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Santa Monica City Council considers changes to relocation assistance, tenant harassment ordinances
by Vince EchavariaThe Argonaut
September 21st, 2011
Santa Monica City Council votes unanimously to increase the permanent relocation benefits for renters, and to extend the tenant harassment protections to tenants covered by just cause eviction rules.

East Palo Alto asks Wells Fargo to rethink selling 1,800 rental units to equity firm
by Bonnie
September 21st, 2011
EPA city council joins the movement to prevent Wells Fargo from selling 1,800 rent-controlled apartments to a company owned by rent control opponent Samuel Zell.

City Halls vaults ahead on renters' rights
by Ashley ArchibaldSanta Monica Daily Press
September 20th, 2011
Santa Monica considers giving all tenants the same protections guaranteed tenants in rent-controlled apartments, and increasing the relocation fees paid to those forced to relocate from their homes.

Knowing tenants’ rights: Be aware of screening fees
by Ancy DowThe Daily Californian
September 20th, 2011
State law governs how apartment application fees can be collected, and Berkeley has even stronger protections.

Affordable seniors housing effort wins $5.6 million boost in Elk Grove
by Loretta Kalb The Sacramento Bee
September 20th, 2011
Thanks to a flagging economy and a growing number of retirees on fixed incomes, there are waiting lists for senior housing projects in the region.

Davis attorney suspended in foreclosure evictions probe
by George WarrenKXTV News10
David Endres, who has illegally evicted thousands of tenants throughout California, is ordered not to practice law for six months and to reimburse the State Bar $4,000 for the cost of the investigation and suspension proceedings.

Craigslist Apartment Scams Target Renters Seeking Deals
by Matt LiebowitzSecurityNewsDaily
September 19th, 2011
A common craigslist scam offers apartments at unbelievably low prices, and asks unsuspecting renters to pay a deposit online, because the alleged landlord is out of town. Don't fall for it!

Irvine OKs 1,750 apartments at Wild Rivers
by Jon LansnerOrange County Register
September 16th, 2011
The city's planning commission votes unanimously to allow the construction of 1,750 apartments at what is now a theme park.

Squatting with a cause
September 15th, 2011
San Francisco collective Homes Not Jails pairs abandoned buildings with people who need housing.

Mobile-home rent hike request rouses Santee
by Karen
September 15th, 2011
The city of Santee in San Diego County will decide whether the park owner can raise rents at Cameron’s Mobile Estates.

After year's lull, Sacramento-area foreclosures roared back in August
by Rick DaysogSacramento Bee
September 15th, 2011
After a yearlong lull, foreclosure filings in the Sacramento region soared 76 percent in August, reflecting a new wave of activity by Bank of America, the nation's largest lender.

“Defunding HRC Is Not Politically Possible” – Mayor’s Housing Director to SFHA Executive Director
by Larry BushCitiReport
September 13th, 2011
The director of San Francisco's Housing Authority takes issue with tenant advocacy group Housing Rights Committee for requesting SFHA documentation about the condition of the agency's housing units.

Rental complaints up, so town council reacts
by Judy
September 13th, 2011
Housing rights group Project Sentinel says rental complaints are up dramatically in Los Gatos.

Calif Gov Jerry Brown Vetoes Affordable Housing Preservation Bill
by Larry GrossOrganizing Times
September 12th, 2011
AB 1216, would have given tenants and affected public entities the right to enforce provisions in state law that require owners of government-assisted affordable units to entertain a purchase offer to preserve its affordability when the owner does not intend to extend or renew participation in a subsidy program.

American Canyon council adopts mobile home rent control ordinance
by Rachel Raskin-ZrihenTimes-Herald
September 9th, 2011
Mobile home residents win rent control in this Napa County town.

Calif. Gives Apartment Renters ‘Right to Recycle’
by Alexis
September 9th, 2011
Governor Jerry Brown signs into law the Renter’s Right to Recycle Act, which requires owners of multifamily housing with five or more units to provide paper, plastic and can and bottle recycling programs to their tenants starting next year.

Capitola City Council Postpones Rent Control Vote in Meeting Dedicated to Celestial Cassman
by Jacob BourneCapitola-Soquel Patch
September 9th, 2011
Residents of Surf and Sand Mobile Home Park pack city council chambers for the meeting, but the vote on whether they will retain rent control is put off indefinitely.

Rancho residents can’t afford rent hike appeal
by Sean ScullyThe Weekly Calistogan
September 8th, 2011
Residents of the Rancho de Calistoga mobile home park say they want to appeal a recent decision hiking their rents $60 per month, but they cannot afford to do so without help.

Condo conversions back on WeHo’s table
by WeHo News staffWeHo News
September 7th, 2011
West Hollywood to consider converting old rental stock that landlords say they can't afford to refurbish into condos.

Calif. Governor Signs Senator Padilla’s Smoke-Free Rental Housing Bill
by Valerie GottenCalifornia Newswire
September 7th, 2011
With some exceptions, starting Jan. 1, 2012, landlords can prohibit smoking in rental units.

High court in Massachusetts upholds law aimed at blocking certain evictions from foreclosed homes
by Dan RingThe Republican
September 6th, 2011
The Massachusetts high court says the state's just cause law applies to tenants who were in the process of being evicted before the law went into effect.

MT AG Warns Renters: Wire Scam Targeting For-Rent Ads on Craigslist in Montana
by Better Business BureauBetter Business Bureau
September 5th, 2011
Renters beware: This Montana rent scam could be repeated anywhere.

Unlicensed trailer parks: Unsafe to stay, but nowhere else to go
by Marcel Honoré
September 4th, 2011
Residents of one Thermal mobile home park demand action after suffering through unsafe living conditions.

Oakland landlord gets prison for soliciting arson
by Henry K. LeeSFGate
September 1st, 2011
Richard Earl Singer gets just over two years in federal prison after pleading guilty to trying to hire someone to burn down Hotel Menlo.

Garden Grove Residents Act to Stop Eviction Over Proposed Water Park
by Public Counsel Law FirmPublic Counsel Law Firm
August 31st, 2011

Court rules against Surf and Sand mobile home residents in Capitola rent control case
by Jessica M. PaskoOakland Tribune
August 31st, 2011
Many park residents worry they will not be able to afford their rents once the increases go into effect.

