By Miriam Raftery
June 22, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – The city of San Diego ranked second worst in the nation for rent hikes on a one-bedroom apartment in 2018, at 17% with an average rent of $2,300, according to Rent.com. By contrast, the national average rent increase nationwide was 2.69% and California averaged a 4.48% increase in rents on one bedroom apartments during the same time period.
Rents are also skyrocketing in East County, where some communities had double digit rent hikes from March 2018 through March 2019 for 1 BR units:
Lemon Grove +15.66%
La Mesa +10.63%
El Cajon + 5.04%
Santee, by contrast, had only a modest 1.25% increase.
Spring Valley, the only unincorporated community in San Diego County with enough inventory to provide statistically valid data, had a 9.6% increase.