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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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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.

When Your Landlord Fights a Foreclosure Sale
by Jennifer Saranow SchultzThe New York Times
August 26th, 2010
Advice for New York renters when their buildings go into foreclosure.

Calif. passes bill barring forced pet declawing
by Associated PressSan Francisco Chronicle
August 25th, 2010
Bill that prevents landlords from insisting that tenants have their pets declawed or devocalized goes to the governor's desk.

Time to amend rent stabilization ordinance
by Weekly CalistoganWeekly Calistogan
August 25th, 2010
A call for more-equitable rent increases in Calistoga mobile home parks.

Massachusetts Bans Foreclosure Evictions of Tenants – Why Can’t California?
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
August 25th, 2010

Proposed rent increase upsets seniors at T.O. mobile home park
by Teresa
August 24th, 2010
Fixed-income seniors at Thousand Oaks mobile home park could face 80 percent rent increases.

Senate Bill Guaranteeing Protections for Tenants of Foreclosed Buildings Signed into Law
by Andrea Stewart-CousinsOffice of NY State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins
August 23rd, 2010

Man involved in housing mess owes $395,000 in taxes
by Brittany LevineThe Orange County Register
August 19th, 2010
Property manager Leo Goldberg rented units out without telling future tenants that the property was going through foreclosure. Goldberg requested advance payments and walked away with them once the bank took over the property. Goldberg is one of California's top 250 delinquent taxpayers.

Golden Cockroach Awarded to "Worst Landlord"
by Steve KupfermanTorontoist
August 19th, 2010
Tenants gathered in Ontario for the presentation of the Golden Cockroach Award to MetCap Living, owner of thousands of apartment units in the Toronto area. The Parkdale Tenants Association presented the award to them with the title Worst Landlord of the Year.

City Council plays meeting games...
The Sacramento Bee
August 19th, 2010
Members of the Sacramento City Council moved the public comment period, where members of the public can comment on matters not on the agenda, from the beginning of the meeting to the end. Members of the public will have to wait until the entire meeting is almost over, which can be anywhere from two to six hours, to participate.

Walter Lembi dies - led real estate empire
by Andrew S. RossThe San Francisco Chronicle
August 19th, 2010
Infamous San Francisco mega-landlord Walter Lembi died of cancer on Tuesday.

State Bans Wholesale Evictions
by Stephanie KraftThe Valley Advocate
August 19th, 2010
A new Massachusetts law protects tenants caught in the foreclosure crisis through no fault of their own. Banks repossessing properties cannot evict tenants except for lease violations or nonpayment of rent.

Home Improvement
by Alyssa KatzNewsweek
August 17th, 2010
Approximately 30,000 tenants gathered in East Point, a suburb just outside of Atlanta, to stand in line for a Section 8 housing application. There are 455 newly available Section 8 vouchers, which renters can use anywhere in the country.

A renter's guide to eco-friendly living
by Tiffany HsuLos Angeles Times
August 15th, 2010
Renters can make low-cost home improvements that save the environment.

Feds offer aid to renters as well as homeowners
by Kathleen PenderThe San Francisco Chronicle
August 15th, 2010
Government programs have provided renters, who make up one-third of households in the US, with stronger protections when the landlord faces foreclosure. This article quotes Ted Gullicksen of the San Francisco Tenants Union, who believes the government should do more for renters in this economy.

Banks help clean up blight in Arlington
by Susan ShrockThe Star-Telegram
August 15th, 2010
After foreclosing on the owner, banks in Texas agree to renovate apartment complexes that had fallen into terrible disrepair under the previous owner.

Roseville tenant: Bank ignoring foreclosure law
by George WarrenABC News
August 14th, 2010
Tenants Together member Christine Pierce stands up to the bank and exercises rights as a tenant in a foreclosure situation.

Number of the Week: Insults and Injury for Renters
by Mark WhitehouseThe Wall Street Journal
August 14th, 2010
Since 2006, the price of renting has increased by 12%. This increase, when combined with tax breaks on mortgage interest for homeowners, suggests that renters are effectively subsidizing homeownership in the U.S.

Bronx News Roundup
by Gina CilibertoBronx News Network
August 13th, 2010
Tenant activists rallied outside the offices of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to demand that they acknowledge their involvement in the displacement of hundreds of tenants in the Bronx.

