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Rents decreased, but affordability concerns remain
by Nick TaborekSanta Monica Daily Press
April 10th, 2010
The cost for a new tenant to lease a rent-controlled apartment decreased last year for the first time in 11 years, City Hall said in a report released this week, but the number of affordable units for those earning less than the median income continued to dwindle.

FBI probes L.A. Housing Dept.'s actions in affordable housing project
by Jessica GarrisonLos Angeles Times
April 9th, 2010
The FBI is investigating an affordable-housing deal in which Los Angeles officials channeled $26 million to a development company officer who they knew was under criminal investigation for alleged misuse of public funds, city officials said Thursday.

SF State student arrested in occupation
by Andrew PalmaGolden Gate [X} Press
April 8th, 2010
community activists, students and protesters gathered in San Francisco on Easter Sunday to protest the eviction of Jose Morales, a former tenant who lived at the house for 43 years. The rally was organized by Homes Not Jails, a group affiliated with the San Francisco Tenants Union.

Apartment rents expected to rise in San Diego
by Staff WriterSan Diego News Network
April 7th, 2010
San Diego County has the lowest vacancy levels in the region due to high- priced homes and costly rents, and rents are expected to rise slightly this year, according a USC forecast released Wednesday.

Renters be damned!
by Harry MorozHuffington Post
April 7th, 2010
According to the Congressional Budget Office, the federal government devotes four times as many budgetary resources to homeownership as it does to rental affordability.

Tenant Troubles: How Do I Get My Landlord To Pay For Property Damage They Caused?
by Dave CrowSF Appeal
April 7th, 2010
Tenant Lawyer Dave Crow answers questions about how to get a landlord to pay for property damage s/he has caused.

Housing protest leads to takeover of duplex
by James TempleSan Francisco Chronicle
April 5th, 2010
A group of homeless people and housing activists took over a privately owned Mission District duplex on Sunday in what served as the climax of a protest designed to promote use of San Francisco's vacant buildings as shelters for the needy.

San Diego tenants get no help fighting rats, mold
by Megan BurksHealthyCal
April 4th, 2010
Appalled by the substandard living conditions they found in the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego, community organizers told residents last year that they would take their concerns to the city—literally. Armed with storage-sized freezer bags full of roaches and rats from houses and rental units, healthy homes advocates presented their findings to the San Diego City Council and asked for better housing code enforcement.

Page Mill investors sue firm over millions:
Investors claim Palo Alto company committed fraud, misled them in East Palo Alto 'scheme'

by Gennady Sheyner Palo Alto Online
April 2nd, 2010
Former East Palo Alto landlord, Page Mill Properties (David Taran), committed securities fraud, misled its investors and engaged in an illegal and "morally offensive" plan to gentrify a portion of East Palo Alto, a group of Page Mill's investors is alleging in a lawsuit against the beleaguered real-estate company.

In New York, Breaking a Law on Roommates
by CARA BUCKLEYThe New York Times
March 29th, 2010
in New York City it is illegal for more than three unrelated people to live in an apartment or a house.The law is little known, widely broken and infrequently enforced.

SoCal court case throws a wrench into the works for Minton's Lumber project
by  Diana SamuelsSan Jose Mercury News
March 27th, 2010
Just as the Mountain View City Council is set to end a long-running debate by voting April 6 on a major apartment complex proposed for downtown, the outcome of Palmer/Sixth Street Properties v. City of Los Angeles lawsuit has thrown a last-minute wrinkle into the saga.

Renters Face Eviction after Landlord Stops Paying Mortgage
KCOY 12
March 26th, 2010
Tenants on the Central Coast are unwittingly renting homes that are already in default and on the verge of foreclosure.

Page Mill investors sue developer, others
by Eli SegallBusiness Journal
March 26th, 2010
The collapse of predatory landlord Page Mill Properties’ plans for 1,800 rental units it owned in East Palo Alto has left in its wake a contentious lawsuit pitting several high-profile investors against the developer and others.

Investors in Page Mill's East Palo Alto apartments sue landlord
by Jessica Bernstein-WaxSan Jose Mercury News
March 25th, 2010
Piles of papers filed in two Santa Clara County lawsuits suggest Predatory Landlord Page Mill Properties (David Tarin) planned to convert some of its 1,800 East Palo Alto rental units to condominiums and capitalize on "gentrification" under way in the city to yield hefty profits for itself and investors.

Final vote soon on bill to protect tenants in foreclosures
by Nick DiMarcoMaryland Reporter
March 25th, 2010
The Maryland House of Delegates tentatively passed a bill Thursday The measure that establishes the definition of a “bona fide” tenant, increases the length of time to notify a tenant of foreclosure and mandates more open disclosure of foreclosure proceedings.

Decision 2010: Peninsula residents to weigh in on several measures in June
by Mike Aldax San Francisco Examiner
March 24th, 2010
Measure H on the June ballot in East Palo Alto would repeal the city’s existing rent-stabilization ordinance regarding residential tenancies other than those in mobile home park spaces.

Bill Introduced in Congress to Extend Federal Tenant Protection Law
by Dean Preston of Tenants TogetherBeyond Chron
March 24th, 2010
With the foreclosure crisis certain to continue for years, housing advocates are hoping to make permanent the new protections for tenants in foreclosed properties that became law in May 2009.

Senator Leno Introduces Bill to Protect Elderly Tenants During Foreclosur
California Senate Majority Caucus
March 23rd, 2010
Legislation that increases protections for senior renters living in residential care facilities has passed the Senate Human Services Committee.

How landlords get away with it
by  Karen AhoMSN Real Estate
March 23rd, 2010
Just because the law says that your rental home must be up to par doesn't mean it will be. Renters may be surprised to learn that no one's really checking up on the landlord or the apartment. In the end, tenants to understand and fight for their legal rights.

Nonprofit to hold community meetings on Page Mill buildings' future
by Jessica Bernstein-WaxSan Jose Mercury News
March 22nd, 2010
Bridge Housing, a San Francisco nonprofit tasked with devising a plan for 1,800 East Palo Alto rental units that reverted to bank ownership earlier this month, will hold two community meetings in the next week.

1,200 tenants meet to fight for their homes
by Paddy Colligan Workers.org
March 21st, 2010
Twelve hundred tenants from Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village in New York City, the victims of a predatory equity scheme invested in by CalPERS, met in March to prepare a housing battle that can impact on tenants of all incomes throughout city.

Federal Protections Seek To Help Tenants In Foreclosed Homes
by KENNETH R. GOSSELINHartford Courant
March 21st, 2010
Despite federal laws passed to provide protections for tenants in foreclosure, some banks, law firms and real estate agents are still not following the new provisions.

Minnesota Senate Contemplating Two-Year Moratorium on Foreclosures
by Matt DrewesFollow MPH
March 19th, 2010
A bill has passed out of committee in the Minnesota state Senate that would allow renters of residential property to stop a mortgage foreclosure for up to two years.

Villaraigosa calls on L.A. residents to complete census forms
by Phil WillonLA Times
March 18th, 2010
The mayor of Los Angeles encourages residents to complete census forms noting that renters are one of the most undercounted demographic groups.

Pasadena's affordable-housing search site popular with landlords, tenants
by Janette WilliamsPasadena Star-News
March 18th, 2010
A free city-sponsored Web site connecting landlords and renters looking for affordable housing, is receiving heavy traffic.

Dufty Compromise Moves Measure Protecting Tenants
by Paul HogarthBeyond Chron
March 17th, 2010
A San Francisco supervisor's proposed ordinance to curb Ellis Act evictions in the city's North Beach neighborhood by regulating parking garages, is headed for passage – after a compromise was brokered.

New complex opens doors to farmworkers
by Mike HarrisVentura County Star
March 17th, 2010
A new low-income rental housing development that offers special subsidies to farmworkers has opened in the city of Fillmore.

Legal Clinic Freezes Foreclosure Eviction
by Anthony ShallatUniversity of San Diego News Center
March 16th, 2010
A recent case argued by students and faculty from the Landlord Tenant Clinic at University of San Diego’s School of Law has won a major battle for California renters fighting foreclosure.

Foundation gives $525K for foreclosure prevention
Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal
March 16th, 2010
Seven housing counseling and legal services organizations will receive $525,000 in grants from Silicon Valley Community Foundation to help homeowners and renters facing foreclosure.

Fake landlords could be sent to state prison
by John Upton San Francisco Examiner:
March 16th, 2010
Imposter landlords could be found guilty of a felony and sent to state prison, under a bill that was introduced by Assemblywoman Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco) and one other lawmaker.

Panel to Review Torture Memo Author’s Anti-Rent Control Ruling
by Dean Preston, Executive Director of Tenants TogetherBeyond Chron
March 16th, 2010
Last week, the Chief Judge of the Ninth Circuit ordered review of Torture memo authoer Judge Bybee’s anti-rent control ruling from September 2009.

Sometimes, good legal help is the best medicine
by Anna GormanLA Times
March 12th, 2010
Ten medical-legal partnerships in California bring doctors and lawyers together to improve patient/tenant living conditions.

SF Planning Commission eliminating project reviews
by Conor GallagherGolden Gate [X} Press
March 11th, 2010
Tenants and other residents are concerned about the future ability of a San Francisco citizen to challenge the installation of cell phone antennas as the San Francisco Planning Commission is proposing to do away with the ability of an individual to file for a discretionary review of a proposed construction project near their residence.

East Palo Alto council approves revised rent law
by Jessica Bernstein-WaxSan Jose Mercury News
March 10th, 2010
The East Palo Alto City Council voted last night to put a proposed ordinance on the ballot that would make changes to the city's rent control law.

SMRR says LUCE will exacerbate jobs-housing imbalance
by Nick TaborekSanta Monica Daily Press
Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights has weighed in on City Hall's long-term planning blueprint, saying it favors job creation over housing.

Supes Move on Pro-Tenant Measures; Garage Legislation Postponed
by Paul HogarthBeyohdChron
March 10th, 2010
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed two pro-tenant ordinances yesterday, but a measure to block Ellis Act evictions still sits in limbo.

