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Evicting hoarders
by San Francisco Bay GuardianSan Francisco Bay Guardian
May 3rd, 2011
Excessive collection of stuff is a mental disability, but legal protections for these renters are often ignored.

“Progressive” Mirkarimi Promotes Small Landlords Agenda
by Randy ShawBeyohdChron
May 3rd, 2011
Supervisor Ross Mirkirimi calls a tenant "greedy" for asking for compensation to be evicted from his rent-controlled apartment so the landlord's son can move in.

LA Times: Residents of Los Angeles County's poorest areas to get help in keeping their homes
by Victoria KimLos Angeles Times
May 2nd, 2011
At Los Angeles County's downtown civil courthouse, a coalition of legal aid groups will provide representation to about 15,000 people facing eviction over three years.

Stanislaus County sheriff's detective charged with murder
by Patty GuerraThe Modesto Bee
May 2nd, 2011

Banks try to make vacant foreclosures look 'lived-in'
by Blake FarmerMarketplace
May 2nd, 2011
Banks catch on to what TT has been saying all along: Communities benefit when renters stay in their homes.

Fight the Power
by Sam HarnettThe Bold Italic
May 2nd, 2011
A San Francisco renter details how a dream apartment is run by a nightmare landlord, and how the San Francisco Tenants Union helps tenants fight back.

Mobile home park residents challenge rent control changes
by Tovin LapanSanta Cruz Sentinel
May 2nd, 2011
Capitola mobile home park residents gather twice the signatures required to urge City Council to repeal recent changes to the city's rent control ordinance.

Councilman calls for rent control phaseout in Oceanside
by Sign On San DiegoSign On San Diego
April 30th, 2011
The battle over rent control in mobile home parks heats up in San Diego County.

Local Intelligence: The International Hotel, San Francisco
by Ashley HarrellThe Bay Citizen
April 30th, 2011
A brief history on the I-Hotel, which was once home to Filipino and Chinese laborers, and now is a historic monument and low-cost residence for seniors.

Housing woes help drive rents higher
by Josh DulaneyThe Sun
April 30th, 2011
The average rent in Riverside and San Bernardino counties rises to $1,095. Foreclosed homes are fetching higher rents from former homeowners - who still pay less in rent than they paid for their mortgages.

KMPH Special Report: Fresno's Worst Landlord
by Norma YuriarKMPH News
April 29th, 2011
Landlord Hall of Shame nominee JD Home Rentals is still in the news for leaving properties in squalor and disrepair.

Two-alarm fire guts at least one East Palo Alto apartment
by Diana SamuelsMercuryNews.com
April 29th, 2011
Firefighters had the building, previously owned by predatory equity company Page Mill Properties, under a fire watch while its fire alarm system was being replaced.

Affordable Rental Homes Now Hard to Find
by Russell LegatoProperty Magazine
April 27th, 2011
Affordable housing supply is down, because developers have put projects on hold, and demand is up due to the foreclosure crisis driving homeowners into the rental market.

Tenant Troubles: The Most Important Email You'll Send This Year
by Dave CrowSF Appeal
April 27th, 2011
SF Attorney Dave Crow explains why tenants need to urge their assemblymembers adn senators to supprt AB 934. The bill will give tenants the power to fight back against wrongful eviction lawsuits.

New National Housing Study Finds Bad News for Renters
by BeyondChronBeyondChron
April 27th, 2011
A new Harvard study reveals that 25 percent of tenants spend more than 50 percent of their incomes on rent.

Screening fee protection for renters proposed
by Lance KnobelBerkeleyside
April 26th, 2011
Berkeley City Councilmember Jesse Arreguin proposes an ordinance that would require landlords to give rental applicants a copy of the California law that governs rental fees.

Tenants Turn to Lenders to Repair Buildings
by Eliot BrownThe Wall Street Journal
April 25th, 2011
New York City works on holding banks accountable for repairs and upkeep in apartment buildings they repossess in foreclosure proceedings.

Fewer vacancies mean apartment rents rising
by Jack KatzanekThe Press-Enterprise
April 21st, 2011
Inland renters have a harder time finding vacancies and are paying about $25 more than they would have last quarter.

Ventura County sees rent increases in the first quarter
by Marjorie HernandezVentura County Star
April 21st, 2011
The county is one of the five most expensive areas to live in California, according to one report.

Union-Tribune bill tracker: Recycling at apartments
by Lily LeungSan Diego Union-Tribune
April 20th, 2011
A San Frenando Valley assemblyperson wants to give renters access to recycling, but apartments owners say it can be a hardship to provide recycling to multi-unit buildings.

The Plot to Kill Rent Control
by Don LashSocialistWorker.org
April 20th, 2011
The struggle to maintain rent control in New York threatens to reverberate beyond the five boroughs.

Board Of Supes Gives Initial Approval To Tenant Displacement Legislation
by Dan McMenamin, Bay City NewsSFAppeal
April 20th, 2011
San Francisco legislators move toward passing an ordinance that will help shield renters displaced by natural disasters from the shock of market-rate rents.

Lower Haight neighbors put up ‘keep out’ sign on residential hotel
by Kamala KelkarSan Francisco Examiner
April 19th, 2011
The landlord wants to create an SRO in a nice neighborhood, with room rents over $900, but neighbors say not in my backyard.

‘Flash Mob’ Protests Inside Bank of America on Columbia Pike
by ARLnow.comARLnow.com
April 18th, 2011
Arlington, VA tenants and activists call for big banks to start paying their fair share and stop operating at the expense of low-income people.

Developer Peter Iskander's tactics against tenants
by C.W. NeviusSFGate / San Francisco Chronicle
April 18th, 2011
SF Chronicle columnist's take on controversial senior evictions in San Francisco.

A Missed Opportunity? Apartment Complexes Offer Major Solar Potential
by Jessica LillianSolar Industry
April 18th, 2011
Renewable energy professionals say Los Angeles apartments buildings are great locations for solar installations. If done right, the energy could help the environment and save money for owners and renters alike.

Community Groups, Tenants Protest Senior Evictions in North Beach
by Randy ShawBeyondChron
April 18th, 2011
A group of San Francisco elders face eviction due to predatory real estate speculation. Peter Iskandar targets buildings where low-income seniors live, evicts them, then sells the apartments as condos -- at great profit.

Rental negotiations leave tenants in the dark
by Ashley ArchibaldSanta Monica Daily Press
April 16th, 2011
Santa Monica agencies fight locally to preserve 19 rental housing units in the Embassy Hotel and Apartments complex after learning the California Supreme Court will not hear their Ellis eviction case.

Folsom Sued Again for Failing to Provide Workforce Housing
by Sacramento Housing AllianceYubaNet.com
April 15th, 2011
A housing rights organization pushes the city to meet its obligations to provide affordable housing to the workers in the community.

SB Community Opens Affordable Housing Complex
by Michael DeanDaily Nexus
April 14th, 2011
The 55-unit complex is designed to fit the needs of many special needs individuals, including the chronically homeless, low-income workers, and youth aging out of foster care.

Tenants displaced as city closes decrepit building
by Veronica RochaGlendale News Press
April 13th, 2011
Glendale city inspectors declare a 20-unit apartment building uninhabitable, forcing residents out until a gas leak is repaired. The owner owes $20,000 in outstanding water and power bills.

Park Merced residents resist redevelopment
by Aaron SalazarGolden Gate [X]Press
April 12th, 2011
Residents of the historic San Francisco community speak out against the planned eradication of their lovely garden homes and working-class community.

Squatter's group Homes Not Jails occupied a long empty apartment building in San Francisco owned by Kaiser Permanente
by Michael SteinbergIndybay
April 11th, 2011
The insurance giant evicts families from the building then lets it sit vacant, so housing rights activists reclaim it.

Assembly To Pass New Rent-Control Regulations
by Joseph SpectorAlbany Watch
April 11th, 2011
New York State Assembly will vote on rent control regulations that include reducing the amount of improvement costs that landlords can pass on to tenants.

Seniors win first round in fight for Rollingwood
by Scott Thomas AndersonLedger Dispatch
April 8th, 2011
The Jackson Planning Commission denies a mobile home park owner's request to subdivide his property, a move that would essentially eliminate rent control in the park and drive out seniors and low-income residents.

Marina hires lawyer to examine mobile home rents
by Larry ParsonsMonterey County Herald
April 7th, 2011
The Monterey County city considers a plan to help mobile home owners deal with rising rents that threaten to push out seniors and people on low incomes.

City to rent out three houses
by Michael WatersonNapa Valley Register
April 7th, 2011
American Canyon plans to rent out three houses the city owns, possibly at below market rates. The city acquired the homes to add to its affordable housing stock.