S.F. apartment rental scam nets guilty plea
by Henry K. LeeSFGate
August 30th, 2011
Rachael Marie Smith, who authorities say bilked would-be apartment renters of $110,000, is ordered to pay full restitution and spend time behind bars.

Marchers protest the pending sale of East Palo Alto apartments
by Madeline DraceEast Palo Alto Today
August 29th, 2011
Youth United for Community Action leads a group of protestors to Wells Fargo, to oppose the sale of rent controlled housing to known rent control opponent Sam Zell.

Residents Protest Sale of Apartments to "Vulture Capitalist"
by Bay Area IndymediaBay Area Indymedia
August 28th, 2011
East Palo Alto tenants and supporters speak out against Wells Fargo's plan to sell their homes to Sam Zell, an opponent of rent control.

Jaws Drop as City Council Motions to Postpone Rent Control
by Corinne SpeckertCapitola-Soquel Patch
August 26th, 2011
Capitola City Council votes to postpone the issue of rent control until its Sept. 8 meeting because one council member - a rent control supporter - is absent.

Rent a Little High For You? You're Not Alone: Rents Have Gone up For 11th Straight Month in Southern California
by Dennis RomeroLA Weekly
August 25th, 2011
Rent in SoCal went up 1.4 percent for the average non-home-owner in July, according to the latest Consumer Price Index figures.

Oceanside can't reach decision on selling mobile home park
by Nathan
August 25th, 2011
Unable to reach a majority decision to put the park up for sale, the city will continue to operate the park.

Blumenfield, Supporters to Urge Brown to Sign Apartment Recycling Bill
by Lauren RosenblumEncino Patch
August 24th, 2011
AB 818 - the Renter’s Right to Recycle Act - would require apartment building owners to make paper, plastic and can recycling available to more than 7 million Californians who rent apartments.

Tenants demand fairness in face of pending rent hikes
by Ian
August 24th, 2011
Milpitas mobile home residents come out in force to oppose rent increases that could cause financial hardship for people on fixed and limited incomes and force some residents from their homes.

Solar Shines On California Public Housing
by Lauren CraigEarthTechling
August 24th, 2011
The Santa Barbara County installation is expected to offset the energy consumption of 863 units of affordable housing and trim power costs for more than 1,000 low-income families.

VIDEO: East Palo Alto residents protest sale of apartments
by Gennady SheynerPalo Alto Online
August 23rd, 2011
Residents and activists riled by Wells Fargo's plan to sell about 1,800 units to Equity Residential rally in East Palo Alto.

East Palo Alto Residents Tell Equity to Take A Hike
by Sharon SimonsonThe Registry
August 22nd, 2011
Residents of East Palo Alto are seeking to overthrow a plan by Wells Fargo & Co. to sell more than 1,800 rent-controlled apartments to Equity Residential, a national multifamily landlord that owns and manages more than 120,000 apartments nationwide.

EPA tenants rally against proposed apartment sale
by Gennady SheynerPalo Alto Online
August 22nd, 2011
East Palo Alto residents and tenant advocates will take it to the streets this afternoon to protest Wells Fargo Bank's potential sale of about 1,800 units in the Woodland Park neighborhood to the investment fund Equity Residential.

East Palo Alto tenants fear they may get new landlord worse than Page Mill
by Bonnie
August 20th, 2011
Tenants who thought they had it bad under former landlord Page Mill Properties are worried that things may get worse if their East Palo Alto apartments are sold to a Chicago-based company whose controversial chairman is an outspoken foe of rent control.

HOUSING: Cleaning up after smokers costs landlords
by Eric WolffNorth County Times
August 18th, 2011
A UCLA study tallies the cost of cleaning up after smokers when they vacate an apartment. The statistics may inform Gov. Brown's decision whether to sign legislation that would allow landlords or cities to ban smoking in rental units.

Rent Control To Go On Oceanside’s June Ballot
by Alison St. JohnKPBS
August 18th, 2011
The issue will be on next June’s ballot in Oceanside, thanks to a petition signed by 15,000 residents.

Calimesa rent control issue is a hot topic: Compromise pleases all
by Noelle Kiely and Rachael GustusonYucaipa/Calamesa News Mirror
August 18th, 2011
Over 400 people turn out to a public hearing on changing the rent control ordinance. A consensus amendment passes unanimously.

Rent ordinance approved in American Canyon
by Rachel Raskin-ZrihenTimes-Herald
August 18th, 2011
City Council gives preliminary approval to the Mobile Home Rent Stabilization Ordinance. Final approval is expected Sept. 6.

Evicted tenants expected to return
by Nathan
August 18th, 2011
The eviction, however temporary, has left the residents of the Auburn apartment building homeless and searching for a place to stay for at least two nights.

Grover Street tenants evicted because of unpaid utility bills
by Nate
August 17th, 2011
Auburn code enforcement officials tell residents they have 24 hours to leave the property because the property owner failed to pay utility bills.

OCEANSIDE: Voters to decide fate of mobile-home rent control ordinance
by Ray HuardNorth County Times
August 17th, 2011
City council will let the voters decide whether to repeal the ordinance. Over 15,000 mobile-home and community residents signed petitions calling for the repeal.

Rent Hike for Mobile Home Park?
by Adelaide ChenMilpitas Patch
August 17th, 2011
Friendly Village in Milpitas doesn't sound so friendly when the property owner proposes to raise the rent. The move would alter the current rent control ordinance enforced by the city.

Capitola Mobile home park residents protest rent control repeal
by Tovin LapanSanta Cruz Sentinel
August 17th, 2011
Mobile Home Park residents and others protest the City Council's recent decision to repeal its rent stabilization ordinance and vow to collect signatures for a referendum.

City of Merced will take a closer look at renter rights
by Ameera ButtMerced Sun-Star
August 16th, 2011
Merced city council votes 6 to 1 to move forward with a just cause for eviction ordinance.

Unemployed and low-income East Bay renters teeter on the edge
by Rick RadinContra Costa Times
August 15th, 2011
Bay Area Legal Aid of Oakland says it handled 46 percent more eviction cases for non-payment of rent in 2010 than the year before.

