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Meet the Ellis Act, the Law Driving Many San Francisco Evictions
by Matthew GreenKQED
November 8th, 2013
The Ellis Act, passed to overturn a 1984 Supreme Court decision, is a main driver of evictions in San Francisco. The maps and charts are available on the article's original site.

Blackstone Begins Rental Housing Empire in Spain
by Sharon Smyth and John GittelsohnBusiness Week
November 7th, 2013
Blackstone, the Wall Street investment group, is investing in apartment buildings and other rental properties in Spain. One purchase includes social housing developments owned by a regional government.

California Has Worst Poverty in Nation When Housing Costs are Considered
Contra Costa Times
November 7th, 2013
When housing costs are considered, California has the highest poverty rate, nearly 24%, in the nation. Subsidies to low-income families are more than offset by extremely high rents.

Sequestration Could Cut Housing Assistance for 185,000 People Next Year
by Bryce CovertThink Progress
November 7th, 2013
The sequester will force the elimination of housing assistance for 185,000 people next year. Many who lose their vouchers will become homeless.

California Homes Now Affordable to Only 1/3 of Californians
by Jann SwansonMortgage News Daily
November 7th, 2013
Only one-third of Californians can afford to buy a house here. A family would have to earn $89,000 a year to purchase the median-priced home.

Residents Debate Affordable Housing Sites
by Nicole BaptistaNovato Advance
November 6th, 2013
Residents of Novato appeared before the Planning Commission there to discuss the proposed Housing Element for the required state filing.

A Victory for Housing
by Amy SmithAustin Chronicle
November 6th, 2013
Voters in Austin TX passed a housing bond that will eventually produce about 3,500 units of affordable housing there.

City's Affordable Housing Funds Plummet 85%
by Rachel YoungPasadena Now
November 6th, 2013
Pasadena has produced only a few hundred affordable housing units, even though nearly half of the population is classified as low- or very low-income.

8 Washington Condo Project Loses Big in S.F.
by John WildermuthSan Francisco Chronicle
November 6th, 2013
A proposal to build a block of luxury condominiums on San Francisco's waterfront was defeated by the City's voters. The 134 units, which would sell for an average of $5 million each, would have provided only $11 million to the City's affordable housing fund.

Wall Street Slumlords' Outrageous New Scheme
by David DayenSalon
November 6th, 2013
Wall Street investment funds are borrowing from the banks that brought us the housing crisis to purchase houses as rentals. Unfortunately they are, in many cases, not maintaining them properly. Many of their purchases are in states without habitability protections for tenants.

Renter Claims Discrimination Over Son's Autistic Behavior
by Michael HeadrickKSL
October 28th, 2013
A Utah tenant was threatened with eviction because her 7-year-old autistic son made too much noise. After the local media contacted the landlord, the eviction notice was withdrawn.

Sacramento County Considering Reducing Affordable Housing Requirements
CBS (Sacramento)
October 25th, 2013
Both the City and County of Sacramento are considering changes that would reduce the affordable housing requirements for developers there. Housing advocates argue that the region needs more affordable housing.

Here's What Happens When Wall Street Builds a Rental Empire
by Ben Hallman and Jillian BermanHuffington Post
October 25th, 2013
The Wall Street investment groups purchasing large numbers of single-family homes are not maintaining them properly or making repairs promptly.

Tenant Advocates Rally against Eviction 'Crisis'
by Jessica KwongSan Francisco Examiner
October 25th, 2013
San Francisco tenants rallied against the increasing number of Ellis Act evictions in the City.

Affordable Housing Debate Heats Up at City Hall
by John Cote and Marisa LagosSan Francisco Chronicle
October 24th, 2013
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will look at several proposals to increase the amount of affordable housing in the City. Among the proposals are legalization of in-law units and stricter protections for rent-controlled units.

S.F. Family Loses Fight, Evicted after 34 Years
by Kevin Fagan with Brant WardSan Francisco Chronicle
October 24th, 2013
An elderly couple and their disabled adult daughter were evicted from their home of 34 years. The landlord is planning to convert the building to tenants-in-common units.

Court Quashes Eviction of Longterm Castro Tenant Jeremy Mykaels
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
October 24th, 2013
A San Francisco court has stopped the Ellis eviction of San Francisco tenant Jeremy Mykaels. The landlord may appeal the decision.

Concord Residents Sue Landlords for $500K
Concord Patch
October 23rd, 2013
Concord tenants are taking their landlord to court, after City officials refused to take action to eradicate substandard conditions.

East Bay Tenants Sue Landlord over Bedbugs
by Christie SmithNBC Bay Area
October 23rd, 2013
Tenants of a Concord apartment building are suing their landlord over an infestation of bedbugs, cockroaches and rats.

Bedbug Infestation at Concord Apartment Building Prompts Lawsuit
by Lisa P. WhiteContra Costa Times
October 23rd, 2013
A Concord landlord is being sued for failing to eradicate bedbugs in an apartment building, even after repeated complaints by tenants. The building is also infested with cockroaches and rodents. Tenants Together is working with the tenants.

Marin Housing Officials Drop Controversial Truancy Eviction Policy
by Nels JohnsonMarin Independent Journal
October 23rd, 2013
Housing officials in Marin County have dropped a proposal that would evict tenants if their children are truant from school. Many critics felt that the policy made life more difficult for already vulnerable families.

Landlord Drops Eviction Proceeding Over Noise Complaints against Family with Autistic Child
by Jake EdmistonOttawa Citizen
October 23rd, 2013
Tenants who have an autistic child will not face eviction from an Ottawa condominium complex.

For Low-Income Families, Substandard Housing Takes a Toll on Children
Science Daily
October 22nd, 2013
Substandard housing and residential instability are important factors in predicting emotional and behavioral problems in children.

The Grim Math of the Working-Class Housing Crisis
by Sarah GoodyearThe Atlantic
October 22nd, 2013
Rising rents in many urban areas are forcing working-class households into homelessness.

Unsocial Housing? Gates within Gates Divide the 'Haves' and 'Have-Nots'
by Ben QuinnThe Guardian
October 22nd, 2013
The affluent residents of a mixed-income housing development in London, in addition to being separated from poorer residents by a locked gate, refused to share water with the social-housing residents there.

Shocking Cost Investigation: Lawmakers Call for Action on Electricity Markups
by Dan GearinoColumbus Dispatch
October 22nd, 2013
Some Ohio legislators are looking to study the issue of regulating submetering companies that provide electricity to tenants there.

Shocking Cost Investigation: Pay Electricity Bills or Face Eviction
by Dan GearinoColumbus Dispatch
October 21st, 2013
Ohio tenants who cannot pay unregulated electricity rates can be evicted by the power providers. Many of the tenants subjected to these exorbitant rates are lower-income. Second article in a series.

Shocking Cost Investigations: Utility Middlemen Charge Renters Inflated Prices
by Dan GearinoColumbus Dispatch
October 20th, 2013
Ohio is one of eight states that allow landlords to contract (or own) submetering operations that provide utility service to apartments and condominiums there. Rates charged average 30% more than regulated rates.

Here Comes the Neighborhood
by David L.KirpNew York Times
October 19th, 2013
After fighting an affordable housing development for 30 years, the community discovered that affordable housing had no impact on property values and community safety. Many people don't know that there is affordable housing in the community.

Families with Kids Go Homeless as U.S. Rents Exceed Pay
by Jeanna SmialekBloomberg News
October 18th, 2013
Families around the country are rendered homeless when their parents cannot afford rapidly increasing rents on deteriorating wages.

Supreme Court Won't Look At Affordable Housing Lawsuit against Napa County
by Peter JensenNapa Valley Register
October 18th, 2013
The Supreme Court has refused an appeal of a lawsuit against Napa County brought by a local housing group, Latinos Unidas de Valle de Napa y Solano. The suit contended that Napa County was allocating much of its affordable housing requirement to outlying areas where jobs and transportation are scarce.

Mayor Bloomberg Says New York City's Lack of Affordable Housing is a 'Good Sign' of a Vibrant Economy Because 'More People Want to Live Here'
by Mara GayNew York Daily News
October 18th, 2013
In his weekly radio address, Mayor Bloomberg argued that the lack of affordable housing there was a good thing. But the Mayor has devoted substantial public resources to subsidies for the development of luxury housing.

