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NYC Affordable Housing is Vanishing as Rents Skyrocket, Incomes Decline
by Corinne LestchNew York Daily News
April 23rd, 2014
Hundreds of thousands of affordable units have disappeared in New York City, even as the median income there has declined. One cause is the rise of "predatory equity" investing.

Airbnb Worsens City's Affordable Housing Crisis, Harlem Pols Say
by Jeff MaysDNAinfo New York
April 22nd, 2014
NYC politicians argue that Airbnb encourages landlords to hold their units off the rental market and rent them to short-stay tourists.

After Foreclosure Crisis, Renters Suffer Under Wall Street Landlords
by Elaisha StokesAljazeera America
April 20th, 2014
Wall Street investment firms are purchasing New York properties, but aren't willing to put in the money to maintain them properly.

For LGBT Seniors, Affordable Housing is Scarce and Often Unwelcoming
by Hailey Branson-PottsLos Angeles Times
April 19th, 2014
LGBT seniors often have low incomes, don't have children, and don't feel welcome in senior housing complexes. In addition, many have partners who died before the Social Security Administration recognized gay marriages, and can't access the benefits earned by their partners.

Seattle Outlines Regulations for Micro-Housing
by Alison MorrowKING 5--Seattle
April 18th, 2014
The development of micro-housing units in Seattle has caused controversy there.

5 of the Worst Cities to Be a Renter Unless You're Fabulously Wealthy
by Dave JohnsonAlterNet
April 17th, 2014
California cities rank high on the list of U.S. cities with high rents. But #1 is Williston ND, where the oil boom has more than doubled the population.

Supervisor David Campos Speeds Up Landlord Payouts for Evictions
by Marisa LagosSan Francisco Chronicle
April 16th, 2014
Landlords in San Francisco have been rushing to evict tenants under the Ellis Act before a law requiring larger relocation payments takes effect. The Board of Supervisors is responding by passing the legislation as an emergency measure.

Pilot Program in Castro to Allow More In-Law Units
by Marisa LagosSan Francisco Chronicle
April 15th, 2014
San Francisco is allowing the development of in-law units in one City neighborhood. The units would be rent-controlled if the building in which they are constructed is covered by the City's rent control law.

City Should Better Fund Eviction Defenses
by Tim Iglesias and Adrian TirtanadiSan Francisco Chronicle
April 15th, 2014
An editorial argues that the City should fund defense lawyers for tenants in eviction lawsuits. A tenant who loses an eviction case faces more life consequences than one who is convicted of a misdemeanor.

Tenants Sue Brooklyn Landlord Claiming Discrimination
by Michael R. SisakAssociated Press
April 15th, 2014
Tenants in a Brooklyn building have sued their landlord, claiming that the landlord has failed to maintain the property and illegally evicted African-American tenants in order to replace them with white and Asian tenants. New York's Tenant Protection Unit (a state agency) has subpoenaed documents from the landlord, asserting that they have been flagrant violations of landlord-tenant laws.

Rents Reaching Highest Levels Ever
by David Mark SimpsonSanta Monica Daily Press
April 15th, 2014
Rents in Santa Monica have reached the highest levels ever, even though the city has rent control. Vacancy decontrol allows landlords to increase rents when tenants move.

SF Airbnb Rules Would Pull Short-Term Rentals From Shadows
by Marisa Lagos with Carolyn SaidSan Francisco Chronicle
April 15th, 2014
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will discuss proposed rules for short-term rentals to protect the rental housing stock and ensure that hotel taxes are paid on the rentals.

Evictions From Rent-Controlled Units on the Rise in L.A.
by Andrew KhouriLos Angeles Times
April 14th, 2014
Developers in Los Angeles are evicting long-term tenants to demolish the properties and build luxury housing.

Steinberg Plan Would Dedicate Cap-and-Trade Dollars to Housing, Transit
by Jeremy B. WhiteSacramento Bee
April 14th, 2014
State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has proposed using the money from the State's AB 32 emission control program to build affordable housing and improve mass transit. Some money would also be used to fund the controversial high-speed rail project.

Assemblyman Levine Crafts Marin Bill to Ease Pressure for Denser Development
by Richard HalsteadMarin Independent Journal
April 14th, 2014
Assemblymember Mel Levine has proposed legislation to make it more difficult to construct affordable housing in Marin County by reducing the density requirements for affordable housing projects. Because land is so expensive there, it would make it more difficult for developers to finance developments.

S.F. Landlords Offer Tenants Tempting Offers to Move Out
by Joe GarofoliSan Francisco Chronicle
April 13th, 2014
San Francisco landlords are offering their tenants money to leave their rent-controlled units. Even substantial sums, though, won't enable most tenants to pay for new housing in the City.

Protesters Block Google Bus, Plan March Against Evictions
Bay City News Service
April 11th, 2014
Protesters blocked Google buses picking up employees in San Francisco for the trek to Silicon Valley, claiming that the influx of tech workers is encouraging landlords to evict long-term tenants. One Google lawyer is using the Ellis Act to evict the tenants in a San Francisco building he recently purchased.

Foreclosure: The 'Other Shoe' Has Dropped
by Debra GruszeckiThe Press-Enterprise
April 10th, 2014
California lenders filed more foreclosure notices in the first quarter of 2014 than they did in the first quarter last year.

Tenants-Tech-Labor Coalition Wins 6-4 Senate Committee Vote on Ellis Reform
by Andrew SzetoBeyond Chron
April 9th, 2014
The Senate Transportation and Housing Committee voted Ellis reform out of committee by a 6-4 vote. The legislation next goes to the Judiciary Committee.

In Silicon Valley, a New Investment: Eviction
by John Gittelsohn and Heather PerlbergBusiness Week
April 7th, 2014
Low-income workers in East Palo Alto have to contend with Equity Residential, one of the largest property investment firms in the country, and often are threatened with eviction from their rent-controlled homes. But affordability problems exist even in low-cost areas of the US.

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