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Affordable seniors housing effort wins $5.6 million boost in Elk Grove
by Loretta Kalb The Sacramento Bee
September 20th, 2011
Thanks to a flagging economy and a growing number of retirees on fixed incomes, there are waiting lists for senior housing projects in the region.

Davis attorney suspended in foreclosure evictions probe
by George WarrenKXTV News10
David Endres, who has illegally evicted thousands of tenants throughout California, is ordered not to practice law for six months and to reimburse the State Bar $4,000 for the cost of the investigation and suspension proceedings.

Craigslist Apartment Scams Target Renters Seeking Deals
by Matt LiebowitzSecurityNewsDaily
September 19th, 2011
A common craigslist scam offers apartments at unbelievably low prices, and asks unsuspecting renters to pay a deposit online, because the alleged landlord is out of town. Don't fall for it!

Irvine OKs 1,750 apartments at Wild Rivers
by Jon LansnerOrange County Register
September 16th, 2011
The city's planning commission votes unanimously to allow the construction of 1,750 apartments at what is now a theme park.

Squatting with a cause
by KALWSFGate
September 15th, 2011
San Francisco collective Homes Not Jails pairs abandoned buildings with people who need housing.

Mobile-home rent hike request rouses Santee
by Karen PearlmanSignOnSanDiego.com
September 15th, 2011
The city of Santee in San Diego County will decide whether the park owner can raise rents at Cameron’s Mobile Estates.

After year's lull, Sacramento-area foreclosures roared back in August
by Rick DaysogSacramento Bee
September 15th, 2011
After a yearlong lull, foreclosure filings in the Sacramento region soared 76 percent in August, reflecting a new wave of activity by Bank of America, the nation's largest lender.

“Defunding HRC Is Not Politically Possible” – Mayor’s Housing Director to SFHA Executive Director
by Larry BushCitiReport
September 13th, 2011
The director of San Francisco's Housing Authority takes issue with tenant advocacy group Housing Rights Committee for requesting SFHA documentation about the condition of the agency's housing units.

Rental complaints up, so town council reacts
by Judy PetersonMercuryNews.com
September 13th, 2011
Housing rights group Project Sentinel says rental complaints are up dramatically in Los Gatos.

Calif Gov Jerry Brown Vetoes Affordable Housing Preservation Bill
by Larry GrossOrganizing Times
September 12th, 2011
AB 1216, would have given tenants and affected public entities the right to enforce provisions in state law that require owners of government-assisted affordable units to entertain a purchase offer to preserve its affordability when the owner does not intend to extend or renew participation in a subsidy program.

American Canyon council adopts mobile home rent control ordinance
by Rachel Raskin-ZrihenTimes-Herald
September 9th, 2011
Mobile home residents win rent control in this Napa County town.

Calif. Gives Apartment Renters ‘Right to Recycle’
by Alexis PetruEarth911.com
September 9th, 2011
Governor Jerry Brown signs into law the Renter’s Right to Recycle Act, which requires owners of multifamily housing with five or more units to provide paper, plastic and can and bottle recycling programs to their tenants starting next year.

Capitola City Council Postpones Rent Control Vote in Meeting Dedicated to Celestial Cassman
by Jacob BourneCapitola-Soquel Patch
September 9th, 2011
Residents of Surf and Sand Mobile Home Park pack city council chambers for the meeting, but the vote on whether they will retain rent control is put off indefinitely.

Rancho residents can’t afford rent hike appeal
by Sean ScullyThe Weekly Calistogan
September 8th, 2011
Residents of the Rancho de Calistoga mobile home park say they want to appeal a recent decision hiking their rents $60 per month, but they cannot afford to do so without help.

Condo conversions back on WeHo’s table
by WeHo News staffWeHo News
September 7th, 2011
West Hollywood to consider converting old rental stock that landlords say they can't afford to refurbish into condos.

Calif. Governor Signs Senator Padilla’s Smoke-Free Rental Housing Bill
by Valerie GottenCalifornia Newswire
September 7th, 2011
With some exceptions, starting Jan. 1, 2012, landlords can prohibit smoking in rental units.

High court in Massachusetts upholds law aimed at blocking certain evictions from foreclosed homes
by Dan RingThe Republican
September 6th, 2011
The Massachusetts high court says the state's just cause law applies to tenants who were in the process of being evicted before the law went into effect.

MT AG Warns Renters: Wire Scam Targeting For-Rent Ads on Craigslist in Montana
by Better Business BureauBetter Business Bureau
September 5th, 2011
Renters beware: This Montana rent scam could be repeated anywhere.

Unlicensed trailer parks: Unsafe to stay, but nowhere else to go
by Marcel HonoréMyDesert.com
September 4th, 2011
Residents of one Thermal mobile home park demand action after suffering through unsafe living conditions.

Oakland landlord gets prison for soliciting arson
by Henry K. LeeSFGate
September 1st, 2011
Richard Earl Singer gets just over two years in federal prison after pleading guilty to trying to hire someone to burn down Hotel Menlo.

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