Tenants of San Francisco's embattled CitiApartments face utility shutoffs
by Katie WorthSan Francisco Examiner
April 3rd, 2011
Tenants who rent from one of San Francisco's worst landlords now have another problem to deal with -- utility shutoffs -- because the Lembi family isn't paying the bills.

Identifying City’s Worst Landlords via Craigslist, and Trying to Penalize Them
by David W. ChenThe New York Times
April 3rd, 2011
New York City's public advocate is using craigslist and Google Maps to help tenants identify deadbeat landlords -- before they sign a lease.

What's making San Diego County rents go up?
by Lily LeungSan Diego Union-Tribune
March 31st, 2011
A minor bump in the job market, along with an influx of former homeowners and recent college grads, all add up to higher rents.

Parkmerced fate could be game-changer for families
by C.W. NeviusSan Francisco Chronicle
March 31st, 2011
San Francisco Chronicle columnist thinks San Francisco needs more 3-bedroom apartments, possibly at the expense of families living in Parkmerced garden apartments.

Capitola Council approves Castle Mobile Home Estates plan
by Tovin LapanSan Jose Mercury News
March 30th, 2011
The city decides it's cheaper to make a deal with a mobile home park owner than to keep defending the city's rent control ordinance in court.

More thinking, better agreement to come for Parkmerced, Supes say
by Will KaneSF Gate
March 30th, 2011
San Francisco supervisors say they can save rent control in the proposed Parkmerced development, but ignore the impact of demolishing historic, well-loved garden apartments.

CitiApartments owner must pay big or leave San Francisco business
by Katie Worth San Francisco Examiner
March 30th, 2011
The Lembi family, notorious for making illegal entries into tenants' homes, refusing to refund security deposits, and threatening tenants with violence, must pay, whether or not they stay in San Francisco.

Herrera settles CitiApartments litigation with tough injunctions, up to $10 million penalty
by Office of the City AttorneySan Francisco Office of the City Attorney
March 30th, 2011
San Francisco's city attorney slaps one of the city's most notorious property management companies with a huge fine and an injunction for its unlawful business and tenant harassment practices.

New idea for an old downtown problem
by Jennifer TorresRecordnet.com
March 30th, 2011
Stockton plans to turn deserted condos into graduate student housing, in the hopes of attracting residents to the downtown area.

Hoboken's rent control changes will be held up
by Ray SmithHudson Reporter
March 30th, 2011
Tenant advocates take to the streets and gather 1,442 signatures to drop amendments to Hoboken's rent control ordinance that would weaken tenant protections.

Rent control is sticking point in Parkmerced debate
by Rebecca BoweSan Francisco Bay Guardian
March 30th, 2011
San Francisco's Board of Supervisors puts off a vote on approving the environmental impact report for the proposed Parkmerced development project. The plan includes the demolition of 1,500 units of rent-controlled housing, and TT opposes it.

Health Department Under Fire Over Bedbugs
by Paul HogarthBeyondChron
March 30th, 2011
Supervisor Jane Kim is working on legislation to address San Francisco's convoluted and ineffective bedbug policy.

Oakland notorious slumlords nailed by the court
by Lynda CarsonIndybay
March 29th, 2011
Hong Gardner and John J. Gardner must pay plaintiffs over $48,000. They are further ordered to stop collecting rent on their properties and pay relocation costs for any tenant who moves as a result of the injunction.

Board of Supervisors to Consider Parkmerced CEQA Appeal
by Dean PrestonBeyohdChron
March 29th, 2011
Executive Director Dean Preston explains why Tenant Together opposes the demolition and reconstruction of this occupied community of working class San Franciscans.

After Downtown Boom, New Sounds Fill Nearby Neighborhoods
by Adrian FloridoVoice of San Diego
March 27th, 2011
Latinos are being pushed out of a traditional Mexican neighborhood in San Diego. Investors buy rental property and convert multi-unit buildings to single-family homes, which the locals cannot afford to buy.

Woman Unknowingly Rents Foreclosed Apartment
by Erin BriscoeKERO-TV
March 25th, 2011
In a story Tenants Together hears all too often, a tenant finds out her home is in foreclosure just one week after moving in.

Transit-Oriented Development and Communities of Color: A Field Report
by Glen FujiokaStreetsblog Los Angeles
March 23rd, 2011
TT board member Glen Fujioka investigates the connections between transit and housing policies and how these issues affect a city's demographics and livability.

Mobile-home residents sue over $200,000 fees for land buy
by Brittany LevineThe Orange County Register
March 23rd, 2011
Residents of the Orange County park living on fixed incomes say they are being forced to buy property they cannot afford.

Who really owns Parkmerced?
by Rebecca BoweSan Francisco Bay Guardian
March 23rd, 2011
The company that owns Parkmerced and wants to submit residents to a demolition and 30-year redevelopment plan, is known as "one of the biggest losers of the recession."

Ex-Tenant: Bay Area Landlord Didn’t Fix Roach Problem
by KPIX Channel 5CBS San Francisco
March 23rd, 2011
Tenants say Richard Thomas not only refuses to fix and clean up his properties, he also blames tenants for the problems and withholds their security deposits when they move out to escape the squalor.

Union-Tribune bill tracker: Renters, political signs
by Lily LeungSan Diego Union-Tribune
March 22nd, 2011
San Diego Union-Tribune examines the CA Senate bill that would assure tenants the right to display political signs in their windows.

Los Angeles public housing authority fires its CEO
by Jessica GarrisonLos Angeles Times
March 22nd, 2011
Rudolf Montiel came under fire last year when his agency tried to evict tenants who protested at his home, but he says the termination was retaliation for revealing the board's lavish travel expenses.

It Looks Like the Rules of Rent Control Are About to Change
by Nitasha TikuNew York Magazine
March 21st, 2011
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he supports rent control in some form, prompting the real-estate industry to make small concessions toward renewing the rent stabilization ordinance.

Capitola settles lawsuits with Surf and Sand, amends rent control ordinance
by Tovin LapanSanta Cruz Sentinel
March 19th, 2011
Afraid the city will go bankrupt if anti-rent control ordinance lawsuits continue, the city council caves to the mobile home park owner's lawyers.

Bayonne City Council renews rent control ordinance without alterations; says proposals for any changes will be studied in light of recent feedback from residents
by Charles HackNJ.com
March 18th, 2011
The city council votes unanimously to renew the New Jersey city's existing rent control ordinance, dropping proposed amendments that would have limited tenant protections.

Cuomo Seeks Rent Laws Extension
by Eliot BrownThe Wall Street Journal
March 18th, 2011
New York's governor moves to extend the state's rent control laws.

East Linda landlord must pay $11,000
by Rob YoungAppeal-Democrat
March 15th, 2011
Judge sides with tenants who withheld rent to cover the cost of pest control and others who were threatened with eviction for complaining about living conditions.

Mobile homeowners fight rent hike: Proposal would more than double rents at Green Valley Road park
by Donna JonesMercuryNews.com
March 14th, 2011
Residents rally together to fight the jump in rent, which would put low-income families and seniors on fixed incomes in further hardship.

Time To Talk About Rent Control Again
by Garth JohnstonGothamist
March 14th, 2011
NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says the city needs to close loopholes and extend rent control laws to preserve housing for the middle class.

Social justice groups take message to gallery
by Ashley WoodThe Tufts Daily
March 14th, 2011
Two Boston tenant associations partner with a photographer to illustrate the struggles of renters stuck in the foreclosure crisis.

Giving Back: A Grad Student's Do-It-Yourself Solution To The Foreclosure Crisis
by Bianca BoskerThe Huffington Post
March 14th, 2011
Imran Farooq, in his Sustaining our Society program, restores blighted properties that have suffered because of vacancies caused by the foreclosure crisis.

Debut: The U-T tracks bills about California housing
by Lily LeungSan Diego Union-Tribune
March 14th, 2011
Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) introduces a bill that would extend the time tenants have to pay their rent to avoid eviction. 

Upkeep neglect bedevils tenants
by Lisa Bernard-KuhnCincinnati Enquirer
March 12th, 2011
Low-income renters in Cincinnati struggle in their uninhabitable homes. Their former Brooklyn-based landlords purchased the property during the real-estate boom but went into foreclosure in July 2010.

Editorial: City's recovery depends on rent control
by The New Zealand HeraldThe New Zealand Herald
March 12th, 2011
The New Zealand Herald makes a case for how rent control can help to stabilize a community wracked by natural disaster.

Steps to preserving affordable housing
by Joyce HowertonSanta Maria Times
March 11th, 2011
Advocacy director Joyce Howerton of Santa Barbara County Action Network (SBCAN) highlights current issues in the field of affordable housing with a focus on the renter's perspective.