Hotel Settles Bedbug Lawsuit with Tenants
by Michelle DurandSan Mateo Daily Journal
October 18th, 2013
A residential hotel owner has settled with tenants who claimed that the landlord failed to eradicate bedbugs and correct other substandard conditions. The units are rented to disabled tenants.

Renters Told to Vacate by Evening
by Alyssa RichardsonStacey Page Online
October 18th, 2013
An Indiana landlord is attempting to evict her tenants, and the local Health Department may cut off electricity to the property prior to a court action.

Brown Vetoes Bill Requiring Affordable Rental Units
by Carolyn SaidSan Francisco Chronicle
October 16th, 2013
Governor Brown vetoed a bill that would allow local communities to require affordable rental units as part of new developments.

Unions Can't Boost Middle-Class if Tenants Left Behind
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
October 16th, 2013
Democrats who back labor legislation often allow tenants' rights bills to be defeated. But tenants make up much of the labor constituency and tenants' rights bills were defeated by the Democratic Legislature and the Governor.

Governor's Veto Frustrates Santa Monica's Affordable Housing Advocates
by Jason IslasSanta Monica Lookout
October 15th, 2013
Governor Brown's veto of AB1229 will make it more difficult for expensive California cities, like Santa Monica, to develop affordable housing.

Governor Brown Veto Betrays Low-Income Tenants
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
October 15th, 2013
Governor Brown vetoed legislation that would permit local governments to require affordable housing as part of new rental housing developments. The author, Dean Preston, is the Executive Director of Tenants Together.

Watch This Depressing Time-Lapse Visualization of Ellis Act Evictions
by Rebecca BoweSan Francisco Bay Guardian
October 15th, 2013
Landlords in San Francisco have used the Ellis Act to evict rent-controlled tenants from their apartments. Some buildings have been through more than one Ellis Act eviction, as the property can be re-rented after five years. The map is available on the Bay Guardian web site.

Mayor Lee, Supervisor Kim, DBI Director Hui Unite to Stop Market Street Evictions
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
October 15th, 2013
City officials in San Francisco are working to save 100 rental units in the mid-Market area.

Brown Vetoes Atkins Housing Bill
by Michael GardnerU-T San Diego
October 15th, 2013
Governor Jerry Brown vetoed an inclusionary housing bill that would allow local governments to require affordable housing as part of new rental projects.

Market Street Tenants Still Facing Uncertainty
by Rebecca BoweSan Francisco Bay Guardian
October 14th, 2013
Even though City officials are looking for ways to keep the tenants at 1049 Market in their homes, the tenants still fear that they will have to move.

Jerry Brown Vetoes Inclusionary Housing Bill
by David SidersSacramento Bee
October 13th, 2013
Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed legislation that would overturn an Appellate Court decision prohibiting requirements for affordable housing in new developments.

Mid-Market Artists Facing Eviction
by Carolyn SaidSan Francisco Chronicle
October 12th, 2013
More than 100 tenants in a mid-Market building may still face eviction if the City doesn't declare the units legal for residential use.

Autistic Boy's Noise Leads to Eviction Notice
by Sandra AbmaCBC News
October 11th, 2013
A neighbor's complaints have led to an eviction notice for a family with an autistic son.

Motel Tenants Want to Stay Despite Health Warnings
by Kyndell NunleyBakersfield Now
October 11th, 2013
Tenants at a Bakersfield motel want to remain in their homes even though the County has ordered the tenants to vacate. Many of the tenants say they have nowhere else to go.

Houston Veteran Gets Eviction Notice Due to Government Shutdown
News Fix Now
October 10th, 2013
A Marine veteran in Houston faced eviction because his benefits were delayed by the government shutdown. The landlord later agreed to hold off on the eviction.

Sequester Series: The Longest Wait
by Alex KacikMission and State
October 10th, 2013
Tenants in Santa Barbara County spend an average of 5 to 8 years on the waiting list for Section 8 housing. The sequester reduced the available vouchers, and the wait will be even longer.

Sequestration Forcing Elderly and Disabled New Yorkers From Their Homes
by Christopher RobbinsGothamist
October 10th, 2013
New York City's Department of Preservation and Housing is facing a shortfall of $35 million, and is addressing the problem by forcing tenants to move to smaller units. Many of the tenants who are being forced to move are elderly or disabled.

L.A. County is Among Least Affordable Housing Markets
by Andrew KhouriLos Angeles Times
October 10th, 2013
A median income household in Los Angeles County can afford only 24% of the houses in the County. Only San Francisco and New York are more expensive.

The War on Renters
by Anthony SandersDaily Caller
October 10th, 2013
In many communities, tenants are viewed with extreme disfavor, and some of communities violate tenants' civil rights in an attempt to "regulate" them.

Undercover Investigation Reveals Housing Discrimination Against Latinos in Little Rock
by Lindsey TugmanKTHV
October 9th, 2013
The National Fair Housing Alliance has filed a complaint against a landlord for discrimination against Latino tenants.

Tropicana Motel Closed by Environmental Health, Residents Forced to Relocate
by Mark Christian and Anne StegenKERO 23 TV
October 9th, 2013
Hundreds of Bakersfield tenants are being forced to relocate because their landlord has not made needed repairs at the property. The county has not, however, found new housing for the evicted tenants, although the City shelter is providing temporary housing for the tenants' pets.

Market Street Building Evictions Could Be Largest San Francisco Ouster in Decades
by Chris RobertsSan Francisco Examiner
October 8th, 2013
Up to 300 artists are being evicted from two buildings in San Francisco's mid-Market neighborhood. The units are illegal, but the City has known about them since 2007. Twitter and other high-tech companies are planning moves to the neighborhood.

Tenants Complain About Bed Bug Infestation in Hotel
by Grecia AguilarKSWT
October 4th, 2013
Tenants in an El Centro residential hotel have been complaining about infestations of bed bugs and cockroaches since 2011, according to county records. The county is expected to issue a final report after October 25.

Evicting Cambridge Tenants in Arrears Over 'Bedroom Tax' Will Be a 'Last Resort'
by Chris HavergalCambridge News
October 3rd, 2013
Cambridge tenants in subsidized housing will not be evicted for failing to pay increased rent if they have a spare bedroom. Many tenants use the spare room for carers, and for others there are no smaller units available.

Pleasanton Council OKs Rent Increases in Hacienda Mobile Home Park
by Jeb BingPleasanton Weekly
October 3rd, 2013
The Pleasanton City Council has agreed to allow rent increases for the Hacienda mobile home park there. Rent increases of one-and-a-half to five percent will be allowed through 2016, when the agreement expires.

County Senior Mobile Home Park Rent Control Proponents to Submit Signatures to Election Office
by Elizabeth LarsonLake County News
October 3rd, 2013
A local group, Save Our Seniors, has submitted signatures to qualify an mobile-home rent control initiative for the county ballot next year. Save Our Seniors has also qualified an initiative on the same subject for the Lakeport ballot.

PG, Pebble Beach Neighbors Oppose Affordable Housing Proposal
by Sara RubinMonterey County Weekly
October 3rd, 2013
Neighbors of a proposed 24-unit affordable housing complex turned out to oppose the project.

Santee Ends Mobile Home Legal Battle
by Karen PearlmanU-T San Diego
October 3rd, 2013
A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit to overturn mobile-home park rent control in Santee. The settlement will allow substantial rent increases at two mobile-home parks there.

Ellis Act Evictees Could Receive Priority for Affordable Housing in San Francisco
by Jessica KwongSan Francisco Examiner
October 1st, 2013
A San Francisco family facing eviction could receive priority for relocation to affordable housing there. However, there are only about 2,000 affordable housing units citywide. In addition, more than 200 other units have been evicted this year under the Ellis Act.

Luxury Rentals in High Demand, As Renter Demographics Shift
by Rebecca TaylorKVOA
September 30th, 2013
Tuscon developers are building luxury apartments, and charging higher rents for them. But the median income of tenant households has not risen nearly as quickly as the rents.

Park Lane Tenants Protest Conversion Plans
by Carolyn SaidSan Francisco Chronicle
September 28th, 2013
Tenants at the Park Lane apartments face eviction under the Ellis Act, as the building owner seeks to covert the property to tenants-in-common ownership.

NJ Court Upholds Affordable Housing Law
by Terri LangfordWNYC
September 26th, 2013
The New Jersey Supreme Court has required that the formula for affordable housing be revised to distribute the requirement evenly among communities. The previous rule used the rate of growth for each community to determine affordable housing requirements, but communities that prohibited growth were able to escape the requirement.

