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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."

En defensa de los inquilinos
by Roger LindoLa Opinion
June 29th, 2010
"La Procuraduría estatal dio a conocer ayer que emprenderá acciones para proteger a los miles de arrendatarios que podrían ser desahuciados cuando los inmuebles en que residen son ejecutados por el banco."

Kagan: Cal ruling on religious landlady 'outrageous'
by Bob EgelkoThe San Francisco Chronicle
June 26th, 2010
"When the California Supreme Court ruled in 1996 that a landlady had to rent an apartment to an unwed couple despite her religious objections to non-marital sex, civil rights groups and gay-rights advocates applauded the court's commitment to anti-discriminaiton laws. But a number of religious organizations, mostly conservative, saw the ruling as a threat to individual freedom and backed an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court."

Panel Backs Smaller Rent Increases Than Usual
by Cara BuckleyThe New York Times
June 25th, 2010
"Rents for New York City’s one million rent-stabilized apartments will rise less than in the past several years under increases set Thursday evening at a typically raucous public meeting."

Legislature Passes Bedbug-Notification Law
by Cara BuckleyThe New York Times
June 24th, 2010
"A bill passed by both houses of the State Legislature on Thursday would require New York City landlords to tell prospective tenants about a building’s recent bedbug history."

Goleta’s Rent-Control Case Gets Full-Panel Hearing
by Sonia FernandezNoozhawk
June 24th, 2010
"Goleta’s rent-control ordinance got another day in court on Tuesday, this time with the full panel of 11 judges."

El Diario Editorial on Dawnay Day Properties Features Community Voices Heard
News From Melissa
June 24th, 2010
"An editorial by El Diario yesterday on predatory equity features the work of El Barrio/East Harlem group Community Voices Heard (CVH) in trying to bring in a non-profit entity to preserve the troubled Dawnay Day properties as affordable for current residents."

MoCo renters' rights group formed
by Katherine ShaverThe Washington Post
June 24th, 2010
"A group of renters and community activists have established a Montgomery County Renters Alliance, saying it will be the first countywide organization to advocate for renters’ rights."

Buildings at risk
El Diario
June 23rd, 2010
"The foreclosure crisis has not spared tenants. And many will remain vulnerable to real estate speculators unless government, community groups, tenants and local leaders collaborate to preserve affordable housing."

Court rules rent hikes are illegal, refunds possible for tenants
by Adam LisbergNew York Daily News
June 23rd, 2010
"Minimum rent hikes for 300,000 rent-stabilized New Yorkers are illegal, an appeals court ruled Tuesday, raising the prospect of $100 million in refunds."

Judge advances sale of NYC's Stuyvesant Town
by Ilaina Jonas and Joan GrallaReuters
June 23rd, 2010
"(Reuters) - The purchase of Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village in New York City by its tenants or outside investors was advanced by a federal judge's ruling giving the green light to a sale."

Montgomery holds off on rent control, other housing proposals
by Brian HughesThe Examiner
June 23rd, 2010
"Montgomery County officials are resisting extensive changes to housing policies -- primarily rent control -- presented in a report Tuesday that outlines ways to keep renters from being priced out of the wealthy suburb."

Selling Out Tenants & Jail Health for 0.2% of the Budget
by Paul HogarthBeyond Chron
June 21st, 2010
"Today, the Board of Supervisors Budget Committee will vote on a proposal that everyone knows is dead on arrival – but Mayor Gavin Newsom insists that opponents are being too “ideological.” Blowing the cap on condo conversions of T.I.C.’s (tenancies-in-common) is something that real estate speculators have pushed for decades, and now they want to pit middle-class homeowners against tenants."

Judges Rewrite Ellis Act Without Legislative Approval
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
June 21st, 2010
"This week, appellate judges re-wrote California's Ellis Act to find that a landlord cannot waive its rights under the Ellis Act. The Case is Embassy LLC v. City of Santa Monica."

Carson mobile home residents see hope in ruling
by Sandy MazzaContra Costa Times
June 19th, 2010
"Residents of Carson's mobile home parks may now have a small glimmer of hope in their long, mostly unsuccessful battle to maintain low rents."

S.F. gives more time to weigh in on Parkmerced
by Will KaneThe San Francisco Chronicle
June 19th, 2010
"The public will have another two weeks to comment on an ambitious 30-year plan to remake the Parkmerced development after the city's Planning Commission extended the deadline for comment on the project."

Advocates pan Lauzon's rental ideas
by David DelcoreThe Times Argus
June 16th, 2010
"BARRE – City councilors had hoped to hear from tenants this week in their continuing effort to update local ordinances on rental properties in the city, But instead, with one exception, they heard from their advocates."

