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Supervisors Approve Airbnb Legislation in Final Vote after Further Debate
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
October 22nd, 2014
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed legislation to allow Airbnb rentals. Senator Dianne Feinstein had asked that Airbnb rentals not be permitted in single-family home neighborhoods.

Spot Will Cost You: Pet Rent Becoming Fad at Apartments, Taking Bite Out of Renter's Wallets
Fox Business
October 22nd, 2014
Landlords who allow pets are charging increased deposits, and "pet rent" for tenants with animals.

Judge Tosses SF Law Meant to Shield Evicted Tenants
by Bob EgelkoSan Francisco Chronicle
October 22nd, 2014
A San Francisco judge declared unconstitutional a law that would have required greater compensation for tenants evicted under the Ellis Act.

Judge Dismisses Coakley's Suit Against Federal Housing Agency over State Anti-Foreclosure Law
by Steve LeBlancDaily Journal
October 22nd, 2014
A suit challenging the policies of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac was dismissed by a federal judge. Massachusetts' law required that community groups be allowed to purchase homes out of foreclosure and re-sell the homes to the former homeowners.

Oakland: Tenant Protection Law Passed
by Matthew ArtzOakland Tribune
October 22nd, 2014
Oakland's City Council passed legislation to make it easier for tenants to defend themselves against illegal evictions.

San Francisco Regulates Buyouts--Backs Ted Gullickson's Legacy
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
October 22nd, 2014
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to regulate tenant buyouts, insuring that tenants know their rights in the buyout process.

San Mateo County Looking At Housing Options for Homeless
by Michelle DurandSan Mateo Daily Journal
October 21st, 2014
San Mateo is changing its homeless policy to take advantage of new federal funding for rapidly rehousing homeless residents. But options are limited, as low-income units rent for much more now than a few years ago.

Lainez Stops 4th Ellis Eviction
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
October 21st, 2014
A San Francisco family has stopped the fourth attempt to evict them from their apartment. They have lived in their apartment for more than twenty years.

Oakland Tenants Say Bully Landlords Taking Advantage of Market
by Will KaneSan Francisco Chronicle
October 21st, 2014
Oakland's City Council will consider legislation to allow the City to fine or sue landlords who harass tenants. Complaints of harassment have increased markedly over the last year.

Candidates Challenged on 'Rent Stabilization'
by Daniel DeBoltMountain View Voice
October 20th, 2014
Local residents challenged Mountain View's City Council candidates on their solutions, or lack thereof, to the rental housing crisis there.

How San Francisco is Forcing its Gay Population onto the Streets
by Sacha FeinmanThink Progress
October 20th, 2014
Ellis Act evictions are forcing LGBTQ tenants from homes they have lived in for decades.

Berkeley Considers Outlawing Pet Restrictions on Rentals
by Carolyn JonesSan Francisco Chronicle
October 19th, 2014
The City Council will consider legislation requiring landlords to accept pets.

Some Oregon Landlords Still Turn Away Section 8
by Bennett HallCorvalis Gazette-Times
October 18th, 2014
A new Oregon law prohibits discrimination against tenants using housing subsidies, but some landlords are still refusing to rent to tenants who use Section 8 vouchers and other subsidies.

Oakland: Report Says 1,300 Soft Story Apartments at Risk of Collapse in Earthquake
San Jose Mercury News
October 18th, 2014
The Oakland City Council will discuss the effect of seismic retrofits on rent-controlled tenants in Oakland.

On the List, and Not in a Good Way
by Julie SatowNew York Times
October 16th, 2014
Tenant-screening services collect information on tenants who are involved in disputes with their landlords, and this information enables landlords to blacklist tenants. In many cases tenants are blacklisted for going to court to enforce their rights.

East Palo Alto's Rent Control Office Needs Lots of Help and Guidance, New Report Says
by Bonnie EslingerSan Jose Mercury News
October 15th, 2014
A new report to the East Palo Alto City Council says that that city's rent stabilization board is underfunded and needs guidance from the Council.

Landlords Use Questionable Tactics to Evict Low-Income Tenants
by Melanie WoodrowKTVU
October 13th, 2014
Oakland landlords are using questionable tactics, including illegal notices, to evict low-income tenants.

Ordinance Regulating AirBnb-Type Rentals Approved
by David StevensonKTVU
October 7th, 2014
Over the objections of landlord and tenant groups in San Francisco, the Board of Supervisors voted to allow Airbnb rentals in the City. The limits imposed by the City may be unenforceable.

Federal Judge Asks SF to Show New Ellis Act Payouts Don't Take from Landlords
by Chris RobertsSan Francisco Examiner
October 7th, 2014
Judge Charles Breyer has told San Francisco's City Attorney to show that the increased Ellis Act payouts for evicted tenants are not an unconstitutional taking.

Boom and Bust in the City of Gold
by Carl FinamoreCounterPunch
October 6th, 2014
San Francisco's low- and moderate-income residents are being forced from the City by high rents and often-illegal evictions.

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