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Richmond Fails to Pass Moratorium on Rent Increases
by Karina IoffeeContra Costa Times
April 22nd, 2015
Richmond failed to pass a moratorium on rent increases, even though rents there have increased 33% over the last five years. Tenants Together participated in the campaign for the moratorium.

Deadly Oakland Fire Ignites Tenant-Landlord Dispute
by Sam LevinEast Bay Express
April 22nd, 2015
Tenants at an Oakland live-work building where two tenants died in a fire are demanding that the landlord begin repairs at the property so that they can return to their homes.

Tenants Protest Eviction from Apartment Building
by Kimberly LeofflerAnnenberg TV News
April 21st, 2015
Tenants in a Los Angeles apartment building are being evicted under the Ellis Act so that the property can be converted to a hotel.

Despite 'Troubling' Fair-Housing Results, Portland to Cut Back on Testing
by Brad SchmidtThe Oregonian
April 21st, 2015
Portland's City Council will cut back on promised yearly fair housing testing, even though substantial discrimination in rental housing was discovered in previous testing.

Landlords Want Renters to Pay Their Own Water Bills
by Juliet Bennett RylahLAist
April 21st, 2015
Landlords in Los Angeles want tenants to pay their own water bills, but would simply divide the water bill by the number of units, rather than providing individual water meters.

Chief Justice Advocates for More Access to Legal Help
by Mark LaneDaytona Beach News-Journal
April 18th, 2015
The Chief Justice of Florida's State Supreme Court is advocating for legal help for Floridians in civil cases, including landlord-tenant.

The U.S. Spends Far More on Homeowner Subsidies Than It Does on Affordable Housing
by Richard Florida City Lab
April 17th, 2015
The US spends far more on subsidizing homeowners than on affordable housing for tenants.

Lots of New Housing in San Francisco, But It's Still Not Enough
by John WildermuthSan Francisco Chronicle
April 16th, 2015
Housing construction in San Francisco has not been for those who most need housing, and the City is losing housing to Airbnb rentals.

Apartment Rents Resume Upward March in Q1: Here's How Much
by Nathan Donato-WeinsteinSilicon Valley Business Journal
April 16th, 2015
Rents in Silicon Valley increased 12 percent over the last year, and local governments have taken no action to address the problem.

Rent Board Split on Water Fee Pass-Through
by David Mark SimpsonSanta Monica Daily Press
April 16th, 2015
The Santa Monica Rent Board discussed both water fee pass-throughs and tenant buyout proposals.

Sky-High Southern California Rent Keeps Getting Higher
by Maritza Moulite NBC Los Angeles
April 16th, 2015
Rents in Southern California have increased nearly eight percent in the last year, and building new housing will not alleviate the problem.

Tenants Are Left Out in the Cold with the End of a Law That Protected Them from Eviction
by Jackie CallawayWFTS
April 16th, 2015
A Florida mother faces a 3-days' eviction notice after her landlord's foreclosure, as tenants there are no longer protected by the federal Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act, and the State Legislature there has failed to act to protect tenants.

SF Apartment from Hell: Tenants Sue Landlords over Sewage in Sink, Blood-Stained Walls
CBS (San Francisco)
April 16th, 2015
Tenants in a San Francisco apartment building are suing their landlords for code violations and illegal rent increases.

San Francisco "In-Law" Housing May Add Hundreds of New Units
by Roland LiSan Francisco Business Times
April 14th, 2015
Supervisor Scott Wiener is advocating allowing in-law units to help alleviate San Francisco's housing shortage.

Confusion on the SF Housing Front
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
April 14th, 2015
The City may be changing the rules on some housing developers after their developments were approved, although the City claims that the developers are trying to evade affordable housing requirements.

Future of Renters' Rights Subject of Disagreement Between City, Advocacy Group
by Jason RuizLong Beach Post
April 14th, 2015
Slumlords in Long Beach will likely get a free pass, as the City is unwilling to allocate funds to inspect and cite substandard rental units.

Aldermen Make Changes to Chicago Foreclosure Ordinance
by Hal DardickChicago Tribune
April 13th, 2015
Chicago's City Council will discuss changes to foreclosure legislation there to protect tenants' rights in foreclosed properties.

East Palo Alto Residents March Against Gentrification
by Sue DremannPalo Alto Weekly
April 13th, 2015
East Palo Alto residents protested against the gentrification of their community, one of the few affordable cities in Silicon Valley.

San Diego Mayor Calls for Special Derelict Housing Enforcement Team
by Megan BurksKPBS
April 13th, 2015
Mayor Kevin Faulconer has proposed new funding to enforce housing codes in rental housing in San Diego. Code enforcement there has concentrated on marijuana dispensaries and foreclosed houses.

Soaring Bay Area Rents Spark Growing Calls for Rent Control
by Matthew ArtzSan Jose Mercury News
April 12th, 2015
Local government officials are avoiding discussion of rent control, even though there is little else they can do to alleviate the housing crisis.

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