Developers' new plan: Rental homes
by Courtenay EdelhartThe Bakersfield Californian
June 16th, 2010
"Some land speculators who got stuck with a bunch of property after the real estate market crash have come up with a creative solution to the soft market for new homes."

Rent control activists sue, claiming injuries
The Daily Breeze
June 16th, 2010
"A half-dozen rent control activists filed $100,000 claims today, alleging they sustained physical and emotional injuries at the hands of Los Angeles police when forcibly evicted from the City Council chamber last month."

Kicked Out of Their Homes, Kicking and Screaming
by Steve LitzNBC Miami
June 16th, 2010
"Foreclosure crisis reaches boiling point in Miami's Liberty City"

Sacramento housing agency disputes HUD report of misspending
by Robert LewisThe Sacramento Bee
June 16th, 2010
"A federal watchdog says the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency misused millions of dollars intended to revitalize areas the foreclosure crisis had left as wastelands."

Contact 17 Investigation: Renters' rights
KGET
June 16th, 2010
"There's no doubt there's a foreclosure crisis going on across the country and 37-percent of those foreclosures are rentals. Several renters contacted 17 News recently, saying the homes they were living in had been foreclosed on and the investors had tried to force them out."

Court decision could pave way for 19 evictions
by Nick TaborekSanta Monica Daily Press
June 16th, 2010
"CITY HALL — The owners of an apartment and hotel property in the Wilmont district could be allowed to evict 19 tenants under the Ellis Act and turn the units into hotel rooms despite having previously waived their right to do so, a state appellate court ruled this week."

No rent hikes for regulated apts. with 1- and 2-year leases
by Elizabeth GangaLoHud
June 15th, 2010
"WHITE PLAINS - Tenants in regulated apartments in Westchester will see no rent increases for both one- and two-year leases in the coming year under a decision tonight by the Westchester Rent Guidelines Board."

Landlords Balk at Rental Registration Policy
by Dan O'BrienBusiness Journal Daily
June 15th, 2010
"YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Landlords that own multiple housing units for rent already pay a high price to do business in the city, say area real estate investors."

Elena Kagan – Friend of Renters?
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
June 15th, 2010
"In 1987, Elena Kagan, as clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, stood up for rent control, characterizing a challenge to its constitutionality as “absurd” and “outrageous.” In the mid-1990s, Kagan, as counsel to President Bill Clinton, authored a memo supporting a landlords’ right to discriminate based on marital status."

City Council moves ahead with expanded protections for SM renters
by Nick TaborekSanta Monica Daily Press
June 14th, 2010
"CITY HALL — A plan that would strengthen rules that protect against evictions and extend protections to tenants who live in non rent-controlled units got the City Council's initial approval last week, a step that could pave the way for the proposals to appear on a citywide ballot in November."

Lopez Bill Would Extend Rent Regulation Laws Seven Years
by Eliot BrownThe New York Observer
June 11th, 2010
"New York's rent regulations, set to expire June 2011, would be extended in their current form by seven years in a bill introduced Thursday in the State Assembly."

Laborers evicted over nitrates in drinking water still living in substandard Pescadero housing
by Julia ScottMercury News
June 11th, 2010
"As many as 60 farm laborers and their families are still living in substandard trailers and barracks in Pescadero, 29 days after they were evicted because of excessive nitrates in their drinking water. The county has no plan to find them new housing or seek a court order requiring the farm owner to make immediate repairs to the most serious health and safety hazards."

Fate of S.F.'s Parkmerced complex in limbo
by Robert Selna, Chronicle Staff WriterThe San Francisco Chronicle
June 11th, 2010
"The owners of San Francisco's massive Parkmerced apartment complex recently made what sounded like a surprising statement. They were in danger of defaulting on a $500 million mortgage, but planned to move forward with a $1.2 billion, multi-decade expansion project on the property."

Rental foreclosures: The new homelessness
by Andy DriscollTwin Cities Daily Planet
June 10th, 2010
"Record-breaking foreclosures continue apace across the country - and in Minnesota, but, despite laws designed to help tenants avoid premature eviction, renters are getting taken for a ride by banks and realtors who want them out of their homes and units so the properties can be turned over for a profit much sooner than the law allows."

New Lease On Life For Failed Condo Conversions
by David SuttaCBS Local
June 9th, 2010
"It appears real estate investors have a new competitor in the condo market. The city of Miami Beach. The city is now purchasing entire buildings and turning them into affordable housing. And wait to you hear how cheap they plan to rent the luxury units."

Measure H, East Palo Alto rent ordinance, passes
East Palo Alto Online
June 9th, 2010
"East Palo Alto's rent stabilization and eviction ordinance, Measure H, was approved in Tuesday's election by a wide margin, according to the San Mateo County Registrar."

