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Street to apartment in two days: Coordinated effort helps a formerly homeless couple make the switch to their own roof
by Greg Mellen Press-Telegram
December 24th, 2009
Despite an increase in vacancy rates and a decrease in average rents, rates are still far out of reach for Southern California's homeless. More than half of Long Beach renters pay more than 30 percent of their wages on housing.

Newsmakers of the Year 2009: Fiscal Crisis of the Year
by Gennady Sheyner Palo Alto Online
December 24th, 2009
The war between Page Mill Properties and its tenants in East Palo Alto hit two key turning points in September. A judge barred the property management firm from raising rents at its apartment complexes in East Palo Alto and a week later, the company briefly abandoned the East Palo Alto apartments, leaving trash cans overflowing, fire alarms malfunctioning and residents wondering what to do with their rent checks.

Family facing eviction stays home for holidays
by Henry SchulmanSan Francisco Chronicle
December 24th, 2009
A skilled tech professional who once made a six-figure salary, now unable to find employment in California's difficult job market, was behind on rent and his family faced eviction. The Eviction Defense Collaborative was able to assist the family with a loan and direct them to the San Francisco Chronicle's Season of Sharing Fund to keep them in their home.

Clippers Owner Tries To Keep Housing Discrimination Issue Out Of Elgin Baylor Case
by Dennis RomeroLA Weekly
December 24th, 2009
NBA team owner and Los Angeles mega landlord Donald Sterling's attorneys have asked for a court order to keep Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor's legal team from bringing up the very public allegations of housing discrimination Sterling recently faced.

Project to Aid Oakland Students Facing Foreclosure Fizzles
by Annette FuentesNew America Media
December 23rd, 2009
Oakland's Urban Strategies Council developed a plan to intervene and help tenants and homeowners in homes facing foreclosure and homelessness by contacting affected students in the Oakland public schools. However school district officials became concerned about using data that could be considered confidential.

Renters left without water for weeks when landlord doesn't pay bill
by Carol FergusonEyewitness News Bakersfield
December 22nd, 2009
Renters in a Bakersfield apartment had no water service for about two weeks because the landlord had not paid the bill.

Foreclosures Forcing Out More Renters: Orangevale Tenant Says He Wasn't Told Of Situation
KCRA-TV
December 21st, 2009
KCRA-TV in Sacramento covers the story of a tenant who rented a home from a property manager, Homepointe Property Management, that failed to disclose that the property was in foreclosure.

Citigroup, Fannie and Freddie suspend evictions for holidays
by Ronald D. OrolMarketWatch
December 18th, 2009
In a move that may help tenants in foreclosure situations, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Citigroup Inc. have announced that they will suspend evictions during the holidays.

StuyTown Market-Rate Units Return to Rent Control: Attorneys reach deal to return more than 4,000 apartments to rent stabilization beginning in January 2010.
by Chris WoodMultiFamily Executive.com
December 16th, 2009
Tenants in a predatory equity battle in NYC will see some 4,400 units return to rent stabilization under a settlement with attorneys representing landlords Tishman Speyer/BlackRock. CalPERS invested $500 million in this predatory equity scheme that reports indicate is collapsing.

Tenant Troubles: Ant Infestation
by Dave CrowSF Appeal
December 16th, 2009
In this week's installment of the "Tenant Troubles" weekly advice column for tenants Dave Crow answers a renter's question about dealing with an apartment ant infestation.

Avalos Continues Appeal for Evictions Control
by Kimberly ChuaMision Local
December 16th, 2009
In a move to appease concerned property owners, San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos amended proposed legislation to extend just cause eviction protections to tenants living in units built after 1979.

WATER: Renters may get water meters, and bills to go with them
by BRADLEY J. FIKESNorth County Times
December 15th, 2009
New and substantially remodeled apartments, condos and other "multifamily" projects in San Diego would be required to have individual water meters, under an ordinance to be introduced early next year.

West Hollywood Loses Urgency Ordinance Lawsuit
by WeHo News Staff News StaffWeHoNews.com
December 14th, 2009
A lawsuit brought by developers in the wake of the West Hollywood’s 2007 “urgency” residential building moratorium prevailed in a State Court of Appeals earlier this month.

Clinics help people represent themselves in court
by GREG RISLINGAssociated Press
December 14th, 2009
Legal clinics offer tenants and others unable to afford or otherwise obtain representation from attorneys, assistance with filing their own paperwork representing themselves in court.

Newsom plans foreclosure eviction bill
by John Upton San Francisco Examiner
December 13th, 2009
The mayor of San Francisco has said he will veto legislation passed by the Board of Supervisors that expands just cause for eviction protection to rental units built after 1979. In its place he says he will propose a similar ordinance that will apply only to rental units that go into foreclosure.

Making a plea on behalf of San Francisco renters
San Francisco Examiner
December 12th, 2009
San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu introduced a resolution “urging” the state legislation to act on behalf of low-income residents, not landlords by amending Costa Hawkins to exempt local affordable-housing ordinances.

In San Francisco’s North Beach, a Brewing Eviction Battle
by GERRY SHIHNew York Times
December 11th, 2009
A landlord in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood is attempting to use the Ellis Act to evict his tenants, all of whom have lived in the building for at least 20 years.

Some Blame Firm On East Palo Alto Crime Spike (Watch video)
by Hank PlanteCBS-5 TV San Francisco
December 11th, 2009
This story covers the devastating impact that Page Mill Properties' (David Taran) predatory equity scheme has had on the community of East Palo Alto. The report includes an interview with Tenants Together Executive Director Dean Preston.

New life may be breathed into eviction-protection plan
by Rachel GordonSFGate / San Francisco Chronicle
December 10th, 2009
After failing to secure a veto-proof majority vote at the Board of Supervisors to extend eviction protections in San Francisco, tenant advocates are contemplating a pared-back version of their proposal that could nail down the one extra vote they need.

Firm Takes Heat Over East Palo Alto Crime
by Bobby WhiteWall Street Journal
December 10th, 2009
Now that Page Mill Properties' predatory investment scheme with rental properties in East Palo Alto has begun to collapse, tenants blame the landlord's neglect for increased robberies and buglaries.

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