Oceanside council forced to rethink ending rent control
by Nathan ScharnSign On San Diego
August 12th, 2011
Residents of mobile home parks and their supporters gathered far more than the necessary 7,670 signatures to make the city council repeal its 3-2 decision to end rent control when mobile homes change hands, or to put the issue to a public vote.

Capitola repeals rent control
by Tovin LapanSanta Cruz Sentinel
August 12th, 2011
The move, which still must go through a second reading and vote before taking effect, will end 32 years of rent control in Capitola and has residents of Surf and Sand mobile home park in particular worried about their futures.

Will the Landmark El Mirador Apartment Building in West Hollywood Be Demolished?
by Patrick Range McDonaldLA Weekly
August 11th, 2011
A landlord says since he can't afford to rehabilitate the historic building he may have to tear it down.

S.F. apartment rent rises as vacancy rates fall
by Carolyn SaidSFGate
August 11th, 2011
Two-thirds of San Francisco residents are renters, and those looking for a new place face fierce competition. Eighteen people recently showed up to an open house for a $1,400 studio.

Subsidies and Suspicion
by Jennifer MedinaThe New York Times
August 10th, 2011
Civil rights groups say Latino and black residents of Lancaster and neighboring Palmdale who use Section 8 vouchers face face harassment from law enforcement and aggressive surveillance from neighbors.

Republicans Look To Kill Legal Aid
by Jessica
August 10th, 2011
A former legal aid attorney says legal aid organizations are in trouble - at a time when disadvantaged and marginalized people need them most.

Tenants falsely accused are threatened with eviction by EBALDC
by Lynda CarsonBay Area Indymedia
August 10th, 2011
One of Oakland's largest non profit developers is threatening to evict tenants, saying they denied the building manager entry into their rental units.

Will Wells Fargo Sell East Palo Alto to Vultures?
by Dean PrestonBeyondChron
August 10th, 2011
TT Executive Director Dean Preston explains the danger to renters if Wells Fargo sells rent-controlled housing in East Palo Alto to another predatory lender. Sign our online petition.

Feds seek ideas on renting foreclosed homes owned by government
by Jim PuzzangheraLos Angeles Times
August 10th, 2011
Government-backed entities own almost 250,000 homes. Now the federal government is accepting proposals for programs that would turn these homes into affordable rental housing.

Capitola Council to consider repeal of rent control
by Tovin LapanSanta Cruz Sentinel
August 9th, 2011
Low-income residents and seniors are caught in a move the council is considering to protect itself from the cost of defending the ordinance in court.

Raised Rents and Easier Evictions: How Reform Could Rock Portugal's Housing Market
by David Castello-LopesTime Magazine
August 9th, 2011
For renters, reform could mean a double tragedy: Not only could they be forced from the homes that have been in their families for generations, but many could then also find themselves unable to afford to live anywhere else.

CALIMESA: City to review mobile home rent control
by Erin WaldnerThe Press-Enterprise
August 8th, 2011
The city manager says the city council wants to hear what tenants and park owners think about ending rent control.

Renters sandbagged by 3.2 percent increase
by Bill BauerSanta Monica Daily Press
August 8th, 2011
A renter says the effect of Santa Monica's rent increase is disproportionately difficult for people on fixed and low incomes.

Offenders must move from Vacaville complex
by Catherine BowenThe Reporter
August 7th, 2011
When a school moves into the neighborhood, registered sex offenders have to move out, even if they have nowhere to go.

You Know it’s a Landlord’s Rental Market When……
by Zack OlmsteadHousing California
August 5th, 2011
Wall Street says buying foreclosed homes and renting them out at increased rates is one of the better investment options right now.

Carson apartment residents are the victims in land ownership dispute
by Sandy
August 5th, 2011
Residents say the owner of the 64-unit apartment building misled them into thinking the city and the landowner were pushing them out.

Red tagged and homeless
by Michael MooreMorgan Hill Times
August 5th, 2011
When a city declares a home uninhabitable, a family becomes homeless.

FORUM: The breaking of the mobile home park compact
by Al CiminoNorth County Times
August 4th, 2011
An Oceanside citizen speaks up for how rent control in mobile home parks protects seniors and people on fixed incomes.

Holes In The Floor; Renter Confronts Landlord
August 3rd, 2011
A mobile home landlord agrees to fix faulty floors.

Faye Dunaway offers to give up subsidized New York apartment
August 3rd, 2011
The actress says the landlord tried to evict her because she asked him to paint the apartment.

For Faye Dunaway, Real-Life Role in Housing Court
by Christine HaughneyThe New York Times
August 2nd, 2011
The actress who played a gangster in Bonnie & Clyde is accused of violating New York City's rent stabilization rules.

Rent Control Advocates Want Issue on the Ballot
by Claire MosesHoboken Patch
August 2nd, 2011
Hoboken, NJ, housing advocates collect signatures to overturn rent control rollbacks, but the city says too many are invalid.

Relocation Plan for Affordable Housing Projects Approved
by Parimal M. RohitSanta Monica Mirror
August 2nd, 2011
Santa Monica residents to be relocated due to the construction of senior affordable housing will receive financial support.

Who is watching the Watchdog? The San Diego U-T “disappears” its own reporting by moving it
by Anna DanielsOB Rag
August 1st, 2011
An Ocean Beach paper questions the correction of a San Diego Union-Tribune story about mobile home park residents who were paid to attend a city council meeting and speak in favor of rent decontrol.

Parkmerced issue won't make it on November ballot
by Will KaneSF Gate
July 30th, 2011
Housing justice activists fall 1,500 signatures short of giving San Francisco voters the chance to vote on the controversial development project.

Yucaipa Village MHP rent review hearing is a 12-hour ordeal
by Noelle KielyYucaipa/Calamesa News Mirror
July 28th, 2011
The mobile home park residents, many on fixed incomes, have to pay $81 more per month for their spaces and will have to kick in for the costs of the hearings, too.