East Palo Alto voters approve new rent law
by Jessica Bernstein-Wax and Bonnie EslingerMercury News
June 9th, 2010
"East Palo Alto voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a new rent control law that will strengthen and modernize an existing 22-year-old ordinance."

Another bloody budget
by Rebecca BoweSan Francisco Bay Guardian
June 8th, 2010
"In the days since June 1, when Mayor Gavin Newsom unveiled his proposal for San Francisco's $6.48 billion budget for the next fiscal year, public sector employees and community organizations have been poring over the hefty document to determine how their jobs, services, and programs survived cuts made to close a $483 million shortfall."

Vacant home causing problems? Code enforcement tries to help
by COURTENAY EDELHARTThe Bakersfield Californian
June 8th, 2010
This article assesses the foreclosure crisis in Kern county today and unveils a phenomenon where scam artists pose as landlords to collect rent from tenants for property they don't own.

Does Public Housing Have a Future?
by Peter DreierTalking Points Memo
June 8th, 2010
This post takes a look at the challenges and future direction of our nation's public housing system.

Mobile home park residents resigned to fate
by Katie Worth San Francisco Examiner
June 5th, 2010
"About 30 years ago, Gloria Luna’s mother was kicked out of her apartment in San Francisco because a developer was planning to build a much larger, more luxurious building there."

Illegal trailer park grows into a community
by David KellyLos Angeles Times
June 5th, 2010
"A year after a federal judge rejected government efforts to shut down the trailer park known as Duroville, this cramped warren of banged-up trailers and relentless poverty is experiencing something of a renaissance."

Two percent rent hike OK'd
Santa Monica Daily Press
June 5th, 2010
"The Rent Control Board on Tuesday approved a 2 percent rent increase for apartment units that fall under its jurisdiction."

Agency sides with Monrovia tenants over evictions
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
June 4th, 2010
"The state Department of Fair Employment and Housing announced settlements Tuesday of 13 complaints filed by disabled tenants evicted from an apartment complex last year."

Pro-tenant bill clears state Assembly
by Jessica Bernstein-WaxMercury News
June 4th, 2010
"A bill that would bar public pension funds from investing in businesses that force residents out of rent-controlled buildings has passed the state Assembly and will move on to the Senate for approval, an Assembly member's office said Friday."

Council delays rent control discussion
by JUSTINE FREDERIKSENThe Ukiah Daily Journal
June 4th, 2010
"The Ukiah City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to postpone discussions and further action on a proposed rent-stabilization ordinance for mobilehome parks."

Rent Control Preserves Affordabilty
by John PetroThe Huffington Post
June 3rd, 2010
"When Governor Paterson proposed changes to the city's rent regulation laws, criticism poured in from both tenants' groups and landlords."

Privatization of Public Housing Shelved - for Now
by George LakoffTruthout
June 3rd, 2010
"The Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) attempt to privatize all of America's public housing has been put on hold - for now. You played an important role. Thousands of you signed the petition and spread the word, so that those at the House Financial Services Committee hearing on May 25 understood what the stakes were."

Rent Control Board wants powers expanded
by Nick TaborekSanta Monica Daily Press
June 3rd, 2010
"CITY HALL — In a bid to significantly broaden the scope of tenant protections in Santa Monica, the Rent Control Board wants to bolster rules that protect against evictions and extend those protections to cover all tenants in the city, rather than just those who live in rent-controlled apartments."

E. Palo Alto voters could approve new rent control law Tuesday
by Jessica Bernstein-WaxMercury News
June 2nd, 2010
"At 22 years old, East Palo Alto's rent control law is no spring chicken — and city leaders, community groups and others are hoping voters will opt to strengthen and modernize it at the ballot box Tuesday."

HOUSING: Apartment markets improving, for landlords
by Eric WolffNorth County Times
June 1st, 2010
"Tenants may have lost some bargaining power in the San Diego County apartment market, as vacancy rates and average rents leveled off in the latest survey from the San Diego County Apartment Association."

Triumph of tenacity
by Rebecca BoweSan Francisco Bay Guardian
June 1st, 2010
"Nearly four years after City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed suit against Frank and Walter Lembi and their dizzying array of companies affiliated with CitiApartments for 'an outrageous pattern of corporate lawlessness,' the powerful and notorious San Francisco landlords have watched their empire crumble."

