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Southern California's strong economy, continued immigration and a shortage of new units will drive up the region's apartment rents an average 6 to 8 percent over the next two years, according to the Casden Real Estate Economics Forecast released today by the University of Southern California Lusk Center for Real Estate. In 2003, monthly rents averaged $1,300 in Los Angeles County, $1,260 in Orange County and $900 in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. "We'll continue to see strong demand from tenants moving into southern California, especially from young singles wanting efficiency units and larger Latino immigrant families needing three-bedroom apartments," said Raphael Bostic, Ph.D., director of the Casden Forecast. "The big problem is that there are just too few units available fo...