Adachi Asks Police To Stop Breaking and Entering into Hotel Rooms
by Lauren SmileySF Weekly
March 11th, 2011
San Francisco's public defender calls on police to stop intimidating residential hotel managers into allowing police access to residents' rooms.

Medical marijuana: What are renters' rights?
by Lily LeungSign On San Diego
March 9th, 2011
Sen. Mark Leno reintroduces a bill that would make it illegal to evict a tenant who uses medical cannabis.

Why destroy Parkmerced?
by Marion MerriounsSan Francisco Bay View
March 9th, 2011
A Parkmerced resident speaks out against the demolition of this historic San Francisco neighborhood to make way for a new development.

San Rafael mobile home park residents apparently escape eviction
by Jessica Bernstein-WaxMarin Independent Journal
March 9th, 2011
Attorneys think the recent 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in favor of Goleta Mobile home park residents will help Contempo Marin residents keep their homes.

The mold on the wall
by Colin RigleyNew Times SLO
March 9th, 2011
A bump in storm-damage-related evictions and red tags has highlighted gaps in solving tenant-landlord disputes.

Renters snared in foreclosure crisis as well
by Ameera ButtMerced Sun-Star
March 9th, 2011
Merced renters whom real estate agents and bank representatives have harassed to leave their homes call for the city council to pass a just case for eviction ordinance.

Foreclosed homes draw illegal dumpers
by Julia LandauHealthyCal
March 4th, 2011
Foreclosed properties that are left vacant have become magnets for illegal dumping. This article highlights why it is better to keep rent-paying tenants in bank-owned properties, rather than evict them and leave homes empty.

Hoboken council unanimous in passing updated rent control ordinance, with subcommittee saying additional amendments are coming
by Katie ColaneriHoboken Revolt
March 3rd, 2011
Tenant advocates say this is a good start toward gaining real protections for renters.

Affordable-housing advocates push plan to preserve tax money for redevelopment
by Jessica GarrisonLos Angeles Times
March 3rd, 2011
The plan could send $1 billion of tax money to new affordable housing programs, while letting other redevelopment plans phase out.

OCEANSIDE: City looks at selling mobile home park
by Ray HuardNorth County Times
March 3rd, 2011
Tenants of the San Diego County mobile home park worry that their rents will rise if a private owner takes over.

Rent Control Case Reaches High Court
by Jack CrosbieThe Daily News
February 28th, 2011
The Goleta city attorney says a mobile home park owner who lost his case to convert the park to condos is not likely to make it to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Rents on the rise
by Robert DigitaleSanta Rosa Press Democrat
February 27th, 2011
Real estate investors gamble that rents will rise in Santa Rosa, following a Sonoma County trend.

Redevelopment critical to affordable housing
by Susan TinskySign On San Diego
February 27th, 2011
The San Diego Housing Federation executive director explains how redevelopment dollars invested in affordable housing can create jobs and stabilize communities.

Court: HUD-aided tenants stay when owner opts out
by Bob EgelkoThe San Francisco Chronicle
February 27th, 2011
Appeals court rules that landlords who want to drop out of the Section 8 program cannot evict tenants.

Ventura Council to consider new code enforcement rules
by Kevin ClericiVentura County Star
February 26th, 2011
Amnesty program would give landlords a grace period in which to make units legal and inhabitable and save money on fees.

Steve Martin fraudulently misleading voters
by Larry GrossWeHoNews.com
February 24th, 2011
Coalition for Economic Survival director Larry Gross calls out a candidate for West Hollywood City Council for passing himself off as a tenants' rights advocate.

KTLA Special Report: Surviving Slum-like Living Conditions
by KTLA NewsKTLA TV
February 24th, 2011
TT member organization Inner City Law Center takes on a Los Angeles slumlord who refuses to repair and maintain his property to basic living standards.

S.F. Prop. M rent reduction provision struck down
by Bob EgelkoSan Francisco Chronicle
February 24th, 2011
Court upholds most of the anti-harassment law, but rules that the rent board cannot reduce tenants' rent simply because their landlord harassed them.

At Rent Rally, Williams Says Cuomo, Bloomberg 'Disdain' Middle, Working Classes
by Amanda SterlingNew York Observer
February 24th, 2011
A New York City councilman leads the charge for protecting and expanding renters' rights, a day after protesting Chase bank mortgage practices.

Just Cause Gets EBMUD to Turn the Water Back On
by Jean TeppermanEast Bay Express
February 23rd, 2011
A new state law pushed by the tenant's rights group resulted in East Bay MUD keeping the water on in foreclosed buildings that still house renters.

A tale of two families: SLO County renters left adrift by foreclosures
by Bob CuddySanLouisObispo.com
February 22nd, 2011
After their landlords get default notices, some residents are forced out of their homes, despite having done nothing wrong.

U.S. Bank to Pay Almost $20,000 to SM Tenants
by Kurt Orzeck Santa Monica Patch
February 22nd, 2011
The deal is part of a settlement the bank finalized last week with the Santa Monica City Attorney.

Court slaps landlord who cheated tenants
by Bob EgelkoSan Francisco Chronicle
February 19th, 2011
Alameda County landlord loses his appeal of a decision that he defrauded tenants, so the $3 million judgment for the tenants stands.

O.C. rent hikes could be reality in 2011
by Jonathan LansnerThe Orange County Register
February 18th, 2011
Orange County rents that were down in recent years may be moving back up, some apartment trackers say.

U.S. Apartment Construction Climbs With More Renters
by Hui-yong YuBloomberg Businessweek
February 18th, 2011
Real estate firms respond to the foreclosure crisis by building more rental properties. They are betting rents will rise in the next 1 to 3 years.

Alan Styles: Apartment and condominium residents can recycle, too
by Alan StylesTheCalifornian.com
February 18th, 2011
Monterey County programs help renters in multi-unit buildings get on board with recycling.

Experian adds rental payment data to consumer credit files
by Becky YerakChicago Tribune
February 17th, 2011
RentBureau unit will provide data that could make it easier for college students, recent graduates, and immigrants to boost their credit scores.

Blaze the rent
by Faith MerinoSacramento News & Review
February 17th, 2011
Medical-cannabis-using tenants can be legally evicted, but most Sacramento landlords tend towards tolerance.

1,000 Stockton renters will get foreclosure warnings
by George WarrenNews 10 KXTV
February 17th, 2011
KXTV reports on TT's efforts to alert Stockton residents who are renting homes that may be in danger of going into foreclosure.

Steep Rent Increase Raises the Ire of Tenants of Nomad Village Mobile Home Park
by Sonia FernandezNoozhawk
February 17th, 2011
Mobile home park residents in Santa Barbara County contest a rent increase they believe violates the county's rent control ordinance.

Manufacturing Suburban Blight: How City Officials are Mischaracterizing Parkmerced to Justify its Demolition
by Dean PrestonBeyondChron
February 17th, 2011
TT's executive director calls out the San Francisco Planning Commission for violating its own rules in approving the questionable Parkmerced development project.

Monning bill lets cities recover costs of mobile home suits
by Jason HoppinMercury News
February 16th, 2011
Assemblymember Monning introduced a bill that allows governments to recover attorney's fees from mobilehome park owners who file unsuccessful challenges to local mobile home resident laws.

The Six Biggest Problems With The Mortgage Modification Process
by Olga KhazanNeon Tommy
February 16th, 2011
No. 3 explains how the foreclosure crisis is affecting renters: Banks evict tenants in a rental property when a landlord fails to pay the mortgage

New York Courts Vow Legal Aid in Housing
by David StreitfeldThe New York Times
February 16th, 2011
New York state rolls out a program to ensure that defendants in foreclosure cases have legal representation.

Dense in the west
by Rebecca BoweSan Francisco Bay Guardian
February 15th, 2011
The controversial Parkmerced redesign -- which TT opposes -- wins narrow San Francisco Planning Commission approval.

Real Estate Seer: Renting In, Mortgages & Foreclosures Out
by Peter G. MillerOurBroker.com
February 15th, 2011
Patrick Killelea says that in most cases, it's cheaper to borrow a house than to borrow the money to buy a house.

Sen. Kehoe introduces bill to allow renters to post political campaign signs
by KFMB-TVKFMB-TV
February 15th, 2011
The legislation is similar to the bill the state senator from San Diego introduced in 2006, and which former Gov. Schwarzenegger vetoed.

Bay Area meetings condemn foreclosures and evictions
by Judy GreenspanWorkers World
February 13th, 2011
Tenants and activists in San Francisco and Antioch are coordinating efforts for a moratorium against foreclosures and evictions.

Parkmerced project will stress transit
by Will KaneSan Francisco Chronicle
February 10th, 2011
Residents of the historical San Francisco district speak out against the ill-planned plan to add over 10,000 housing units to the neighborhood.

