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Rent Limits Protect Child Who Was Original Tenant, Court Says
by Bob EgelkoSan Francisco Chronicle
January 26th, 2015
California's First District Court of Appeal has ruled that a child who moved into an apartment with his parents is protected by rent control as an "original tenant."

The Government Just Took a Step Toward Ending Mass Homelessness
by Bryce CovertThink Progress
January 22nd, 2015
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) will receive funds from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to develop affordable housing. The amount raised, however, will create only a small number of the 5.5 million units needed to house low-income tenants.

ACLU: One-Strike Eviction Law Unfair to Landlords, Tenants
by Michael Rubinkam and Maryclaire DaleWashington Times
January 22nd, 2015
A Pennsylvania town is being sued to stop enforcement of an ordinance that requires tenants be evicted from their apartments for alleged illegal activities, even when the tenant had no knowledge of the activities. The law also bars landlords from re-renting the property in some circumstances.

Families Forced to Vacate Santa Rosa Apartments
by Angela HartSanta Rosa Press Democrat
January 18th, 2015
Santa Rosa code enforcement officials are forcing tenants from an substandard apartment complex, but are providing no assistance to the tenants in securing replacement housing. Code enforcement officials knew about the conditions at the complex nearly ten years ago.

Who Gets to Live Where?: The Battle Over Affordable Housing
by Lawrence LanahanAljazeera America
January 18th, 2015
The US Supreme Court will hear a case that will decide whether communities can be required to accept affordable housing to prevent the segregation of low-income developments in low-income communities.

Trailers as Affordable Housing: Solution or Bane to the Poor?
by Lane AndersonDeseret News
January 18th, 2015
Large corporate landlords own many of the mobile home communities in the US, and tenants there often cannot move their homes when the rent is increased.

Feeling the Pinch? Local Rent Prices Hit a Record High
by Jeff CollinsOrange County Register
January 16th, 2015
Orange County rents are at a record high, and tenants are having to cut back on other necessities to pay their rent.

California State Treasurer John Chiang Tackles State's Affordable Housing Crisis
Sierra Sun Times
January 15th, 2015
State Treasurer John Chiang will convene a group to look at California's affordable housing crisis.

L.A. City Council Embraces Mayor Eric Garcetti's Quake Retrofit Plan
by Rosanna Xia and Rong-Gong Lin IILos Angeles Times
January 14th, 2015
The Coalition for Economic Survival (CES) is concerned that tenants will have to pay for Mayor Garcetti's earthquake retrofit program, even though the property appreciation will accrue only to landlords.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Probes Landlord Accused of Harassing Tenants with 'Frivolous' Lawsuits
by Greg B. SmithNew York Daily News
January 13th, 2015
A Manhattan landlord is being investigated by New York's Attorney General for harassing rent-controlled tenants. Harassment of tenants in rent-controlled units is a nationwide problem.

U.S. Mayors Fight Homelessness
by Bendix AndersonNational Real Estate Investor
January 13th, 2015
Homelessness increased from 2013 to 2014, and there was a larger increase in the number of homeless families. Three of the surveyed cities were in California.

Koreatown Development Stirs Parking Concerns
by David ZahniserLos Angeles Times
January 12th, 2015
A Koreatown development would increase parking problems there, and would destroy 44 units of rent-controlled housing.

Tenant Legislation to Watch in 2015
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
January 12th, 2015
Tenant activists will be working on several issues over the next year, including allocating funds for the renter's rebate and prohibiting discrimination against Section 8 tenants.

Mayor Garcetti's Quake Retrofit Plan Draws Cautious Early Support
by Rosanna Xia and Rong-Gong Lin IILos Angeles Times
January 12th, 2015
Tenant activists in Los Angeles are concerned that a earthquake retrofit plan for concrete buildings will unduly burden tenants.

Public Housing is Dead. Long Live Public Housing!
by Jake BlumgartAljazeera America
January 10th, 2015
Congress has tripled funding for the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, which would transfer public housing units to the private sector. RAD projects do not serve the poorest tenants, and the housing may not be permanently affordable. At the same time, Congress has cut other affordable housing funding.

The Challenge of 2015: Affordable Housing
by Jean TeppermanEast Bay Express
January 7th, 2015
Protecting and developing affordable housing is a critical issue in Oakland, as low-income residents are being forced out of the City.

City Looking at Housing Options: Burlingame Leaning Away from Rent Control Measures
by Angela SwartzThe Daily Journal
January 7th, 2015
City officials in Burlingame are looking for solutions to the problem of high rents there

SF Slashes Ellis Act Evictions
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
January 6th, 2015
Ellis Act evictions have fallen in 2014, in part because of actions taken by city government.

There's Really No Argument Against Disparate Impact
by Alan JenkinsRooflines
January 6th, 2015
The US Supreme Court will decide a case that could weaken requirements that all communities provide affordable housing.

New York City Activists Mobilize for Right to Counsel in Eviction
by Elizabeth J. BaderTruthout
January 5th, 2015
The City Council in New York City is discussing a pilot project that would provide lawyers for all tenants in eviction cases.

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