success in life to afford a home and build an accessory dwelling unit on your property. The State of California has recently passed regulations creating the acceptance and encouragement of building an accessory dwelling unit on your single-family home property referred to as (ADU’s). In the past, these additional small auxiliary units have been referred to as granny flats. They could historically be used for extended family obligations, such as grandparents, college-aged kids, or rented to outside parties such as college students or beginning families. Whatever formation and usage that was intended, you as the property owner possessed rights, title, and fee interest in your property without the encumbrance of an outside government agency dictating how you use your property, until now!
Knock, knock, knock… “Hello, Mr. and Mrs. Normal my name is Betsy Davis I am from the Los Angeles County Development Authority, Public Housing Division. We noticed that you have advertised your AUD unit for rent. We understand that the unit is 800 square feet, with two bedrooms, a single bath unit, and a kitchenette available for immediate occupancy, for $2,800 per month.
We are here to make an offer to rent your AUD unit for an extended period and to add the unit to our pool of Section 8 housing stock. We wish to rent your unit for those less fortunate, such as the homeless, undocumented immigrant families, and welfare recipients. Please allow me to explain the process. These families are considered having special needs and we provide housing and additional benefits for them. These benefits are paid out of your tax dollars.
My job is to go out in the community and locate available units like the one you are advertising for rent and to offer to lease your property for an extended period of 36 or 72 months. The County of Los Angeles becomes the obligor on the lease, and we control all aspects of the tenancy, including selecting and placing occupants and the management of their life circumstances. We will record this agreement at the county recorder’s office and will create a cloud on the title of your property. If you refinance, the new lender will be required to accept our agreement.
If you refuse, we have the right to sue you for discrimination under the appropriate regulations. The terms and conditions of our lease provide that County employees have continuous access to your property to oversee all activities relating to the occupancy. Our government objective is to provide respect and dignity to all folks who are unable or unwilling to work. We fully intend to provide a respectful and decent lifestyle for these folks.
Our priority is to house the homeless, undocumented immigrants and welfare recipients and their families. Our policy states that there must be at least 200 square feet of dwelling space to house one person. Your unit has 800 square feet with one bathroom so we can house four people. Each occupant can own an emotional support pet such as a dog, cat, bird, or fish. Comfort dogs are defined but not covered or protected under the Federal Housing Act or the Americans with Disabilities Act. However, these pets provide affection, comfort and love their owners. The result is that we may house four people and four comfort pets in your ADU.
If you object, you may be sued for discrimination and in some cases lose the title to your property. You may also be sued for religious discrimination if you object to certain religious rituals being performed in your backyard. If you have religious beliefs, affiliations, or lack thereof, but your tenant believes in religious repression or forced submission into their ideology, they may very well possess more rights than you.
On the other hand, we from the government couldn’t care less about extended litigation against you because we pay for it with your tax dollars. You are required by federal and state law to submit to this process.
We consider it our objective in government to consume all available tax dollars we can possibly get our hands on through systematic redistribution. We will continuously expand government expenses, labor union employees with salaries, benefits and expected generous pensions.
The personnel required to support your future tenants will be as follows:
A county van and driver will always be available to the occupants to pick them up and take them to the grocery store, pharmacy, liquor store, doctor, pet supply, or the hospital. Each occupant will have an application on their I-phone to call for scheduled or emergency services. They are provided with a state credit card to be used to pay for their needs with a maximum limit of $1,500 per month for each of them, plus a food stamp credit card, and a cell phone with unlimited use. All medical expenses will be provided under Medicaid. In most cases, Medicaid requires little expense by the participant.
If you find that your tenant or their pets have relieved themselves outside you as the owner will have an iPhone application that will call for a sanitary engineer from the county health department to pick up the various excrements and clean the surrounding area with a pressure washer. We have had much success with this application up in San Francisco. It is called the SF311 app and with a push of a button, we will have one of our trained government employees out here to clean the mess. It can take anywhere from 1to 48 hours to receive a reply.
County employee service providers will arrive on the premises weekly to clean the ADU unit. New replacement supplies will be provided. The county will pick up all laundry and bedding for the individuals to be cleaned weekly.
Thank you, Mr. and Mrs., Normal for this conversation, please sign this lease agreement that I am presenting you with today.”
Since zoning of single-family units has now been outlawed and government regulations force property owners into unwanted obligations the public has now quit purchasing single-family homes because they realize that the compulsory burdens out-way any benefits of homeownership. Folks who used to purchase homes to pursue the American dream expected one day to own their property free and clear during retirement years. They have discovered that they are compelled by government forces to give up the possessory interest and quiet occupancy to a socialist utopian scheme of allowing government employee bureaucrats to control all aspects of our lives.
Many of the neighbors have already converted their homes into 4-unit apartments with central kitchens, but separate lockable entrances, with a small bedroom and bath and agreed to place them into the section 8 housing rental program. Parking requirements can be waived if the owner converts their property. The density per square mile of housing around the community has now risen from 2,500 units and 9,000 persons to 7,000 units with up to 25,000 persons. Vertical rental housing structures of four stories or more have now become very popular. These units are mostly filled with occupants who are paid for by others. Crime has risen dramatically. Home and automobile break-ins, auto thefts, muggings, and drive-by shootings have become common daily occurrences. Many homeowners who remember the good old days feel stuck in a bureaucratic quagmire.
Now that the state of California has canceled Proposition 13, which capped the amount that property taxes could be increased each year, they have watched their taxes go up annually as much as 6-fold. Many folks are stuck with unaffordability and are forced to convert to multi-tenancy rental property just to pay the additional taxes. Many now must live in in the smallest unit to make ends meet. They could only dream of increasing their lifestyles to include all the benefits that their tenants receive from the government. Adding to their stress is that most good paying employers have moved out of California leaving only welfare and transfer payment recipients as tenants to occupy the units.