Vacation Apartment Rentals: Lucrative and Largely Illegal
by Scott JamesThe Bay Citizen
August 12th, 2010
SFTU Director Ted Gullicksen is quoted in this article about the illegal rentals of apartments to tourists.

Mobile home park residents prevail in conversion dispute
by Kevin McCallumThe Press Democrat
August 12th, 2010
The Santa Rosa Planning Commission voted to protect mobile home residents by rejecting the owner's plan to sell rather than rent spaces. Members of the planning commission believed a goal of the conversion was to avoid rent control, thus eliminating much of the city's low-income housing for seniors.

Not all O.C. landlords can raise rents
by Jonathan LansnerThe Orange County Register
August 11th, 2010
Landlords in Orange County are still having a difficult time raising rents.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rent may no longer be a four letter word
by Jenny BSan Francisco Chronicle
July 26th, 2010
This blog post discusses the pros and cons of owning a home and renting in today's market.

City won't modify rent control ordinance
by Philip RileyArgus-Courier
July 26th, 2010
The Petaluma City Council took steps to protect renters by refusing to make changes to the current ordinance.

Real Estate Agents Grab for Rental Listings as Sales Stagnate
by Vanessa RichardsonHousing Watch
July 26th, 2010
This article reports on the rental market in San Francisco, which is largely dominated by real estate brokers and agents. The author interviews Ted Gullicksen, director of the San Francisco Tenants Union, who addresses the contentious relationship between property managers and tenants.

SMRR endorsements done for dirt cheap
by Bill BauerSanta Monica Daily Press
July 26th, 2010
This Santa Monica Daily Press opinion piece addresses the upcoming convention, hosted by Santa Monicans for Renters Rights, and local election endorsements.

Many Bay Area homeowners in real estate limbo
by Sue McAllister and Eve MitchellMercury News
July 25th, 2010
Homeowners across the state are trying to figure out how to save their properties from foreclosure. One landlord in San Jose who had been wronged by the bank sued with the help of an attorney. He was able to stay in his triplex and keep his tenants there, too.

Philadelphia’s renegade sheriff faces office shutdown after stand for homeowners
by Linda S. WallaceTri State Defender Online
July 22nd, 2010
Since being elected in 1987, Philadelphia Sheriff John Green has taken some controversial steps to allow more time for owners to save their homes from foreclosure. The 'foreclosure intervention' model, which aims to facilitate a dialogue between homeowners, lenders, and housing activists, has received a lot of attention this year as a result of the foreclosure crisis.

For Bakersfield Builder, Rentals Are ‘Cutting-Edge’ Solution
by Dawn WotapkaThe Wall Street Journal
July 22nd, 2010
A WSJ blog post addresses the effect that the housing crash has had on a development in Kern County.

Dodd-Frank Reform Bill Extends Tenant Act through 2014
by Kerry CurryHousing Wire
July 21st, 2010
The federal Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act (PTFA) allows tenants living in foreclosed properties the right to remain in their home for 90 days or through the term of their lease. The PTFA was set to sunset in 2012. This morning, President Obama signed an extension of the PTFA through 2014.

Letter to the Editor
The Daily News
July 20th, 2010
A letter to the editor in response to Tenants Together director Dean Preston's Op-Ed on the impact of a massive Cargill development on nearby mobilehome residents in Redwood City.

Crowd packs council meeting to hear proposed rental inspection ordinance
by J.M. BrownMercury News
July 20th, 2010
The Santa Cruz City Council is taking steps to adopt a rental inspection ordinance. The ordinance would require owners to register properties and submit to city inspections. Previous version of the ordinance only affected owners of buildings with three or more units. Now, the ordinance would apply to all owners of rental properties.

Tenants can get stung in foreclosures, too
by Rick RadinContra Costa Times
July 20th, 2010
Contra Costa Time article profiles tenants in foreclosure situations and includes information about tenants' rights from an interview with Tenants Together Program Coordinator, Gabe Treves.

City Hall wants Supreme Court review
by Nick TaborekSanta Monica Daily Press
July 20th, 2010
Santa Monica City Hall lawyers will ask the California Supreme Court to review the Embassy Hotel Apartments case in an attempt to overturn a ruling that has hurt affordable housing in Santa Monica.

CalPERS sued for documents related to failed $100 million investment in Page Mill properties
by Bonnie EslingerMercury News
July 20th, 2010
"The First Amendment Coalition has sued CalPERS to obtain records on why the pension fund invested $100 million in Page Mill Properties, the biggest residential landlord in East Palo Alto."