Tenant Lawsuit Against Mega-Landlord Gains Steam
by Samia ShafiCity Limits
June 1st, 2010
"When The Pinnacle Group purchased the building where Kim Powell and her family were living in 1997, she and her family hoped their 19 years of housing woes might finally come to an end. Their dispute with the building's former owner had ended with a victory: a judge ordered their rent reduced $53 per month until necessary repairs were made. All they needed now was for Pinnacle to comply with that order, which is exactly what Powell says the company didn't do."

Ohio foreclosure legislation shelved until fall
by Aaron MarshallThe Plain Dealer
June 1st, 2010
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Foreclosure legislation is headed back into the freezer until fall.

Prop. F offers S.F. renters 'hardship' break
by Rachel GordonThe San Francisco Chronicle
June 1st, 2010
Tenants in San Francisco who lose their jobs or whose wages plummet at least 20 percent could be temporarily exempt from rent hikes, under a ballot measure that city voters will consider next week.

Parkmerced in Default: What Now for Owners’ Plan to Bulldoze Over 1,500 Rent-Controlled Homes?
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
June 1st, 2010
The owners of San Francisco’s Parkmerced cannot pay their mortgage, yet they want permission from the city to demolish more than 1,500 rent controlled homes. While most of the public discussion about the proposed development project has been about environmental, transit and preservation issues, the planned demolition of so many rent-controlled housing units is reason alone to stop this project.

Renters aren’t roaches
by Adrienne BelzWorld Journalism Institute Times Observer
May 29th, 2010
NEW YORK CITY – The roaches, mold, mushrooms, and leaky, sunken corners of her apartment make up just part of the problem in Ingrid Hernandez’ home on the 400th block of Audubon Avenue in Washington Heights.

Owners Bet on Raising the Rent, and Lost
by Charles V. BagliThe New York Times
May 28th, 2010
The first signs of financial turmoil came at Riverton Houses in Harlem. Then came Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village on Manhattan’s East Side. Now a third complex built by Metropolitan Life in the 1940s for veterans and middle-class families has run into financial distress after being purchased by speculators during the recent real estate boom.

Another Affordable Housing Default
by Michael MechanicMother Jones
May 27th, 2010
In yet another blow to the nation's affordable-housing stock, Stellar Management, star of our July/August 2009 story "Mortage Default: Landlord Edition," announced that it will go into default on Parkmerced, a 3,000-unit San Francisco housing project that Stellar purchased a few years back with the goal of remodeling and building new market-rate units.

Parkmerced owners say they'll survive loan woes
by Andrew S. RossThe San Francisco Chronicle
May 27th, 2010
The commercial real estate meltdown has caught up with one of the largest apartment complexes in the country - San Francisco's Parkmerced.

Bank-owned properties alter character of East Bay neighborhoods
by Paul ThissenContra Costa Times
May 26th, 2010
In the East Bay, banks own more than 10,000 houses, and more than 20,000 are in the foreclosure process, according to RealtyTrac.com.

Higher Threshold Urged for Rent Destabilization
by CARA BUCKLEYThe New York Times
May 26th, 2010
Gov. David A. Paterson today released a package of proposed changes to New York rent laws today, including a measure that would make it harder for landlords to remove apartments from rent stabilization.

Parkmerced in default
by Andrew S. RossThe San Francisco Chronicle
May 25th, 2010
The commercial real estate meltdown has caught up with one of the largest apartment complexes in the country -- San Francisco's Parkmerced.

Will the Vacancy Control Provisions in Goleta's Rent Control Ordinance for Mobile Home Parks be Upheld in the Latest Court Battle?
by Dawn McIntoshThe Public Blawg
May 25th, 2010
The Ninth Circuit is poised to reconsider its controversial decision that a vacancy control provision in a rent control ordinance for mobile home parks in the City of Goleta caused a taking of private property under the Fifth Amendment.

Vanishing Treasure: The Rent-Regulated Apartment
by CHRISTINE HAUGHNEYThe New York Times
May 24th, 2010
Rent-controlled and rent-stabilized apartments carry mythic significance to New Yorkers starved for space. These are the high-ceiling homes featured in Woody Allen movies, the places secured by celebrities like Carly Simon, Cyndi Lauper and Ed Koch.

Fremont mobile home park residents again face major rent increase or park closure
by Matthew ArtzThe Oakland Tribune
May 24th, 2010
FREMONT — Residents of an over-55 mobile home park once again are being threatened with the park's closure unless the owners are granted a major rent increase.

Rent wars rage on
by Bill BauerSanta Monica Daily Press
May 24th, 2010
Santa Monica's gonzo Action Apartment Association is up to its old tricks. They've filed another lawsuit in Santa Monica Superior Court challenging Santa Monica's 31-year-old rent control laws. And, yes Virginia, it's an election year.