Parkmerced Residents Speak Out
BeyondChron
February 10th, 2011
Tenants Together compiled the following video to counter allegations that "few residents" oppose the demolition of their homes.

Safe Family: Renters' Rights during foreclosure
by Ariel WeslerKSBY News
February 9th, 2011
Renter Sandra Pearson, caught deep in a foreclosure situation she did nothing to create, explains how California's statewide group for renter's rights, Tenants Together, helped her stay in her home.

Plans for Oakland's California Hotel to be discussed Thursday
by Angela WoodallOakland Tribune
February 9th, 2011
The East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation is in the early stages of a plan to purchase the California Hotel.

Will Planning Commission Ask Tough Questions About Parkmerced at Tomorrow’s Hearing?
by Dean PrestonBeyondChron
February 9th, 2011
If the San Francisco Planning Commission approves developer's plans for Parkmerced, they will be signing away the rights to supervise the project.

No Relief In Sight For Tenants In ‘Heat-Less’ Home
CBS News
February 9th, 2011
New York tenants try to cope with freezing temperatures when landlords turn off heat after sunset. Tenants left with little choice turn to dangerous alternatives to stay warm.

Supe Introduces Below Market Rent For Disaster Victims Proposal
by Dan McMenamin, Bay City NewsSFAppeal
February 8th, 2011
Scott Wiener says the victims of the recent fires in San Francisco's Castro district should not have to worry about where they will live.

Chronicle's Coverage of Parkmerced is Embarrassing
by Dean PrestonBeyondChron
February 8th, 2011
TT's executive director rebuts the San Francisco Chronicle's endorsement of the proposed Parkmerced project, which could eliminate 1,500 rent controlled units.

San Diego rental association cuts ties with Calif. group
by Lily LeungSan Diego Union-Tribune
February 7th, 2011
The San Diego County Apartment Association has decided to sever its 70-year tie with the California Apartment Association.

Local Government's Role in Community Development Should be Respected, Not Eviscerated
by Shane BrintonCalifornia Progress Report
February 4th, 2011
An Arcata city councilmember explains how Gov. Brown's proposal to cut redevelopment agencies will adversely impact housing.

Time to Pull the Plug on Parkmerced Project
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
February 3rd, 2011
TT's Executive Director critiques the proposed plan to demolish a historic San Francisco neighborhood and displace thousands of tenants.

UT GOP Introduces Bill Exempting “Religious Adherents” From Non-Discrimination Laws
by Pride in UtahPrideinUtah.com
February 2nd, 2011
Utah HB 109, sponsored by Rep LaVar Christensen, would make it legal to evict someone based on their sexuality, as long as the landlord claims the discrimination is based in religion.

Park Merced: Lofty plan would revamp neighborhood
by Will KaneSan Francisco Chronicle
February 2nd, 2011
The San Francisco Chronicle's take on a project Tenants Together opposes.

Protect and Preserve Parkmerced as essential housing from un-sustainable demolition
by Aaron GoodmanChange.org
February 2nd, 2011
A resident of San Francisco's historical Parkmerced community explains the importance of saving this apartment complex from a proposed 30-year development project.

The Latest Victims Of The Foreclosure Crisis: Low-Income Apartment Renters
by Yepoka YeeboThe Dylan Ratigan Show
January 31st, 2011
Tenants in apartment buildings in foreclosure find themselves in apartment management limbo, unable to find someone responsible and responsive to their habitability and safety concerns.

Help arrives for renters on the verge of eviction
by Wayne FreedmanKGO-TV San Francisco
January 28th, 2011
Marin Housing Authority comes to the aid of San Rafael mobile-home park residents whose landlord threatened them with evictions.

It’s still rent over buy in San Francisco
by Brent BeginSan Francisco Examiner
January 28th, 2011
Renting makes better financial sense than buying a home in San Francisco, a Trulia study says.

Monning researching bill to address rent control lawsuits
by Tovin LapanMercuryNews.com
January 27th, 2011
Santa Cruz and Capitola lawmakers support the bill, which would allow cities to recover thousands of dollars in legal fees for successful defenses of rent control ordinances.

San Francisco condo conversion battle heats up
by J.K. DineenSan Francisco Business Times
January 27th, 2011
A group advocating home ownership wants to increase the number of condo conversions per year, which would mean losing more rental housing each year, too.

Over 38% of Foreclosed Properties in California are Rentals
by Gabe TrevesBeyond Chron
January 27th, 2011
The foreclosure crisis hit home for over 200,000 tenants in 2010, causing unfair displacements and evictions, says a new report by Tenants Together.

More Than 38 Percent of Foreclosed Homes in California are Rentals: Over 200,000 Tenants Directly Affected
by Gabe TrevesCalifornia Progress Report
January 27th, 2011
Tenants Together's third annual report details how California renters are affected by the foreclosure crisis.

Goleta Mobile Homeowners Win Again
by Matt KettmannThe Santa Barbara Independent
January 27th, 2011
Judge Denise de Bellefeuille rules that owners of a mobile home park in Goleta cannot convert to condominiums. The decision is a major victory for Goleta tenants, who continue to fight to protect their homes.

Hoboken's 25-Year-Old Rent Control Rules To Change
by Jessica Rosero and Claire MosesHoboken Patch
January 25th, 2011
City council of the NJ city says it wants to save landlords and the city "a fortune" in legal costs. Renters oppose limits the new law would place on suing for rent overcharges.

Home heating deaths continue despite outreach programs
by John CoxBakersfield.com
January 25th, 2011
Landlords are required to provide heat to rental properties. Using ovens and grills to keep warm can be deadly.

Rent Increase at Mobile Home Park
by NewburyPark365.comNewburyPark365.com
January 24th, 2011
Thousand Oaks Rent review Commission votes to lower a $260 rent increase to $60, which is still too much, say seniors on fixed incomes.

Landlord charged in severe beating of tenant in Visitacion Valley
by Mike AldaxSan Francisco Examiner
January 24th, 2011
Police say the San Francisco landlord has been on their radar for a while due to other violent incidents.

More victims of rental scam come forward
by Eddie GarciaKOB Eyewitness News 4
January 24th, 2011
KOB-TV in New Mexico reports on scams that trick tenants into renting foreclosed homes from people who don't own the proprties.

Ending redevelopment would hit 16 local cities
by Matthew T. Hall and Roger ShowleySign On San Diego
January 21st, 2011
Some cities receive a majority of their property taxes as redevelopment funds.

L.A. Clippers Owner Donald T. Sterling Inducted into Landlord Hall of Shame
by Patrick Range McDonaldLA Weekly
January 21st, 2011
The LA Weekly covers Donald Sterling's induction into the Landlord Hall of Shame.

'Renters' market' keeps Inland apartment rates low
by Leslie BerkmanThe Press-Enterprise
January 20th, 2011
Rents around the country rose in the first nine months of 2010 and dropped or remained the same at the end of the year.

Don’t Let Eviction Kill More Elders
by Tiny aka Lisa Gray-Garcia/PNNPoor Magazine
January 19th, 2011
Poor Magazine finds common ground with senior tenants in San Francisco's North Beach who face eviction by a developer who wants to build condos.

New Tower Will Transform Market Street
by Zusha ElinsonThe Bay Citizen
January 19th, 2011
The San Francisco developer whose drastic rent increases caused the city to enact rent control appears to have turned over a new leaf.

San Rafael mobile home park residents fear eviction
by Jessica Bernstein-WaxMarin Independent Journal
January 18th, 2011
The mobile park landlord gives a deadline for homeowners to make repairs that is much sooner than the deadline state inspectors gave them.

Part 1: The buildings are squalid, the tenants are fed up, and the landlords? They're still in business.
by Elizabeth Mohr and MaryJo WebsterPioneer Press
January 18th, 2011
A 3-part series exposes how notorious landlords in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region of Minnesota infuriate tenants and city inspectors alike.

Oakland hotel owner accused of soliciting arson
by Henry K. LeeThe San Francisco Chronicle
January 18th, 2011
Two buildings in the owner's possession are being investigated for uninhabitability.

Housing: New day, new plan
by Lompoc RecordLompoc Record
January 18th, 2011
Santa Barbara County needs more affordable housing, but homeowners don't want it in their neighborhood, so the Lompoc Record suggests approaching the issue from a different angle.

San Rafael residents victimized by eviction threats
by Wayne FreedmanKGO-TV San Francisco
January 17th, 2011
Residents say new mobile home park owner wants them out so it can triple rents.

Resolution to amend city's density bonus program approved by commission
by Peter DayHesperia Star
January 17th, 2011
City to offer developers incentives to add affordable, senior and low-income rental units to housing projects.