Civil Grand Jury: Parkmerced tenant protections 'just talk'
by Rebecca BoweSan Francsico Bay Guardian
July 28th, 2011
The SF Civil Grand Jury report to the Board of Supervisors says "Tenants will live under a cloud of uncertainty, possibly for years."

Rent Control Board Slams City for Wasteful and Lengthy Legal Dispute
by Jason IslasThe LookOut News
July 28th, 2011
Santa Monica spends two and a half years trying to save $86.

Venice: Residents win extended protections at local public housing complex
by Gary WalkerThe Argonaut
July 28th, 2011
The settlement extends affordable housing protections for 20 years, ensures that no current households are displaced and gives tenants the right to purchase the properties through a tenant-endorsed non-profit in the event the owners choose to sell the development.

Evicted Holtville tenant wins settlement
by Roman FloresImperial Valley Press
July 28th, 2011
California Rural Legal Assistance wins a settlement in which the court order extends legal protection to all residents of the Klassy Kottages apartment complex.

Oakland tenants harassed over $2.5 million renovation scheme
by Lynda CarsonIndy Bay
July 28th, 2011
Oakland non profit housing developer continues to harass tenants with bogus notices over a $2.5 million renovation scheme at a 21 unit residential building.

Hotel Petaluma developer defaults on loan
by Lori A. CarterThe Press Democrat
July 28th, 2011
Tenants in a residential hotel face an uncertain future when the landlord is sued by his lender.

Miguel Wooding, Founder and Executive Director of Eviction Defense Collaborative, Dies
by Paul HogarthBeyondChron
July 26th, 2011
San Francisco housing rights advocates and activists mourn the loss of a great leader and good friend.

'Activists' were paid to go to Chula Vista council
by Wendy FrySign On San Diego
July 25th, 2011
At least one third of the people who spoke out in favor of lifting rent control at mobile home parks were paid to attend the city council meeting.

Rent control details draw objections
by Charles HandThe Valley Chronicle
July 24th, 2011
Mobile home park residents question whether San Jacinto's rent control ordinance protects them when they move to another home within the park.

Reports Shows San Jose Rents Soar
July 24th, 2011
San Jose metro area rents jumped 12.6 six percent from last year and the region has the highest average rent among the 43 metro areas surveyed, at more than $1,700.

Influx of workers drives up rental rates in San Francisco and San Mateo County
by Dan SchreiberSan Francisco Examiner
July 24th, 2011
The Bay Area appears to be heading back to a dot-com-era housing shortage, with high-paid workers having the advantage in a scarce apartment market.

Tenant Groups Advise Wells to Tread Lightly in East Palo Alto
by Sharon SimonsonThe Registry
July 23rd, 2011
Housing advocates from San Francisco to New York City are warning banker Wells Fargo not to insist the winning bidder pay such a high price that the only financially viable business model is redevelopment and aggressive landlord efforts to push rents up as fast as possible.

Sale close on 1,800 former Page Mill properties in East Palo Alto
by Bonnie EslingerContra Costa Times
July 23rd, 2011
Tenant activists fear anew wave of evictions and subsequent rent hikes.

Disabled, Low-Income Tenant Wins in Suit Against Housing Authority
by Kurt OrzekSanta Monica Patch
July 22nd, 2011
A section 8 tenant recently won a lawsuit against the Santa Monica Housing Authority with the help of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and the Western Center on Law & Poverty.

Conversion of Apartments to Rentals for Tourists Is Surging
by Aaron GlantzThe Bay Citizen
July 21st, 2011
Ted Gullicksen, director of the San Francisco Tenants Union, addresses the pattern of converting rental apartments into short-term vacation rentals.

Deep court cuts favor landlords over tenants
by Steven T. JonesSan Francisco Bay Guardian
July 19th, 2011
Changes to the SF civil court system will affect renters.

Foreclosures on apartment buildings surge reducing living conditions for tenants
by Izabela Rutkowski and Erin DurkinNew York Daily News
July 19th, 2011
New York tenants pay the price when apartment buildings go into foreclosure - even in the affluent neighborhoods. A new report says housing code violations surge 21% around the time a building is foreclosed.

Apartments are the development du jour among builders
by Roger VincentLos Angeles Times
July 17th, 2011
The weak economy and housing market crash have aided apartment landlords, analysts say, and the slow recovery is expected to help prop up the popularity of apartment living in the years ahead.

Affordable housing program brings a Santa Monican home
by Ashley ArchibaldSanta Monica Daily Press
July 16th, 2011
Barbara Rodriguez returns to her apartment, three and a half years after being Ellis-ed out of it.

Solar: Now for renters, too
by Ucilia WangGigaOM
July 15th, 2011
Tenants now have access to virtual net metering, which allows renters to get credits on their utility bills for the electricity produced by a communal solar system on their complex.

OCEANSIDE: Petitions to repeal rent decontrol qualify for ballot
by Ray HuardNorth County Times
July 15th, 2011
The recently passed rent decontrol measure will go before voters if the council does not repeal it first.

D.C. needs to enforce housing discrimination law, report says
by Patricia SullivanThe Washington Post
July 14th, 2011
After years of education and outreach, landlords continue to refuse to rent to African Americans, and builders are erecting apartments that are not accessible to the disabled, says a report compiled by a civil rights commission advisory committee.

Tenderloin Unites to Take Back Lower Turk
by Jonathan NathanBeyondChron
July 14th, 2011
Residents of a tough San Francisco neighborhood call for police to crack down on violence and drugs and make their home more livable.

Thousand Oaks revises rent control rules for mobile home parks
by Teresa RochesterVentura County Star
July 13th, 2011
Residents and park owners contribute to the agreement process, but low-income seniors from Ranch Mobile Home Park accuse the city of throwing them under the bus for the benefit of other parks.

North Minneapolis landlord allowed to keep rental license
by Tasnim ShammaMinneapolis Star Tribune
July 13th, 2011
A Minneapolis City Council panel overturned recommendations to revoke licenses for 12 rental units, which means 45 tenants can stay in their homes.

Parkmerced Tenants File Suit Against City Over Redevelopment Plan
by Dan McMenamin, Bay City NewsSF Appeal
July 12th, 2011
The move comes just days after housing advocates deliver 19,000 signatures to City Hall to put a referendum on the November ballot to repeal the Parkmerced redevelopment.

