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Rent Control Preserves Affordabilty
by John PetroThe Huffington Post
June 3rd, 2010
"When Governor Paterson proposed changes to the city's rent regulation laws, criticism poured in from both tenants' groups and landlords."

Privatization of Public Housing Shelved - for Now
by George LakoffTruthout
June 3rd, 2010
"The Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) attempt to privatize all of America's public housing has been put on hold - for now. You played an important role. Thousands of you signed the petition and spread the word, so that those at the House Financial Services Committee hearing on May 25 understood what the stakes were."

Rent Control Board wants powers expanded
by Nick TaborekSanta Monica Daily Press
June 3rd, 2010
"CITY HALL — In a bid to significantly broaden the scope of tenant protections in Santa Monica, the Rent Control Board wants to bolster rules that protect against evictions and extend those protections to cover all tenants in the city, rather than just those who live in rent-controlled apartments."

E. Palo Alto voters could approve new rent control law Tuesday
by Jessica Bernstein-WaxMercury News
June 2nd, 2010
"At 22 years old, East Palo Alto's rent control law is no spring chicken — and city leaders, community groups and others are hoping voters will opt to strengthen and modernize it at the ballot box Tuesday."

HOUSING: Apartment markets improving, for landlords
by Eric WolffNorth County Times
June 1st, 2010
"Tenants may have lost some bargaining power in the San Diego County apartment market, as vacancy rates and average rents leveled off in the latest survey from the San Diego County Apartment Association."

Triumph of tenacity
by Rebecca BoweSan Francisco Bay Guardian
June 1st, 2010
"Nearly four years after City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed suit against Frank and Walter Lembi and their dizzying array of companies affiliated with CitiApartments for 'an outrageous pattern of corporate lawlessness,' the powerful and notorious San Francisco landlords have watched their empire crumble."

Tenant Lawsuit Against Mega-Landlord Gains Steam
by Samia ShafiCity Limits
June 1st, 2010
"When The Pinnacle Group purchased the building where Kim Powell and her family were living in 1997, she and her family hoped their 19 years of housing woes might finally come to an end. Their dispute with the building's former owner had ended with a victory: a judge ordered their rent reduced $53 per month until necessary repairs were made. All they needed now was for Pinnacle to comply with that order, which is exactly what Powell says the company didn't do."

Ohio foreclosure legislation shelved until fall
by Aaron MarshallThe Plain Dealer
June 1st, 2010
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Foreclosure legislation is headed back into the freezer until fall.

Prop. F offers S.F. renters 'hardship' break
by Rachel GordonThe San Francisco Chronicle
June 1st, 2010
Tenants in San Francisco who lose their jobs or whose wages plummet at least 20 percent could be temporarily exempt from rent hikes, under a ballot measure that city voters will consider next week.

Parkmerced in Default: What Now for Owners’ Plan to Bulldoze Over 1,500 Rent-Controlled Homes?
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
June 1st, 2010
The owners of San Francisco’s Parkmerced cannot pay their mortgage, yet they want permission from the city to demolish more than 1,500 rent controlled homes. While most of the public discussion about the proposed development project has been about environmental, transit and preservation issues, the planned demolition of so many rent-controlled housing units is reason alone to stop this project.

Renters aren’t roaches
by Adrienne BelzWorld Journalism Institute Times Observer
May 29th, 2010
NEW YORK CITY – The roaches, mold, mushrooms, and leaky, sunken corners of her apartment make up just part of the problem in Ingrid Hernandez’ home on the 400th block of Audubon Avenue in Washington Heights.

Owners Bet on Raising the Rent, and Lost
by Charles V. BagliThe New York Times
May 28th, 2010
The first signs of financial turmoil came at Riverton Houses in Harlem. Then came Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village on Manhattan’s East Side. Now a third complex built by Metropolitan Life in the 1940s for veterans and middle-class families has run into financial distress after being purchased by speculators during the recent real estate boom.

Another Affordable Housing Default
by Michael MechanicMother Jones
May 27th, 2010
In yet another blow to the nation's affordable-housing stock, Stellar Management, star of our July/August 2009 story "Mortage Default: Landlord Edition," announced that it will go into default on Parkmerced, a 3,000-unit San Francisco housing project that Stellar purchased a few years back with the goal of remodeling and building new market-rate units.

Parkmerced owners say they'll survive loan woes
by Andrew S. RossThe San Francisco Chronicle
May 27th, 2010
The commercial real estate meltdown has caught up with one of the largest apartment complexes in the country - San Francisco's Parkmerced.

Bank-owned properties alter character of East Bay neighborhoods
by Paul ThissenContra Costa Times
May 26th, 2010
In the East Bay, banks own more than 10,000 houses, and more than 20,000 are in the foreclosure process, according to RealtyTrac.com.

Higher Threshold Urged for Rent Destabilization
by CARA BUCKLEYThe New York Times
May 26th, 2010
Gov. David A. Paterson today released a package of proposed changes to New York rent laws today, including a measure that would make it harder for landlords to remove apartments from rent stabilization.

Parkmerced in default
by Andrew S. RossThe San Francisco Chronicle
May 25th, 2010
The commercial real estate meltdown has caught up with one of the largest apartment complexes in the country -- San Francisco's Parkmerced.

Will the Vacancy Control Provisions in Goleta's Rent Control Ordinance for Mobile Home Parks be Upheld in the Latest Court Battle?
by Dawn McIntoshThe Public Blawg
May 25th, 2010
The Ninth Circuit is poised to reconsider its controversial decision that a vacancy control provision in a rent control ordinance for mobile home parks in the City of Goleta caused a taking of private property under the Fifth Amendment.

Vanishing Treasure: The Rent-Regulated Apartment
by CHRISTINE HAUGHNEYThe New York Times
May 24th, 2010
Rent-controlled and rent-stabilized apartments carry mythic significance to New Yorkers starved for space. These are the high-ceiling homes featured in Woody Allen movies, the places secured by celebrities like Carly Simon, Cyndi Lauper and Ed Koch.

Fremont mobile home park residents again face major rent increase or park closure
by Matthew ArtzThe Oakland Tribune
May 24th, 2010
FREMONT — Residents of an over-55 mobile home park once again are being threatened with the park's closure unless the owners are granted a major rent increase.

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