One Reason Housing Is So Expensive In California? Cities, Counties Charge Developers High Fees
In California, municipalities continue to saddle housing providers with fees that drive up the cost of building homes. The Los Angeles Times’ Liam Dillon reports on the negative effect this is having on housing affordability.
“While fees offer a flexible way to finance necessary infrastructure, overly burdensome fee programs can limit growth by impeding or disincentivizing new residential development, facilitate exclusion and increase housing costs across the state,” said the report by researchers at UC Berkeley’s Terner Center for Housing Innovation.
In California, local government fees on housing construction, which can be used on parks, traffic control, water and sewer connections and other services, were nearly three times the national average in 2015, according to a 2018 Terner Center report. In some cities, researchers found, fees can amount to 18% of median home prices.
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