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High Rent, Few Options: Angelenos weigh their choices

by Ben Bergman with Chris Keller | Take Two

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The Orsini apartment complex in downtown LA. GHP Management

There's a rule of thumb for deciding how much to pay when renting an apartment: no more than 30-percent of your gross income. But these days, rents are higher than they've ever been in Southern California. More and more Angelinos are spending big chunks of their paychecks on a place to live.

KPCC's Ben Bergman discovers the old rules no longer apply.

This is the first in a series of stories on renting in Los Angeles. Let us know what you think in the comments below, on our Facebook page or tweet @KPCC with the hashtag #myrent. 

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