Supes approve eviction protections for foreclosed rental properties
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner:
March 10th, 2010
Legislation that extends just-cause eviction protections to tenants in buildings built post-1979 and have gone into foreclosure was unanimously approved Tuesday by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Census About to Hit the Mail: Renters Among Hardest to Count
by Dean Preston, Executive Director of Tenants TogetherBeyondChron
March 9th, 2010
the national census has huge implications. Hundreds of billions of dollars are allocated each year based on census data. Renters typically have lower return rates on census forms than homeowners and are undercounted in the census.

East Palo Alto seeks to revise its rent-control law
by Gennady SheynerPalo Alto Online
City to host meeting tonight to discuss new ordinance, which is headed for June 8 ballot

S.D. could require multifamily water meters
by Mike LeeSan Diego Union-Tribune
March 8th, 2010
The San Diego City Council is expected to pass a proposed ordinance that would require separate water meters for each unit in multi-unit housing. According to the article, Studies indicate that renters cut their water use by 15 percent to 39 percent if their water charges aren't folded into their overall monthly bill.

Page Mill Properties Go Back To Bank
by Sharon SimonsonThe Registry
March 5th, 2010
A bold redevelopment play in East Palo Alto spearheaded by Bay Area developer David Taran and funded by CalPERS, has reached its anticipated end: The bank has foreclosed on the 101-property portfolio.

Future of E. Palo Alto settlement talks uncertain
by Jessica Bernstein-WaxSan Jose Mercury News
March 4th, 2010
Settlement talks aimed at resolving about 10 active lawsuits between East Palo Alto and predatory landlord, Page Mill Properties are now in limbo after Wells Fargo Bank assumed ownership of the company's roughly 1,800 rental units in the city, officials said Wednesday.

Where landlords, developers, and cars are king
San Francisco Bay Guardian
March 3rd, 2010
According to the editors of the Guardian, the Ellis Act has been responsible for thousands of San Franciscans losing their homes — and a new twist has been developing in the city's Chinatown-North Beach neighborhood.

Census seeks the 'hard to count'
by Kendall WrightPatterson Irrigator
March 3rd, 2010
The U.S. Census Bureau considers renters among the hardest groups to accurately count.

Wells Fargo aquires half of East Palo Alto rentals
KGO-TV San Francisco
March 3rd, 2010
About half the rental housing in East Palo Alto - some 1,800 units formerly owned by Page Mill Properties - has moved into the hands of Wells Fargo as a result of a foreclosure auction Tuesday.

Wells takes over East Palo Alto portfolio
San Francisco Business Times
March 3rd, 2010
Wells Fargo & Co. took title to 101 properties in East Palo Alto through trustee sales on Tuesday. The previous owner was Page Mill Properties, which bought the complex for just under $270 million. Wells Fargo has bid the property at $142 million.

Disaster loans available for Laguna Woods residents
by CLAIRE WEBBOrange County Register
March 2nd, 2010
Renters affected by recent flooding due to winter storms can take advantage of federal disaster loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration. Renters are eligible to apply for loans to replace a loss of personal property including cars.

Wells Fargo now biggest East Palo Alto landlord:
Bank becomes city's biggest landlord after foreclosure auction attracts no bids

by Gennady Sheyner Palo Alto Online
March 2nd, 2010
Wells Fargo took ownership of more than 1,800 housing units in East Palo Alto's Woodland Park neighborhood Tuesday afternoon, officially becoming the city's largest landlord.

Wells Fargo becomes East Palo Alto's largest landlord
by Shaun BishopSan Jose Mercury News
March 2nd, 2010
Wells Fargo became East Palo Alto's largest landlord on Tuesday, assuming ownership of about 1,800 rental housing units after no one bid on any of the properties at a foreclosure auction.

Newsom Criticizes Rent Measure on Ballot
by Barbara TaylorKCBS Radio
March 2nd, 2010
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is launching an early campaign against a rent control measure on the June 8 ballot that would prevent landlords from raising rents in cases where the tenant is experiencing economic hardship.

Newsom can't win them all
by Heather KnightSan Francisco Chronicle
March 2nd, 2010
San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom has sent a letter to the Board of Supervisors asking them to remove a ballot measure that would make it easier for tenants to defer rent increases if they've seen their wages cut or experienced other financial hardship.

Daly Pens Letter Urging Support of Tenant Financial Hardship Measure
by Luke Thomas Fog City Journal
March 2nd, 2010
In a letter addressed to his colleagues on the San Francisco Board of Superviosrs, Chris Daly today urged continued support of a June ballot measure proposal that aims to provide tenants most impacted by the recession temporary relief from rent increases.

A real fix for the poorest victims of the foreclosure crisis: reauthorization of the Legal Services Corporation
by Emily Savner, research associate at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of LawThe HIll
March 1st, 2010
Legislation recently introduced in Congress would reauthorize and revitalize the Legal Services Corporation, the federal body charged with distributing federal dollars to local, non-profit civil legal services programs nationwide.

Appellate court: E. Palo Alto won't have to pay $472K
by Jessica Bernstein-WaxSan Jose Mercury News
March 1st, 2010
East Palo Alto won't have to pay its biggest former landlord, Page Mill Properties, nearly $500,000 in attorneys' fees after the California Court of Appeal reversed a trial judge's 2009 ruling.

Fannie’s Lawyers Falsely Certify Compliance With PTAF in eviction context
by Robert Doggett, Texas RioGrande Legal AidForeclosureBuzz.org
February 28th, 2010
This article is another detailing Fannie Mae’s refusal to adequately implement the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act.

Fannie itself won’t certify compliance with PTAF – slows program to stabilize neighborhoods
by Robert Doggett, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid ForeclosureBuzz.org
February 26th, 2010
According to Legal Aid lawyer, Robert Doggett, Fannie Mae is not complying with the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act.

A brutal 2 years for those in CalPERS
by Andrew RossSan Francisco Chronicle
February 26th, 2010
The SF Chronicle covers the story of CalPERS' failed predatory equity investments with Page Mill Properties in East Palo Alto and Tishman Speyer / BlackRock in New York. Assemblyman Tom Ammiano has introduced a bill to prevent future such investments with public pension funds.

Evictions spark responsible investment legislation
by  Emily Holding San Diego New Room
February 25th, 2010
Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) has recently introduced the Socially Responsible Investment Act (AB 2337). The bill would prohibit the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) from investing in predatory schemes that evict tenants.

California bill targets pension fund investments in rent-controlled apartments
by Dale KaslerSacramento Bee
February 25th, 2010
California's two big public pension funds would be barred from investing in real estate deals that depend on bumping tenants out of rent-controlled housing under a bill recently introduced in the Legislature.

State lawmaker introduces bill inspired by E. Palo Alto evictions
by Jessica Bernstein-WaxSan Jose Mercury News
A state Assembly bill prompted by widespread tenant evictions in East Palo Alto would bar public pension funds from investing in businesses that force residents out of rent-controlled buildings.

Will Dufty Protect North Beach Seniors from Eviction?
by Paul HogarthBeyond Chron
February 25th, 2010
A San Francisco Supervisor continues to mull over his vote on a bill that would protect tenants in the city's North Beach neighborhood from evictions.

It’s Time for CalPERS to be Socially Responsible
by Tom AmmianoCalifornia Progress Report
February 24th, 2010
Assemblymember Tom Ammiano explains why he has introduced AB 2337 which would prohibit the use of public pension funds in predatory equity investment schemes.

Bill targets CalPERS, CalSTRS housing deals
by Dale Kasler Sacramento Bee
February 24th, 2010
An assemblyman has introduced legislation aimed at preventing the state's two big public pension funds from investing in predatory equity schemes that displace rent-control tenants.

3 in 10 caught in foreclosures are renters
by Vince RembulatManteca Bulletin
February 24th, 2010
Manteca tenants are caught as victims in the foreclosure crisis.

Calpers' Role in Deals Draws Scrutiny
by CRAIG KARMINWall Street Journal
February 23rd, 2010
The Wall Street Journal covers the story of CalPERS and its investments in predatory equity schemes. Tenants Together has been working with CA Assemblyman Ammiano to introduce legislation that would prevent public pension funds from investing in predatory investments the are predicated on displacing tenants to turn profits.

State lawmakers propose foreclosure relief bill
by  STEPHANIE A. WILKENYuma Sun
February 22nd, 2010
A foreclosure relief bill in the Arizona legislature would require maintenance of rental properties during foreclosure process.

Dufty Still Deliberating as Garage Legislation Vote Looms
by Michael RhodesSF Streetsblog
February 22nd, 2010
San Francisco supervisor Bevan Dufty mulls over his vote on legislation that could make it easier to convert garage spaces to dwelling units.

Decaying apartments symptom of housing crisis
by Samantha GrossSFGate / San Francisco Chronicle
February 21st, 2010
Amidst the mortgage meltdown, increasingly landlords across the country are neglecting upkeep of their properties or simply walking away, leaving garbage to pile up and utility bills upaid. One example is East Palo Alto where maintenance, repairs and security suffer as the 1,800 apartments owned by Page Mill Properties face foreclosure.

Jasper Place Tenants Picket Restaurant; Police Cause Trouble
by Paul HogarthBeyond Chron
February 19th, 2010
A group of Chinese senior tenants and their allies held a lively picket last night in front of a San Francisco restaurant owned by the landlords trying to evict the seniors.

Panel may rule on rent hike
by Jonathan RandlesThe Signal
February 19th, 2010
Santa Clarita officials say decision on a mobile home park’s proposed increase might come next week. Residents say the park owners' proposed increase is unreasonable and extremely steep.

California’s Tenants Together Taking on Post-Foreclosure Eviction Notices
JD Journal
February 19th, 2010
JD Journal covers Tenants Together's call for California renters to contest foreclosure evictions on the basis that many post-foreclosure eviction notices are invalid under California law.

A Sight All Too Familiar in Poor Neighborhoods
by ERIK ECKHOLMNew York Times
February 18th, 2010
New research is showing that eviction is a particular burden on low-income black women, often single mothers, who have an easier time renting apartments than their male counterparts, but are vulnerable to losing them because their wages or public benefits have not kept up with the cost of housing.