Fannie Mae Breaks Its Word
by Thomas MacMillanNew Haven Independent
September 26th, 2013
Fannie Mae is violating rules it put in place several years ago to allow tenants in foreclosed properties to remain in their units until the units are sold. A New Haven CT tenant is fighting Fannie Mae to remain in her unit.

Oakland Rent Laws to be Debated
by Adelyn BaxterEast Bay Express
September 25th, 2013
The Oakland City Council is discussing limits on the ability of landlords to pass through some financing and capital improvement costs to rent-controlled tenants.

San Francisco Family Remains in Home on Ellis Act Eviction Day
by Jessica KwongSan Francisco Examiner
September 25th, 2013
An elderly couple and their disabled adult daughter have received a temporary reprieve after supporters surrounded their apartment building and the Sheriff failed to carry out the eviction. The family is being evicted under the state Ellis Act, which allows landlords to remove units "permanently" from the rental market. Permanently is five years.

Houston Not So Affordable After All
Houston Chronicle
September 23rd, 2013
Houston TX is only affordable if you live in the suburbs outside the city. A Rice University study found that affordable housing was in the Metropolitan Area, rather than Houston itself.

Ellis Act Evictions Changing Landscape of San Francisco Housing
by Jessica KwongSan Francisco Examiner
September 23rd, 2013
Ellis Act evictions are forcing long-term tenants from their apartments in San Francisco. Landlords are then converting their buildings to tenants-in-common (TIC).

Effort to Revive Oakland's Stalled Project to Sell Affordable Homes
by Tanya DennisOakland Post
September 22nd, 2013
The Oakland Community Land Trust's project to buy foreclosed properties and re-sell them as affordable housing has stalled. One reason is the demise of the Oakland Redevelopment Agency, which aided the project in finding qualified buyers.

Bill Would Deregulate Tenants' Property Rights
by Madeleine BehrThe Badger Herald
September 19th, 2013
Tenants in Wisconsin are losing rights, as the Republicans in the State Legislature have passed laws that allow landlords to throw out a tenant's property, and require that tenants pay to eradicate pests, whether or not the tenant is responsible for the infestation. The legislation also prohibits local communities from enacting tenant protections.

In New York, Having a Job May Not Mean Having a Home
by Mireya NavarroNew York Times
September 19th, 2013
Lower-income New Yorkers may have a job, or even more than one job, and still not be able to afford housing. This is true in many of the expensive cities in the US as well.

Controversy Over Lambeth's Short-Life Tenants Continues as One Resident Escapes Eviction
SW Londoner
September 19th, 2013
One disabled tenant has has her eviction from the property where she has lived for 14 years stopped. "Short-life" tenants have often lived in their homes for decades, and have put substantial sums into maintaining their units.

Fifty Thousand People Are Now Facing Eviction After Bedroom Tax
by Emily DuganThe Independent
September 19th, 2013
Fifty thousand low-income Britons face potential eviction after the imposition of a "bedroom tax" for tenants in social housing. Many of the "extra" bedrooms are used by carers for disabled tenants or for opposite-sex children.

Thousands of Affordable Homes Axed
by Mathiason, Fitzgibbon & TurnerThe Bureau Ivestigates
September 18th, 2013
Housing developers in Britain are not meeting the requirements for affordable housing in their projects. Some are reneging on prior commitments to include affordable housing in their developments.

Foreclosure Settlement Rehabs Louisville 'Pocket Slum'
by Jere DownsCourier-Journal
September 17th, 2013
Kentucky is using $20 million of its settlement with the major banks for affordable housing. One project will rehabilitate 65 apartments in Louisville.

Developer Hopes to Evade San Carlos Affordable Housing Rules
by Max A. ChernySan Francisco Examiner
September 16th, 2013
A developer in San Carlos is seeking to avoid having to include affordable housing in a transit-oriented development there. SamTrans, the local transit agency owns the property.

With Fewer Foreclosed Homes to Buy, Investors Move to Standard Sales
by Alejandro LazoLos Angeles Times
September 13th, 2013
Real estate investors are turning to standard sales as foreclosure sales become a smaller share of the market.

Sequester Forces Serious Cuts in Section 8 Housing Program
by Sam SpokonyThe Villager
September 12th, 2013
Section 8 tenants in New York City are being asked to pay more for rent or move to smaller apartments, as the sequester has cut the City's housing subsidies. Some politicians have asked that the City's Department of Housing Preservation and Development make cuts that preserve the tenants' housing subsidies.

Appellate Court Clears Hoboken Rent Control Referendum for November Election
by Charles HackThe Jersey Journal
September 12th, 2013
An appellate court has allowed a landlord group in Hoboken a second chance at an initiative that would end rent control for smaller properties there.

Landlord May Hold Open Houses Over Tenant's Objections
by Mark D. HudakJDSupra Law News
September 11th, 2013
An appellate court in California has ruled that landlords may hold open houses on weekends, even though state law requires that entry into a tenant's unit be during normal business hours.

Christie Veto Sets Back Woodbridge Seniors' Campaign for Rent Control
by Sergio BichaoMyCentralNewJersey
September 11th, 2013
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has vetoed legislation that would have clarified the rights of tenants in senior housing projects to be protected by rent control. Legislators argued that exemptions for newly-constructed rental housing were never meant to apply to senior housing.

California City Backs Plan to Seize Negative Equity Mortgages
by Jim ChristieReuters
September 11th, 2013
Richmond CA may become the first city in the nation to acquire underwater mortgages by eminent domain. The mortgages would be refinanced at market value, enabling the homeowners to remain in their homes.

REITs for Homes Aren't Luring Stock Investors
by Kathleen PenderSan Francisco Chronicle
September 7th, 2013
The single-family home real estate investment trusts (REIT) are not popular with investors in REITs, which are usually made up of apartment buildings and commercial properties.

Subsidized Housing Voucher Renters Cope with Foreclosures
by Angela Caputo and Natalie MooreChicago Reporter-WBEZ
September 6th, 2013
Section 8 tenants in Chicago are being forced from properties when landlords allow their properties to go into foreclosure. Landlords frequently stop maintaining the properties long before the lender takes back the property.

Sacramento City Council Mulls Changes to Low-Income Housing Ordinance
by Ryan LillisSacramento Bee
September 4th, 2013
The Sacramento City Council is planning changes to the inclusionary zoning ordinance that would enable developers to pay a small fee in lieu of building affordable housing as part of their projects. Half of Sacramento tenants pay more than 30% of their income for rent, and a fifth pay more than half of their gross income for rent.

Are Yee's Anti-Tenant Votes About Courting Contributions from Landlords?
by Steven T. JonesSan Francisco Bay Guardian
September 4th, 2013
State Senator Leland Yee, who is running for Secretary of State, voted against restoring the right of local communities to require affordable housing as part of new housing developments. He also opposed legislation that protected tenants' security deposits.

Toni Atkins Bill to Restore Local Control Over Affordable Housing Sent to Governor
San Diego Gay and Lesbian News
September 4th, 2013
AB 1229, which allows California cities to require affordable housing construction, passed the State Senate. The bill now goes to the Governor.

Huge Victory for Affordable Rental Housing
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
September 4th, 2013
AB 1229 passed the State Senate, and will now be sent to the Governor. The bill overturned a Supreme Court decision that jeopardized inclusionary housing requirements in many California cities. Dean Preston, the author of the article, is Executive Director of Tenants Together.

Sequester Sends San Jose, CA, Rents Through the Roof
by Henry MillsteinPeople's World
September 3rd, 2013
Section 8 tenants in San Jose face large rent increases, as the sequester cuts the funds available for housing subsidies. San Jose is one of the most expensive rental markets in the country.

SRO Tenants Defeat AT&T, Save LifeLine Phone Program
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
September 3rd, 2013
A coalition of community groups, including the Coalition for Economic Survival (CES), the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and TURN, stopped an attempt by AT&T to end the LifeLine program, which provides discounted phone service to low-income consumers.

Ordinance That Evicts Tenants for Seeking Police Aid is Putting Abused Women Out on the Street
by Anna Stolley PerskyABA Journal
September 1st, 2013
The ACLU has filed suit to overturn a local ordinance that requires landlords to evict "nuisance" tenants. Such ordinances prevent women who are crime victims from seeking police help, as their landlords may be required to evict them.