Sites help struggling homeowners find tenants
by Ari Levy and Dan LevyThe San Francisco Chronicle
July 18th, 2010
Earlier this month, the New York State Legislature passed a bill that would ban rentals of less than 30 days in New York apartment buildings. The legislation is directed at larger multifamily dwellings where landlords evict tenants to develop illegal hotels and addresses concerns of unregulated rentals. Airbnb, a company that facilitates and promotes short-term vacation rentals across the world, is against the legislation. As illustrated by this article, homeowners facing foreclosure find relief through short-term vacation rentals that help them meet mortgage payments.

Rescued From Blight, Falling Back Into Decay
by Cara BuckleyThe New York Times
July 18th, 2010
This NYT article takes a look at the future of debt-ridden buildings located in central Brooklyn, the South Bronx, and Harlem. The author notes that the city is taking steps to foreclose on properties, but tenants are protected during any transfer of ownership.

PETRA, the death of public housing
by Lynda CarsonIndy Bay
July 16th, 2010
The author of this article addresses the potential conversion of public housing units in Berkeley and the Obama administration's PETRA (Preservation, Enhancement, and Transformation of Rental Assistance) proposal.

Mobile home parks are invisible pawns in battle over Saltworks project
by Dean PrestonMercury News
July 16th, 2010
Tenants Together director wrote this Op-Ed on the impact of a massive Cargill development on nearby mobilehome residents in Redwood City.

With public housing rent owed, evictions feared
by John CoteSan Francico Chronicle
July 16th, 2010
This article in the San Francisco Chronicle addresses evictions over back rent at SF public housing. The article quotes Sara Shortt, director of Housing Rights Committee of SF.

Renter protections may reach ballot
by Kevin HerreraSanta Monica Daily Press
July 15th, 2010
The Santa Monica City Council takes steps towards strengthening protections for renters by increasing the amount of time a tenant has to respond to minor violations before being served with a three-day notice to vacate. The Council will look at a draft ballot measure next week.

SF Board Says 'Yes' to Lennar
by Zusha ElinsonThe Bay Citizen
July 14th, 2010
San Francisco Supervisors Chris Daly, Eric Mar, and John Avalos were the only ones to vote against certifying the environmental impact report on the plans for the old Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. The report was approved 8-3 after a 10 hour hearing. The developer, Lennar, plans to build 10,000 homes on the contaminated superfund site.

13 Tenant Activists Arrested During Protest
by Lauren RahejaCity Limits
Tenant activists in NYC have been advocating for the passage of stronger rent laws since the Democrats regained control of the state senate in the November 2008 election. None of the bills have been passed. With the legislative session coming to a close and an election coming up in November, tenants have grown impatient. Thirteen activists were arrested Monday on charges of civil disobedience.

Jerry Brown Investigates Banks’ Treatment of Foreclosure Tenants
by Gabe TrevesBeyond Chron
July 13th, 2010
Gabe Treves, Program Coordinator at Tenants Together, reports on California Attorney General Jerry Brown's investigation to ensure compliance with tenant-protection laws by banks and private investors acquiring tenant-occupied, foreclosed properties.

Tenants' rights rally ends in arrests
by Betsy MoraisCapital New York
The New York State Senate has yet to take action on a package of bills that would protect and advance the rights of tenants in the state of New York. Tenants, advocates, and allies are growing increasingly impatient as the Senate, which currently holds a Democratic majority for the first time in nearly forty years, fails to take action. After decades of weakening tenant laws, tenants are growing increasingly impatient. Thirteen tenant activists of the Real Rent Reform Campaign and Housing Here and Now were arrested after a rally on charges of civil disobedience.

Mandelman Garners Tenants Union Endorsement
by Luke Thomas Fog City Journal
July 12th, 2010
The San Francisco Tenants Union recently announced that it has endorsed Rafael Mandelman for District 8 Supervisor.

Tenants have rights during foreclosures, Brown's office notes
Times Herald
July 6th, 2010
Attorney General Brown recently began investigating the illegal actions of banks, brokers, and lawyers towards innocent tenants who have become victims of the foreclosure crisis.

Some advice for renters
by Jennifer DaviesThe San Diego Union Tribune
July 5th, 2010
Tenants Together featured in San Diego Union Tribune piece on the rights of tenants in foreclosure situations.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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