Cabrillo Estates residents hash out deal with owner: Agreement circumvents city's amended rent control ordinance
by Tovin LapanSanta Cruz Sentinel
July 12th, 2011
Residents of the Capitola mobile home park say the new agreement is simpler and more fair than the amended rent stabilization ordinance the city recently negotiated.

Oakland hotel owner pleads guilty in arson plot
by Associated PressSF Gate
July 12th, 2011
Federal investigators said Richard Earl Singer told an informant that he wanted the seven-story Hotel Menlo destroyed in order to get the maximum insurance payout.

San Francisco's Human Rights Commission Seeks To Designate Ex-Cons A Protected Class
by Aaron SankinSF Appeal
July 11th, 2011
Protection means that landlords would be prohibited from asking about conviction records on rental applications.

Condo conversion scheme strongly rejected
by WeHo News staffWeHo News
July 11th, 2011
West Hollywood City Council unanimously rejects a proposal to convert historical buildings to condominiums.

SoCal rent hikes trail U.S. average
by Jeff CollinsThe Orange County Register
July 11th, 2011
Rents are rising in Southern California, but not as much as they are increasing in the San Francisco Bay Area and the rest of the country.

Woman on the lam from tenant-scamming charges
by Henry K. LeeSF Gate
July 11th, 2011
The San Francisco woman who took thousands of dollars from more than a dozen would-be tenants is wanted for numerous charges of grand theft and obtaining money under false pretenses.

Landlord's loss leaves tenants in limbo
by Tasnim ShammaMinneapolis Star Tribune
July 10th, 2011
Forty-five north Minneapolis residents could be out on the street if the city revokes the landlord's rental licenses.

Foreclosure and Renters: Banks Break the Law
by Curtis BlackTruthout
July 9th, 2011
A new report from Lawyers Committee for Better Housing confirms that banks banks tend to ignore the rights guaranteed to renters in the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act.

Parkmerced could go on November ballot
by Will KaneSF Gate
July 8th, 2011
If 14,300 of the 19,000 signatures are deemed valid, San Francisco voters will decide whether the Board of Supervisors should have narrowly approved the $1.2 billion plan to demolish Parkmerced.

Tenants Drop Off Referendum On Parkmerced At City's Dept Of Elections
by Bay City
July 8th, 2011
Tenants and advocates collect over 19,000 signatures to stop the demolition of a historical, diverse, working class neighborhood.

Demand pushes rent prices up
by Leslie BerkmanThe Press-Enterprise
July 8th, 2011
Demand for apartments pushes Riverside County rents up 3.2 percent and San Bernardino County rents up 2.5 percent.

Oceanside changing affordable housing rules to boost building
by Nathan
July 8th, 2011
The decision changes how some fees will be calculated and how “affordable” is defined in the city and repeals a section of city code that says how much affordable housing should be included in some projects.

Dispute pits LGBT seniors vs. low-income renters
by Matthew S. BajkoBay Area Reporter
July 7th, 2011
Changes in a development agreement mean senior housing could come at the cost of affordable apartments for people living with HIV, LGBT youth, or low-income queers.

Council considers smoking ban in apartments, hotels
by Ashley ArchibaldSanta Monica Daily Press
July 6th, 2011
A child suffering from asthma aggravated by her neighbors' smoking implores Santa Monica City Council to ban smoking in apartment complexes.

Foreclosures cast shadow over rent rates
by Alex CantatoreTurlock Journal
July 5th, 2011
Increasing rents are just one way the foreclosure crisis is hitting renters.

More residents rallying against smart meters
by Melanie HickenGlendale News-Press
July 5th, 2011
A few customers who fear loss of privacy, radio waves, try to opt out, but tenants of multi-unit buildings cannot force their neighbors to opt-out, too.

Takeover of Abandoned SRO at 20th and Mission Leads to Scuffle, One Arrest
by Heather SmithMission Loc@l
July 4th, 2011
Homes Not Jails occupies an building, vacant for 19 years, to illustrate how state and local laws can clash with affordable housing needs.

Is WeHo encouraging condo conversions?
by WeHo News staff, West Hollywood, CaliforniaWeHo News
July 4th, 2011
West Hollywood may allow landlords who own historic buildings to evict tenants and convert the apartments to condos.

High rents tied to building choices
by Reed
July 3rd, 2011
Apartment construction not a major priority in San Joaquin County, so tenants are seeing rents rise -- 15 percent since the housing crisis began in 2007.

Veterans battle homelessness as they return from war
by Peter BowesBBC News
July 3rd, 2011
Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan are finding themselves living on the streets of Los Angeles, in increasing numbers. Approximately one in five homeless adults around the US is a veteran.

Golden Girls 2.0: Shared housing as a retirement strategy
by ReutersReuters
July 1st, 2011
Retired renters and homeowners are teaming up to create alternative, supportive, shared living arrangements in their golden years.

Editorial: Three good initiatives for the fall ballot
by Bruce BrugmanSan Francisco Bay Guardian
June 28th, 2011
San Francisco supervisors put two housing issues before the voters: a ban on demolishing rent controlled buildings and a revamp of homeless policy that would give people homes - not just beds - before taking away their welfare funds.

New Rent Laws Disappoint Tenant Groups, Annoy Owners
by Cindy RodriguezWNYC News Blog
June 27th, 2011
The new rent laws that govern roughly 1 million New York City apartments go into effect immediately after Albany lawmakers gave it the green light last week.

San Diego Affordable Housing Gets Solar
by Susan DeFreitasEarth Techling
June 24th, 2011
Tenants of a 108-unit building expect to see a 20 percent drop in their electric bills, for a savings of over $100 each year.

Demolition ban on November ballot, Parkmerced could be impacted
by Will KaneSF Gate
June 22nd, 2011
San Francisco supervisors put an initiative on the November ballot that would ban the demolition of sound rental housing. The ban may also reverse the planned demolition of Parkmerced.

Oceanside residents fighting to keep rent control
by Nathan ScharnSign On San Diego
June 22nd, 2011
Mobile home park residents collect signatures to put a city law eliminating rent control to a public vote.