Folsom dumps affordable housing mandate
by Loretta Kalb The Sacramento Bee
January 17th, 2011
City Council votes unanimously to let developers meet state affordable housing goals on their own.

California's Trailer-Parks War: Owners vs. Renters
by Matt KettmanTime Magazine
January 15th, 2011
Mobile home owners fight the threat of increased rents for the spaces their homes sit on.

Oakland's Menlo Hotel tenants served illegal eviction notices
by Lynda CarsonIndybay
January 14th, 2011
Oakland's Menlo Hotel residents have been served illegal eviction notices by RMD Services, in an what appears to be an effort to intimidate the residents out of their housing!

Santa Maria landlord forced to pay $1 million for unsafe living conditions
by Monica QuinteroKSBY News
January 14th, 2011
California Rural Legal Assistance filed a lawsuit against a Santa Maria landlord on behalf of 62 tenants who lived in unsafe conditions.

Residents of Menlo Hotel ordered to vacate
by Cecelia VegaABC 7 News
January 13th, 2011
Forced to choose between terrible living conditions and the street, many residents don't know where to turn.

Battle over mobile home park rent increase wages late into the night
by Michelle KnightThousand Oaks Acorn
January 13th, 2011
Low-income residents of the Thousand Oaks park continue to fight exorbitant rent increases.

Tenants lobby council for new rent controls
by Jeff FrankelNorthJersey.com
January 13th, 2011
New Jersey tenants facing a 20 percent rent increase call for rent control protections.

Parkmerced Rebuild May Not Add Up
by Zusha ElinsonThe Bay Citizen
January 12th, 2011
City report questions the financials of the massive redevelopment of the sprawling housing complex.

City Councilman Homes In on L.A.’s Landlords
by Howard FineLos Angeles Business Journal
January 10th, 2011
Owners of rent-controlled, affordable units may get tax breaks.

Desperate tenants in poor conditions fear reprisals
by Ashley GebbAppeal-Democrat
January 10th, 2011
Residents of Twin Pool Garden Apartments in Yuba City live with mold and roaches, fearful that if they complain they will be evicted.

Judge delays landlord’s lawsuit
by Bob OkonThe Herald-News
January 8th, 2011
A Joliet, IL, judge says an owner in bankruptcy cannot force tenants in his foreclosed properties to pay rent.

HUD Scolds Marin on Fair Housing Record
by Aaron GlantzThe Bay Citizen
January 6th, 2011
The wealthy, mostly white county agrees to research its lack of racial, ethnic and income diversity

Homeless Advocates Look to Feds
by T.J. JohnstonThe Bay Citizen
January 5th, 2011
Affordable-housing programs were slashed while tax breaks for wealthy homeowners were increased, report states.

Landlords Upgrade Rent Monitoring
by Dawn WotapkaThe Wall Street Journal
January 4th, 2011
Computer programs help landlords monitor interest and competition in rental markets and adjust rents accordingly.

Appeal “Probable” in Mobile Home Rent Control Case
by Matt KettmannSanta Barbara Independent
January 4th, 2011
Attorney representing Goleta mobile home park owner says Says Ninth Circuit Decision “Paves Way” for U.S. Supreme Court Review

Last Week to Vote for Landlord Hall of Shame 2010 Inductees
by Gabe TrevesBeyond Chron
January 4th, 2011
The voting period for the first-ever Tenants Together Landlord Hall of Shame ends on Friday, January 7th.

Will Attorney General Kamala Harris Take on Foreclosure Crisis?
by New American MediaNew America Media
January 3rd, 2011
Tenants and homeowners are eager to see if California's new attorney general will hold banks accountable in the foreclosure crisis.

Homeless advocates say federal government has key to ending problem
by T.J. JohnstonSF Public Press
January 3rd, 2011
A new report shows that the increase in homelessness over the last three decades is a result of the loss of affordable housing programs and the increase in tax breaks for wealthy homeowners.

Evictions in SF Are Down, But Still Painful
by Zusha ElinsonThe Bay Citizen
December 30th, 2010
When evicted from a rent-controlled home, San Francisco tenants often have trouble finding affordable housing.

Pasadena's tale of two cities
by Peter DreierPasadena Weekly
December 30th, 2010
A report based on U.S. Census data reveals that housing costs are driving middle-class and low-income residents out of Pasadena.

Rent control ordinance must be adopted again
by Justine FrederiksenThe Daily Journal
December 27th, 2010
Ukiah city council will re-adopt and re-publish a mobile home park rent stabilization ordinance to satisfy the letter of the law.

New California laws take effect in New Year
by Michelle PontoNews10/KXTV
December 27th, 2010
Among other laws to take effect January 1 is one preventing unfair evictions of domestic violence survivors.

Court upholds mobile home rent controls
by Carol J. WilliamsLos Angeles Times
December 23rd, 2010
Ruling in a Goleta case, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals says park owners' property rights are not infringed on by laws controlling how much they can charge for monthly site rentals.

Weighing a landlord's promise
by Rebecca BoweSan Francisco Bay Guardian
December 21st, 2010
Parkmerced developer says rent control will be protected under new plan, but tenant advocates, including TT Executive Director Dean Preston, voice concerns.

Families arrested at bank in foreclosure protest [with video]
by Juan LopezPeople's World
December 17th, 2010
A group of 120 Los Angelenos protest foreclosure evictions by staging a sit-in. Before being arrested, protesters "moved in" to a Chase bank, installing a mattress and chairs in front of the branch.

Landlord arrested for allegedly shooting at tenants' trailer
by The Daily JournalUkiah Daily Journal
December 17th, 2010
The 92-year-old suspect is held on $100,000 bail after pushing two sheriffs deputies called to investigate the shooting.

When smokers move out, carcinogens remain
by Janet LavelleSign On San Diego
December 16th, 2010
Moving into a home formerly occupied by smokers puts you at risk of "thirdhand smoke," say SDSU researchers.

Affordable housing groups oppose new air rules
by Will KaneSFGate
December 15th, 2010
Advocates say affordable housing development needs to happen in urban hubs - which a new study shows are often also in the thick of pollution.

Rent Control and Racism in D.C.
by The Fight BackThe Fight Back
December 15th, 2010
A Washington D.C. tenant activist discusses how tenant protections relate to institutional racism.

Sworn Statements Provide Glimpse into Case Against Squatter Landlord Mark Guerette
by Stefan KamphNew Times Broward-Palm Beach
December 14th, 2010
A detective interviews tenants who paid rent to a Florida man charged with fraud for making "adverse possession" claims on abandoned homes.

Parkmerced Tenants Turn Out to Oppose Demolition of Rent Controlled Homes
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
December 13th, 2010
Public comment at the planning commission meeting runs for over 3 hours and is almost exclusively against the proposed project.

Rent Control Violation Reaches Settlement
by Ryan KoskelaCanyon News
December 11th, 2010
Santa Monica mother-daughter landlords agree to pay $120,000 to settle case alleging excess rent and wrongful eviction.

How Can a Religious Person Justify Being a Slumlord?
by Elizabeth DwoskinThe Village Voice
December 8th, 2010
The Village Voice talks to rabbis about Orthodox landlords who mistreat their tenants.

Clementina Tenants Win Fight to Stay in Their Homes
by Paul HogarthBeyond Chron
December 7th, 2010
With legal representation from Steve Collier of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, tenants in San Francisco successfully fight Ellis evictions.

Family Evicted Despite Law Protecting Tenants From Landlord's Foreclosure
NBC News 11 Alive
December 4th, 2010
Tenants in Georgia fall victim to a foreclosure eviction after continuing to pay rent to their landlord who had lost the home in a foreclosure months before.

Calif Tenants Group Demands Apology from Tea Party Leader
by CityWatchCityWatch
December 3rd, 2010
Los Angeles City Watch picks up TT's call for an apology from Judson Phillips for his suggestion that renters don't deserve to vote.

Mobile home park tenants sue Hall over closure plans
by Jesse Duarte, Napa Valley Register St. Helena Star
December 2nd, 2010
Lawsuit accuses St. Helena vintner and landlord Kathryn Hall of discrimination and civil rights violations.

Tenants Together Demands Apology from Tea Party Leader Over Voting Rights Comments
Beyond Chron
December 2nd, 2010
TT Demands Apology from "Tea Party Nation" President Judson Phillips.

Tea Party Nation President Judson Phillips Advocates Taxation Without Representation
by Lindsay BeyersteinBig Think
December 2nd, 2010
A blogger comments on Tea Party Nation president Judson Phillips' recent suggestion that renters should not have the right to vote.

Local landlord pays for alleged rent control abuse
by Nick TaborekSanta Monica Daily Press
December 2nd, 2010
Landlord who evicted tenants under the Ellis Act agrees to pay $120,000 in damages.

