|WeHo smokers can breathe easy|
by WeHo News Staff, WeHo News
December 8th, 2011
WeHo rent stabilization law prohibits changes to a renter’s lease without their consent. A new state law allowing landlords to prohibit smoking does not change this.
|If your landlord is facing foreclosure, stay put|
by Karen Aho, MSN Real Estate
December 7th, 2011
Being uprooted is frightening for anyone. But renters endure added stress: They often are the last to know that a foreclosure is in the works, having paid their rent faithfully each month; and they typically are the most misinformed about their own rights, through no fault of their own.
|Berkeley building was site of earlier fire|
by Carolyn Jones, SFGate
December 2nd, 2011
Officials rule accidental the Nov. 18 fire at Berkeley's Sequoia Building. Many of the 70 residents who lost their homes in the blaze say there were problems at the building.
|San Francisco's Homeless Black Youth Invisible|
by Peter Schurmann, New America Media
November 14th, 2011
San Francisco's advocates for homeless people a growing number of young African Americans are becoming homeless as the ongoing recession and nationwide trend of urban black flight erodes access to traditional safety nets.
|Evictions over smoking specious|
by Larry Gross, WeHo News
November 7th, 2011
Coalition for Economic Survival Executive Director Larry Gross refutes claims that a new state law gives landlords the power to evict tenants for smoking in their apartments.
|Renters affected when landlord faces foreclosure|
by Jamie Hansen, Petaluma360.com
October 31st, 2011
From being asked to leave a home in foreclosure to falling victim to scams on online rental markets like Craigslist, to trying to find affordable rent in a market glutted with renters, tenants find themselves negotiating a whole new landscape.
|Squatting with a cause|
by KALW, SFGate
September 15th, 2011
San Francisco collective Homes Not Jails pairs abandoned buildings with people who need housing.
|Calif Gov Jerry Brown Vetoes Affordable Housing Preservation Bill|
by Larry Gross, Organizing Times
September 12th, 2011
AB 1216, would have given tenants and affected public entities the right to enforce provisions in state law that require owners of government-assisted affordable units to entertain a purchase offer to preserve its affordability when the owner does not intend to extend or renew participation in a subsidy program.
|Calif. Gives Apartment Renters ‘Right to Recycle’|
by Alexis Petru, Earth911.com
September 9th, 2011
Governor Jerry Brown signs into law the Renter’s Right to Recycle Act, which requires owners of multifamily housing with five or more units to provide paper, plastic and can and bottle recycling programs to their tenants starting next year.
|Solar Shines On California Public Housing|
by Lauren Craig, EarthTechling
August 24th, 2011
The Santa Barbara County installation is expected to offset the energy consumption of 863 units of affordable housing and trim power costs for more than 1,000 low-income families.
|East Palo Alto Residents Tell Equity to Take A Hike|
by Sharon Simonson, The Registry
August 22nd, 2011
Residents of East Palo Alto are seeking to overthrow a plan by Wells Fargo & Co. to sell more than 1,800 rent-controlled apartments to Equity Residential, a national multifamily landlord that owns and manages more than 120,000 apartments nationwide.
|EPA tenants rally against proposed apartment sale|
by Gennady Sheyner, Palo Alto Online
August 22nd, 2011
East Palo Alto residents and tenant advocates will take it to the streets this afternoon to protest Wells Fargo Bank's potential sale of about 1,800 units in the Woodland Park neighborhood to the investment fund Equity Residential.
|Evicted tenants expected to return|
by Nathan Baker, AuburnPub.com
August 18th, 2011
The eviction, however temporary, has left the residents of the Auburn apartment building homeless and searching for a place to stay for at least two nights.
|Rent Hike for Mobile Home Park?|
by Adelaide Chen, Milpitas Patch
August 17th, 2011
Friendly Village in Milpitas doesn't sound so friendly when the property owner proposes to raise the rent. The move would alter the current rent control ordinance enforced by the city.