Renters caught up in foreclosure crisis
by Kendall WrightPatterson Irrigator
February 17th, 2010
Tenants in Stanislaus County become innocent victims of the foreclosure crisis.

Council Says OK to Nexus Study
by Riya BhattacharjeeBerkeley Daily Planet
February 15th, 2010
the Berkeley City Council voted to approve a nexus study to examine affordable housing policies in light of the Palmer/Sixth Street Properties v. City of Los Angeles decision that essentially wiped out local inclusionary housing requirements which had been imposed by cities like Berkeley and Los Angeles. Condo developers will still have to provide affordable units.

Visalia City Council to take up mobile-home rent ordinance
by GERALD CARROLLVisalia Times-Delta
February 13th, 2010
A Visilia space-rent ordinance expires in May and a new ordinance is being drafted by the city council. Mobile-home residents claim that owners of Visalia's 10 mobile-home residential parks routinely gouge new residents while relentlessly pushing up rents on helpless long-term residents on fixed incomes who have no other cost-effective housing option.

Construction begins on San Ramon's first low-income senior complex
by Sophia Kazmi Mercury News
February 12th, 2010
Once completed, the 105-unit Valley Vista complex at 20801 San Ramon Valley Blvd. will be available to rent to low-income seniors 62 and older. Subsidies will prevent renters from spending more than a third of their incomes on rent and utilities.

Moratorium on foreclosures passes first hurdle
Fight Back News
February 11th, 2010
A bill that would bring a halt to the eviction of tenants from foreclosed buildings got through the Minnesota State House of Representatives Housing Policy and Finance and Public Health Finance Division, Feb. 9. The moratorium bill will now proceed to the House Commerce Committee.

Every tenant's nightmare: No heat, hot water for months in Brooklyn apartment that's in foreclosure
by JAKE PEARSONNew York Daily News
February 11th, 2010
Angry tenants in a NYC building that has gone into foreclosure have lodged 65 complaints with the Housing Preservation and Development Department since last February.

Sterling's Discrimination Settlement Kept Out Of Elgin Baylor Suit
by Dennis RomeroLA Weekly
February 10th, 2010
A judge in former NBA star Elgin Baylor's discrimination suit against Clippers' owner and LA megalandord, Donald Sterling, ruled that outside evidence of Sterling's alleged bias against minorities could not be brought in court. Baylor's attorneys wanted to bring up a record-setting rental housing discrimination settlement between Sterling and tenants.

Landlord to Pay $1 Million Over Treatment of Tenants
by CHRISTINE HAUGHNEYNew York Times
February 10th, 2010
New York predatory equity landlord, Vantage Properties, which became a lightning rod for complaints about treatment of tenants in rent-regulated apartments, will be forced to stop harrasing tenants and will be forced to pay $1 million under settlement with the state's attorney general.

City Hall Watch: Building garages becomes harder
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
February 10th, 2010
Citing a number of recent tenant evictions followed by garage applications, San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu introduced legislation that would make it more difficult to construct a garage. The legislation was adopted in a 7-2 vote Tuesday.

Developers and preservationists square off in San Francisco's Parkmerced
by Alison HawkesKALW Radio Crosscurrents
February 9th, 2010
Tenants and preservationists weigh in on Stellar Management's plans to build more high rise apartment buildings in San Francisco's Parkmerced community.

Gutted just-cause eviction bill vote postponed
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
February 9th, 2010
A vote by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on legislation that would have expanded just cause for eviction protections was postponed.

The Hidden Eviction Victims
by Sasha AbramskyDaily Beast
February 9th, 2010
Law-abiding renters often lose their homes when landlords get into mortgage trouble. This report explains how banks, realtors, and courts gang up on families. Tenants Together Program Director, Gabe Treves, was interviewed at length for this piece.

Full board to vote on parking garage restrictions
by Joshua SabatiniSF Examiner
February 9th, 2010
San Francisco Board of Supervisors President, David Chiu, has introduced legislation establishing tough restrictions on constructing new parking garages on residential buildings as a measure to prevent the loss of affordable housing.

One home, Two families, and a Company in the Middle
by  Christine ParkKFSN-TV Fresno
February 9th, 2010
Unsuspecting renters and former homeowners say a foreclosure business left them out of their homes and out thousands of dollars.

Fannie Mae Blames its Lawyers for Post-Foreclosure Letters
by Robert DoggettTexas RioGrande Legal Aid
February 8th, 2010
Lawyers working for Fannie Mae are issuing notices to tenants that violate the lender's own stated policies and the "language, meaning, and intent" of the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act.

Innocent victims of the subprime crisis
by Sasha AbramskyGuardian U.K.
February 6th, 2010
In spite of a law protecting tenants, people who rent across the US are being illegally evicted even if their finances are fine.

Room rental demand, downsizing rise as more people displaced
by Jenni MintzVentura County Star
February 6th, 2010
Job losses and other financial constraints are forcing people to reduce living expenses in a big way. For some, that might mean downsizing from a house to an apartment — or just a room. Some people have had to move home with the folks or bring in more roommates.

E. Palo Alto wins appeal on Page Mill legal fees
by Jessica Bernstein-WaxPalo Alto Daily News
February 6th, 2010
The California Court of Appeal has reversed a lower court's decision awarding East Palo Alto predatory landlord, Page Mill Properties, about $20,000 in legal fees in a case against the city, possibly saving the city hundreds of thousands of dollars in another legal case.

A $5.4 Billion Deal Predicated on Breaking the Law
by Gary WeissSeeking Alpha
February 4th, 2010
A business journalist explains how a predatory equity scheme in New York in which CalPERS invested (and lost) $500M, was predicated on breaking the law in order to turn a profit.

San Francisco renters fall victim to foreclosures
by Monica JensenKALW Radio
February 4th, 2010
In this radio report on tenants caught in the foreclosure crisis we hear from Ted Gullicksen of the San Francisco Tenants Union and Mayor Newsom who recently vetoed an ordinance that would have expanded just cause for eviction protection to all rental units in SF.

Condo Conversion Lottery Comes But Once A Year
by Heather SmithMission Local
February 4th, 2010
This article covers the annual San Franicsco lottery for Tenancy In Common (TIC) owners who wish to convert their properties to condominiums. The director of the SF Tenants Union isn't a fan of TICs and sees their increase over the last decade as an attempt by realtors to contravene laws meant to prevent rampant speculation.

New law protects New Jersey tenants from foreclosure
by TOM HESTER SR.New Jersey Newsroom
February 3rd, 2010
Under a new law passed by the New Jersey state legislature, buyers of a foreclosed residential property are required to notify tenants of the ownership change and that they are not required to vacate.

Judge sanctions CitiApartments in city lawsuit
by John CotéSF Gate
February 3rd, 2010
A judge has tagged notorious San Francisco landlord, CitiApartments, and its related companies with a $50,000 fine for failing to turn over to the city legally required information in what City Attorney Dennis Herrera called "elaborate financial shell games."

Newsom's eviction law veto stands
by Rachel GordonSan Francisco Chronicle
February 3rd, 2010
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors failed to override Mayor Gavin Newsom's veto of legislation to expand just cause eviction protections to all the city's rental units.

Herrera wins Court sanctions against CitiApartments for ‘obfuscation, delay’
Office of the City Attorney of San Francisco
February 2nd, 2010
San Francisco's city attorney has won Court-ordered sanctions against a labyrinthine web of defendants involved in the operation of CitiApartments and Skyline Realty, the residential property management and investment behemoth first sued by the city in 2006 for an array of unlawful business practices.

Blumenthal wants tenants' protection in foreclosures
by Ken DixonLeagle
February 2nd, 2010
Hundreds, if not thousands, of Connecticut renters, unaware of their rights in property foreclosure proceedings, have been illegally intimidated and evicted by real estate companies, banks, lenders and law firms,say the state's attorney general and legal aid lawyers.

Tenant Buyouts: Strategy for Success
by Dave CrowCrow & Rose Blog
February 2nd, 2010
Tenant Attorney Dave Crow explains how tenants can get the best deal from a landlords buying them out of their lease.

Report: Mobile home rent hike is too steep
by Jonathan Randles The Signal
February 1st, 2010
Consultants commissioned by the city of Santa Clarita say Polynesian Mobile Home Park owners are asking too much

A Crucial Moment for Affordable Housing in the Silicon Valley
by Andy BlueRents & Rants
February 1st, 2010
East Palo Alto stands at a crossroads as one of the last affordable communities in the Silicon Valley. It is imperative that tenants, advocates, elected officials, and the foreclosing lender, Wells Fargo Bank, work together to make certain that safe, affordable housing is preserved in the City of East Palo Alto.

Housing crunch has human toll: more suffering from mental illness
by Danielle E. Gaines and Deborah SchochSacramento Bee
January 31st, 2010
A four-week investigation of the psychological and other health problems wreaked by the Merced area foreclosure crisis finds that renters are suffering from widespread stress and depression.

Council considers building moratorium
by Star StaffSt. Helena Star
January 30th, 2010
Due in part to the Palmer/Sixth Street Properties v. City of LA court decision, St. Helena city council is considering placing a moratorium on some new construction projects to give the city time to rewrite one of its housing laws and adopt its new General Plan.

Auction of Page Mill's East Palo Alto properties delayed
by Jessica Bernstein-WaxSan Jose Mercury News
January 30th, 2010
The trustee sale of 1,800 rental units in East Palo Alto owned by Page Mill Properties won't take place Feb. 1 as planned, according to city officials. Meanwhile advocates including Tenants Together insist that the portfolio be sold to a responsible owner at a price reflecting its true value based on rents in compliance with the city's rent control laws.

Santa Clara County: Smoking ban plan has mixed support
by Tracy SeipelMercury News.com
January 29th, 2010
Residents in 70 apartment buildings throughout unincorporated Santa Clara County would not be allowed to smoke in their homes under a proposal to ban cigarette smoking in apartment complexes.

Renters, beware of trapdoor
by DANIELLE E. GAINESMerced Sun-Star
January 28th, 2010
This article about Merced area tenants caught in the foreclosure meltdown is part of a series of articles on the impact of the crisis on mental health.

