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Rent wars rage on
by Bill BauerSanta Monica Daily Press
May 24th, 2010
Santa Monica's gonzo Action Apartment Association is up to its old tricks. They've filed another lawsuit in Santa Monica Superior Court challenging Santa Monica's 31-year-old rent control laws. And, yes Virginia, it's an election year.

OCEANSIDE: Plan to convert mobile-home park up for debate
by Ray HuardNorth County Times
May 23rd, 2010
Oceanside city planners say a proposal by the owners of Cavalier Mobile Estates to convert their property from a rental park to a resident-owned community is a clear attempt by park owners to circumvent the city's rent control ordinance.

L.A. council blocks rent freeze, triggering protests
by Phil Willon and Joel RubinLos Angeles Times
May 22nd, 2010
Police clear unruly crowd after demonstrators disrupt meeting. Lawmakers' 10-5 vote cleared the way for a 3% increase on July 1.

Report: Public Housing Works, When You Invest In It
by Jamilah KingTruthout
May 22nd, 2010
Earlier this week housing rights advocates from eight different cities met with Reps. Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) in Washington, D.C. to voice their opposition to a bill that they say would privatize the nation’s public housing and push what they see as alternatives.

HUD Is Trying to Privatize and Mortgage Off All of America's Public Housing
by George LakoffThe Huffington Post
May 21st, 2010
The Obama Administration's move to the right is about to give conservatives a victory they could not have anticipated, even under Bush. HUD, under Obama, submitted legislation called PETRA to Congress that would result in the privatization of all public housing in America.

StuyTown, Liu meet
by KAJA WHITEHOUSENY Post
May 21st, 2010
Tenants of downtown apartment complex Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village have reached out to the city's $37.5 billion retirement fund for help in buying the troubled 80-acre apartment complex.

Foreclosure crisis hits home in Somerville
by Alix RoyThe Boston Globe
May 21st, 2010
When Susan Vallery and her 12-year-old daughter moved into a Marshall Street apartment in mid-January, they had no idea that the property was in the process of being foreclosed. An order of notice was served to the owner in December, but the issue was never mentioned to Vallery, who went through a real estate agent to secure the apartment.

East Harlem residents claim 'predator investor' is trying to drive up rent and expel them
by Juan GonzalezNY Daily News
May 21st, 2010
Like many New Yorkers, retired railroad engineer Hilary Saunders lived for decades in a rent-stabilized Mitchell-Lama apartment - a place a working-class guy like him could afford.

Realtors send deceptive mailer to SF renters
by Steven T. JonesSan Francisco Bay Guardian
May 20th, 2010
The San Francisco Association of Realtors, which has a long history of actively opposing the protection of tenants and rental housing, now wants tenants to believe it is on their side. The Realtors even recently formed and funded the Committee to Preserve Rental Housing to alert tenants about a ballot measure that they say favors dreaded rich people.

Renters In Foreclosure – Innocent Victims
by Jon MadduxLoan Safe
May 20th, 2010
The California based non-profit organization Tenants Together put out a very interesting report this week talking about some of the least publicized victims of the foreclosure process – tenants.

200,000 California Tenants Suffer From Foreclosure
by Harmon LeonRented Spaces
May 19th, 2010
Here's a scary number: Over 200,000 California tenants are directly affected by the rise in foreclosures. A report released yesterday -- "California Tenants in the Foreclosure Crisis" -- says that at least 37% of residential units in foreclosure in California were rentals, while the largest percentage of foreclosures were single-family homes.

Foreclosures affect California tenants
by BoNhia LeeThe Fresno Bee
May 19th, 2010
More than 200,000 tenants were displaced last year as a result of residential foreclosures in California, according to a report released by Tenants Together, a statewide organization for renters' rights.

Tenants facing 2 percent rent increase
by Nick TaborekSanta Monica Daily Press
May 19th, 2010
City Hall is recommending that owners of rent-controlled apartment buildings be allowed to raise rents by 2 percent this year, up from the 1 percent increase the Rent Control Board approved in 2009.

Lack of affordable housing disproportionately affects people with HIV/AIDS
by Roger BrighamEdge
May 19th, 2010
Nearly three decades into the AIDS epidemic, a lack of affordable housing for those who live with the virus leaves them increasingly vulnerable as cities struggle to balance their budgets.

Lawsuits over Petaluma rent control ordinance settled
by Lori A. CarterThe Press Democrat
May 18th, 2010
Petaluma has settled two lawsuits involving the city's mobile home rent control ordinance.

Over 200,000 California Tenants Directly Affected By Foreclosure
by Gabe TrevesCalifornia Progress Report
May 18th, 2010
Tenants Together, California's statewide organization for renters' rights, released its new 2010 Report: California Tenants in the Foreclosure Crisis yesterday. The report, a follow-up to Tenants Together's 2009 tenant foreclosure report, highlights recent foreclosure-related developments affecting tenants, quantifies the impact of home foreclosures on tenants in 2009 at the state and county level, and makes recommendations to strengthen protections for tenants in foreclosure situations.

2009: Sacramento foreclosures touch nearly 20,000 renters
by Jim WassermanThe Sacramento Bee
May 18th, 2010
A new report says residential foreclosures touched the lives - and leases - of 19,791 Sacramento-area renters last year. They were among more than 200,000 renters statewide who had to move out after three months or at the end of their leases, according to a report by Tenants Together, a statewide renters' rights group.

Elderly trailer park residents lose battle against rent hike
by Wesley G. HughesContra Costa Times
May 18th, 2010
The aged residents of Grandview West Mobile Home Park here are likely feeling they should have stayed mum after a double whammy of rent hikes hit their rental controlled park.

L.A. Landlords Ready to Move?
by Daniel MillerLos Angeles Business Journal
May 17th, 2010
When landlord John Jones heard that the Los Angeles City Council was considering a moratorium on rent increases allowed under the city’s rent control ordinance, he put all capital improvement projects at his four rent control buildings on hold.

New York's Stuy Town Renters Try to Buy Their Buildings
by Patricia OrsiniHousing Watch
May 14th, 2010
The middle-class tenants of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village in New York City are trying once again to take ownership of their apartment complex. And they are asking for help from an institutional investor that once bet against them.

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