|Save the Moguls|
by Karla Ann Cote, Legislative Gazette
July 6th, 2015
Share Better has produced a video to point up the control of Airbnb units by real estate moguls. The video is at the site of the original article.
|Families Pack Up as S.F. Rents Keep Rising|
by Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle
June 27th, 2015
Families with children are particularly threatened in the affordability crisis in San Francisco, as single-family homes are exempted from rent control protections under Costa-Hawkins. At the time the law was passed, Jim Costa argued that it would protect families.
|Grand Jury Issues Report on Homelessness|
by Marc Valles, Eureka Times-Standard
June 26th, 2015
A Humboldt County grand jury report faults the County Board of Supervisors and the Eureka City Council for its failure to co-ordinate homeless services and recommends the establishment of a housing trust fund to provide money for affordable housing construction.
|Mid-City West Opposes Tenant Evictions|
by Luis Rivas, Beverly Press
June 25th, 2015
A local council opposes the eviction of rent-controlled tenants from a building owned by Matthew Jacobs, the chair of CalHFA, the agency responsible for funding affordable housing projects in California.
|Amendments to Rent Inspection Program Set for Approval|
by Jason Ruiz, Long Beach Post
June 17th, 2015
Long Beach tenants won a small victory in their attempt to force landlords to maintain their properties. The Long Beach City Council did not, however, allow tenants in slum properties to pay their rent into escrow, rather than to the landlord.
|L.A.'s Eviction Game|
by Larry Gross, Los Angeles Times
June 9th, 2015
Property speculators are using the Ellis Act to evict tenants from rent-controlled apartments in Los Angeles, and the City has taken no action to protect tenants. The Coalition for Economic Survival is a member organization of Tenants Together.
|Rent Control Update|
May 29th, 2015
The Lafayette City Council abandoned a rent moratorium and a discussion of rent control when a local landlord agreed to limit rent increases to 10% for one year.
|America's Poorest Renters Are Finally Catching a Break|
by Lydia DePillis, Washington Post
May 4th, 2015
Fewer tenants are paying more than half their incomes for rent than in 2011, but the number of tenants who cannot find affordable housing is still far higher than in 2003. Tenants in the West are most likely to have trouble finding affordable housing.
|Confusion on the SF Housing Front|
by Randy Shaw, Beyond Chron
April 14th, 2015
The City may be changing the rules on some housing developers after their developments were approved, although the City claims that the developers are trying to evade affordable housing requirements.
|When Landlords Harass Tenants|
by Sam Levin, East Bay Express
April 1st, 2015
Landlords in the Bay Area have been using a variety of tactics, ranging from the tacky to the inspired, to rid their properties of tenants who are protected under rent control laws.
|A Housing Market Divided|
by David Dayen, Capital and Main
March 16th, 2015
Housing developers concentrate on the luxury market in California, and little housing is built for the majority of Californians.
|Media Misleads Public on SF Fires|
by Randy Shaw, Beyond Chron
February 19th, 2015
Local media has failed to hold the San Francisco Fire Department accountable for lax inspection practices that have allowed serious violations to remain uncorrected for years.
|Picket Held in Isla Vista Fighting Back against Evictions|
by Senerey De Los Santos, KEYT
February 13th, 2015
The Isla Vista Tenants Union is continuing its protest of the eviction of tenants from a property there, including relocation benefits for evicted tenants required under a Santa Barbara County ordinance.
|One Fire in a Real Estate Empire Rife with Issues|
by Daniel Hirsch, Lydia Chavez, Andrea Valencia & Laura Wenus, MIssion Local
February 13th, 2015
The owner of a property where one tenant was killed and sixty-five others displaced has more than $15 million in San Francisco real estate. The low-income tenants have few options and have to tolerate substandard and dangerous conditions.
|San Jose's Homeless Shuffled Along the Tracks|
by Leslie Griffy, KALW
February 11th, 2015
Having evicted the occupants of a homeless camp last month, the City of San Jose has continued to evict homeless campers at their new camps, even though the City admits they don't have enough shelter for all of the homeless campers.
|ACLU: One-Strike Eviction Law Unfair to Landlords, Tenants|
by Michael Rubinkam and Maryclaire Dale, Washington Times
January 22nd, 2015
A Pennsylvania town is being sued to stop enforcement of an ordinance that requires tenants be evicted from their apartments for alleged illegal activities, even when the tenant had no knowledge of the activities. The law also bars landlords from re-renting the property in some circumstances.
|Families Forced to Vacate Santa Rosa Apartments|
by Angela Hart, Santa Rosa Press Democrat
January 18th, 2015
Santa Rosa code enforcement officials are forcing tenants from an substandard apartment complex, but are providing no assistance to the tenants in securing replacement housing. Code enforcement officials knew about the conditions at the complex nearly ten years ago.
|Tenant Legislation to Watch in 2015|
by Dean Preston, Beyond Chron
January 12th, 2015
Tenant activists will be working on several issues over the next year, including allocating funds for the renter's rebate and prohibiting discrimination against Section 8 tenants.
|Public Housing is Dead. Long Live Public Housing!|
by Jake Blumgart, Aljazeera America
January 10th, 2015
Congress has tripled funding for the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, which would transfer public housing units to the private sector. RAD projects do not serve the poorest tenants, and the housing may not be permanently affordable. At the same time, Congress has cut other affordable housing funding.
|Eviction of 83-Year-Old Woman Draws Protest|
by Hudson Sangree, Sacramento Bee
December 23rd, 2014
Tenant advocates, including Tenants Together, demonstrated to protest the eviction of an 83-year-old woman from her apartment. Management claims to evict all tenants who receive Section 8 housing subsidies.
|Landlords Sue to Block Section 8 Renters|
by Mary Tuma, Austin Chronicle
December 19th, 2014
The City Council in Austin TX voted to prohibit landlords from discriminating against tenants with Section 8 housing vouchers. The local landlord group has sued to overturn the ordinance, and the State Legislature has been asked to pass pre-emption legislation.
|Richmond Stumbles Through a Slow-Motion Public Housing Disaster|
by Ken Broder, AllGov
December 19th, 2014
The worst housing project in the nation, home to low-income senior and disabled tenants, is in Richmond CA. The Housing Authority has been accused of financial irregularities, including the disappearance of new appliances intended for the tenants.
|Florida Tenant Protections Face Alarming Deadline|
by Kim Miller, Palm Beach Post
December 9th, 2014
The federal Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act will expire at the end of 2014, unless Congress votes to extend the legislation. While California tenants have those protections under state law, many other states have no legislation benefiting tenants in foreclosed properties.
|Donald Sterling Sued Over Bedbugs|
by Matt Reynolds, Courthouse News Service
November 25th, 2014
Donald Sterling, named to TT's Landlord Hall of Shame in 2010 and banned for life from the NBA for racist conduct in 2014, is being sued by an African American tenant for refusing to treat the tenant's apartment for bedbugs.
|Galt Motel Residents Fight Evictions|
by Carlos Saucedo, KXTV News10
November 12th, 2014
Tenants at a residential motel in Galt are fighting attempts by the City to evict them. The City cites conditions at the motel as the reason for eviction, but has not provided the tenants with sufficient time to find new housing.
|Renters Overlooked Because of Race|
by Jaclyn Kelley, WWLTV (New Orleans)
November 6th, 2014
African American tenants in New Orleans face discrimination in rental housing. Landlords sometimes refuse to rent to them, but also demand more stringent background checks. These are illegal under fair housing laws.