Fighting on Frontlines of the Foreclosure Crisis: Citizens Take on the Monster Banks
by Steven WishniaAlterNet
January 28th, 2010
In east Boston where an estimated three-fourths of the residents evicted in foreclosures are tenants, citizens are fighting displacement through grassroots organizing, legal action, pressure on the banks and eviction-day sit-ins.

So Your Landlord's Got a Knife. Well, Get in Line and Take a Number.
by Joe EskenaziSF Weekly
January 28th, 2010
San Francisco Tenant Union director, Ted Gullickson, shares some of his most extreme bad-landlord stories.

Landlord Violates Rent Control -- With 'Large Knife'
by Joe EskenaziSF Weekly
January 27th, 2010
Police were called to a San Franciso apartment to intercede in a landlord-renter dispute that culminated when "the landlord wielded a large kitchen knife at the tenant and threatened to kill the tenant."

Tenants’ Rights Proposal Passes Unanimously, Advocates Unhappy
by Kimberly ChuaMission Local
January 27th, 2010
Amended legislation to protect families with children from being evicted during the school year was unanimously approved by he San Francisco Board of Supervisors, but it was a bittersweet victory for many tenants’ rights advocates who preferred an earlier version of the law.

Landlords may sue City Hall over eviction notices
by Nick TaborekSanta Monica Daily Press
January 27th, 2010
Apartment owners are threatening to sue City Hall if the City Council adopts a proposal that would give tenants more time to fix lease violations before they could be evicted.

California pension fund loses big on New York real estate deal
by Dale KaslerMcClatchy News Service
January 27th, 2010
CalPERS' $500 million predatory equity investment in a New York real estate has officially gone by the wayside. CalSTRS wrote off its $100 million investment in the same project months ago.

Renters shouldn't vote, and other pearls of wisdom
by Anna Marie Hibble SF Gate
January 26th, 2010
Commenters on the San Francisco Chronicle's online version, SFGate, who are notorious for offensive remarks, have given rise to the debate on whether renters have as much stake in a community as homeowners.

Fight over Santa Cruz mobile home park housing likely headed back to court
by Kurtis AlexanderSan Jose Mercury News
The long-running showdown between the county and a Soquel mobile home park owner, which is testing the county's authority to preserve rent-controlled housing, appears headed back to court.

Tenant Buyouts: Your Absolute Bottom Line
by Dave CrowCrow and Rose Blog
January 25th, 2010
Attorney Dave Crow explains a San Franciscan rent-controlled tenant's rights regarding statutory relocation payments.

Rent wars: Court says landlord must make poor tenants rich
by Lois BeckettSF Weekly
January 25th, 2010
Last week, the California Court of Appeals upheld a $1.2 million judgment against San Francisco landlord, Edward Litke, in a wrongful eviction case.

Mayor Genser remembered as tenacious
by Nick TaborekSanta Monica Daily Press
January 25th, 2010
As Santa Monica's mayor and longest-serving council member, Genser fought for the preservation of Santa Monica's neighborhoods, the protection of tenant rights, and was instrumental in creating affordable housing.

N.Y. Housing Complex Is Turned Over to Creditors
by CHARLES V. BAGLINew York Times
January 25th, 2010
Tishman Speyer and BlackRock Realty announced they will turn Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village over to creditors. CalPERS stands to lose all of $500 million it invested in this predatory equity scheme.

Low income families can get emergency funds to heat homes
by Charles FeldmanWalletPop
January 23rd, 2010
Low income renters can apply for emergency assistance from the federal government to cover energy costs.

EPA prepares for Page Mill lawsuit negotiations: City and court-appointed receiver set to begin settlement talks next week
by  by Gennady Sheyner Palo Alto Online StaffPalo Alto Online
January 22nd, 2010
East Palo Alto officials and the city's biggest landlord, a court-appointed receiver that took over for Page Mill Properties, will begin negotiations next week in hopes of settling more than a dozen lawsuits between the two parties.

Valley's rents at 3-year low
by Sue McAllisterSan Jose Mercury News
January 20th, 2010
Driven largely by unemployment and lower incomes, apartment rents in Santa Clara County tumbled 11.5 percent in the fourth quarter compared with a year earlier.

Iraq Homecoming Spoiled After Bank Forecloses On Wrong Home
WCVB TV Boston
January 20th, 2010
According to a lawsuit filed in Boston, Bank of America/Countrywide foreclosed on a home for which they were not a lender. They evicted the tenant, changed the locks, and removed the belongings of the owner and the tenant.

Tenant Buyouts
by Dave CrowCrow and Rose Blog
January 18th, 2010
A San Francisco tenant lawyer explains what tenant buyouts are, when a tenant can expect them, and how to respond to a buyout offer.

The intentional renters: An Alameda couple reflects on the hidden costs of home ownership
by Rob BaedekerSFGate
January 18th, 2010
This story profiles a married couple who, despite paying a monthly rent that could cover a mortgage payment, have "decided that the value and freedoms they gain by renting far outweigh the benefits of owning."

Clippers owner Donald Sterling makes his own luck
by BILL PLASCHKELA Times
January 17th, 2010
LA Lakers coach Phil Jackson refers to NBA team owner and Los Angeles mega-landlord's history or troubles. A history that includes allegations by the U.S. Department of Justice of willful and intentional race-based housing discrimination.

Revamp in the works for eviction protections
by Rachel GordonSFGate
January 13th, 2010
The Board of Supervisors extended eviction protections Tuesday to San Francisco tenants who don't live in units that fall under rent control, but Mayor Gavin Newsom promises veto.

Housing advocates settle suit for disabled renters
by GARANCE BURKSan Diego Source
January 13th, 2010
Thousands of renters with disabilities are poised to get extreme home makeovers thanks to a major settlement ending a federal lawsuit against a development company run by the sons of GOP donor and San Diego Chargers owner Alex Spanos.

Developer fees forced to change
by Mike AldaxSan Francisco Examiner
January 13th, 2010
A court battle has forced San Francisco to alter how it will make developers pay for affordable rental units in new buildings. Under proposed legislation, developers would no longer have the option of providing affordable-housing units in San Francisco’s residential rental projects. Instead, it would require developers to pay a fee to The City

New Tenants Rights Proposal Has Solid Backing
by Rigoberto HernandezMission Loc@l
January 13th, 2010
San Francisco landlords will not be able to impose owner move-in evictions on families with children during the school year, if a new proposal by Supervisor Eric Mar passes the Board of Supervisors as expected.

West-side residents parched: 7 days and counting, no water
by Joe Conger / KENS 5 TV
January 12th, 2010
Foreclosures in California have had a direct effect on a San Antonio, Texas tenant: drying-up his water supply.

Renters' rights bill stalled already
by Oscar Pedro MusibaySouth Florida Business Journal
January 12th, 2010
a bill in the Florida legislature designed to give renters more rights when their landlords face foreclosure was postponed to vet concerns raised by Realtors, bankers and others.

Stuy Town: What's Next?
by Eliot BrownNew York Observer
January 12th, 2010
As restructuring looms in the predatory equity investment in Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village in NYC,tenants and elected officials hold that the historic property should remain permanently affordable.

SF affordable housing may be in jeopardy
by  Lyanne Melendez KGO-TV San Francisco
January 12th, 2010
Because of the Palmer/Sixth Street Properties vs. city of Los Angeles decision, affordable housing in San Francisco may be in jeopardy and the Board of Supervisors is taking measures to try to protect it.

N.J. tenants should be notified of foreclosures, bill says
by Sean SpositoThe Star-Ledger
January 11th, 2010
Buyers of foreclosed residential properties in New Jersey might soon be required to let tenants know their apartments are changing hands.

Avalos Responds to Newsom Attempt to Narrow Just Cause Eviction Protections
by Carol HarveyFog City Journal
January 11th, 2010
San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos who has proposed legislation to extend just cause for eviction protections to all the city's renters in-perpetuity, says that Mayor Gavin Newsom's alternative proposal is "very limited" and would only last for one year.

Monterey County redevelopment efforts to boost jobs, homes move forward
by LESLIE GRIFFY The Californian
January 11th, 2010
Monterey County Redevelopment Agency project, paid for in part by grant money, is a joint effort to provide housing assistance to renters displaced by code violations in their current homes.

Ken Genser dies at 59; Santa Monica mayor and councilman
LA Times
January 11th, 2010
Ken Genser, mayor of Santa Monica, supporter of affordable housing, and an active member of Santa Monicans for Renters Rights died at age 59.

'Just cause' eviction legislation wins board approval, faces veto from mayor
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner:
January 10th, 2010
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 7-3 Tuesday to approve legislation that extends the eviction protections in place for those living in units built prior to June 1979, as they are covered by The City’s rent control ordinance, to those units built afterward

Federal stimulus working out for big companies, residents not so happy about it
by Will Evans or CaliforniaWatch.orgContra Costa Times
January 10th, 2010
In the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood in San Francisco, residents have complained for years of slumlord conditions and bad management at apartment complexes owned by AIMCO, the recent recipient of $13 million in tax credits.

'West Wing' Star Returns Fire on Clippers Owner
TMZ
January 9th, 2010
Tenants from a building owned by NBA team owner and LA mega-landlord, Donald Sterling, have filed suit against their landlord claiming that he is responsible for a fire that destroyed their building.

CalPERS partner misses debt payment on N.Y. apartments
by Dale KaslerSacramento Bee
January 9th, 2010
The partnership in control of a New York apartment complex missed a debt payment Friday. Default would likely wipe out the $500 million invested by CalPERS, one of several investors in the project. The California State Teachers' Retirement System already has written off its $100 million investment.

Clippers Owner Donald T. Sterling Sued by 'West Wing' Actress
by Patrick Range McDonaldLA Weekly
January 8th, 2010
LA NBA team and mega-landlord, Donald Sterling, is being sued by tenants who say he failed to fix electrical problems in their apartment building which led to a devastating fire in September.

More apartments deemed illegally deregulated
January 8th, 2010
Echoing a court decision on Stuyvesant Town in New York, an NYC judge has ruled that a landlord who received abatements improperly took units out of rent control, a standard practice in predatory equity schemes.