|Capitola repeals rent control|
by Tovin Lapan, Santa Cruz Sentinel
August 12th, 2011
The move, which still must go through a second reading and vote before taking effect, will end 32 years of rent control in Capitola and has residents of Surf and Sand mobile home park in particular worried about their futures.
|S.F. apartment rent rises as vacancy rates fall|
by Carolyn Said, SFGate
August 11th, 2011
Two-thirds of San Francisco residents are renters, and those looking for a new place face fierce competition. Eighteen people recently showed up to an open house for a $1,400 studio.
|Subsidies and Suspicion|
by Jennifer Medina, The New York Times
August 10th, 2011
Civil rights groups say Latino and black residents of Lancaster and neighboring Palmdale who use Section 8 vouchers face face harassment from law enforcement and aggressive surveillance from neighbors.
|Republicans Look To Kill Legal Aid|
by Jessica P., Care2.com
August 10th, 2011
A former legal aid attorney says legal aid organizations are in trouble - at a time when disadvantaged and marginalized people need them most.
|Reports Shows San Jose Rents Soar|
by KTVU News, KTVU.com
July 24th, 2011
San Jose metro area rents jumped 12.6 six percent from last year and the region has the highest average rent among the 43 metro areas surveyed, at more than $1,700.
|Tenant Groups Advise Wells to Tread Lightly in East Palo Alto|
by Sharon Simonson, The Registry
July 23rd, 2011
Housing advocates from San Francisco to New York City are warning banker Wells Fargo not to insist the winning bidder pay such a high price that the only financially viable business model is redevelopment and aggressive landlord efforts to push rents up as fast as possible.
|Solar: Now for renters, too|
by Ucilia Wang, GigaOM
July 15th, 2011
Tenants now have access to virtual net metering, which allows renters to get credits on their utility bills for the electricity produced by a communal solar system on their complex.
|Woman on the lam from tenant-scamming charges|
by Henry K. Lee, SF Gate
July 11th, 2011
The San Francisco woman who took thousands of dollars from more than a dozen would-be tenants is wanted for numerous charges of grand theft and obtaining money under false pretenses.
|Foreclosure and Renters: Banks Break the Law|
by Curtis Black, Truthout
July 9th, 2011
A new report from Lawyers Committee for Better Housing confirms that banks banks tend to ignore the rights guaranteed to renters in the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act.
|Parkmerced could go on November ballot|
by Will Kane, SF Gate
July 8th, 2011
If 14,300 of the 19,000 signatures are deemed valid, San Francisco voters will decide whether the Board of Supervisors should have narrowly approved the $1.2 billion plan to demolish Parkmerced.
|How Big Banks Displace Families Who Rent|
by Sally Ho, Progress Illinois
June 15th, 2011
Banks taking over foreclosed properties are considered the new homeowners, but what happens when the building is home to dozens of families who rent? An Illinois group says that should make the banks the landlords too -- at least temporarily.
|Advocates Fear Rent Destabilization|
by Jason Banrey, Queens Tribune
June 2nd, 2011
A tent city set up in Woodside is symbolic of the struggles rent-controlled and rent-stabilized Queens, New York, tenants would face if rent-protection laws are not renewed.
|Debunking the myth of Prop. 13|
by Steve Lopez, The Los Angeles Times
June 1st, 2011
A USC professor says young people who think the revered measure is a good thing really don't know much about it. 'Renters don't benefit and the majority of new home buyers don't benefit,' he points out.
|Vote your vote away|
by Carly Nairn, San Francisco Bay Guardian
May 31st, 2011
Key tenants protections could be at risk if San Francisco Sup. Wiener convinces voters to give the Board of Supervisors the authority to change or repeal voter-approved measures.
|S.F. Supes Elsbernd and Farrell get personal|
by John Cote, SF Gate
May 31st, 2011
This City Hall roundup includes a note about San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee's interest in creating a condominium-conversion fee -- which tenant advocates oppose. Mayor Lee is a former tenant advocate.
|Recession makes renting a nightmare|
by Nisa Islam Muhammad, The Final Call
May 14th, 2011
According to a report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, American renters on average must earn over $20 an hour to afford a modest apartment, yet the average renter makes much less.