FORUM: Rent control keeps power in balance
by Charles (Chuck) McVayNorth County Times
June 22nd, 2011
An Oceanside resident makes the case for returning rent control to the city's mobile home parks.

Fair Housing Law Project out to protect against discrimination
by Jill
June 21st, 2011
A new program from Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance offers legal aid to people facing discrimination and educates housing providers who discriminate.

New Report Finds Marin is the Most Unaffordable County in the Nation for Renters
by Tina DuongIndyBay
June 20th, 2011
Marin County tops the list of the nation’s least affordable rental markets with over 60 percent of its renters unable to afford a two-bedroom apartment, according to a report.

New Report Finds Marin is the Most Unaffordable County in the Nation for Renters
by Tina DuongIndy Bay
June 20th, 2011
Over 60 percent of Marin County renters are unable to afford a two-bedroom apartment, according to a nationwide comparison of how much money a household must earn to afford to rent a modest home.

Matter of Mail Delivery at S.R.O. Hotels Is Stuck in Court
by Aaron GlantzThe New York Times
June 17th, 2011
The City of San Francisco takes on the U.S. Postal Service for refusing to deliver mail to mailboxes in single room occupancy hotels.

Rent regulations for one million New Yorkers expire as state Dems lose political game of chicken
by Glenn BlainNew York Daily News
June 16th, 2011
New York's Gov. Andrew Cuomo promises to keep the Legislature in Albany until a long-term agreement is reached to strengthen rent laws.

How Big Banks Displace Families Who Rent
by Sally HoProgress Illinois
June 15th, 2011
Banks taking over foreclosed properties are considered the new homeowners, but what happens when the building is home to dozens of families who rent? An Illinois group says that should make the banks the landlords too -- at least temporarily.

PG&E holds renter responsible for big bill
by Michael FinneyKGO-TV San Francisco
June 14th, 2011
Some renters are surprised to find themselves on the hook for other tenants' utility charges.

Renters are next victims of the housing market
by Jane HodgesMSNBC
June 14th, 2011
Landlords across the country take advantage of the tighter market to push through rent increases.

Mayor signs Parkmerced, opponents ready to get out the vote
by Will KaneSF Gate
June 13th, 2011
Tenants advocates launch a petition drive for a ballot measure to block the Parkmerced redevelopment plan, which would destroy sound rental housing.

Rents to rise by 3.2 percent
by Ashley ArchibaldSanta Monica Daily Press
June 11th, 2011
Santa Monica tenants and landlords both are unhappy with the change.

Subcontractor says L.A. affordable-housing funds were diverted to remodel Glendale councilman's home
by Melanie Hicken, David Zahniser and Jessica GarrisonLos Angeles Times
June 10th, 2011
The allegation involves Advanced Development & Investment, which has been accused by its own overseer of defrauding L.A., Glendale and other agencies of $134 million as it built subsidized housing.

Council approves deal for nonprofit purchase of Castle Mobile Estates
by Tovin LapanSanta Cruz Sentinel
June 10th, 2011
Residents of Castle Mobile Estates mobile home park applaud the city council for allowing nonprofit Millennium Housing to purchase the park.

Lawsuit declares LA 'homeless veterans capital' of the country, says West LA VA complex being misused
by Frank StoltzeKPCC
June 9th, 2011
The ACLU and veterans groups say the West Lost Angeles Veterans Administration complex is taking on commercial tenants instead of housing veterans.

Carbon Monoxide Detector Law Takes Effect July 1
by Mirna AlfonsoLake Elsinore-Wildomar Patch
June 9th, 2011
California Senate Bill 183 -- passed in 2010 -- makes it an infraction not to have one installed in a home or any other domicile, punishable by a $200 fine, according to the state Senate website.

City leaders get a look at senior housing builder's work
by Mary
June 7th, 2011
Oroville citizens skeptical of a proposed senior housing development travel to Petaluma to tour a similar project.

Editorial: Mayor Ed Lee should veto the Parkmerced development agreement
by Bruce BrugmanSan Francisco Bay Guardian
June 7th, 2011
The Parkmerced project is flawed not just because it amounts to the planned demolition of working-class family housing, but also for the other impacts it will have on the neighborhood.

Did Supervisors Violate the Brown Act in Rush to Approve Parkmerced?
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
June 7th, 2011
San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu may face legal challenges for a backroom deal he made with developers to push through the flawed Parkmerced project.

Victims of rental scam in San Francisco may see cash from woman who bilked them
by Mike AldaxSan Francisco Examiner
June 6th, 2011
Rachael Marie Smith, who bilked four people out of thousands of dollars, is expected to strike a plea bargain that involves returning money to her victims.

Report Back on Sacramento Renter Bills
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
June 6th, 2011
An update on how tenant-friendly bills fared in Sacramento last week.

Recycling up at apartments, thanks to Ecology Action's initiative
by Jondi GumzSanta Cruz Sentinel
June 5th, 2011
Santa Cruz apartment dwellers are gaining access to recycling services. Recycling is available to 70 percent of those living in single-family homes but to only 40 percent of those in apartments and condos.

Mortgage collapse spurs renter growth
by Erick GalindoSan Gabriel Valley Tribune
June 4th, 2011
The number of tenants throughout the state increases, as homeowners caught in the mortgage crisis become renters in record numbers.

Advocates Fear Rent Destabilization
by Jason BanreyQueens Tribune
June 2nd, 2011
A tent city set up in Woodside is symbolic of the struggles rent-controlled and rent-stabilized Queens, New York, tenants would face if rent-protection laws are not renewed.

Debunking the myth of Prop. 13
by Steve LopezThe Los Angeles Times
June 1st, 2011
A USC professor says young people who think the revered measure is a good thing really don't know much about it. 'Renters don't benefit and the majority of new home buyers don't benefit,' he points out.

Vote your vote away
by Carly NairnSan Francisco Bay Guardian
May 31st, 2011
Key tenants protections could be at risk if San Francisco Sup. Wiener convinces voters to give the Board of Supervisors the authority to change or repeal voter-approved measures.

Five Bills for Renters to Watch in Sacramento this Week
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
May 31st, 2011
Contact you state senator and assemblyperson to show your support for these bills affecting renter rights that are coming up for a vote this week.

