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MetLife on the hook for $215 million in illegal rent at Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village
by Jose MartinezThe New York Daily News
August 6th, 2010
Predatory landlord MetLife, which sold its properties to Tishman Speyer during the 2006 real estate boom, owes millions of dollars to its tenants whose apartments were illegally taken out of the rent regulation program. The apartments were illegally marked up to market rate while the owners were receiving a J-51 tax abatement from the city.

East Palo Alto seeks community input on implementing new rent control law
by Bonnie EslingerDaily News
August 5th, 2010
City officials of East Palo Alto are holding a series of meetings in August to hear from community members about how Measure H, which passed in June, should be implemented.

Landlord spray paints 'deadbeat tenants' on home
by The Associated PressThe San Diego Union Tribune
August 5th, 2010
A landlord in North Carolina who is losing her home to foreclosure has a tenant who has not paid rent in two months. The tenant shares that she cannot afford to pay both rent and moving expenses.

Proposition 8, Judge Walker and our short memories
by Pat MorrisonLA Times
August 5th, 2010
In his ruling, Judge Walker cited the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. The same clause was also cited fifty years ago when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Proposition 14, a measure passed by California voters to overturn the Rumford Fair Housing Act which banned discrimination against 'colored' property renters or buyers.

Council votes to create rent control ordinance
by Justine FrederiksenThe Ukiah Daily Journal
August 5th, 2010
The Ukiah City Council voted to create an ordinance for rent control based on a Santa Rosa ordinance. A draft of the ordinance is expected to be ready for the council to review in the fall.

Pols Warn Foreclosed Buildings' Mystery Buyer
by Eileen MarkeyCity Limits
August 4th, 2010
A collection of ten distressed buildings in the Bronx have been purchased by an unidentified party. Tenants and advocates in New York make it known that the new owner should be committed to rehabilitating these homes and preserving them as affordable housing.

Never Underestimate
by Alison BrennanPeonInChief
August 4th, 2010
Blogger Alison Brennan writes about the state's latest budget proposal and its potential effect on California tenants.

Santa Cruz City Council passes rental inspection ordinance; utility tax increase headed for November's ballot
by J.M.BrownSanta Cruz Sentinel
August 3rd, 2010
The Santa Cruz City Council passed an ordinance that will require landlords to register units and open doors for inspections.

by Celeste KatzThe New York Daily News
August 3rd, 2010
State Senator Pedro Espada threw money at tenant activists as they chanted for fair housing laws at the capitol on Tuesday.

Rental Scam Victim Gets Revenge Online
by Shoshana WalterThe Bay Citizen
August 2nd, 2010
Mathew Honan, one of many victims of a rental scam in San Francisco, created a Tumblr website to connect with others who had been cheated out of thousands of dollars by Rachael Smith, who was arrested on July 22. So far, Honan has calculated a total loss of approximately $100,000.

Tenant Advocates Push For 'Just Cause' Laws
by Steve MilneNational Public Radio
August 2nd, 2010
Sixteen cities in California have just cause for eviction protections, laws passed at the local level to strengthen tenants' rights. Dean Preston of Tenants Together explains how just cause laws are more than a short term fix to the foreclosure crisis. Click the link for audio clip.

Time to Make Fresno the Renters' Rights Capital of the Central Valley
by Dean PrestonCommunity Alliance
August 2nd, 2010
Although more than half of Fresno residents are renters, tenants lack basic protections that many other California cities have. Tenants Together director answers frequently asked questions for Fresno tenants and touches on the opportunity to strengthen tenants' rights in the Central Valley.

Awful: Bed Bugs Infest Entire Building In Arlington Heights
by J. Patrick CoolicanLA Weekly
August 2nd, 2010
The Coalition for Economic Survival is taking steps to demand that a landlord rid a building in Arlington Heights of bedbugs.

Is Chase Bank a Slumlord?
by Mary C. JonesWe The People
July 31st, 2010
Foreclosed properties across Chicago are deteriorating, with banks that have taken over the properties paying them little to no attention. Tenants of a building owned by Chase Bank rallied to demand assistance with relocation after the City ordered them to vacate the building.

Growing number of renters displaced
by Kara LaPointThe Reno Gazette-Journal
July 31st, 2010
Renter Stephanie Williamson is the victim of a series of sudden foreclosures in Nevada. This article addresses the effect of the foreclosure crisis on tenants and quotes Kent Qian of the National Housing Law Project.

Pressure increases on apartment owners
by Joe NaimanVillage News
July 29th, 2010
A new law requires landlords to enroll in a Crime Free Multi-Housing certification training program. County staff will work with the San Diego County Apartment Association to differentiate owners who have gone through certification trainings voluntarily from those who are required to participate in the process.

Bill to shield Mass. renters, elders on gov's desk
The Boston Globe
July 28th, 2010
The Massachusetts State Senate passed a bill that would increase tenant protections in foreclosure situations Governor Deval Patrick will soon review the bill.

SLO County wants more protection for mobile-home parks
by April CharltonSanta Maria Times
July 27th, 2010
San Luis Obispo County is working to create incentives for owners of mobile home parks to preserve affordable housing.

Tenants’ Convention Nominates Rent Board Candidates
by Steven FinacomThe Berkeley Daily Planet
July 26th, 2010
Berkeley tenants convened to nominate slate for the Rent Board.

Long time Black Vista Del Monte tenants fight eviction
by Marion MerriounsSan Francisco Bay View
July 26th, 2010
Marion Merriouns, president of the Vista Del Monte Tenants Association, reports on tenant harassment occurring at Vista Del Monte, a HUD-subsidized apartment complex local in Diamond Heights, San Francisco.

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