Second Vacate Notice at Fresno Motel Draws Tenants' Ire
by Carmen GeorgeFresno Bee
August 29th, 2013
Tenants at the Fresno Inn have received new eviction notices, threatening them with illegal utility shut-offs after September 1. Tenants Together is working with the tenants and other local groups to protect the tenants' rights.

Family Can Stay for Now
by Cherie HowieThe New Zealand Herald
August 25th, 2013
A New Zealand family will not be forced from the public housing unit rented by their family, while the housing authority finds them appropriate housing. The death of the tenant's father three weeks ago caused the crisis.

American Homes 4 Rent Said to Fire Employees After Loss
by John Gittelsohn and Heather PerlbergBloomberg
August 23rd, 2013
American Homes 4 Rent, one of the investor groups that purchased large numbers of foreclosed houses after the bubble collapsed, has laid off employees in the wake of a quarterly loss by the company.

Foreclosure Rescue Scams Still Common, Warn Housing Counselors
by Anna ChalletNew American Media
August 22nd, 2013
Housing advocates warn that foreclosure scams are still common in California. Leah Simon-Weisberg, legal director of Tenants Together, participated in the program.

Quinn Signs Law to Help Illinois Renters Fight Foreclosure
WIFR
August 21st, 2013
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has signed legislation to protect tenants in foreclosed properties. The law provides many of the same protections afforded by the federal Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act (PTFA), which expires at the end of 2014. The Chicago City Council enacted additional protections in June.

Attorney General Sues Local Landlord
by Jenny SuraneThe Daily Tar Heel
August 21st, 2013
A North Carolina landlord is being sued for illegally withholding tenant security deposits there. The landlord rents mainly to students, who are particular victims of security deposit theft.

Lakeport City Council Orders Report on Senior Mobile Home Park Rent Control Initiative
by Elizabeth LarsonLake County News
August 21st, 2013
The Lakeport City Council has ordered that city staff study the potential impact of a mobile home rent control initiative sponsored by Save Our Seniors (SOS). A report is expected at the end of September.

Fresno Inn tenants upset over short-notice eviction
by Tim SheehanFresno Bee
August 21st, 2013
Front page article about tenants in Fresno protesting illegal eviction notices.

Victims' Dilemma: 911 Calls Can Bring Eviction
by Erik EckholmNew York Times
August 16th, 2013
Tenants who call 911 can face eviction under local "zero tolerance" policies, even when they are the victims of crime. Women who are victims of domestic violence often face the choice of putting up with battering or being evicted from their homes.

SRO Tenants Build Stronger Neighborhoods
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
August 12th, 2013
Randy Shaw argues that SRO tenants work to improve their neighborhoods, but that they receive little help from local agencies to keep their neighborhoods free of activities like drug dealing.

Tenants Struggle with Apartment's Retrofit
by Elkene IkemeAlameda Sun
August 9th, 2013
Tenants of the Marina View Towers are still waiting for the return of their security deposits, even though the landlord promised to return them within five days after the tenants vacated their apartments.

Get Out! People Living at the Fresno Inn Given Eviction Notice
by Erika CervantesKMPH News
August 9th, 2013
The residents of the Fresno Inn have been given 3-days' notices to move so that the landlord can sell the property for the high-speed rail line. An earlier 60-days' notice had been rescinded.

El Monte Moves Forward with Mobile-Home Rent Control Ordinance
by Claudia S. PalmaSan Gabriel Valley Tribune
August 8th, 2013
The El Monte City Council is moving forward with a rent control ordinance that would stabilize rents for mobile-home dwellers. One of the local parks charges nearly $2,000 a month for a mobile-home space.

U.S. Warns Against Eminent-Domain Mortgage Seizures
by Alejandro LazoLos Angeles Times
August 8th, 2013
The Federal Housing Finance Agency has threatened to stop mortgage lending in cities that take underwater mortgages by eminent domain. This follows the filing of a lawsuit by the Wall Street banks and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to prohibit the use of eminent domain by the City of Richmond in the Bay Area.

Congress Misses an Opportunity to Reverse Sequester Cuts to Housing
by Greg KaufmanThe Nation
August 7th, 2013
The Senate failed to pass legislation that would have limited the sequester cuts to affordable housing programs. One hundred forty thousand families may lose their subsidies if the cuts are not reversed.

Echo Village Tenants, Fighting Eviction, Want to Remain in Diverse Complex
by Diane LedermanThe Republican
August 1st, 2013
Tenants with Section 8 vouchers are being forced from a housing complex in Amherst MA, because the new landlord wants to raise rents above the limit that the Department of Housing and Urban Development has set as the "fair market rent" for the city.

Wall Street Firms Become Landlords in Buy-to-Rent Industry
by Alejandro Lazo and Andrew TangleLos Angeles Times
July 31st, 2013
Blackstone is planning to securitize its rental housing income streams into bonds and sell the bonds to investors. Deutsche Bank would package and sell the securities.

Why the Push to Abolish Rent Regulation is Stupid and Irresponsible
by Steven WishniaThe Gothamist
July 31st, 2013
New York City's rent stabilization laws protect lower income tenants, and provide much of what affordable housing exists there. Tenants in rent-stabilized units are also protected against unfair eviction.

Richmond's Pioneering Eminent-Domain Threat
by Carolyn SaidSan Francisco Chronicle
July 31st, 2013
Richmond is investigating the possibility of taking "underwater" properties by eminent domain, refinancing them at current market value, and returning them to the homeowners.

Following Housing Bubble, a Foreclosed-Upon Condo Will Become Affordable Housing in North Charleston
by David SladeThe Post and Courier
July 29th, 2013
Wells Fargo has donated a foreclosed condominium to a local affordable housing group. The bank has donated several properties to the group.

West Sacramento Affordable Housing Complex Bought for $3.6 Million
by Ben van der MeerSacramento Business Journal
July 26th, 2013
A West Sacramento affordable housing complex has been sold. The buyer intends to maintain the complex as affordable housing, as the tax credits for doing so will last for many years.

Rent Control Measure for Senior Mobile Home Parks in Lakeport Qualifies for 2014 Ballot
by Elizabeth LarsonLake County News
July 26th, 2013
A local group, Save Our Seniors (SOS) has turned in enough signatures to qualify a mobile home rent control measure for the ballot in 2014.

Senior Rent Initiative Qualifies for 2014 Lakeport Ballot
by Rich MellottLake County Record-Bee
July 24th, 2013
An initiative has qualified for the ballot in Lakeport. It would limit rent increases at mobile home parks there. A separate initiative is being circulated for Lake County.

Investing in Housing Going from Tactical Investment to Strategic?
by Arleen JacobiusPensions and Investments
July 22nd, 2013
Some of the hedge funds that have been investing in foreclosed properties are seeking to convert these to long-term investments, securitizing both the properties and the rental income streams.

Village Trailer Park Finally Meets Its End
by Parimal M. RohitSanta Monica Mirror
July 22nd, 2013
The Santa Monica Rent Control Board agreed to allow the elimination of the Village Trailer Park, in exchange for 109 rent-controlled units in the development proposed for the site. The developer threatened a lawsuit if the proposal was not approved.

OccupyHomes Rallies Around Homeowners Facing Foreclosure
by Claire GlassTruthout
July 20th, 2013
OccupyHomes have established an Eviction Free Zone (EFZ) in Minneapolis, and are engaging in civil disobedience to protect homeowners from eviction.

Tenants Evicted Due to Buildings' Sale
by Elkene IkemeAlameda Sun
July 19th, 2013
Tenants in an Alameda County apartment building are being evicted for seismic improvements to the property. Some tenants claim that the tenants are being evicted to enable the landlord to convert the property to condominiums which, if true, would require a longer notice period.

Is It Time to Bring Back the Boarding House?
by Emily BadgerThe Atlantic
July 18th, 2013
The author suggests that it might be time to bring back housing options, like single-room occupancy residential hotels and boarding houses, that existed at the turn of the 20th century.

Santa Monica's City Attorney's Office Addresses Tenant Harassment at 3111 Fourth Street
by Brenton GarenSanta Monica Mirror
July 18th, 2013
Rent-controlled tenants in a Santa Monica building have won a settlement that will limit harassment by the new owners of the property.