OCEANSIDE: Plan to convert mobile-home park up for debate
by Ray HuardNorth County Times
May 23rd, 2010
Oceanside city planners say a proposal by the owners of Cavalier Mobile Estates to convert their property from a rental park to a resident-owned community is a clear attempt by park owners to circumvent the city's rent control ordinance.

L.A. council blocks rent freeze, triggering protests
by Phil Willon and Joel RubinLos Angeles Times
May 22nd, 2010
Police clear unruly crowd after demonstrators disrupt meeting. Lawmakers' 10-5 vote cleared the way for a 3% increase on July 1.

Report: Public Housing Works, When You Invest In It
by Jamilah KingTruthout
May 22nd, 2010
Earlier this week housing rights advocates from eight different cities met with Reps. Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) in Washington, D.C. to voice their opposition to a bill that they say would privatize the nation’s public housing and push what they see as alternatives.

HUD Is Trying to Privatize and Mortgage Off All of America's Public Housing
by George LakoffThe Huffington Post
May 21st, 2010
The Obama Administration's move to the right is about to give conservatives a victory they could not have anticipated, even under Bush. HUD, under Obama, submitted legislation called PETRA to Congress that would result in the privatization of all public housing in America.

StuyTown, Liu meet
by KAJA WHITEHOUSENY Post
May 21st, 2010
Tenants of downtown apartment complex Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village have reached out to the city's $37.5 billion retirement fund for help in buying the troubled 80-acre apartment complex.

Foreclosure crisis hits home in Somerville
by Alix RoyThe Boston Globe
May 21st, 2010
When Susan Vallery and her 12-year-old daughter moved into a Marshall Street apartment in mid-January, they had no idea that the property was in the process of being foreclosed. An order of notice was served to the owner in December, but the issue was never mentioned to Vallery, who went through a real estate agent to secure the apartment.

East Harlem residents claim 'predator investor' is trying to drive up rent and expel them
by Juan GonzalezNY Daily News
May 21st, 2010
Like many New Yorkers, retired railroad engineer Hilary Saunders lived for decades in a rent-stabilized Mitchell-Lama apartment - a place a working-class guy like him could afford.

Realtors send deceptive mailer to SF renters
by Steven T. JonesSan Francisco Bay Guardian
May 20th, 2010
The San Francisco Association of Realtors, which has a long history of actively opposing the protection of tenants and rental housing, now wants tenants to believe it is on their side. The Realtors even recently formed and funded the Committee to Preserve Rental Housing to alert tenants about a ballot measure that they say favors dreaded rich people.

Renters In Foreclosure – Innocent Victims
by Jon MadduxLoan Safe
May 20th, 2010
The California based non-profit organization Tenants Together put out a very interesting report this week talking about some of the least publicized victims of the foreclosure process – tenants.

200,000 California Tenants Suffer From Foreclosure
by Harmon LeonRented Spaces
May 19th, 2010
Here's a scary number: Over 200,000 California tenants are directly affected by the rise in foreclosures. A report released yesterday -- "California Tenants in the Foreclosure Crisis" -- says that at least 37% of residential units in foreclosure in California were rentals, while the largest percentage of foreclosures were single-family homes.

Foreclosures affect California tenants
by BoNhia LeeThe Fresno Bee
May 19th, 2010
More than 200,000 tenants were displaced last year as a result of residential foreclosures in California, according to a report released by Tenants Together, a statewide organization for renters' rights.

Tenants facing 2 percent rent increase
by Nick TaborekSanta Monica Daily Press
May 19th, 2010
City Hall is recommending that owners of rent-controlled apartment buildings be allowed to raise rents by 2 percent this year, up from the 1 percent increase the Rent Control Board approved in 2009.

Lack of affordable housing disproportionately affects people with HIV/AIDS
by Roger BrighamEdge
May 19th, 2010
Nearly three decades into the AIDS epidemic, a lack of affordable housing for those who live with the virus leaves them increasingly vulnerable as cities struggle to balance their budgets.

Lawsuits over Petaluma rent control ordinance settled
by Lori A. CarterThe Press Democrat
May 18th, 2010
Petaluma has settled two lawsuits involving the city's mobile home rent control ordinance.

Over 200,000 California Tenants Directly Affected By Foreclosure
by Gabe TrevesCalifornia Progress Report
May 18th, 2010
Tenants Together, California's statewide organization for renters' rights, released its new 2010 Report: California Tenants in the Foreclosure Crisis yesterday. The report, a follow-up to Tenants Together's 2009 tenant foreclosure report, highlights recent foreclosure-related developments affecting tenants, quantifies the impact of home foreclosures on tenants in 2009 at the state and county level, and makes recommendations to strengthen protections for tenants in foreclosure situations.