Court Orders JP Morgan to Comply With Federal Law Protecting Renters in Foreclosure
Public Justice Center
January 7th, 2010
The Circuit Court for Baltimore City vacated an order granting possession of a Baltimore City home to JP Morgan Chase Bank, NA. The tenant in the home had contacted the Public Justice Center in October of 2009 seeking legal assistance to enforce her rights under the federal Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act.

Page Mill's East Palo Alto buildings to hit the auction block Feb. 1
by Jessica Bernstein-WaxMercuryNews.com
January 6th, 2010
As predatory landlord Page Mill Properties (David Taran) faces foreclosure on it's 1800 units in East Palo Alto, tenants and advocates insist the new owner(s) will have to be dedicated to owning and operating affordable housing.

Foreclosure Fears Lead to Tenants' Conundrum
by Vinnie RotondaroCityLImits.org
January 6th, 2010
Just as tenant advocates had warned, numerous predatory equity investments are now collapsing and the threat of widespread foreclosures is putting many innocent tenants at risk.

Dear Government: Renters would like a tax break too
by Anna Marie HibbleSFGate
January 5th, 2010
Some suggest that the homebuyers tax credit amounts to a regressive tax on renters. The author of this article suggests the federal government should implement a rent credit for renters.

San Francisco to close public housing waiting list
by David Louie KGO-TV San Francisco
January 5th, 2010
The San Francisco Housing Authority has stopped taking applications from residents who want to live in public housing. The SFHA will close its waiting list at the end of January.

Judicial Bias Out of Control in SF Superior Court
by Dean PrestonBeyondChron.org
January 5th, 2010
The recent upholding by the Appellate Panel of the eviction of Susan Suval stands as the latest example of judicial bias against renters in San Francisco’s Superior Courts. Despite its progressive political climate, San Francisco continues to be one of the worst places in California when it comes to judicial bias against tenants.

Donald Sterling is generous, impolitic and eager to be liked
by  SANDY BANKSLA Times
January 3rd, 2010
NBA team owner and LA mega-landlord, Donald Sterling, who was charged by the US Dept.of Justice for race-based housing discrimination, and is the subject of Tenants Togethers' "NBA: Show You Care" campaign, has been accused for years for being a bigot.

Re'Anita Burns Looks Back on a Decade of Organizing in East Palo Alto
by Ruth Robertson Bay Area Indymedia
January 3rd, 2010
As 24-year-old Re'Anita enters a second decade of organizing in her community of color, she fights for tenants who need relief from illegal rent increases implemented by predatory landlord Page Mill Properties / David Taran.

Water meter shut-offs lead to evictions
by Rebecca UngerHi-Desert Star
January 2nd, 2010

Rats and bedbugs take over where Dawnay, Day left off in Harlem
by Alexandra FreanTimes Online
January 2nd, 2010
Tenants living in properties suffering neglect after the collapse of predatory equity schemes in New York demand that the properties be sold to a responsible owner and that they be consulted during the sale process.

Berkeley's public housing residents oppose privatization of their housing
by Lynda CarsonBay Area Indymedia
January 1st, 2010
Public housing residents of Berkeley have received notice announcing that the Berkeley Housing Authority is preparing to convert their public housing units into privately owned housing subsidized by Section 8 voucher rental assistance, and that their housing would be transferred to a local non profit housing developer.

ACLU accuses Antioch of censoring evidence
Contra Costa Times
December 31st, 2009
Low-income renters suing the city of Antioch for alleged racial discrimination are accusing city officials of censoring critical evidence.

Economy top San Mateo County story of '09: Page Mill Properties goes bust
by Will OremusSan Mateo County Times
December 31st, 2009
The collapse of landlord Page Mill Properties / David Taran's predatory equity scheme in East Palo Alto was one of the most important economic stories for 2009 in San Mateo County.

Goodbye Old Year, Good Riddance Page Mill Properties!
by Ruth RobertsonBay Area Indymedia
December 31st, 2009
In one last rally for the year 2009, housing activists said a long overdue "good riddance" to mega-landlord Page Mill. They raised cups of sparkling apple juice and pledged to continue working for rent relief for Page Mill tenants.

Courts Are Starting To Hold Banks Accountable
by George Beckus Esq.Florida Foreclosure Lawyer
December 30th, 2009
Judges in Massachusetts, Ohio, and Kansas have made decisions that have raised serious questions as to the legality of hundreds of thousands of foreclosures that have transpired as well as the legal standing of the subsequent purchasers of those homes, who are more and more frequently the Wall Street banks themselves.

Tenant torment: Renters left hanging as city convenes for holidays and Newsom heads for Hawaii
by Sarah PhelanSan Francisco Bay Guardian
December 30th, 2009
Tenant advocates say San Francisco mayor, Gavin Newsom is trying to undermine a strong tenant bill that would give thousands of tenants in newer buildings the same protections as tenants in buildings constructed before 1979.

East Palo Alto may settle Page Mill lawsuits
by Jessica Bernstein-WaxSan Jose Mercury News
December 29th, 2009
The East Palo Alto City Council is discussing whether to accept a settlement proposal with a court-appointed receiver that would put to rest about 10 active lawsuits with predatory landlord Page Mill Properties/David Taran, city officials said Tuesday. Meanwhile tenant advocates say "many tenants still feel crunched by the high rents and feel there are many questions left unanswered."

Chinatown family life - what tourists don't see
by Brant WardSFGate
December 29th, 2009
This article take a look at the often harsh reality of daily life for families who are SRO tenants in San Francisco's Chinatown.

How CalPERS strategy backfired: Huge portfolio losses tied to heavy leverage, lack of oversight
by Arleen Jacobius Pensions and Investments
December 28th, 2009
According to Pension and Investments, "behind CalPERS' staggering real estate losses lies a strategy that took on too much risk and lacked adequate oversight." One example is their predatory equity investment with Page Mill Properties in East Palo Alto that not only will likely result in a $100M loss, but also had a devastating impact on the tenants who suffered displacement, harassment and excessive rent increases.

From a crumbling slum come the resources to build a new life
by Jessica GarrisonLos Angeles Times
December 27th, 2009
The Los Angeles Times interviews plaintiff tenants from 621 S. Union Ave. in LA and lawyers from the Inner City Law Center who won a settlement from the landlord this fall that netted each resident $40,000 each.

Ventura mobile home park spaces to be offered for sale to renters
by Kevin ClericiVentura County Star
December 26th, 2009
After two years of maneuvering, including a successful lawsuit, owners of the Stardust Mobile Estates mobile home park in Ventura have won approval to sell its spaces to residents instead of renting them out. Residents are concerned they may not be able to afford to stay.

Federal rent aid program is selective
by Rick RadinContra Costa Times
December 26th, 2009
A federal stimulus program aimed at preventing tenants from being evicted because of the recession is arousing lots of interest but qualification guidelines are strict. The lead agency in distributing $3 million earmarked for Contra Costa has received 574 inquiries and 87 applications but has approved 16.

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.

Dufty Votes Against Eviction Protection Law
by Paul HogarthBeyondChron
December 9th, 2009
San Francisco supervisors voted to expand just cause for evictions to all rental units built after 1979. Bevan Dufty – who plans to run for Mayor in 2011 – once again cast the fourth vote that would block the promised veto override by Mayor Gavin Newsom.

S.F. tenants' victory likely to be short-lived
by Rachel GordonSan Francisco Chronicle
December 9th, 2009
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance to expand just cause for eviction protections to rental units built after 1979. However, Mayor Gavin Newsom has stated that he will veto the measure.

Eviction Controls on the Horizon
by Nancy LópezMission Local
December 8th, 2009
Mission Local covers the legislative fight in San Francisco to extend just cause for eviction protections to post-1979 rental units. While the proposed ordinance was modified to address concerns by opponents, Mayor Gavin Newsom has nonetheless insisted he will veto the measure.

Tenants cry foul over Olympic eviction
CBC News
December 7th, 2009
Tenants in East Vancouver, Canada say their landlord is evicting them to rent out to Olympic tourists.

10% of NYC's low-cost housing seen deep in debt: Study finds that overleveraged buildings more likely to harass rent-regulated tenants as several are seen heading for financial defaults.
by Amanda FungCrains NY Business
December 7th, 2009
Nearly 10%, or 100,000 units, of the New York's affordable housing stock were overleveraged by predatory equity investors, and several of them are heading toward financial default, according to a recent report from a housing advocacy group. On list of properties at risk are Tishman Speyer's Peter Cooper Village & Stuyvesant Town, in which CalPERS invested $500 million.

Political History Of WeHo Part One
by Steve MartinWeHoNews.com
December 3rd, 2009
Twenty-five years ago, skyrocketing rents and the resulting displacement of many residents was what inspired a drive to incorporate the The City of West Hollywood.

Eviction Threat Drives Man to Suicide, His Mother to Despair
by Ken HuSing Tao Daily
December 3rd, 2009
Facing an Ellis Act eviction a San Francisco man committed suicide last year. Now his mother faces eviction. Driven by the huge profits, the model of purchasing a building-turning it to TIC- evicting tenants using the Ellis Act is increasingly common in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco.

North Beach Eviction Wave Proceeds Despite Real Estate Slump
by Paul HogarthBeyond Chron
December 3rd, 2009
The real estate downturn may have caused prices to dip, but it has not stopped the waves of Ellis Act evictions hitting the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco.

Rental-rate ruling could have ripple effect in SF
by Melissa GriffinSand Francisco Examiner
December 3rd, 2009
A recent court case — Palmer/Sixth Street Properties v. City of Los Angeles — likely invalidated certain below market rental requirements in more than 100 localities across the state, including San Francisco.

War of values
by Danelle MortonSan Francisco Magazine
December 2nd, 2009
An epic battle has been raging over who can afford to live in San Francisco. The paper trail reveals that the city’s dominant landlords, the Lembi family of CitiApartments fame, bought up every building they could get their hands on, from the Tenderloin’s rattiest dumps to Nob Hill’s ritziest penthouses, with an audacious plan to drive up everyone’s rent. And their money came from the same financial geniuses who brought the world economy to its knees.

Tenants' Rights Flashcards
TED Fellows
December 2nd, 2009
A TED fellow collaborates with Tenants & Neighbors in NYC to develop and design a boxed set of 30 flash cards on tenants' rights.