Tenants in Soon-to-be-Foreclosed Properties Wonder About Their Fate
by Jo C. GoodeHerald-News
July 17th, 2013
Tenants in a boarding house in Fall River MA face eviction after the City found numerous code violations. But the City has done little to find the tenants alternative housing. In addition to not maintaining the property, the landlord engaged in unfair business practices, including taking the tenants' debit cards and PIN numbers, in order to take money from their accounts.

Squeezed by the Foreclosure Crisis and Booming Silicon Valley Real Estate, East Palo Alto Confronts Gentrification
by Alexei KoseffPeninisula Press
July 16th, 2013
Landlords in East Palo Alto are once again trying to eliminate East Palo Alto's relatively affordable housing, converting their properties to high-end rentals.

There's Something Rotten in Sacramento
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
July 16th, 2013
California's Democratic legislators have succumbed to the lure of corporate and landlord money, and have represented those interests, rather than the low-income populations who elected them. At least one of them, State Senator Rob Wright, is being prosecuted for lying--he allegedly doesn't live in the district he represents.

Black Gold, Red Checkbooks
by Nathaniel MillerOdessa American
July 14th, 2013
Tenants in Odessa, Texas, are petitioning for rent control, as the region's oil boom has increased rents substantially. Rents in Odessa are now equivalent to those in Austin, the most expensive market in Texas.

A Nearly Hidden Horror of the Sequester
by Carl BloicePortside
July 11th, 2013
The sequester will have a major impact on tenants with housing subsidies. Some people will lose their subsidies altogether, while others will have to pay more for housing.

France to Guarantee Rent
Fly2Let
July 10th, 2013
The government of France will implement a new scheme to insure that landlords there receive rental payments, at the same time capping rents at 20% above the median rent for the community. More than a quarter of Paris tenants will eventually receive rent reductions.

Slum Housing Still a Health Problem
by Chris RichardCalifornia Health Report
July 1st, 2013
Los Angeles health activists are asking building inspectors there to focus on allergens such as black mold and cockroach excrement, which can exacerbate asthma in children. Children who live in low-income neighborhoods are particularly susceptible to asthma.

Sequester Means Cuts to Local Housing for Poor
by Dan HornCincinnati.com
June 25th, 2013
One thousand tenants in subsidized housing may lose their homes as a result of the sequester cuts. The article also notes that 100,000 families nationwide may lose their housing if the sequester cuts are not reversed.

Sequester Means Higher Rents for Those Getting Housing Assistance
by Jayme FraserHouston Chronicle
June 22nd, 2013
Houston tenants will face higher rents as a result of the federal government sequester.

S.F.'s 'Landlords From Hell' Get Four Years in Prison for Shocking Treatment of Tenants
by Mike AldaxSan Francisco Examiner
June 19th, 2013
Two San Francisco landlords have agreed to four-year prison terms for taking extreme measures to oust their tenants from their property. The landlords, for instance, tried to cut a hole through one tenant's floor and cut out the ceiling beams in another tenant's unit, attempting to destabilize the entire building.

'Landlords From Hell' Accept Prison Terms for Terrorizing Tenants
by Lee RomneyLos Angeles Times
June 19th, 2013
Two landlords who terrorized their tenants for several years, and then fled to Italy, have agreed to four-year prison terms. They must also pay restitution to their former tenants.

Meet the Nation's Toughest New Foreclosure Protection Law
by Emily BadgerThe Atlantic
June 19th, 2013
Lynn MA has enacted legislation that requires banks to maintain foreclosed properties, and allows both former homeowners and former tenants to remain in the property after the foreclosure sale.

G8 Urged to Fight African Land Grabs
by Anita PowellVoice of America
June 18th, 2013
Multinational corporations are buying up land in African countries and, in some cases, evicting entire village communities.

Parties Foreclosing on Chicago Rentals Face New Obligations
by Megan HopkinsHousing Wire
June 18th, 2013
Foreclosing lenders in Chicago must either continue to rent to sitting tenants or pay them relocation fees of $10,600.

Santa Monica Raises Registration Fee, Says Landlords Have to Pay
by Jason IslasSanta Monica Lookout
June 17th, 2013
Landlords will have to pay $1.58 of the $14.58 per month registration fee charged by the Santa Monica Rent Board. The original proposal would have required landlords to pay half the fee.

Signature Gathering Continues for Lakeport, County Rent Control Measures
by Elizabeth LarsonLake County News
June 13th, 2013
Seniors in Lakeport and Lake County are circulating petitions to enact rent control legislation for mobile home parks there.

SF Approves Condo Conversion Deal Despite Objections
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
June 12th, 2013
Compromise legislation was passed to allow some TIC owners to convert their units to condominium.

Supervisors Approve Condo Legislation with Veto-Proof Majority
by Steven T. JonesSan Francisco Bay Guardian
June 11th, 2013
Eight members of the Board of Supervisors voted to allows some TIC owners to convert their units to condominiums, but will shut down the conversion lottery until 2024.

Berkeley Housing Authority Cuts Vouchers Due to Sequester
by Mary ZhouDaily Californian
June 10th, 2013
Some tenants are losing their Section 8 housing vouchers, while applicants for the vouchers are being turned away, as a result of the sequester cuts in federal programs. The sequester is affecting many federal programs that provide services to low-income families and seniors.

Germany's Merkel Snatches Rent Control From Rival Before Election
by Erik KirschbaumReuters
June 10th, 2013
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is advocating vacancy control in rental properties, limiting the rent increases on vacated properties to 10% above what the previous tenants paid. She admits that she stole the policy from the Social Democrats in advance of the election there.

Wells Fargo Settles Complaint on Foreclosed Homes
by Danielle DouglasWashington Post
June 6th, 2013
Wells Fargo has agreed to pay $42 million to settle claims that the bank failed to maintain their foreclosed properties in minority communities, while taking better care of foreclosed properties in majority white communities.

City Council Adopts Rules to Protect Renters in Foreclosures
by Mary Ellen PodmolikChicago Tribune
June 5th, 2013
The Chicago City Council has passed legislation that would require foreclosing lenders to either provide tenants residing at the property a new lease or, alternatively, pay their relocation expenses.

Renewing California's Labor-Tenant Alliance
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
June 5th, 2013
Randy Shaw writes that unions bankrolling Democrats in the State Legislature no longer require that tenants rights issues be part of the progressive platform.

California's Democratic Legislative Majority Betrays Tenants
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
June 4th, 2013
Tenants Together Executive Director Dean Preston reports on the failure of Democrats in the State Legislature to support protection of tenants' security deposits.

Security Deposit Rules in Leno Legislation
by Carolyn SaidSan Francisco Chronicle
May 23rd, 2013
State Senator Mark Leno has proposed legislation that would provide greater protections for tenants seeking the return of their security deposits. Landlords would be required to pay interest on deposits, and would face mandatory damages if they were found to have withheld security deposits wrongfully. TT Executive Director Dean Preston is quoted in the article.

Security Deposits Stir Up Disputes Between Landlords, Tenants
by Carolyn SaidSan Francisco Chronicle
May 23rd, 2013
Tenants in California often lose their security deposits simply because landlords don't return them as required by law. A new law would require that landlords pay interest on deposits, and provide mandatory damages for landlords who illegally withhold deposits.

Rent Control Needed in Oil-Impacted Areas
Sidney Herald
May 21st, 2013
Rent control has become an issue in Montana, where the oil boom has led to rent increases that are forcing out longtime residents.

Englewood Renters Left Without Electricity, Gas Due to Foreclosure
by Ashlee RezinProgress Illinois
May 17th, 2013
Tenants in a foreclosed Illinois property are living without utilities, and have been forced to spend their own funds to make emergency repairs.

How Foreclosure Undermined Black and Brown Wealth
by Imara JonesColorlines
May 16th, 2013
A new Alliance for Justice report details the disproportionate effect of foreclosures on minority communities.

Housing Group Praises Eric Garcetti, Criticizes Wendy Greuel
by Dakota SmithLos Angeles Daily News
May 16th, 2013
Tenant advocates in Los Angeles are supporting Eric Garcetti over Wendy Greuel in the Mayoral election there. Greuel has received substantial support from landlord and developer groups.

Why Rent Control Works
by Tim RedmondSan Francisco Bay Guardian
May 13th, 2013
Rent control maintains diverse and healthy communities, and protects tenants from real estate speculation.