2009: Sacramento foreclosures touch nearly 20,000 renters
by Jim WassermanThe Sacramento Bee
May 18th, 2010
A new report says residential foreclosures touched the lives - and leases - of 19,791 Sacramento-area renters last year. They were among more than 200,000 renters statewide who had to move out after three months or at the end of their leases, according to a report by Tenants Together, a statewide renters' rights group.

Elderly trailer park residents lose battle against rent hike
by Wesley G. HughesContra Costa Times
May 18th, 2010
The aged residents of Grandview West Mobile Home Park here are likely feeling they should have stayed mum after a double whammy of rent hikes hit their rental controlled park.

L.A. Landlords Ready to Move?
by Daniel MillerLos Angeles Business Journal
May 17th, 2010
When landlord John Jones heard that the Los Angeles City Council was considering a moratorium on rent increases allowed under the city’s rent control ordinance, he put all capital improvement projects at his four rent control buildings on hold.

New York's Stuy Town Renters Try to Buy Their Buildings
by Patricia OrsiniHousing Watch
May 14th, 2010
The middle-class tenants of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village in New York City are trying once again to take ownership of their apartment complex. And they are asking for help from an institutional investor that once bet against them.

City taking second look at mobile home rent control
by TIFFANY REVELLEThe Ukiah Daily Journal
May 13th, 2010
Ukiah city council considers rent control for mobilehome parks

Sen. Patricia Jehlen votes to protect residents against foreclosures
by Medford TranscriptMedford Transcript
May 10th, 2010
With home foreclosures continuing to rise in Massachusetts in spite of the improving economy, Sen. Patricia D. Jehlen, D-Somerville, voted for legislation that protects residents from mortgage fraud, protects tenants in foreclosed properties from arbitrary evictions and helps people stay in their homes.

AZ Gov. signs law requiring landlords to tell renters about foreclosures
by Associated PressKVOA.com
May 10th, 2010
PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill requiring landlords to notify potential tenants if their rental property is in foreclosure.

Landlord Crybabies Forced To Ellis Because Landlording Became So Unpleasant
by Dave CrowCrow & Rose Tenant Rights Blog
May 9th, 2010
Last month the San Francisco Business Times published a reprehensible editorial, “Tenant activists exacerbate rental housing crisis.” I’m sorry, but if being a landlord is so unpleasant, why don’t you just sell your building without evicting the tenants?

Bill barring landlords requiring pet declawing, debarking moves forward
by C. JohnsonNews10.net
May 6th, 2010
A proposed law that would make it illegal for California landlords to make declawing and devocalizing of pets a condition of tenancy was approved by the Assembly Judiciary Committee Tuesday.

Chicago apartments: 125 foreclosures a week
by Mary Ellen PodmolikChicago Breaking Business
May 6th, 2010
More than 125 apartment buildings in Chicago went into foreclosure each week of 2009, affecting tenants in more than 20,000 rental units, according to a new report.

Wells Fargo reducing rents at 437 ex-Page Mill units
by Jessica Bernstein-Wax and will oremusMercuryNews.com
More than 400 East Palo Alto tenants living in Page Mill Properties' former buildings recently got good news in the mail from Wells Fargo Bank.

Chicago renters hit harder by foreclosures than home owners
by FRANCINE KNOWLESChicago Sun-Times
May 5th, 2010
More than 125 multi-family buildings in Chicago went into foreclosure each week last year, according to a new report that showed Chicago renters were hit harder by foreclosures than Chicago home owners.

Four-month freeze on apartment rents proposed by L.A. City Council committee
by David ZahniserLos Angeles Times
May 5th, 2010
A Los Angeles City Council committee called Wednesday for a four-month prohibition on rent increases at an estimated 630,000 apartments.

SMRR takes stand against office development
by Nick TaborekSanta Monica Daily Press
May 4th, 2010

Tenant Advocates Back One-Year Rent Freeze in Los Angeles
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
May 4th, 2010
Tenant advocates are taking aim at rent control provisions that allow rent increases during sharp economic downturns. In Los Angeles, City Council member Richard Alarcon has called for the passage of a one-year moratorium on rent increases for more than 600,000 apartments across the city.

Adding Eviction to Injury: When Did It Become OK to Blame Crime Victims?
by Katherine E. WalzThe Shriver Brief
May 3rd, 2010
Congress and several states take actions to stop evictions of victims of violence.

How CalPERS bet big on real estate and lost
by Ed MendelCalpensions
May 3rd, 2010
CalPERS has lost hundreds of millions of dollars recently in real estate investments, including ventures in predatory equity schemes in New York and East Palo Alto.