Tenants Together--Improving Rental Property Around the State
by PeonInChiefPeonInChief
December 2nd, 2010
TT member and blogger in Sacramento reports on landlord Hall of Shame.

Tea Party Leader Should Apologize Over Voting Rights Comments
by Dean PrestonCalifornia Progress Report
December 2nd, 2010
TT Executive Director Dean Preston calls on Judson Phillips to apologize for saying that renters should not be allowed to vote.

Fresno Landlord Nominated for Hall of Shame
by Giti DadlaniFresno Alliance
December 1st, 2010
Tenants Together organizer Giti Dadlani explains why five California landlords are Official Nominees to the Landlord Hall of Shame.

Strong protections help renters in foreclosed homes
by Michael FinneyABC 7 News
December 1st, 2010
San Francisco tenants have two safeguards after foreclosure: the federal Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act and a local ordinance that prevents eviction based on foreclosure alone.

Landlords Take Action After Hall of Shame Nomination
by KSEE NewsKSEE News
December 1st, 2010
Continued coverage of Fresno Landlord Hall of Shame nominees JD Home Rentals.

Fresno Landlord Nominated among Worst Slumlords
by KMPH NewsKMPH News
December 1st, 2010
Local TV news coverage of Fresno Landlord Hall of Shame nominee JD Home Rentals.

Fresno Group Nominated for Landlord Hall of Shame
by KSEE NewsKSEE News
November 30th, 2010
Local TV news story on Hall of Shame nominees JD Home Rentals.

Renters fear new ordinance considered by American Canyon
by Rachel Raskin-ZrihenTimes-Herald
November 30th, 2010
Area renters say new rent stabilization proposal is worse than what is on the books, and the text is too long and difficult for seniors to understand.

Black Friday 2010 'Housing Harvest' Occupation
by carol harveyThe Bay Citizen
November 30th, 2010
San Francisco housing activists decry the injustice of 36,000 empty homes, in a city where approximately 15,000 people are houseless.

Renters' troubles play out in court
by Merrill BalassoneThe Sacramento Bee
November 29th, 2010
The number of unlawful detainer lawsuits, court actions against tenants, has increased by 25 percent over the last five years.

Residents with overdue rent bills facing eviction
by Erin SherbertSF Examiner
November 28th, 2010
The SF Housing Authority's freeze on evictions has come to an end, just before the holidays. Housing Rights Committee Director Sara Shortt explains how this change will affect hundreds of the city's poorest residents.

Dust-up with picketing tenants puts L.A. housing authority chief in spotlight
by Jessica Garrison and David ZahniserLos Angeles Times
November 28th, 2010
One city council member says Rudy Montiel manages tenants like he would manage cattle.

New Tenants Together Report
by Alison BrennanPeonInChief
November 19th, 2010
A blogger reviews Tenants Together's most recent report "Without Justification: Banks Continue Mass Displacement of Innocent Tenants After Foreclosure."

Rent hike protesters get partial victory
by Rachel McGrathVentura County Star
November 19th, 2010
Mobile home park residents in Ventura County won a partial victory in their fight against high rent increases.

Landlords face steep fines over nuisances
by Joshua SabatiniSF Examiner
November 17th, 2010
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved legislation that imposes a fine of $1,000 per day to non-compliant landlords who fail to correct nuisances.

Sober-living facility files discrimination suit against West Hollywood
by Alexandra ZavisLos Angeles Times
November 14th, 2010
West Hollywood protests the conversion of rent-controlled residential units to a short-term substance abuse treatment facility.

Pet proposal put on hold
by Will ResimanSF Examiner
November 13th, 2010
A proposal to help tenants with pets find homes in SF is put on hold until January. Ted Gullicksen of the San Francisco Tenants Union points out that such a proposal would give renters the same basic rights of those living in federal housing.

Daily News editorial: By issuing evictions, housing director is hurting those he should be helping
by Los Angeles Daily NewsLos Angeles Daily News
November 12th, 2010
Local paper calls for Housing Authority director Rudy Montiel to call off evictions of HACLA residents who protested at his house.

L.A. housing official sought to evict nine tenants who protested at his home
by David Zahniser and Jessica GarrisonLos Angeles Times
November 11th, 2010
Public housing residents received eviction notices after attending a protest at the home of the agency's top executive. LA city council calls for attorney general to investigate.

S.F.'s Fillmore Center gets LEED certification
by Robert SelnaSFGate / San Francisco Chronicle
November 10th, 2010
The San Francisco apartment complex, home to 3,000 renters, now meets LEED Silver specifications for resident and environmental health. The upgrades will also save the owners money.

Frogtown’s foreclosure story: rentals
by Scott CarlsonFinance & Commerce
November 9th, 2010
The St. Paul, MN, neighborhood is 55 percent rentals.

Council Considers Rewarding Banks For Helping Local Communities
by Michael BrownleeFox 11 News
November 9th, 2010
Los Angeles proposes an ordinance that would force banks to disclose whether they have policies allowing tenants to stay in foreclosed properties.

At Legal Fringe, Empty Houses Go to the Needy
by Catharine Skipp and Damien CaveThe New York Times
November 8th, 2010
A Florida man possesses foreclosed homes, keeps them habitable and rents them out. He says an 1869 law protects him; the local authorities disagree.

Dutch court bans eviction of squatters
by Associated PressYahoo! News
November 8th, 2010
The Dutch have long been tolerant of squatters, with an earlier court ruling that entering an unused building is not trespassing.

Merced renters fight tenant abuse
by Jonah Owen LambMerced Sun-Star
November 6th, 2010
Local coverage of the Tenants Together Action Group meeting in Merced.

Surprise! Renters in foreclosure have rights
by Brent HunsbergerThe Oregon Live
November 6th, 2010
A tenant in Oregon learns about her rights in a foreclosure situation.

Poverty living at luxury prices
by Peter DreierPasadena Weekly
November 4th, 2010
Pasadena city council approves using stimulus funds to bail out a developer that wants to convert low-income senior housing to a luxury hotel.

Process servers at center of eviction challenges
by Robert SelnaSan Francisco Chronicle
October 31st, 2010
Lawyers content that process servers, like robo-signers, are being used to push foreclosures through quickly and incorrectly.

Daly Honored During Annual SRO Convention
by Luke ThomasFog City Journal
October 31st, 2010
Tenants honor San Francisco Supervisor Chris Daly for his work fighting to protect and expand tenants' rights before and throughout his two terms in office.

Eviction Ordinance Changes Brewing
by Brandon FastmanThe Santa Barbara Independent
October 29th, 2010
Housing advocates petition Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors to review a 2002 law that was supposed to give displaced tenants relocation funds, but which has not solved the problem of abrupt evictions.

Experts Discuss Affordable Housing Law at Tri-Valley Workshop
by Charles NguyenSan Ramon Patch
October 29th, 2010
The Tri-Valley Affordable Housing Committee met Thursday to discuss changes in housing law.

Foreclosures drive O.C. rental market
by Jeff CollinsThe Orange County Register
October 29th, 2010
Rents rise in Orange County due to the increasing number of homeowners becoming renters after foreclosure, reducing a recent trend of lower rents.

As Foreclosures Keep Coming, Renters Are Threatened Once Again
by Bruce KennedyDaily Finance
October 28th, 2010
A look at how unsuspecting renters are caught in the foreclosure crisis, through no fault of their own.

Website Exposes Worst Landlords
KCRA
October 27th, 2010
Sacramento-area news source KCRA investigates local suggested nominees to the Landlord Hall of Shame. TT member and tenants' rights advocate Alison Brennan is quoted.

5 red flags for renters
by Anna Marie HibbleSF Gate
October 26th, 2010
Checklist of what to watch out for when looking for a new place to rent.

Fed, Bernanke Detail Response to Foreclosure Crisis
by Luca Di Leo and Meena ThiruvengadamThe Wall Street Journal
October 26th, 2010
The Federal Reserve issues information and procedures to ensure banks follow laws that protect tenants in foreclosure situations.

Illinois Sheriff Takes a Stand – Will Any California Sheriffs Follow?
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
October 26th, 2010
Tenants Together executive director Dean Preston calls on sheriffs nationwide to refuse to evict people from their homes until banks prove foreclosures are valid.

Residential smoking ban puts Santa Clara County in forefront of crackdowns
by John WoolfolkMercury News.com
October 25th, 2010
Residents of apartments, condominiums, and town homes will be banned from smoking in their homes if the law passes Nov. 9.

Republican who wants to overturn rent control pumps $200,000 into district elections
by Sarah PhelanSan Francisco Bay Guardian
October 22nd, 2010
In the November 2008 election, Thomas J. Coates gave $1 million to Prop 98, a statewide measure that would have eliminated rent control in California. More recently, Coates has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to certain causes and candidates in the local SF election. Ted Gullicksen of the SF Tenants Union is quoted.