Bill Makes Landlords Tell Tenants of Foreclosures
Business Week
May 9th, 2013
The Arizona Legislature has passed a bill requiring that landlords tell tenants if their rental is going into foreclosure. The bill now goes to the Governor.

Initiative Efforts Seek Rent Control for Senior Mobile Home Parks in County, City of Lakeport
by Elizabeth LarsonLake County News
May 9th, 2013
Mobile home tenants in Lake County are proposing legislation that would establish rent control for mobile home parks in Lakeport, and in Lake County.

Santa Monica Rent Control Board to Talk Fee Increase
by Jason IslasSanta Monica Lookout
May 6th, 2013
The Santa Monica Rent Board is considering an increase in the unit fees for rent-controlled properties. The Board will also consider splitting the cost between landlords and tenants. Presently tenants pay the entire fee.

Tenant Ousters Reach 12-Year High as Market Gets Increasingly Tight
by Chris RobertsSan Francisco Examiner
May 5th, 2013
Thousands of tenants have faced eviction in San Francisco in the last year. More than 100 of them were Ellis Act evictions.

New Report Shows Lack of Accountability for Improper Security Deposit Withholding
by Tenants TogetherBeyond Chron
May 3rd, 2013
A new report by Tenants Together finds that a majority of tenants lose some or all of their security deposits improperly. In addition, landlords are seldom held accountable for withholding deposits without cause.

Berkeley Eyes Anti-Tobacco Law in Multi-Unit Housing
by Charles BurressBerkeley Patch
May 3rd, 2013
The Berkeley City Council is considering legislation that would prohibit smoking in all multi-unit housing in the city.

State of the Tenant Movement--Why Do So Many Democrats Vote the Wrong Way?
by Dean PrestonDaily Kos
May 2nd, 2013
Even in states with strong Democratic control of state legislatures, getting legislation to protect tenants' rights passed is very difficult. Many Democrats receive substantial contributions from the real estate industry.

Foreclosed Renter Protections Measure Moves Forward
by Mary Ellen PodmolikChicago Tribune
May 1st, 2013
Legislation to protect tenants in foreclosed properties and keep foreclosed properties occupied passed a committee of the Chicago City Council, but will not be submitted to the full City Council until after June 5.

Mortgage Bankers Slam Proposed Tenant Protections
by Chip MitchellWBEZ 91.5
May 1st, 2013
Mortgage bankers oppose legislation proposed by Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City Council that would provide tenants relocation assistance or a long-term rent-controlled lease after the property is foreclosed.

Crime in Chicago's Vacant Property Soars 48% Since 2005
by Mary Ellen PodmolikChicago Tribune
April 30th, 2013
Supporters of an Chicago ordinance to prevent tenant evictions after foreclosure report that crime has increased in vacant buildings, even as the overall crime rate has fallen.

Urban Green's Eviction of 95-Year-Old SF Tenant Highlights Need for Condo Conversion Moratorium
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
April 29th, 2013
Urban Green is again seeking to evict long-term tenants in order to convert rent-controlled units to TICs. Several of the tenants threatened with eviction are elderly or disabled.

Foreclosure Building Plan Would Offer Tenants $12,000 to Move
by Mary Ellen Podmolik and Hal DardickChicago Tribune
April 25th, 2013
Chicago legislators are considering an ordinance that would require lenders to pay tenants $12,000 if they want tenants to vacate foreclosed properties.

Deutsche Bank Can't Shake L.A.'s Claims Over Foreclosure Blight
by Jessica DyeChicago Tribune
April 24th, 2013
A judge refused to dismiss a suit against Deutsche Bank for failing to maintain properties it has taken in foreclosure. The bank claims that the servicers are responsible for the properties.

Goldman Backs Mullen in Rentals After Subprime Short
by Heather Perlberg and John GittelsohnBloomberg News
April 22nd, 2013
Richard Mullen, who helped Goldman Sachs profit from the collapse of the housing bubble, is investing in foreclosed properties, again backed by Goldman Sachs.

Tenants in Apartment Complex Will Not Have to Move Tuesday
by Kim Eiten1011Now
April 22nd, 2013
Tenants in a foreclosed apartment complex were served with a Writ of Possession, giving them only four days to move. Occupy Lincoln and other community support forced Fannie Mae to delay the evictions.

Santa Monica Rent Board Delays Trailer Park Development
by Jason IslasSanta Monica Lookout
April 15th, 2013
Santa Monica's Rent Board has delayed making a decision that would allow the closure of a trailer park with 99 rent-controlled units. The Board is concerned that the replacement units will not fully compensate for the units lost.

FTC Warns Tenant Blacklisting Websites
Santa Barbara Independent
April 11th, 2013
Five years after Tenants Together complained about the violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the FTC has issued warning letters to several "tenant screening" websites.

New Law Protects Andalusia's Vulnerable From Eviction
Euro News
April 11th, 2013
The regional government of Andalusia has passed new legislation to protect victims of foreclosure from eviction for three years.

City Buckles Down on Landlords
by Marion RenaultMinnesota Daily
April 11th, 2013
The Minneapolis City Council is attempting to craft and ordinance that would force landlords to maintain their properties without revoking the landlords' licenses. Revoking the license closes down the building and forces tenants to move. Some investors who bought foreclosed properties, in particular, are having problems maintaining their buildings.

Ellis Eviction Notice Served on 97-Year-Old Woman as Speculators Seek Weaker Condo Law
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
April 11th, 2013
A 97-year-old tenant is in danger of losing her home, as Urban Green Investments seeks to convert the building she lives in to TIC ownership.

Tioga Apartment Tenants Dispute Eviction Amid Embezzlement Accusations
KSEE 24
April 10th, 2013
Tenants at the Tioga Apartments in Merced are disputing their "pay or quit" notices, stating that they have receipts showing that they paid the rent. Merced police are investigating possible embezzlement by an employee of the building management company. Tenants Together is assisting the tenants.

Tioga Apartment Residents Told to Pay Up or Get Out
by Joshua Emerson SmithMerced Sun-Star
April 9th, 2013
Tenants in a Merced apartment building are being served with "pay or quit" notices demanding payment of rent they don't owe. The problem may be that one of the building's managers was allegedly embezzling funds from the management company.

Controlled Rents in Santa Monica Highest in 14 Years, Report Says
by Jason IslasSanta Monica Lookout
April 8th, 2013
Santa Monica rents have climbed to $3,000 a month, as vacancy decontrol allows landlords to increase rents when tenants move. Rents have risen much more quickly than the rate of inflation.

Critics Question Investment Fund's Sacramento Rental Venture
by Hudson Sangree and Phillip ReeseSacramento Bee
April 8th, 2013
Critics are concerned that Blackstone, one of the large investment groups in the US, in Sacramento's single-family rental market will have negative consequences for the housing market there. TT Executive Director is interviewed for the article.

New Protection From Foreclosure for California Tenants
by Cathy MoranConsumer Ledger
April 6th, 2013
California tenants have new rights when their landlords face foreclosure.

Investor Frenzy Over Housing Has Peaked
by Nin-Hai TsengFortune
April 5th, 2013
Large investors--hedge funds and the like--are no longer buying foreclosed houses as rentals, as prices have risen for foreclosed properties. Small investors are still in the market, however.

Single-Family Rents are Dropping in Investor-Dominated Markets
Banker and Tradesman
April 5th, 2013
Some investor-dominated markets, including San Diego and Riverside in California, are seeing reduced rents for single-family rentals. Investors purchased a large number of homes after the bubble collapsed, and dominate the market in some areas.

San Francisco Should Allow Rent Control for Converted Condos, Report Says
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
April 3rd, 2013
The City Controller has issued a report saying that TIC units that are converted to condominium should be subject to rent control if they are rented out.

State Appeals Court Tapped to Reverse Courtroom Closures, Citing Need for Greater Access to Eviction Courts
by Christina VillacortePasadena Star-News
April 2nd, 2013
Community groups and legal services' organizations are suing to stop the consolidation of eviction courts to five courthouses in Los Angeles County. The litigants argue that this would make it impossible for many tenants to defend themselves in court.

San Francisco Aiming to Ease Rent-Hike Jolts from Seismic Upgrades
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
April 2nd, 2013
Rent-controlled tenants in San Francisco will be forced to pay the entire cost of seismic upgrades for their buildings, but will be able to apply for hardship exemptions.