Lodi landlords must determine how to bill renters for water after meters have been installed
by Maggie CreamerLodi News-Sentinel
May 1st, 2010
As water meters start to come online over the next six years, landlords will have to discuss with renters how billing on the new system will work.

State Senate approves foreclosure legislation
by Matt MurphyLowell Sun
April 30th, 2010
For the first time, the Massachusetts bill also tries to protect renters from being evicted from their buildings if their landlords can't make payments. The legislation would prevent banks or other lenders from evicting tenants from foreclosed apartment buildings or condos without just cause until that building is sold.

City says rent control costs are necessary
by PHILIP RILEYARGUS-COURIER
April 30th, 2010
Petaluma city officials say legal defenses against mobile home park owners have been necessary to protect mobile home park residents from rent increases.

House Bill Would Allow Those Facing Foreclosure to Stay on as Renters
by Carrie BayDSNews.com
April 29th, 2010
Two House Democrats have introduced a bill to create a “right to rent” for homeowners facing foreclosure.

Chicago renters could get security deposits back in foreclosures
by Hal DardickChicago Tribune
April 27th, 2010
Thousands of apartment dwellers who stand to lose security deposits because of building foreclosures would get their money back under a proposed ordinance a Chicago City Council committee approved today.

Assembly bill targets 'predatory equity' schemes
by Gennady Sheyner Palo Alto Online
April 26th, 2010
Spurred by the recent implosion of Page Mill Properties' East Palo Alto portfolio, California's elected officials are considering barring state pension funds from investing in companies that rely on displacing tenants to turn a profit.

Recession's Silver Lining: Housing Slump Chilled Ellis Act Evictions
by Matt SmithSf Weekly
Evictions, particularly Ellis Act evictions, have decreased over the last year in San Francisco.

Scandals drive Democratic pension reforms
by Ed MendelCalpensions
April 26th, 2010
Scandals at CalPERS, including its investments in predatory equity schemes, have driven the call for reform.

Pushed out for profit revisted
by Ayla AlbayrakMission Loc@l
April 26th, 2010
Documentary film maker Charles Bolton caught the angst of renters in pre-rent control San Francisco in the 1978 film “Pushed Out For Profit.” In the interest of reminding readers of the Mission’s neighborhood's history, Mission Loc@l has edited seven short clips from “Pushed Out For Profit” that will appear over the next week.

Assemblyman Feuer introduces bill
by SAMANTHA YOUNGSan Jose Mercury News
April 25th, 2010
A bill introduced by Assemblyman Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles, would help dwellers in rent-controlled buildings whose landlords have defaulted on their mortgages. It would enable a public entity to postpone the property's sale by 60 days

Capital region rents rise after year of declines
by Jim WassermanSacramento Bee
April 23rd, 2010
Rents are rising again at apartment communities across Sacramento despite 13.1 percent unemployment.

Many Americans struggling with rising rental housing costs
by TONY PUGHMiami Herald
April 21st, 2010
The gap between the cost of renting a modest apartment and the wages of working families continues to widen, according to a new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

E. Palo Alto residents head to state capital for pro-tenant bill
by Jessica Bernstein-WaxSan Jose Mercury News
April 21st, 2010
East Palo Alto community organizers and rent board members headed to Sacramento on Wednesday to speak in support of a state Assembly bill that would bar public pension funds from investing in businesses that force residents out of rent-controlled buildings.

How renters get stuck in foreclosure mess
by BRITTANY LEVINEOrange County Register
April 21st, 2010
There's a federal law that's supposed to protect renters who get caught in a foreclosure battle between their landlord and the bank, but a conflict involving San Clemente renters highlights how the law can fall short when it comes to prepaid rent and other issues.

Tenants in 'Worst Landlords' Bronx Buildings Take Wall Street — Not Their Landlord — to Court
by Elizabeth DwoskinVillage Voice
April 21st, 2010
Tenants in 10 foreclosed buildings in the Bronx run into the ground by a notorius NYC landlord are going to court with a new strategy that directly targets Wall Street.

Calpers’ Board Approves Policy Shift to Protect Rent Control
by Michael B. MaroisBusiness Week
April 20th, 2010
The California Public Employees’ Retirement System, the largest U.S. public pension, said it will stop investing in real-estate projects that would eliminate rent-regulated apartments.

CalPERS changes policy on real estate investing
by CATHY BUSSEWITZAssociated Press
The nation's largest pension fund on Monday changed its policy on investing in real estate to balance its socially responsible investment philosophy with its quest for profits.

CalPERS adopts tenant-oriented rental policy
Central Valley Business Times
April 20th, 2010
The nation’s largest pension fund – the California Public Employees Retirement System – has adopted a new policy for its real estate investments that forbids “excessive” increases in rents and the involuntary displacement of low-income households.