Statement on the President's Jobs Summit
by Dean BakerTruthout
December 2nd, 2009
In a statement regarding President Obama's upcoming job summit, Dean Baker calls for right to rent for homeowners facing foreclosure.

NBA Insider: Around the Hardwood
by NBA InsiderUSA Today
December 2nd, 2009
USA Today's NBA Insider gives mention to Tenants Together's campaign to hold NBA Team owner and mega-landlord, Donald Sterling accountable for race-based housing discrimination.

Board to Vote on Bringing “Just Cause” to All SF Renters
by Liam FrostBeyond Chron
December 2nd, 2009
Next week, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ Land Use Committee will vote on an ordinance to extend “just cause” evictions to all rental units. Currently eviction protections in San Francisco only apply to buildings built before 1979.

Very low-income housing hard to find, study shows
by Lori WeisbergSan Diego Union-Tribune
December 1st, 2009
As the economic downturn worsened last year, the nation’s poorest households found it increasingly difficult to find housing they could afford, according to a new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition. In 2007, there were 24 affordable units for every 100 extremely low-income California renters.

Protesters Demand East Palo Alto City Council Intervene in Landlord Dispute
by R. Robertson IndyBay
December 1st, 2009
East Palo Alto residents surrounded city council members as they attempted to enter City Hall tonight. Residents of Page Mill Properties and their supporters rallied in front of the building, formed a huddle, and created a game plan to secure the support of council members in the tenants' long battle against mega-landlord Page Mill.

Battle for mobile home rent control in Goleta
by Kathy MarilloKCSB Radio
December 1st, 2009
KCSB radio reports on the struggle to save mobilehome rent control in Goleta where torture memo author and 9th Circuit Judge Bybee ruled a mobilehome rent control ordinance was a regulatory taking. Listen to the podcast of the report.

County wins suit to protect mobile home rent control, for now
by By Kurtis AlexanderSanta Cruz Sentinel
December 1st, 2009
A Superior Court handed Santa Cruz County a boost in its widely-watched effort to protect rent-controlled mobile home parks saying that county leaders have flexibility when deciding if a park owner can sell off a park's rented parcels and establish a condominium-type arrangement instead.

San Jacinto asks for annexation hearing to be postponed
by GAIL WESSONPress-Enterprise
November 30th, 2009
The city of San Jacinto requested a delay to finalize details of a rent control agreement with owners of Country Lake Mobile Home Park, which would be included in a prposed annexation of about 500 acres.

Ruling jeopardizes some affordable housing laws
by Robert Selna, Chronicle Staff WriterSan Francisco Chronicle
November 27th, 2009
Late last month, the California Supreme Court declined to review and therefore let stand a controversial lower court decision precluding the city of Los Angeles from enforcing affordable housing rules on a new apartment development.

Rents rising in the city
by Melanie HickenGlendale News Press
November 27th, 2009
Average advertised rental rates in Glendale rose as much as 8% during a three-month period in spring, even as other cities saw their rents decrease, according to a city report.

WeHo built on rent control
by Larry GrossWeHoNews.com
November 27th, 2009
Larry Gross of Coalition for Economic Survival looks back at the founding of the city of West Hollywood, a city that was created to save and strengthen rent control.

Council debates protections for tenants
by by Daniel DeBolt Mountain View Voice
November 26th, 2009
Under a proposal for dealing with displaced low income tenants being considered by the Mountain View City Council, certain landlords would be required to help tenants relocate when a rental is demolished, redeveloped or converted to condos.

Housing crisis in U.S. getting worse
Trends and Predictions Blog
November 25th, 2009
After a six-city tour of the United States, Raquel Rolnik, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing reports that many tenants and homeowners in the United States are spending 80%, and upwards, of their income on housing. See the video from RT News.

The Donald Sterling Rule: All Bad Deeds Go Unpunished
by Jon WeinbachFanhouse
November 25th, 2009
Despite a long history of bad behavior including what the U.S. Department of Justice called "willful" mistreatment of African American and Latino tenants, the National Basketball Association has refused to discipline or comment on team owner Donald Sterling's misdeeds.

West Hollywood: City Built on Rent Control Celebrates 25th Anniversary
by Larry GrossOpEd News
November 25th, 2009
Twenty-five years ago members of the Coalition for Economic Survival (CES) rejoiced after a 7-year campaign to secure tenants' rights and preserve affordable housing in the then 1.9 square mile LA County unincorporated area of West Hollywood.

Monterey County: Feds let local branches use reserves
by JIM JOHNSON The Herald
November 24th, 2009
Three months after the Monterey County Housing Authority decreased Section 8 rental assistance for thousands of local households, due to a lack of federal funding, local officials have been given the go-ahead to restore part of the cut.

Proposed Eviction Law to Curb Family Flight?
by Nancy LópezMission Local
November 23rd, 2009
As the exodus of families from San Francisco continues, policy makers are looking to eviction laws to keep families in the city and City Supervisor Eric Mar has proposed legislation to include them as a protected class under owner move-in evictions.

Renters becoming latest victims as foreclosure crisis widens: Multifamily defaults rising. Some tenants left in dilapidated buildings
by Robin ShulmanWashington Post
November 23rd, 2009
A new wave of foreclosures stands to hurt people who may have never taken out a mortgage: renters. In cities such as New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, where many investors are carrying upside-down mortgages on large rental buildings, some tenants are watching their homes fall apart along with the financing.

Major redevelopment project continues on San Bernardino's eastside
by Andrew EdwardsThe Sun
November 22nd, 2009
A plan in San Bernadino for 100 apartment units to be rehabilitated for low-income tenants, and another 144 units to be torn down to make way for 40 to 55 homes and senior housing, moves ahead. The project has been a source of uncertainty for people who live in the area, since plans require them to find new homes.

Landlord presses for shorter termination notice
by Project SentinelSFGate / San Francisco Chronicle
November 22nd, 2009
In this Project Sentinel advice column for California tenants, a renters asks about a lease agreement that waives the tenants' right to a 60-day notice to vacate after renting for more than a year at the residence.

Ban on smoking in apartments gets a boost
by Kevin HerreraSanta Monica Daily Press
November 21st, 2009
A Santa Monica landlord, real estate broker, and Rent Control Board member said Friday he will sponsor a ban on smoking in all apartments that share common floors or ceilings with at least one other unit.

Non-Smoking Apartments In Santa Monica?
by Bridget KwokCanyon News
November 21st, 2009
The Santa Monicans for Non-Smoking Renters Rights wants the city to expand non-smoking laws by creating non-smoking sections in multifamily residential buildings, including individual units.

Landlords pay $300,000 for evicting helper dog
by Bob EgelkoSFGate / San Francisco Chronicle
November 20th, 2009
The Department of Fair Employment and Housing announced that the Huntington Villas Apartments in Huntington Beach has agreed to pay a former tenant nearly $300,000 to settle her suit claiming she had been discriminated against because she is disabled and had an animal companion.

Renters ‘Lost in the Shuffle’ in Anti-Foreclosure Efforts: 10-Month Old Fannie Mae Program Has Helped 300 Renters
by Mary Kane Washington Independent
November 20th, 2009
Fannie Mae announced it will give homeowners facing foreclosure the chance to stay in their properties as renters. But as past efforts to stem the foreclosure crisis have already shown, even well-intentioned programs haven’t managed to reach significant numbers of people in peril.

SoCal rent costs fall, 1st dip in 14 years
by Jonathan Lansner and Jeff CollinsOrange County Register
Renting costs in Southern California fell at an annual rate for the first time in 14 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index.

The Benefits of Rent Control
by Staff WriterOh My Apartment
November 18th, 2009
This post a brief overview of rent control laws and the protections they can provide.

Galt City Council rejects study on rent stabilization
by Maggie CreamerLodi News-Sentinel
November 18th, 2009
The Galt City Council rejected a proposal to conduct a study that would determine whether a rent stabilization ordinance is needed for the city's mobile home parks.

Group seeks apartment fixes
by Bill SilverfarbThe Daily Journal
November 18th, 2009
A neighborhood association has been pressing the management of a 697-unit apartment complex in San Mateo for nearly two years to increase security, address parking issues and clean up a garbage-filled creek.

Mountain View considers giving tenants forced to move a little financial help
by Diana SamuelsPalo Alto Daily News
November 18th, 2009
The Mountain View City Council is considering an ordinance that would require landlords who evict tenants for certain specified reasons to provide relocation assistance to low income tenants.

Riverside renters warned of cash scams
by Miriam HernandezKABC-TV Los Angles
November 18th, 2009
A renter in Riverside County becomes a victim of fraud when she rents a property in foreclosure.

Some residents still struggle to afford a place to live
by COURTENAY EDELHARTBakersfield.com
November 16th, 2009
For renters and former homeowners who lost homes dues to foreclosure, the cost of a place to live is still too high despite small decreases in average rents. Tenants Together's Executive Director was interviewed for this article.

Are You My Landlord?: The return of "West Side Stories," a column dedicated to life on EPA's west side.
by Maureen PattarelliEPA.net
November 16th, 2009
Tenants caught in a predatory equity / foreclosure debacle in East Palo are facing the frustration of the lack of clarity on who is there actual landlord and who is responsible for maintenance on their rental units, etc.

Brown Only Democrat Left Standing … Really?
by Paul HogarthBeyond Chron
November 16th, 2009
Beyond Chron looks at the Democratic primary race for governor. According to Beyond Chron, the party's leading candidate has a poor record on tenant issues having opposed just cause eviction protections as Mayor of Oakland.

CalPERS realty deals and image take a beating
by Dale KaslerSacramento Bee
November 16th, 2009
The Sacramento Bee covers the story of CalPERS' investments in predatory real estate schemes NYC and East Palo Alto. Included are remarks from tenants and advocates, including Tenants Together, explaining the devastating impact these investments have had on low and moderate income tenants.