We are quietly being lulled into acceptance of this not-so-new socialist paradigm. The personal cost of the change in government policy requires each property owner to give up the individual-self, submit to the collective, agree to more taxation, more regulation, and more oversight. Additionally, punitive consequences for any violations have dramatically increased.
If you think the above is an exaggeration, you need to study what is going on in San Francisco and Los Angeles. The State of California now pays about $36,000 per year to support each of the 140,000 homeless population. There are approximately 3 million out of the 37 million residents who are here illegally. And, the state rounds up as the top location for welfare recipients estimated to be 12.6 million. The state spends about 105 billion, almost ½ of the entire annual California budget on safety-net support services. There are 2.1 million generously paid government employees and 1.3 million collecting the fat public employee’s pension benefit.
10 years ago, the state budget was 88 billion. Today it is now 220 billion. What is the difference in the overall economic vibrancy of the state? None! There are few infrastructure improvements such as water reservoirs, freeways, or expanded communities. California has the second worst roads in the country, only behind the postage size state of Rhode Island. The increased budget pays for all the social services relating to the dependent class of occupants and increased government employee requirements.
Cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle are now overwhelmed by homelessness. Drugs, crime, and piles of decomposing trash materials are left out everywhere. Their leaders fully intend to integrate these people into the community in neighborhoods like yours and remove them from places like Venice Beach, Brentwood, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, San Francisco proper, and other areas that possess extraordinary political power. They intend to clean up these communities and transplant the problem into yours.
Millions of productive high-income taxpaying occupants have left California over the last 10 years. At the same time, an equal number of non-taxpaying classes of people have arrived to capture the prize of a good lifestyle and lifetime benefits, very similar to being retired only with staffing support. Will anyone even question where the saturation point where it becomes impossible to pay for all the transfer payments. Probably not, until it occurs.
California labor union public employees will never be happy even if there becomes one public employee for each non-taxpayer and each illegal immigrant that arrives in California. Spending some else’s money is easy. The socialist has a hundred-year history of this in the USA and hundreds of years outside the USA. The socialists treat the increase of progress as an ongoing revolution. They just may have gained unstoppable momentum.
I recently was discussing how the choice of moving from capitalism to socialism had gained popularity with a gentleman in his 40s. He was confused, like many graduates of our public education system, and thought socialism meant the collective integration of people getting together and looking out for the best interest of all concerned. Essentially, the result was to create social equality without harming anyone. I explained to him that socialism occurs when a small group of government bureaucratic elitists take control over all means of production of goods and services, then redistribute back according to their favored subset groups, including major corporate interests, labor unions, and those who remain obedient to the system. Yes, I said obediently because absolute submission to the self-serving collectivist elite’s government bureaucrats will become a legal requirement. The inevitable is that as the culture is modified, the outcome will be that the government will control all aspects of your life. All parties who refuse or do not submit become pawns of the state through isolation, harassment, extortion, incarceration, murder, or placed into re-indoctrination camps. 36 months of hard labor and obedience training just may do the trick.
The California voters are asleep at the wheel of their self-driving automobile and are about to speed off a cultural and financial cliff. Coercive socialism will eventually annihilate the economy because it is unstainable. Only when the voters find they have lost all personal freedoms, and they cease to function economically will they wise up. Older folks have nothing to worry about. Safety nets of social security and Medicare still function even though both programs are insolvent. Younger folks who encourage socialism may or may not wise up in time. The 2020 election outcome will be the final arbiter of the direction between remaining with capitalism and fixing the related problems or going down the irreversible path of coercive socialism.
There are regulations on the books, or in the planning process to expand socialism to encompass our entire lives here in California. You have heard the phrase, as California goes, so does the entire United States. You can decide by reading deep into on the laws and pending regulations I have listed below. You just might be surprised how little I have been exaggerating.
Installation of accessory unit dwellings: SB 1226 (Bates), adds Section 17958.12 to the California Health and Safety Code, and with an application of appropriate building codes, may allow issuance of a building permit for the residential unit
SB 329- Forces people who own a residential property to participate in Section 8 housing by requiring the owner to enter into a legally binding contract with a government agency or be sued for discrimination.
SB 50- Strips away local zoning controls and imposes a “one size fits all,” that would eliminate single-family zoning in most neighborhoods.
AB 670- Requires community associations to allow accessory unit dwelling in the neighborhoods. It also destroys deed restrictions that prohibit multi-tenancy, or more than one unit per parcel.
SB 652- Requires community associations to allow residents to place religious items on doors and doorframes. When you are forced to rent to a tenant who practices a particular theology and desires to display marking of reinforcement the owner will be prohibited from preventing items attached to the home, even if your beliefs are totally different.
AB-529 Allows tenants to form tenant associations, like mini-labor unions to negotiate against the owner(lessor) for various causes. Creates severe penalties for violations by the owner(lessor) for any activity that appears retaliatory against the tenant who joins.
AB-1482 Establishes a rent increase cap of 5% plus regional CPI on all residential rental properties, except rent-controlled and deed-restricted units.
AB-1481 Prohibits a rental property owner from terminating a lease without “just cause,” and requires the property owner to provide relocation assistance to tenants for “no-fault” evictions.
311 Agency Human Waste Clean-up programs similar to San Francisco’s 311 Agency which is responsible to clean up “human waste and urination.”
You can always be assured that there will be public employees who will act as arbitrator of any conflicts, and if you lose will enforce injunctive reliefs and collect actual and punitive damages for any violations.
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