Ordinance Could Pit Renters Against Homebuyers
by Thomas K. PendergastSF Bay
April 1st, 2013
A proposed San Francisco ordinance would allow TIC (tenants-in-common) owners to convert their units to condominiums and permanently remove them from rent control protections.

Zoning Restrictions Also a Key Factor in Foreclosure Crisis, Scholar Says
by Dusty RhodesPhys.Org
March 29th, 2013
Authors of a new study on foreclosures argues that building large, single-family homes contributed to the foreclosure crisis in many communities, as people did not have other housing alternatives. Sacramento CA was one of the cities studied.

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Announces $1 Million Grant to Benefit CA Homeowners
by Attorney General Kamala D. Harrishttp://oag.ca.gov/news/press-releases/attorney-general-kamala-d-harris-announces-1-million-grant-benefit-california
March 28th, 2013
TT is part of statewide collaborative to implement new tenant and homeowner protections.

Whose Housing Recovery?
by Darwin BondgrahamDollars and Sense
March 28th, 2013
Investors are purchasing thousands of houses across the country, and this may not be good for the housing market in the long run.

Section 8 Tenants May Be Forced to Leave Troubled 1380 University Ave. in Highbridge Due to Illegal Apartment Conversions
by Kerry WillsNew York Daily News
March 25th, 2013
A landlord facing foreclosure had installed illegal partitions to increase the number of rooms in his units. Section 8 tenants who live at the property may be forced to move because the units are, in fact, too small for their families. The Housing Authority there failed to inspect the units before allowing tenants to move in.

Federal Sequester Hits Home for Many of L.A.'s Poor
by Christina VillacorteLos Angeles Daily News
March 21st, 2013
The federal sequester cuts will have a major impact on subsidized housing tenants in Los Angeles. Tenants may be forced out of the program, and many will become homeless.

Tenants Say Earthquake Retrofit Law Could Circumvent Rent Control
by Noah ArroyoSan Francisco Public Press
March 20th, 2013
Proposed earthquake retrofit legislation would allow landlords to pass through the entire cost of the remedial work to tenants, even though landlords would reap the greatest benefit.

Tenants, Buyers of Foreclosed Units Tangle Over Rents
by Jenifer B. McKimBoston Globe
March 20th, 2013
Boston investors have purchased foreclosed properties at bargain-basement prices and are seeking to increase rents on existing tenants at the properties.

Irish Foreclosure Wave Risks Housing Recovery
by Joe BrennanBusiness Week
March 19th, 2013
Irish bankers are foreclosing on buy-to-let investors there at a faster rate. One problem with foreclosure and eviction in Ireland is the cultural taboo resulting from the forced evictions during the Irish Famine of the 1840s.

San Francisco Tenant Advocates Worry About Costs of Quake-Safety Upgrades
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
March 18th, 2013
Landlords are attempting to pass through the cost of quake-safety retrofits, even though the upgrades primarily increase the value of the properties.

Housing Investors Buy in Bulk, Aim to Profit in Hard-Hit Areas
by Alejandro LazoLos Angeles Times
March 16th, 2013
Housing investors are buying up single-family homes and renting them out. Many of the investor groups are funded by the same banks that helped inflate the housing bubble.

Threat of Foreclosure on California Homes Disproportionately Affects Minorities
by Doris NhanNational Journal
March 15th, 2013
A new report finds that minority borrowers were more likely to receive dangerous mortgages issued by Wells Fargo. A link to the report is contained in the source article.

Poor & Disabled Fight LA Court Closures
by Matt ReynoldsCourthouse News Service
March 15th, 2013
A number of community and legal service groups are suing the Los Angeles Superior Court to stop the closure of courthouses in various Los Angeles cities, as this will make it difficult for low-income, elderly and disabled tenants to file and defend against court actions.

Thirteen Arrested in Anti-Foreclosure Protest at Wells Fargo
by Ed FelienTwin Cities Daily Planet
March 14th, 2013
Demonstrators protested foreclosures in Minneapolis neighborhoods by Wells Fargo Mortgage. The foreclosures have left houses unoccupied, and some have been taken over by drug dealers

Superior Court Facing Lawsuit Over Courtroom Closures
by Christina VillacortePasadena Star-News
March 13th, 2013
Legal advocates are suing Los Angeles Superior Court over its decision to move eviction cases to one of only five courthouses in the county. The advocates argue that low-income, disabled, and elderly tenants would not be able to travel to those courthouses from other areas of the county, thus preventing them from defending themselves.

R.I. Pols to Talk Tenants' Rights Bill
by Michael GagneThe Herald News
March 11th, 2013
Rhode Island politicians are discussing a "just cause" eviction bill for tenants in foreclosed properties there. Last year a similar bill passed the Rhode Island House of Representatives, but failed in the State Senate.

Minneapolis Woman Moves into Vacant, Foreclosed Home
KARE 11
March 9th, 2013
With the support of local activists, a homeless Minneapolis woman has moved into a vacant, foreclosed home there. The community groups are hoping that this will encourage the re-use of foreclosed properties as affordable housing.

Down the Rabbit Hole in a Rental War
by Charanina AlexanderNew York Times
March 8th, 2013
Tenants in a New York apartment building get caught between two "owners" of their building. New York City's Housing Court was able to help them keep their homes.

Minetta Street Tenement to be One-Family Mansion
by Alan KrawitzNew York Press
March 7th, 2013
Preservationists and housing activists in New York City's Greenwich Village are concerned that a mansion conversion there will eliminate affordable housing there.

Union Members Fight Foreclosure Evictions with Sit-downs and Blockades
by Alexandra BradburyAlterNet
March 6th, 2013
Community organizations and unions have been working to stop evictions of homeowners in foreclosed properties.

Fresno Assessor Mailed More Than 2,000 Foreclosure Fact Sheets
by BoNhia LeeFresno Bee
March 6th, 2013
Fresno County is one of only two counties in California where the government warns tenants that the property in which they live may be going into foreclosure. The Fresno Assessor provides information for both homeowners and tenants in distressed properties.

Billionaire Speculators' Greed Makes Life Hard for Renters and Would-Be Homeowners
by Steven RosenfeldAlterNet
March 3rd, 2013
Investors are purchasing foreclosures in bulk, renting them at high rents, and limiting the supply of for-sale properties.

Fargo Couple's Eviction Case Highlight's Lack of Help in Rental Disputes
by Wendy ReuerWDAZ
February 28th, 2013
North Dakota's landlord-tenant laws aren't adequate to deal with many rental disputes, and there is little help for tenants there.

Arkansas' Draconian Criminal Rent Laws
by Bill DeeganRenter Nation
February 28th, 2013
Criminal rent laws in Arkansas have been criticized by Human Rights Watch.

LA County Courts Plan Will Hurt Poor Tenants, Advocates Say
by Hailey Branson-PottsLos Angeles Times
February 28th, 2013
The decision to reduce the number of courts hearing eviction cases will have a detrimental impact on low-income tenants, as they will have to travel long distances to the court hearing their cases. In some cases tenants would have to take public transportation from the San Fernando Valley to Santa Monica for a hearing.

Condo Conversion Bill Could Circumvent Rent Control in San Francisco
by Ben TrefnyKALW Radio
February 25th, 2013
If San Francisco allows the conversion of TICs to condominiums, rent-controlled units could be permanently decontrolled. The full interview is available on KALW's website.

Condomania and the Campaign
by Bill BoyarskyLA Observed
February 23rd, 2013
With the improvement in the housing market, developers are once again trying to convert rental units to condominiums. One factor in encouraging condo conversions is the development of new public transit stations.

Mayor Attempts to Resolve Rent Dispute
by Ekene IkemeAlameda Sun
February 22nd, 2013
Government officials in Alameda are concerned about rent increases for low- and moderate-income tenants in a building there. But there's little they can do, as Alameda has no local rent legislation.

Greuel Trumpets Endorsement by Landlord Group
by Michael Finnegan with Molly MooreLos Angeles Times
February 21st, 2013
Wendy Greuel is highlighting the endorsement of a landlord group in the Mayoral campaign.

Florida Bill Offers More Protection for Renters Who Lease Properties in Foreclosure
by Dick HoganNews-Press
February 21st, 2013
Florida's Legislature is looking at a bill that would provide for criminal penalties for leasing a property in foreclosure. Such a law would be very difficult to enforce, critics argue.