S.F. Supes Elsbernd and Farrell get personal
by John CoteSF Gate
May 31st, 2011
This City Hall roundup includes a note about San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee's interest in creating a condominium-conversion fee -- which tenant advocates oppose. Mayor Lee is a former tenant advocate.

More than 500 cities see more homes become rentals
by Julie Schmit and Barbara HansenUSA Today
May 31st, 2011
Irvine shows the largest shift in California from owner- to tenant-occupied homes, from 40 percent in 2000 to almost 50 percent in 2010.

OCEANSIDE: City grapples with affordable housing
by Ray HuardNorth County Times
May 28th, 2011
The city is trying to figure out how to meet state and federal affordable housing requirements and provide housing that people on low or moderate incomes can afford.

Oakland's Marin Way Court tenants are targeted by Arroyo & Coates for displacement
by Lynda CarsonIndyBay
May 25th, 2011
Residents of the housing complex protest its sale to a real estate firm the residents say is trying to frighten them out of their homes.

David Chiu Strikes Deal with Developer To Demolish Over 1,500 Rent Controlled Units at Parkmerced
by Dean PrestonBeyondChron
May 25th, 2011
TT Executive Director Dean Preston says that with this vote the Board of Supervisors president steps away from a formerly good record on tenant issues.

Thousand Oaks rejects appeals to overturn mobile home rent increase
by Teresa RochesterVentura County Star
May 25th, 2011
Residents and their attorneys say the increase will hit senior citizens hard, as a number of them live solely off their Social Security income.

Parkmerced Plans Approved; Tenants Threaten to Sue
by Zusha ElinsonThe Bay Citizen
May 25th, 2011
San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu cuts a deal with developers to win the votes needed to demolish 1,500 homes.

Partisan resistance: Anatomy of a takeover at a health care corporation
by Carol HarveySan Francisco Bay View
May 23rd, 2011
Homes Not Jails creates actions to draw attention to housing that is left vacant, including buildings owned by Kaiser Permanente.

S.F. supervisors should delay vote on Parkmerced
by Michele MagarSan Francisco Chronicle
May 23rd, 2011
Parkmerced Action Coalition attorney Michele Magar explains why many residents oppose the development plan that is up for a vote May 24.

Right path on San Francisco's Parkmerced
by San Francisco ChronicleSan Francisco Chronicle
May 23rd, 2011
A San Francisco Chronicle editorial about the Parkmerced development plan.

San Francisco supervisors set to make call on Parkmerced project
by Dan SchreiberSan Francisco Examiner
May 23rd, 2011
The vote follows the release of a Civil Grand Jury report that found the project's rent controlled units are not protected by any law, just the developer's word.

Officials Urge Extension of NY State Rent Laws
by Angela WangEpoch Times
May 22nd, 2011
Lawmakers link arms with housing justice activists at a Prospect Heights demonstration to urge New York's governor to make rent control renewal his top priority.

Embassy tenants' homes safe, for now
by Ashley ArchibaldSanta Monica Daily Press
May 21st, 2011
Settlement gives residents in the Santa Monica building relocation funds and four years to move.

Oceanside lifts rent control on mobile homes
by James KohFox 5 San Diego
May 20th, 2011
One council member may try to gather signatures to force a special election where residents could vote to rescind the council's decision and save rent control.

Apartment Anti-Smoking Bill Raises Concerns for Weho Renters
by James F. MillsWest Hollywood Patch
May 19th, 2011
The Senate-approved bill gives landlords power under California law to prohibit smoking inside rental units.

Renters may lose right to smoke at home
by Ashley ArchibaldSanta Monica Daily Press
May 19th, 2011
If enacted, a bill currently in the State Assembly could lead to the eviction of long-term tenants in rent-controlled housing.

Grand Jury: City of Davis was careless with DACHA
by Yolo County Grand JuryWoodland Record
May 19th, 2011
A Yolo County Grand Jury finds that the City of Davis made numerous mistakes with the Davis Area Cooperative Housing Authority, which eventually went under.

Success! Governor Cuomo Pushes for Rent Control Extension
by Taylor
May 18th, 2011
New York's governor responds to a petition on urging him to push the legislature to renew and strengthen renter protections.

Civil Grand Jury Report Blasts Parkmerced Proposal
by Tenants TogetherBeyond Chron
May 18th, 2011
A Civil Grad Jury confirms what Tenants Together has said from the start: The Parkmerced development project does not protect rent control housing.

Rents expected to rise citywide
by Kevin HerreraSanta Monica Daily Press
May 18th, 2011
Residents of rent-controlled units could see their rents rise by 3.5 percent, come September.

Housing subsidy tied to building that's bad for her
by Victoria ColliverSan Francisco Chronicle
May 17th, 2011
A San Francisco renter is stuck in a mold-infested apartment because her housing subsidy is tied to the building where she currently lives.

Parkmerced project in San Francisco criticized by civil grand jury
by Dan SchreiberSF Examiner
May 17th, 2011
The Grand Jury's report says a future owner could legally challenge the terms of the promises to current residents, throwing into question any particular agreement.

OCEANSIDE: Councilman wants to delay rent-control vote
by Ray HuardNorth County Times
May 17th, 2011
Councilman Gary Felien says he wants to give mobile-home park owners and renters time to work out a compromise.

Civil Grand Jury report rips Parkmerced plan
by Rebecca BoweSan Francisco Bay Guardian
May 17th, 2011
The Grand Jury says that the development plan does not guarantee that new housing will retain the same rent control provisions of the housing that is to be destroyed. No comment on the absurdity of demolishing housing in the first place.

City Council Rewind: Cabrillo Mobile Home Park Resident Sounds Off
by Jacob BourneCapitola-Soquel Patch
May 17th, 2011
Erving Richmond calls out both a mobile home park owner and the Capitola City Council for what he believes to be unethical behavior.

Local mobile home owners enjoy court victory
by Robert CuthbertCentral Coast Democrat Examiner
May 17th, 2011

Landlords and Tenants Bear Burden of Rising Prices
by Jason IslasThe Lookout News
May 17th, 2011
Santa Monica's Rent Control Board will consider increasing the city's rent ceiling. As it stands, a person would need to make $85,000 to afford a one-bedroom apartment, according to a government report.

