Politician and his family reportedly evicted from Silicon Valley home after renting for 9 years

A San Jose politician and his family were reportedly booted from their rental home of nine years.

Councilmember Raul Peralez says he and his wife and their six-month-old son were evicted in early April. The family moved from their three-bedroom single family house to a two-bedroom townhome, according to San Jose Spotlight. Their monthly rent went from $2,400 to $3,000.

“My wife and I would love to have a lot more options — a place like our last place, a bigger place. But we couldn’t find any sort of location that was affordable,” Peralez, who formerly worked as a police officer and a substitute teacher, told San Jose Spotlight. “We were very sad to leave the home that we were in.

“When we got the notice, as we were looking for places, it was stressful and really depressing to see how many limited options there were for us. Nothing was showing up.”

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Silicon Valley is experiencing a housing crisis as the abundance of high-paying tech jobs and low rental inventory drive up the price of renting and displace many. The average price of a two-bedroom apartment has gone from about $1,700 a month in 2001 to $2,600 today. The annual income needed to rent a a median-priced townhome or condo is $158,000, according to the most recent housing report from the City of San Jose.

Peralez’s former landlord is selling the rental home to retire, according to KCBS Radio.

This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Raul-Peralez-San-Jose-Councilman-evicted-rental-13803706.php.

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