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City Hall still fighting Embassy court decision
by Nick TaborekSanta Monica Daily Press
July 5th, 2010
"CITY HALL — Santa Monica officials are challenging an appellate court decision issued last month that could mean the loss of 19 rent-controlled apartment units at the Embassy Hotel Apartments, a residential building in the Wilmont neighborhood near Downtown."

Public Housing Urgent Transfers Lag
by Zusha ElinsonThe New York Times
July 2nd, 2010
"After her apartment was repeatedly broken into, Georgina Jenkins thought she had found a ticket out of Alemany, the public housing project known to residents as the Black Hole. The San Francisco Housing Authority had placed her on its priority transfer list, reserved for tenants facing immediate danger or urgent medical need, according to Jenkins and her attorney."

Brokers’ Entrance Into Market Bodes Ill for Renters
by Scott JamesThe New York Times
July 1st, 2010
"In Armistead Maupin’s beloved novel “Tales of the City,” Anna Madrigal personified the archetypal San Francisco landlord — a caring, free-spirited matriarch to the colorful residents of a quirky, old building."

A voice for pets in Sacramento
by Shaunacy FerroVentura County Reporter
July 1st, 2010
"Local animal rights activists may soon gain traction in banning cat declawing and animal devocalization as the California State Senate reviews a new bill this month that would prohibit landlords from requiring their tenants to declaw or devocalize their animals or from preferring the application of a tenant with a declawed animal. Assembly Bill 2743, authored by Assemblymember Pedro Nava (D-Ventura, Santa Barbara), introduces a civil fine of as much as $2,500 for any instance of declawing or devocalization that occurs because of a landlord-tenant agreement."

Brown launches investigation into foreclosures that affect renters
by Jeb BingPleasanton Weekly
June 30th, 2010
Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. yesterday launched an investigation aimed at protecting the rights of the "forgotten victims" of the housing market collapse -- the tens of thousands of tenants facing eviction from buildings that have been foreclosed by banks.

California Investigates Forgotten Victims of Foreclosure Crisis
by Annie WuThe Epoch Times
June 30th, 2010
"California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced on Monday that he will be opening an investigation into foreclosed properties and the state’s possible infringement of tenants’ rights. As part of his investigation, he sent letters to 24 banks, law firms, loan servicers, and private investors requesting information on their policies and procedures to see if they are forcefully evicting tenants from buildings that have been foreclosed by banks."

California Senate panel kills bill limiting funds' rental investments
by Dale Kasler The Sacramento Bee
June 30th, 2010
"The Legislature has killed a bill that would have banned California's two public pension funds from investing in real estate deals that rely on freeing up rent-controlled housing."

Renters Rights Organization Says Senator Acted Against Renters and The State
Orange County News
June 30th, 2010
"Tenants Together, a California Renters’ Rights Organization today said California State Senator Lou Correa’s committee stopped the nation’s first anti “Predatory Equity” bill at the request of the California Association of Realtors and landlord groups."

Sen. Lou Correa Kills Nation’s First Anti-‘Predatory Equity’ Bill
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
June 29th, 2010
"Lou Correa, a Democratic State Senator from Orange County, has killed the nation’s first bill to stop predatory investments that displace renters from their homes. The bill, AB 2337, authored by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), sought to ban the state’s public employee pension funds from investing in “predatory equity” schemes."

En defensa de los inquilinos
by Roger LindoLa Opinion
June 29th, 2010
"La Procuraduría estatal dio a conocer ayer que emprenderá acciones para proteger a los miles de arrendatarios que podrían ser desahuciados cuando los inmuebles en que residen son ejecutados por el banco."

Kagan: Cal ruling on religious landlady 'outrageous'
by Bob EgelkoThe San Francisco Chronicle
June 26th, 2010
"When the California Supreme Court ruled in 1996 that a landlady had to rent an apartment to an unwed couple despite her religious objections to non-marital sex, civil rights groups and gay-rights advocates applauded the court's commitment to anti-discriminaiton laws. But a number of religious organizations, mostly conservative, saw the ruling as a threat to individual freedom and backed an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court."

Panel Backs Smaller Rent Increases Than Usual
by Cara BuckleyThe New York Times
June 25th, 2010
"Rents for New York City’s one million rent-stabilized apartments will rise less than in the past several years under increases set Thursday evening at a typically raucous public meeting."

Legislature Passes Bedbug-Notification Law
by Cara BuckleyThe New York Times
June 24th, 2010
"A bill passed by both houses of the State Legislature on Thursday would require New York City landlords to tell prospective tenants about a building’s recent bedbug history."

Goleta’s Rent-Control Case Gets Full-Panel Hearing
by Sonia FernandezNoozhawk
June 24th, 2010
"Goleta’s rent-control ordinance got another day in court on Tuesday, this time with the full panel of 11 judges."

El Diario Editorial on Dawnay Day Properties Features Community Voices Heard
News From Melissa
June 24th, 2010
"An editorial by El Diario yesterday on predatory equity features the work of El Barrio/East Harlem group Community Voices Heard (CVH) in trying to bring in a non-profit entity to preserve the troubled Dawnay Day properties as affordable for current residents."

MoCo renters' rights group formed
by Katherine ShaverThe Washington Post
June 24th, 2010
"A group of renters and community activists have established a Montgomery County Renters Alliance, saying it will be the first countywide organization to advocate for renters’ rights."

Buildings at risk
El Diario
June 23rd, 2010
"The foreclosure crisis has not spared tenants. And many will remain vulnerable to real estate speculators unless government, community groups, tenants and local leaders collaborate to preserve affordable housing."

Court rules rent hikes are illegal, refunds possible for tenants
by Adam LisbergNew York Daily News
June 23rd, 2010
"Minimum rent hikes for 300,000 rent-stabilized New Yorkers are illegal, an appeals court ruled Tuesday, raising the prospect of $100 million in refunds."

Judge advances sale of NYC's Stuyvesant Town
by Ilaina Jonas and Joan GrallaReuters
June 23rd, 2010
"(Reuters) - The purchase of Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village in New York City by its tenants or outside investors was advanced by a federal judge's ruling giving the green light to a sale."

Montgomery holds off on rent control, other housing proposals
by Brian HughesThe Examiner
June 23rd, 2010
"Montgomery County officials are resisting extensive changes to housing policies -- primarily rent control -- presented in a report Tuesday that outlines ways to keep renters from being priced out of the wealthy suburb."

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