Deed for lease
by Charles BogueNapa Valley Register
November 14th, 2009
Fannie Mae is offering leases to homeowners after they lose their homes to foreclosure. The lender it created the program to “eliminate some of the uncertainty of foreclosure, keep families and tenants in their homes during a transitional period and help stabilize neighborhoods and communities”

NBA: Discipline Team Owner for Housing Discrimination
by Paul HogarthDean Preston
November 13th, 2009
Tenants Together Executive Director Dean Preston calls on the NBA to discipline Donald Sterling condemn racist housing discrimination.

Pet proposal put on hold
by Katie Worth and Will Reisman San Francisco Examiner
November 13th, 2009
After two hours of sometimes-heated discussion, the Commission for Animal Control and Welfare tabled a resolution Thursday that would have suggested The City prohibit housing discrimination against responsible pet owners.

Capitola City Council votes to raise rent on Pacific Cove Mobile Home Park
by Jondi GumzSanta Cruz Sentinel
November 13th, 2009
The Capitola City Council voted to raise rents for part-time residents at the city-owned Pacific Grove Mobile Home Park.

California Again has Nations 2nd Highest Foreclosure Rate
San Jose Business Journal
November 12th, 2009
With one in every 156 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing in October, California posted the nation's second highest state foreclosure rate for the second month in a row, according to new data released by RealtyTrac.

“People Power” in San Francisco’s Mission District
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
November 12th, 2009
The author discusse Mike Miller's new book on the history of Mission Community Organization and how San Francisco's Mission district has impacted city election in it's support for a series of tenant protection measures – from reducing annual rent hikes to expanding rent control in small buildings to strengthening code enforcement to boosting eviction protections.

Renters get shorted in real estate bust
by Alisa RothMarketplace (American Public Media)
November 12th, 2009
Before the financial crisis, real estate investors saw potential profits everywhere. Now their properties purchased in investments schemes known as predatory equity, aren't worth what they sold for, and it's turning into a problem for middle- and working-class renters.

Racist Landlords and the NBA
by Trina ChiassonYouthNoise Play City
November 12th, 2009
Trina Chiasson of the nonprofit organization YouthNoise Play City post a piece in support of the "NBA: Show You Care" campaign and highlights the insidious problem of racial housing discrimination.

Tenant action group sues HUD; accuses agency of violating renters’ affordable housing rights
by GARY WALKERThe Argonaut
November 12th, 2009
A public interest law firm representing a group of Venice Section 8 renters has brought legal action against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), alleging that the federal agency’s recent actions could lead to the displacement of longtime residents from their affordable housing complex.

Bad timing in Santa Cruz: Builder, lender, tenants hurt after property values fall
by JONDI GUMZSanta Cruz Sentinel
November 12th, 2009
In this story tenants are interviewed who explain how they were caught unaware by their landlord going into foreclosure and they express their frustration with the foreclosure process. The article list "Tips for Tenants" in foreclosure provided by Tenants Together.

Newsom: support just-cause eviction law
San Francisco Bay Guardian
November 10th, 2009
The Guardian editors call on San Francisco's mayor to support a law that would expand just cause eviction protections to all the city's renters.

Gimme Shelter – The Problem of Housing in New Urbanism
The Realignment Project
November 9th, 2009
The author of this essay argues that a recent proposition campaign (Yes on B) in Santa Barbara -- while on the surface may have appeared to have been a "non-ideological issue of good governance" -- was in reality about keeping out more working class renters.

Apartment Evictions
by Carolyn TylerKGO-TV San Francisco
November 9th, 2009
San Francisco Supervisor, John Avalos, has proposed a modification to the city's rent control ordinance that will expand just cause eviction protections to all rental units in the city.

United Nations Investigates Affordable Housing Crisis in LA and Across US
by Larry Gross, Coalition for Economic SurvivalOpEdNews
November 7th, 2009
The UN dispatched a Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing, Raquel Rolnik, on a multi-US city fact-finding mission to determine the impact of the US housing crisis on low- and moderate-income people

One Mixed Mess: City Officials Scramble After Court Shoots Down Affordable Housing Mandate
by Anna Scott Los Angeles Downtown News
November 6th, 2009
A court ruling which has effectively torpedoed the centerpiece of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s sweeping $5 billion plan to increase L.A.’s low-income housing stock means Villaraigosa must overhaul the proposed Mixed-Income Ordinance.

Fannie Mae to allow borrowers in foreclosure to lease back homes: The mortgage giant's move is part of an attempt by lenders to keep a wave of foreclosed properties from slamming a housing market that has shown some signs of recovery.
by Alejandro LazoLA Times
November 6th, 2009
Mortgage giant Fannie Mae said Thursday that it would throw a lifeline to some people losing their homes to foreclosure by allowing them to lease those properties back for up to a year at market rental rates.

Renters win eviction case: Judge overturns eviction case against mobile-home park renters-rights activists
by Anita BurkeMail Tribune
November 5th, 2009
A tenant activist in southern Oregon who supporters believe was evicted out of retaliation, had her eviction case dismissed by a Jackson County Circuit Court Judge.

U.S. Shops and Apartments Head for Record Vacancies
by Dan LevyBloomberg.com
November 5th, 2009
The highest unemployment rate since 1983 is prompting tenants to move out of apartments according to a presentation at the Urban Land Institute convention in San Francisco.

Stern's silence on Sterling says a lot
by Jemele HillESPN
November 5th, 2009
Jemele Hill calls out NBA commissioner David Stern for not taking a strong stand against team owner Donald Sterling for the racially discriminatory practices he has shown as a landlord. Sterling was prosecuted by the U.S. Justice Department for discriminating against prospective Hispanic and black tenants and just settled for more than 2.7 million dollars, the largest such settlement in history.

Tenant Troubles: Read Your Lease
by Dave CrowSF Appeal
November 4th, 2009
This week, tenant attorney Dave Crow answers a question about landlords accepting checks from subletters and how that affects the lease agreement and he also answers a question about how one tenant on the lease moving out affects the lease agreement.

The pension fund evictions: State retirement money went to predatory landlords
by Ryan Thomas RiddleSan Francisco Bay Guardian
November 4th, 2009
This article covers the story of CalPERS' involvement in predatory equity schemes, the impact they've had on tenants, and the fact that tenants and advocates are calling on the pension fund to adopt policies that will prevent it from every again involving itself in these devastating schemes.

LA Clippers owner pays millions in discrimination suit
The Grio
November 3rd, 2009
Los Angeles Clippers owner and real estate mogul Donald Sterling has agreed to pay a record $2.725 million to settle allegations by the government that he refused to rent apartments to Hispanics, blacks and to families with children, the Justice Department announced.

Eviction Protections Rile Up Tenants and Landlords
by Nancy LópezMission Local
November 3rd, 2009
A reporter covers a San Francisco Land Use Committee meeting where tenants and advocates, including Tenants Together and several Tenants Together member organizations, spoke out on behalf of extending just cause eviction protections to tenants living in post rent-controlled units.

Donald Sterling to pay $2.725 million to settle housing discrimination lawsuit
by Scott Glover Los Angeles Times
November 3rd, 2009
Los Angeles Clippers owner and real estate mogul Donald T. Sterling has agreed to pay a record $2.725 million to settle allegations that he discriminated against African Americans, Hispanics and families with children at scores of apartment buildings he owns in and around Los Angeles.

Building built in the '80s? Sorry, you're out.
by John CotéSFGate
November 3rd, 2009
San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos is introducing a just cause eviction law that would extend protection to tenants in buildings built after 1979 who are currently not covered under the city's rent control ordinance.

Landlords busted by city task force
by Melody HataniSanta Monica Daily Press
November 3rd, 2009
Santa Monica's Ellis Task Force has found that some rental units that were vacated and removed from the rental market, under the Ellis Act, are being illegally rerented.

New Eviction Restrictions?
by Nancy LópezMission Local
November 2nd, 2009
San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos will propose amending the city’s rent control ordinance “to protect tenants from arbitrary evictions without just cause” in apartments built after 1979.

Homelessness Prevention
Merced Sun-Star
November 2nd, 2009
The Merced Community Action Agency has released "Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program Funds." These funds may be able to help to help tenants pay rent for a limited period of time.

Rosemead council changes rules for mobile home parks
by Rebecca KimitchSan Gabriel Valley Tribune
November 1st, 2009
Under an ordinance approved by the Rosemead city council, mobile home park owners could be required to pay the costs of relocating the mobile home to a comparable park. In addition, the owners could be required to pay the difference in rent for 12 months between the old park rent and the new home.

Fremont man ordered to pay more than $242,000 in housing discrimination case
by Matthew ArtzInside Bay Area.com
November 1st, 2009
In one of the largest non-class action housing discrimination judgements in state history a Fremont landlord was ordered to pay $242,354 in damages to a couple for refusing to consider renting them an apartment because they had a young daughter.

More renters are losing homes as local landlords fall on hard times: City must also cope with empty, foreclosed rental properties
by VALERIE GIBBONSVisalia Times-Delta
October 31st, 2009
This article looks at the story of a single-mother tenant in Visalia who faithfully paid her rent on time each month but now faces homelessness because her landlord went into foreclosure. Many of the foreclosed properties in Visalia sit vacant for long periods of time causing a serious problem of blight for the city.

Foreclosures Too High in Communities of Color
by Nancy LópezMission Local
October 30th, 2009
Angela Blackwell, executive director for Policy Link says the federal government should offer subsidies for renters amidst the national foreclosure crisis.

Real estate leader's name on bad-check warrant
by Andrew RossSFGate
October 29th, 2009
According to the Clark County, Nev., district attorney's office, there is a warrant out for Walter Lembi, managing director of the financially troubled Lembi Group, San Francisco's largest landlord.

GoSection8.com Announces Increase in Landlords Using Section 8 Program
Reuters
October 28th, 2009
GoSection8.com announced today that the number of landlords seeking Section 8 tenants has risen by 18 percent this year.

Tenant Troubles: What Rules Govern Master Tenants?
by Dave CrowSF Appeal
October 28th, 2009
In this week's column, San Francisco tenant attorney Dave Crow explains what California law has to say about master tenants and the rights of sub-tenants.

County to fight for mobile home rent control, despite $15 million suit
by Kurtis AlexanderSanta Cruz Sentinel
October 28th, 2009
According to Santa Cruz County officials, losing rent control at Alimur Mobile Home Park could open the flood gates for similar losses at some 50 other mobile home parks in the county, many of which are home to the area's least well-off who can't afford to go anywhere else.