CalPERS Bans Real Estate Investments that Displace Tenants
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
April 20th, 2010
CalPERS, the nation’s largest pension fund, has adopted a policy to ban investments in real estate deals that are premised on displacing tenants

California’s public pension funds: Is internal reform enough?
by Chris LundCapitol Weekly
April 19th, 2010
East Palo Alto tenant activist, Chris Lund, questions in this opinion piece whether or not CalPERS' internal reform will be enough to guarantee that the pension fund will not get entangled in future predatory equity schemes.

California Assemblyman Pedro Nava Introduces Bill to Protect Pets Who Rent
by Sonia Zjawinski Pawesome
April 19th, 2010
California assemblyman Pedro Nava, who introduced a new bill that would make it illegal for California landlords who allow animals in their properties to require renters to declaw or debark their pets.

Elder-Care Home Foreclosures, Without Warning
by LAURIE UDESKYNew York Times
Senior residents of single-family homes that are used as lucrative care facilities for the elderly are often learning of foreclosures only when sheriff’s deputies arrive to evict them.

AFT 2121 endorses a change to a split-roll tax
by Liska KoenigThe Guardsman
April 15th, 2010
American Federation of teachers 2121 endorses a change to a split-roll tax, which would apply different taxes to residential and commercial properties, with special consideration for rental properties.

City Councilman Richard Alarcón wants a freeze on rent increases
by Rick OrlovDaily News Los Angeles
Citing high employment and the weak economy, City Councilman Richard Alarcón called Wednesday for a one-year moratorium on increases for rent-controlled units.

Chamber of Commerce pushes anti-tax initiative
by Andrew RossSan Francisco Chronicle
Assemblymember Tom Ammiano's bill to prevent California public pension funds from investing in predatory equity schemes that evict tenants has received some surprising oppostion.

Tenant Groups Demand that the LA City Council Adopt Human Right to Housing Policy
by Larry GrossCoalition for Economic Survival
April 14th, 2010
Hundreds of tenants streamed in, filling the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center to overflow capacity, as a special meeting of the LA City Council Housing, Community and Economic Development Committee (HCED) was held to discuss the Report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing.

Renters Beware! Landlord Scams on the Rise in California
KSRO Radio
April 14th, 2010
KSRO radio interviews Tenants Together Executive Director, Dean Preston, on the issue of rental scams where tenants unsuspectingly rent vacant properties from scam artists who aren't actually the owners of the properties.

Renters bullied by owners facing foreclosure
by DANIEL SHOER ROTHBradenton.com
April 13th, 2010
Since the onset of the foreclosure crisis, tens of thousands of renters in South Florida have been tossed out by banks and landlords essentially overnight with no mercy, and without any protection from the state of Florida.

'Count Me IV' Draws Crowds
Cross-Country Census Tour Stops in Isla Vista

by Emily NelsonSanta Barbara Independent
The Isla Vista Tenants Union sponsored an event to highlight the need for Isla Vista residents to respond to the US Census.

CalPERS to revise housing policy
by Dale Kasler Sacramento Bee
April 13th, 2010
CalPERS and CalSTRS are moving to prohibit controversial real estate investments that rely on raising rents on housing units that had been subject to rent-control laws.

California Court Okays Discrimination Against Section 8 Tenants
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
April 13th, 2010
A California Court of Appeal held that the Fair Employment and Housing Act’s “source of income” discrimination provision does not protect Section 8 tenants from discrimination based on their participation in the section 8 program.

CalPERS eyes ban on rent-control conversion investments
by Randy Diamond Pensions and Investments
April 12th, 2010
CalPERS' investment committee at its meeting next week will consider banning investments in real estate projects that eliminate rent-controlled apartments, according to the meeting's agenda.

Ruthless "Scamlords" Rip Off Would-Be Tenants
by Joan Quigley Change.org
In California, where vacant, foreclosed homes glut the marketplace, law-enforcement officials and legal aid clinics have seen a spike in landlord-impersonation cases over the past few years.

Ruling: Landlords don't have to accept Section 8 tenants
by Kevin HerreraSanta Monica Daily Press
April 12th, 2010
A state appellate court ruled recently that property owners have the right to not accept Section 8 vouchers from low-income tenants.

More scam artists posing as landlords
by Carolyn SaidSan Francisco Chronicle
April 11th, 2010
The glut of vacant foreclosed homes has inspired con artists to concoct a new scam: posing as landlords to swindle prospective tenants out of rent and deposit money. Cases of landlord impersonation have jumped throughout California in the past couple of years, according to sheriffs and legal aid clinics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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