Budget Compromise Slashes Funds for Organizations That Help Poor Deal With Predatory Lending, Domestic Violence, Foreclosures
by Marian WangAlterNet
May 16th, 2011
Budget cuts to legal aid organizations could mean even less help for low-income individuals dealing with predatory lending, landlord-tenant disputes or foreclosure.

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Review Goleta Rent-Control Case
by Lara CooperNoozhawk
May 16th, 2011
The ruling is deemed a victory for mobile-home residents, but other legal challenges loom.

SoCal rents rise for 8th straight month
by Jon LansnerThe Orange County Register
May 15th, 2011
Other household costs have been increasing, too, prompting fears of inflation.

Recession makes renting a nightmare
by Nisa Islam MuhammadThe Final Call
May 14th, 2011
According to a report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, American renters on average must earn over $20 an hour to afford a modest apartment, yet the average renter makes much less.

SAN JACINTO: Commission hears concerns about mobile home park status
by Gail WessonThe Press-Enterprise
May 13th, 2011
Pushed by park owners, the San Jacinto planning commission considers allowing the end of rent control at a mobile home park.

City Council Sends Crowds Home Happy with Decisions on Rent Control and Dialysis Clinic
by Jacob BourneCapitola-Soquel Patch
May 13th, 2011
Among other decisions, Capitola lawmakers approve rental subsidies to low-income residents of a mobile home park that recently lost rent control.

Eyes on blight: SB might join lawsuit against Deutsche Bank
by Rebecca U. ChoInland Valley Daily Bulletin
May 12th, 2011
Santa Barbara's city attorney considers whether to join the Los Angeles lawsuit against Deutsche Bank. The bank has paid $242,610 in administrative civil penalties on blighted homes in San Bernardino County.

Erosion of rent control shows waning political power of mobile-home owners
by Logan JenkinsSign On San Diego
May 11th, 2011
A San Diego columnist says the political climate has turned against mobile-home owners and now rests with the park owners.

Rental prices increase as economy sees influx of renters
by Eric Woomer Visalia Times-Delta
May 11th, 2011
The trend of increasing demand and decreasing supply of rental properties visits Tulare County.

Despite news stories reporting otherwise, landlords have it pretty good here in San Francisco
by Tim RedmondSan Francisco Bay Guardian
May 10th, 2011
San Francisco Bay Guardian editor Tim Redmond revisits -- and stands by -- his May 6 article, The Myth of the Poor Landlord.

Dario Pini Nominated to Landlord Hall of Shame
by Tyler HaydenSanta Barbara Independent
May 10th, 2011
A local story on Dario Pini, who earns the first Hall of Shame nominee of 2011 by racking up 800 building code violations.

Smoking could be restricted in apartments
by Patrick McGreevyLos Angeles Times
May 9th, 2011
SB 332, which would allow landlords to designate buildings as "non-smoking," passes the Senate and proceeds to the Assembly for a vote.

Approval of vacancy decontrol strikes fear in seniors
by Promise YeeThe Coast News
May 9th, 2011
Oceanside city council ignores the pleas of seniors, veterans, and working poor and votes to remove rent control from mobile home parks.

Smart Housing or is it high-rise development? San Franciscans ask
by Jonathan FarrellDigital Journal
May 8th, 2011
A reporter considers both sides of the Parkmerced debate and ultimately sees that the project is not necessarily what the developers say it is.

The myth of the poor landlord
by Tim RedmondSan Francisco Bay Guardian
May 6th, 2011
The San Francisco Bay Guardian responds to the Bay Citizen's anti-tenant column about a landlord lamenting his inability to evict tenants to install his son in a building.

Developer Proposes Six-Story Residential Complex on Old Dodge Dealership Site
by Stacie ChanRedwood City Patch
May 6th, 2011
If approved, the 260-unit residential complex on Veterans Boulevard will be LEED-certified and within walking distance of downtown Redwood City.

Both sides struggle with MHP rent stabilization ordinance
by Noelle KielyYucaipa/Calamesa News Mirror
May 5th, 2011
Residents of the Riverside County mobile home park retain rent control rights. City council will decide at a future meeting whether to take over oversight of rent increase applications.

Capitola rejects petition challenging rent control amendment
by Tovin LapanSanta Cruz Sentinel
May 5th, 2011
The city says signature gatherers did not follow state requirements to attach a copy of the challenged ordinance to each petition when gathering signatures.

Proposed legislation to help California renters fight evictions
by Matthew HarangLos Angeles Examiner
May 5th, 2011
A Los Angeles Examiner columnist agrees that AB 265, which TT helped to draft, is good policy. The bill seeks to grant renters the right of redemption when served with an eviction lawsuit.

48-unit S.F. apartment building gutted by fire
by Peter FimriteSFGate
May 5th, 2011
At least 75 people are now homeless, due to a four-alarm fire in San Francisco's South of Market District that brought 100 firefighters to the scene.

Hundreds Protest Wells Fargo Shareholder Meeting in SF
by Sarah PhelanSan Francisco Bay Guardian
May 4th, 2011
Protestors demand that the bank stop its illegal evictions of tenants in foreclosed properties and work with real estate companies that follow the law.

Bill would make it easier for renters to fight eviction
by Ashley ArchibaldSanta Monica Daily Press
May 4th, 2011
Tenants Together helped Assemblymember Tom Ammiano of San Francisco draft the bill, which would grant tenants the same right of redemption that property owners already enjoy.

L.A. says Deutsche Bank among city’s largest slumlords, files suit seeking hundreds of millions of dollars
by Jessica GarrisonLos Angeles Times
May 4th, 2011
City officials seek to collect penalties and restitution from the bank for the havoc and blight caused by its foreclosed properties.

Santa Cruz County third most expensive in nation: Renters waiting for economic recovery
by Jondi GumzSanta Cruz Sentinel
May 4th, 2011
San Francisco is the most expensive city to rent in. Half of America's renters are paying more than 30 percent of their income for rent and utilities.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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