'Civil Gideon' Trumpets Legal Discord
by Tamara AudiWall Street Journal
October 27th, 2009
A new California law that gives poor residents the right to an attorney in civil matters such as child custody and foreclosure is being hailed as a model that could transform the nation's legal landscape.

Affordable Housing: Navigating Recent Legal Developments
by Matthew M. Gorman PublicCEO.com
October 26th, 2009
The author says city managers should take note of several recently-decided court opinions which address issues of affordable housing and rent control including Palmer/Sixth Street Properties, LP v. City of Los Angeles and Guggenheim v. City of Goleta.

Supreme Court Refuses to Protect Inclusionary Housing: State Legislation Urgently Needed to Protect Affordable Housing Laws
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
October 26th, 2009
The California Supreme Court denied a review of Palmer / Sixth Street Properties v. City of Los Angeles, an appellate court ruling that the state’s Costa Hawkins Act preempts a local inclusionary housing law in Los Angeles. Legislation is now urgently needed to reverse Palmer.

U.N. Rapporteur For Housing Visits Tenants Facing Foreclosure In The Bronx
by Aaron Howell.Village Voice
October 26th, 2009
The United Nations dispatched a Special Rapporteur the United States, including Los Angeles, to determine if lack of affordable housing was violating human rights. In NYC tenants and organizers prepped her on the issue of predatory equity.

Stuyvesant Town, Peter Cooper Village Real Estate Deal May Flop; Tishman Speyer Properties, BlackRock Realty Advisors Paid $5.4 Billion In Record Sale
by DAVID B. CARUSO Huffington Post
October 25th, 2009
The author of this piece points out the some of the biggest losers in predatory equity schemes are the members of public pension funds including those of CalPERS and CalSTRS.

N.Y. court deals CalPERS a blow on housing project
by Dale Kasler Sacramento Bee
October 23rd, 2009
CalPERS' already shaky $500 million predatory equity investment in a New York housing complex suffered a setback Thursday when a court ruled the complex illegally raised rents.

Community News: New Tenants Clinic in Oakland from Just Cause Oakland/ St Peter's Housing Committee Seeks Volunteers
by Susan MernitOakland Local
October 22nd, 2009
A new tenant rights clinic has opened in Oakland,

Carson approves subdivision of Colony Cove mobile home park
by Gene MaddausDailyBreeze.com
October 22nd, 2009
The city of Carson was expected this week to announce a settlement on a multimillion-dollar lawsuit over its failed efforts to protect low rents at mobile home parks. But with a legal deadline just days away, the city and park owner have been unable to reach a compromise.

San Mateo County agency rejects attempt to unincorporate western East Palo Alto
by Jessica Bernstein-WaxMercury News.com
October 22nd, 2009
The San Mateo County Local Agency Formation Commission, or LAFCo, board voted to maintain East Palo Alto's current "sphere of influence," rather than remove areas west and south of Highway 101 as landlord Page Mill Properties had requested.

Court Deals Blow to Owners of Huge Apartment Complex
by CHARLES V. BAGLINew York Times
October 22nd, 2009
New York state's highest court dealt a financial blow on Thursday morning to the already beleaguered owners of the sprawling Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village complexes in Manhattan when it ruled that they improperly began charging market rents on thousands of apartments. CalPERS may lose $500 million they invested in the scheme.

LA Rent Control Study Reveals That Rent Burden to Tenants Has Increased Significantly, While Landlords Profits Continue to Rise
Coalition for Economic Survival
October 22nd, 2009
A recently released study documents that over half of LA City tenants living in rent controlled apartments are paying unaffordable rents, while landlords who own rent controlled apartments have seen their profits skyrocket.

Goleta rent control court decision to be appealed
by Robert CuthbertExaminer.com
October 21st, 2009
Attorneys for Golden State Manufactured-home Owners League (GSMOL), and the City of Goleta, are now preparing to appeal the September 28th Court of Appeals 9th Circuit’s “rent control” decision in favor of Goleta mobile home park owners.

County tightens smoking regulations
by Rick RadinContra Costa Times
October 21st, 2009
Contra Costa supervisors have passed new regulations that will require apartment building owners to tell prospective tenants which apartments are occupied by smokers.

A reprieve for renters
by Josh WolfRichmond Confidential
A new Richmond ordinance spells relief for renters whose landlords go into foreclosure. Under the new ordinance, tenants can only be evicted under 12 specific circumstances. Foreclosure alone is not one of those circumstances.

Moving Out Is Hard to Do
by Rosa JurjevicsSan Diego Reader
October 21st, 2009
Attorney Steven R. Kellman of of San Diego's Tenant Legal Center and Bernadette Probus of the Legal Aid Society of San Diego offer advice on security deposits and researching landlords before moving into a new place.

Tenant Troubles: Sue For Security Deposit Or SOL?
by Dave CrowSF Appeal
October 21st, 2009
This week in San Francisco tenant attorney Dave Crow's weekly advice column he addresses a question about getting a security deposit back from an unresponsive landlord.

The Foreclosure Homeless Problem
by Daniel IndiviglioThe Atlantic
October 19th, 2009
In this blog post about a NY Times article on increased homelessness caused by the Foreclosure crisis, the author suggests legislative solutions to help renters in foreclosure situations.

3 Artists on the Economy
by Gilda HaasDr Pop
October 18th, 2009
Predatory Equity: The Survival Guide is a beautifully useful product of the Center for Urban Pedagogy in NY’s Making Policy Public project that links designers with advocates in order to produce and distribute an artful and useful poster resource that will help advance grassroots campaigns.

Galt councilman wants to look at rent control for mobile home parks
by Maggie CreamerLodi News Sentinel
October 17th, 2009
Councilman Donald Haines wants to see if Galt is in need of a rent stabilization ordinance and what would be effective.

Victory for Tenants & Affordable Housing 104-Unit Rent Controlled Apartment Complex Denied Condo Conversion Approval
Coalition for Economic Survival
October 16th, 2009
The LA City Council unanimously voted to uphold the recommendation to deny a condominium conversion application of the 104-unit rent controlled Grand Villas Apartments (formerly Magnolia Park Apartments) in Sherman Oaks.

Santa Monica tenants and property owners to mark 30 years of rent control
by Martha GrovesLos Angeles Times
October 16th, 2009
The city of Santa Monica plans to commemorate 30 years of rent control by holding its first-ever workshop for tenants and property owners.

CALPERS corruption: A plan to make New Yorkers homeless
by Jill StewartLA Weekly
October 15th, 2009
CalPERS poured vast public pension funds into a scheme in Manhattan to force working people out of apartements and then rent those apartments to higher income tenants.

Trailers of Tears: Mobile home resolution put off—again.
by Zachary StahlMonterey County Weekly
October 15th, 2009
More than two years, Monterey mobile home residents asked the city council to adopt a rent-control ordinance for mobile home parks. They are still waiting.

An Apartment Complex Teeters: High-Profile Tishman/BlackRock Property in New York in Danger of Default
by LINGLING WEI and CRAIG KARMINWall Street Journal
October 15th, 2009
CalPERS and the pension funds of several other states made large equity investments in a predatory real estate investment deal in which potential profits were predicated on the mass displacement of tenants. Now the investment appears to be going into default.

Tenant Troubles: Wet, Cold, And Moldy
by Dave CrowSF Appeal
October 14th, 2009
Dave Crow, a San Francisco lawyer who specializes in tenants' issues now has an advice column for tenants. Here he answers a question about mold and habitability.

San Mateo construction firm sues Page Mill for alleged unpaid work
by Jessica Bernstein-WaxMercuryNews.com
October 14th, 2009
A San Mateo construction firm has sued East Palo Alto's biggest landlord, alleging it wasn't paid for more than $50,000 in seismic work done at the rental properties. Meanwhile, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park Fire Protection District officials have become alarmed about renovations and construction work allegedly done at the properties without permits.

Court Upholds Injunction Barring Eviction of Section 8 Tenants
Metropolitan News-Enterprise
October 13th, 2009
The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld an injunction preventing a Los Angeles landlord from evicting 22 low-income tenants of a local apartment complex in order to raise the rent on their units.

People's Victory: US Court of Appeals Rules to Protect Section 8 Tenants
by Larry GrossOpEd News
October 12th, 2009
The Coalition for Economic Survival scored a major tenants' rights victory when the 9th Circuit US Court of Appeals ruled in BARRIENTOS v. 1801-1825 MORTON LLC, that Los Angeles' rent control law is not preempted by federal laws or regulations.

Big landlord’s lawsuits piling up
by John UptonSan Francisco Examiner
October 12th, 2009
One of San Francisco's largest landlords, CitiAparments, which is already facing a slew of lawsuits for allegedly withholding tenants’ deposits, is the subject of a new class-action lawsuit — this one related to labor laws.

Why earthquake insurance is a tough sell, even in the Bay Area
by Eve MitchellMercuryNews.com
October 12th, 2009
Only 8.2 percent of California renters have earthquake insurance.

Some Tenants Pay The Price For Mortgage Excesses
by Jim ZarroliNational Public Radio, All Things Considered
October 12th, 2009
National Public Radio covers the issue of predatory equity and the impact it's having on tenants who are innocent victims.

Bill watch: see which measures Schwarzenegger signed, vetoed
by Torey Van OotThe Sacramento Bee
October 12th, 2009
Gov. Schwarzenegger signed Lowenthal's SB 120 and Leno's SB 290 and vetoed Nava's AB 566.

No home to call their own
by Sandy MazzaThe Daily Breeze
October 12th, 2009
In compliance with the state's Regional Housing Needs Assessment, the city of Hawthorne spent $4 million to buy buildings and renovate them for creation of low-income rental housing. Many other smaller cities rarely create low-income units despite the State's demands.

Appeals court sides with tenants
by Ari B. BloomekatzLos Angeles Times
October 10th, 2009
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeal has ruled in favor of a group of tenants in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles who were entangled in a legal battle with their complex’s owner, who wanted to raise rents and issued eviction notices to the group.

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