Developing the War Against Bed Bugs
by Coalition for Economic SurvivalCoalition for Economic Survival
October 21st, 2010
TT member org Coalition for Economic Survival leads a bedbug boot camp on how to deal with this growing pest problem.

Where The Rents Are Highest
by Francesca LevyForbes.com
October 20th, 2010
Half the cities on the list are in California, with San Jose at the top.

California Foreclosure and Tenants Rights
by Kat DavisExaminer.com Riverside
October 20th, 2010
Inland Empire real estate writer highlights Tenants Together's work to keep tenants in their homes after foreclosure.

Council adopts rent-stabilization ordinance
by Justine FrederiksenThe Ukiah Daily Journal
October 20th, 2010
The Ukiah City Council adopted a rent-stabilization ordinance. Only one member of the audience testified against the passage of the ordinance - the attorney representing the owners of a mobile home park.

Chinatown housing project goes green
by Erin SherbertSan Francisco Examiner
October 20th, 2010
Sara Shortt, executive director of the Housing Rights Committee of SF, comments on the San Francisco Housing Authority's energy-saving improvements.

Foreclosure moratorium sought
by Dan MoranLake County News-Sun
October 19th, 2010
Following one Illinois sheriff's refusal to carry out bank-initiated evictions, activists call for another county to stop evicting tenants from foreclosed homes.

Sheriff takes hard stand against foreclosures
by Melanie EversleyUSA Today
October 19th, 2010
Cook County sheriff Thomas Dart refuses to enforce foreclosure evictions without proof that the foreclosure was done properly.

Dart To Suspend Foreclosure Evictions Filed By Leading Banks
by eNews Park ForesteNews Park Forest
October 19th, 2010
An Illinois sheriff refuses to evict tenants from foreclosed homes, unless banks can prove they followed the correct procedures to alert tenants of foreclosure status.

Tenants complain about conditions at Rancho Cordova apartment complex
by Bryan PatrickSacramento Bee
October 18th, 2010
A photo essay on unsafe living conditions in a Rancho Cordova apartment complex.

Foreclosures leave renters in a quandary
by Mike PerraultThe Desert Sun
October 17th, 2010
A flurry of questions come up for tenants in Palm Springs whose landlord defaulted on his loan.

Radio interview on tenants in foreclosure
by Michael FinneyKGO Radio
October 16th, 2010
Tenants Together program coordinator Gabe Treves discusses how the foreclosure crisis affects tenants.

Why Facebook's Billionaire Founder Rents
by Leah GillisAOL Housing Watch
October 15th, 2010
At least one smart tech mogul prefers to rent his home.

Feds offer Napans rental help
by Kevin CourtneyNapa Valley Register
October 13th, 2010
The Napa Housing Authority recently received additional vouchers from HUD to assist families with physical and mental disabilities.

Website seeks to call out bad landlords in California
by Pueng VongsYahoo! News
October 13th, 2010
Yahoo! News features TT Landlord Hall of Shame.

New website features California’s worst landlords ever
by Rebecca BoweYahoo! News
October 11th, 2010
Yahoo News features SF Bay Guardian article on TT’s new Landlord Hall of Shame.

Floor at Center Of Rent Dispute
by Natalie JarveyLA Business Journal
October 11th, 2010
The Coalition for Economic Survival, an LA-based non-profit and TT member group, opposes the proposed changes to the city's Rent Stabilization Ordinance which would lower the rent floor. Tenants and advocates speak out and explain that tenants need more. CES executive director Larry Gross is quoted.

Council moves rent-stabilization law forward
by Justine FrederiksenThe Ukiah Daily Journal
October 7th, 2010
The Ukiah City Council takes another step towards adopting protections for mobile-home tenants who rent land from park owners.

City Housing Authority Gets $1 Million for Disabled Renters
Santa Barbara Independent
October 6th, 2010
HUD recently awarded 46 housing authorities across the US with new Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers for non-elderly persons with disabilities. Among the recipients is the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara.

Website exposes landlord blunders
by Chase S. KmecGolden Gate [X]press
October 5th, 2010
Californians respond to Tenants Together's Landlord Hall of Shame.

Beware: New Notice Requirement on Tenant Occupied Foreclosures
by MarkForeclosureTruth
October 5th, 2010
This blog post outlines details of SB 1149 which was signed into law by the Governor on September 30th.

CalPERS replaces its realty management firm
by Dale KaslerSacramento Bee
October 5th, 2010
After losing $500 million in a New York real estate scheme that resulted in tenant evictions, the pension fund finds a new firm to manage its funds.

Tenants complain of foreclosure process
by Sarah SchulteABC7 Chicago
October 5th, 2010
Banks back off as Chicago tenants learn to assert their rights to stay in their homes through a landlord's foreclosure.

New Census Data Shows Most Renters Live in Unaffordable Housing
by Moe BedardLoanSafe.org
October 4th, 2010

Bedbug cases skyrocket as legislation surfaces
by Erin SherbertSan Francisco Examiner
October 4th, 2010
Supervisor to introduce legislation that will increase fines on landlords who do not address code violations in their rental properties.

Irvine Trial Lawyer Gregory G. Brown Settles Multi-Plaintiff Apartment Complex Dispute for $1,600,000 After Trial and Defendant's Filing of Bankruptcy
PRWeb
October 4th, 2010
Beverly Hills landlord settles numerous claims by tenants after three years of litigation, including one trial.

National Community Renaissance allegedly overcharged for rent control
by Eric Piercethe Downey Patriot
October 4th, 2010
The city of Downey has a contract with a developer the Los Angeles Times says overcharged another California city for affordable housing.

NHC Urges Policymakers to Strengthen the Nation’s Multifamily Housing Finance System
by National Housing ConferenceRealEstateRama
October 4th, 2010
The National Housing Conference calls for policy that protects affordable, multi-unit housing.

Cities often give short shrift to affordable housing
by Jessica Garrison, Kim Christensen and Doug SmithLos Angeles Times
October 3rd, 2010
Los Angeles Times reporters discover mismanagement of affordable housing monies in least 120 municipalities.

Governor Schwarzenegger Signs Bill That Will Empower Tenants
News Blaze
October 2nd, 2010
Governor Schwarzenegger signed SB 1149, a bill that will protect tenants from negative credit impacts of post-foreclosure eviction cases.

Schwarzenegger vetoes landlord-renter declawing-debarking bill
by Anne ColbyLA Times
October 1st, 2010
Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed AB 2743, authored by Assemblymember Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara), which would have made it illegal for landlords to require pet owners to declaw or devocalize pets in order to live in the rental unit.

'West Wing' Star to NBA Owner: Burn Me Once ...
by TMZ StaffTMZ
September 30th, 2010
For the second time in a year, fire forces Kim Webster to evacuate her apartment in a building owned by L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

Records: CalPERS feared $100M East Palo Alto investment was in peril
by Bonnie EslingerMercury News
September 29th, 2010
1,175 pages of documents help to shed light on CalPERS' failed investment in Page Mill Properties. Not included in the thousands of documents are the memorandum and partnership agreement for the deal.

Southern California pot farmer sues landlord over stolen crop
by Associated PressSan Jose Mercury News
September 29th, 2010
Medical-marijuana grower sues his landlord when his apartment is burglarized and his pot crop stolen.

Documents: CalPERS' $100 million Page Mill loss
by Gennady Sheyner Palo Alto Online
September 28th, 2010
San Francisco Superior Court Judge Charlotte Woolard recently ordered CalPERS to release documents describing its failed $100 million investment in a shady East Palo Alto real estate scheme. The First Amendment Coalition posted the documents. Click the article to read correspondence between Page Mill Properties and CalPERS.

NY-area rents are not as high as one might think
by Jeremy SmerdCrain's New York Business
September 28th, 2010
San Jose has the highest rents in the country, with San Francisco coming in second.

Dollars or sense?
by Rebecca BoweSan Francisco Bay Guardian
September 28th, 2010
Few San Franciscans can afford the market-rate homes developers plan to build — so why doesn't the city have a plan to house its workers and low-income residents?

Ally Financial Asked to Halt Evictions in Colorado
by Margaret Cronin Fisk and Lorraine WoellertBloomberg
September 28th, 2010
Colorado's attorney general follows California in asking Ally Financial to prove its foreclosure eviction procedures are legal.

FAC posts online confidential CalPERS’ docs ordered released by Court
by Peter ScheerFirst Amendment Coalition
September 27th, 2010
The First Amendment Coalition posts documents describing CalPERS' failed $100 million investment in a shady East Palo Alto real estate scheme.

U.S. State Officials Investigate After GMAC Halts Evictions
by BloombergBloomberg Businessweek
September 25th, 2010
While California's attorney general demands that Ally Financial prove its foreclosure evictions are legal, other state attorneys general investigate foreclosure practices at the company's GMAC Mortgage unit.

Brown Wants Ally Financial To Halt Foreclosures In California
by Kathy ShwiffFoxBusiness.com
September 24th, 2010
California's attorney general demands immediate proof that the mortgage lender is complying with state law in evicting homeowners and tenants from their homes.

New website features worst landlords ever
by Rebecca BoweSan Francisco Bay Guardian
September 24th, 2010
The San Francisco Bay Guardian reports on the launch of the Tenants Together Landlord Hall of Shame.

West Hollywood's Historic El Mirador Apartments Being Emptied
by WeHo News StaffWeHo News
September 23rd, 2010
The landmark building, built in 1929 by architect S. Charles Lee, may be left vacant for the next 10 years.

Over 200,000 Renters Affected By Foreclosure
by Channel 3, KCRA NewsChannel 3, KCRA News
September 23rd, 2010
Sacramento renters learn their rights at a Tenants Together meet-up.

Dorchester House tenants' fight highlights issues with D.C. rent-control law
by Derek KravitzThe Washington Post
September 22nd, 2010
Dorchester House, once an affordable apartment complex, has been the source of landlord-tenant disputes in D.C. for decades. In addition to fighting off illegal rent increases, the complex has undergone submetering to pass the cost of utilities on to tenants, and has been purchased by speculators with the intent of converting the units from rent-control to market rate.

Landlord withdraws Section 8 discrimination lawsuit against Antioch
by Paul BurgarinoMercury News
September 22nd, 2010
The Patras family, who own properties in Antioch, sued the city on the grounds that they were harassed for renting to tenants in the Section 8 housing program.

Santa Monica Story: Residents Vs. “The System”
by Dish Taylor and Titus WapatoSanta Monica Dispatch
September 20th, 2010
A groundswell of grassroots activism emerges to fight a proposed condominium complex set to replace demolished affordable housing.

The Struggle Ahead: Affordable Housing as a Human Right in San Diego
by Rocky NeptunIndyBay
September 19th, 2010
The United Nations recognizes affordable housing as a human right. Why doesn't the United States?

Renters caught in foreclosure crisis
by Richard BammerThe Reporter
September 19th, 2010
The Ramos family refuses to "be another statistic" in the foreclosure crisis. This article walks through their experience with the U.S. Bank National Association and the bank's attorney, David Endres. Gabe Treves, program coordinator at TT, is quoted.

Legislature Passes Bill to Protect Innocent Tenants From Having their Credit Ruined by Banks
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
September 15th, 2010
The legislature passed SB 1149, a bill authored by state senator Ellen Corbett (D - San Leandro) that would protect renters from having their credit reports permanently damaged through bogus evictions. The bill currently awaits the governor's signature.

CalPERS must release documents detailing $100 million investment loss
by Thomas PeeleMercury News
September 14th, 2010
A judge ordered the California Public Employee Retirement System, CalPERS, to release documents about how it lost $100 million in a failed real estate project.

Calif. Initiative Lets Low-Income Homes Bask in Solar Power
by  Anne C. Mulkern, GreenwireThe New York Times
September 14th, 2010
The installation is good for the environment and gives tenants a break on utility costs.

Cambridge, MA, keeps affordable-housing formula
by Marc LevyCambridge Day
September 14th, 2010
City councillors debated how to spend affordable housing state matching funds, with a majority voting to continue to funnel 80 percent of state monies to affordable housing projects.

California, PA, set to evict Cal U. students from unsafe housing
by Scott BeveridgeObserver-Reporter
September 14th, 2010
Homeowners in the Pennsylvania borough are under investigation for shirking building inspection requirements and for renting rooms illegally.

Stuyvesant Town Tenants Are Offered Co-op Plan
by Charles V. BagliThe New York Times
September 13th, 2010
One of New York's biggest affordable housing complexes is on the verge of a possible "affordable noneviction conversion" of the apartments to co-ops.

Housing Authority not prioritizing Section 8 homes
by Erin SherbertThe Examiner
September 12th, 2010
The San Francisco Housing Authority has not properly inspected Section 8 rental housing units, resulting in hazardous living conditions. This article quotes Sarah Shortt, executive director of the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco, who believes the Housing Authority is setting a "horrifying precedent."

Rent control law might be hard to sell
by Damian MannThe Mail Tribune
September 10th, 2010
Oregon mobile home industry would oppose rent control, but might favor mediation

A Dastardly Clever Scheme
by Greg Mankiw Greg Mankiw's Blog
September 10th, 2010
A Harvard economist explains how New York universities make money off the city's rent control ordinance.

Santa Monica Extends No Smoking Zone
by Jonathan LloydNBCLosAngeles.com
Opponents to the code say it pits non-smoker's rights against renters' rights.

Impact of Foreclosures Goes Far Beyond Economic Damage
by Caitlin VegaCalifornia Progress Report
September 8th, 2010
A report put out by the Alameda Country Health Department in partnership with Causa Justa::Just Cause shows how people undergoing foreclosure are suffering higher rates of stress and other medical problems. This article touches on the importance of protecting families during these times.

California Bill To Ban Landlords From Declawing In Final Stages
by Daphne ReidPet Peoples Place
September 8th, 2010
AB 2743, which would impose a fine for each instance of declawing or devocalization of animals as a result of a rental agreement, was passed to Governor Schwarzenegger for his signature.

Landlord troubles needn't hurt you
by Kevin TurnerThe Florida Times-Union
September 8th, 2010
The number of foreclosures in Jacksonville is increasing. April Charney, a foreclosure expert with Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, helps tenants understand their options if the landlord is going through a foreclosure proceeding.

Rent collection harder than it sounds
by John CoteThe San Francisco Chronicle
September 7th, 2010
The San Francisco Housing Authority failed to collect more than $2 million in rent from tenants and is currently working to reverse that error. Sara Shortt of the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco comments on the housing authority's lack of preparation as a computer glitch further complicates the process.

Widespread Real Estate Scam Hits San Diego
by Lindsay Hood and Gene CubbisonNBC San Diego
September 7th, 2010
Two brothers have been charged with more than 100 felonies for participating in a real estate fraud ring in California and Nevada. The two men created false deeds and rented out foreclosed homes that they did not own.

Merced residents stick to renting
by Jonah Owen LambThe Sacramento Bee
September 7th, 2010
Nearly 60 percent of the population of Merced rent their homes, creating a rental market with more demand than supply.

Hope for a Bronx Tower of Hip-Hop Lore
by Sam DolnickThe New York Times
September 6th, 2010
A building in the Bronx was sold to Workforce Housing Advisors, who pledged to address violations and improve conditions. The building, located at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, is known as the birthplace of hip hop. Senator Schumer recently referred to it as the birthplace of predatory equity. The building represents what is happening to hundreds of buildings across the country.

Indoor marijuana grows in rentals put landlords, tenants in a tight spot
by Jennifer SquiresSanta Cruz Sentinel
September 5th, 2010
Santa Cruz tenant discovers that some landlords don't want even legal marijuana plants in their buildings.

Leases go to pot as L.A. closes Valley medical-marijuana collectives
by Dana BartholomewPasadena Star-News
Landlords decry the city-forced eviction of model tenants paying premium rent.

Wall of Shame
The Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC
September 3rd, 2010
NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio discusses his latest initiative to expose the city's worst landlords on the Brian Lehrer Show.

Foreclosures can make you sick, report says
by Victoria ColliverSan Francisco Chronicle
September 2nd, 2010
A report by the Alameda County Public Health Department and Causa Justa/Just Cause shows how people undergoing foreclosure are suffering higher rates of stress and other medical problems.

Oceanside Council denies mobile home subdivision request
by Aaron BurginSan Diego Union-Tribune
September 1st, 2010
Council majority found the move to be an attempt to circumvent the city's rent-control ordinance

Law requires New York landlords to tell tenants about bedbugs
by Jesse SolomonCNN
August 30th, 2010
The "right to know" measure would offer some protection to renters before moving into a new apartment against the pesky plague.

Tacoma group pushing for smoke-free apartments
by Rob CarsonThe News Tribune
August 30th, 2010
Tacoma is poised to follow eight California cities that have outlawed smoking in multi-unit apartment buildings.

When Your Landlord Fights a Foreclosure Sale
by Jennifer Saranow SchultzThe New York Times
August 26th, 2010
Author of Nolo's the Foreclosure Survival Guide, Stephen Elias, provides helpful tips about what to do when your landlord fights a foreclosure sale.

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