Rent Control Board Considers Hiking Fees
by Jenna ChandlerSanta Monica Patch
February 20th, 2013
Santa Monica's Rent Control Board is planning to increase the fee for unit registration. In Santa Monica the total cost can be passed on to tenants.

A Dose of Truth: San Francisco's TIC Owners Aren't Facing Foreclosure Crisis
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
February 12th, 2013
San Francisco's TIC owners are not in financial straits, and allowing conversion of TICs to condominiums only reduces the supply of controlled rental property there.

Arkansas Law Jails Tenants Who Don't Pay Their Rent
by David FergusonThe Raw Story
February 9th, 2013
Human Rights Watch has condemned the landlord-tenant laws in Arkansas that allow landlords to have tenants jailed if they do not pay their rent or move within 10 days of receiving notice. HRW notes that, in addition to being fundamentally unfair to tenants, landlords frequently abuse the law, in collusion with corrupt public officials.

For Some Landlords, Real Money in the Homeless
by Joseph Berger with Nate SchweberNew York Times
February 8th, 2013
A New York landlord is encouraging his long-term tenants to leave their single-room units to enable him to collect $3,000 a month for housing New York City's homeless. The City pays for these units, rather than construct new low-income housing.

Woman Living with Raw Sewage Given Eviction Notice for Speaking Up
by Devin SanchezNews West 9
February 7th, 2013
A Texas woman has been given a 10-days' notice to vacate by her California landlord after complaining about raw sewage in her back yard. Other tenants are afraid to speak up, fearing that they too would be evicted.

Out of Place
by Rebecca Bowe and Dylan TokarSan Francisco Bay Guardian
February 5th, 2013
Many long-term San Francisco tenants are being driven from their homes by Ellis Act evictions, which allow landlords to then sell their properties as TICs.

Christie Blocks Foreclosed Homes as Affordable Housing
by Joe TyrellNJ Spotlight
January 30th, 2013
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has again vetoed legislation that would enable municipalities to buy foreclosed properties and maintain them as affordable housing. Governor Christie wants to use foreclosure relief monies to plug holes in New Jersey's state budget.

Tenants Removed from Isla Vista Apartment Building in Mass Eviction
The Daily Nexus
January 29th, 2013
Real estate investors from San Clemente are evicting families from an apartment building in Isla Vista, and renting the units to students from UC Santa Barbara. The investors are violating the notice requirements of county and state laws in the conduct of the evictions.

Condo Conversion Legislation on Hold for Now
by Rebecca BoweSan Francisco Bay Guardian
January 28th, 2013
Legislation that would permit the conversion of some 2,000 TIC units to condominiums has been put off to the end of February.

London Breed's Campaign Pledge to be Tested by Weiner/Farrell Attack on Rent Control
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
January 28th, 2013
Newly elected Supervisor London Breed will have to decide whether to protect rent control or vote in the interests of her developer backers for legislation to allow condo conversion of some 2,000 tenants-in-common (TIC) units.

Concord Mobile Home Residents Angered by Rent Increase
by David DeBoltContra Costa Times
January 25th, 2013
Concord mobile home tenants are angered by an Administrative Law Judge's decision that requires tenants to pay a retroactive rent increase. Some tenants have had to take out loans to make the payment.

Will Los Angeles City Council District 13 Candidates Fully Address Hollywood's Affordable Housing Crisis?
by Patrick Range McDonaldLA Weekly
January 25th, 2013
Candidates for the Los Angeles City Council's District 13 have failed to address the affordable housing crisis there.

Local Woman, 99, Fears Sudden Eviction
by Brooke SelfDesert Dispatch
January 24th, 2013
A Newberry Springs woman faces eviction after her landlord, who had a reverse mortgage on the property, died. She is 99 years old, and California's Department of Aging has been unable to find her replacement housing.

TIC Legislation is a Rent Control Issue
by Tommi Avicolli MeccaSan Francisco Bay Guardian
January 22nd, 2013
Proposed legislation would allow some 2,000 TIC (tenants-in-common) units to bypass the City's limits on condominium conversions, and thus be removed from rent control protections.

Malden Residents Rally Against Foreclosure
by Dominic DeSiataGate House News Service
January 19th, 2013
Tenants in Malden MA are working to prevent a former homeowner from being evicted from their home by Fannie Mae. Another unit in the building is occupied by tenants, and the former homeowner is willing to pay rent. This violates Fannie Mae's stated rules, which allow both former homeowners and tenants to remain in the property while it is up for sale. City Life/Vida Urbana is working with the tenant group.

Will Mayoral Candidate Wendy Greuel Turn Back Clock on Slum Housing Prevention?
by Patrick Range McDonaldLA Weekly
January 18th, 2013
Mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel wants to return responsibility for rental housing inspection to the Department of Building and Safety. In 1997 responsibility for such inspections were taken from the Department because of its poor record, and moved the inspection program to the city's Housing Department.

Rent Activists Hit Greuel and Garcetti
by Patrick Range McDonaldLA Weekly
January 17th, 2013
Two candidates for Mayor in Los Angeles have been criticized by tenant activists for their lack of commitment to protect the rights of tenants and affordable housing.

Military Family's Move to South Florida Turns into Housing Nightmare
by Willard ShepardNBC Miami
January 12th, 2013
The family rented a house in South Florida sight unseen, only to discover that the house had serious building code violations, and was in foreclosure.

The Gold Rush in Foreclosed Homes Picks Up Steam as Mad Money Flows Freely
by Matthew GoldsteinReuters
January 10th, 2013
Investor groups are picking up thousands of foreclosed homes to hold as rentals until the for sale market improves.

Despite Settlement, Wells Fargo Still in Housing Activists' Crosshairs
by Rebecca BoweSan Francisco Bay Guardian
January 10th, 2013
San Francisco housing activists aren't willing to let Wells Fargo Bank off the hook for their foreclosure policies, even though the federal government has settled with the bank.

Controversy Oven Rent Control, Renters' Rights
by Jovanka BecklesRichmond Pulse
January 8th, 2013
The Richmond City Council will be looking at the Housing Element of the General Plan, which includes proposals for rent control and "just cause" eviction. Fifty percent of Richmond residents rent their homes.

Foreclosures Hollow Out a Community
by Jasmin LopezHealthyCal
January 6th, 2013
Foreclosures have negative effects on communities, which go far beyond the effects on individual tenants and homeowners.

End to Evictions in Spain? Locksmiths Refuse to Help Oust Owners Amid Austerity Drive
RT
January 4th, 2013
Locksmiths in the Spanish city of Pamplona are refusing to change the locks when homeowners are ousted from their homes after foreclosure.

The Rent is Too Damn High
by Tim RedmondSan Francisco Bay Guardian
January 3rd, 2013
San Francisco rents now average $3,000 a month, far more than most San Franciscans can afford to pay.

GA Counties Sue HSBC Over Bad Home Loans
USA Today
December 24th, 2012
Three Georgia counties are suing HSBC, claiming that the bank discriminated against minority buyers, steering them to risky mortgage products.

Florida Grandmother, Renter Describes Foreclosure Eviction: Emotional Roller Coaster
by Lucia GravesHuffington Post
December 21st, 2012
A Florida grandmother describes the experience of being evicted from a Florida rental in violation of the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act after the rental suffered foreclosure.

Eviction Letters Evoke Criticism of Ex-Congressional Candidate
by Harlan SpectorThe Plain Dealer
December 21st, 2012
Cleveland developer Graham Vesey, who ran against Dennis Kucinich and Marcy Kaptur for Congress in 2012, receiving 2% of the vote, has served eviction notices at one of his properties, demanding that the tenants vacate by January 15.

Facing January Deadline, Liveaboard Boaters Fight Eviction from Redwood City Marina
by Kate AbbottPeninsula Press
December 20th, 2012
Long term tenants are fighting eviction from a Redwood City marina, as the city's planners have approved a luxury housing development that would use the slips for pleasure craft owned by the apartment residents.

Barnstaple Family of Seven Facing Eviction before Christmas
by Will ToppsThis is North Devon
December 20th, 2012
A family in Barnstaple (North Devon, UK) is facing eviction because they complained about conditions at their rental.

Senior and Disability Groups Protest Wells Fargo Evictions, Shutter Accounts
by Christopher CookFog City Journal
December 18th, 2012
Local housing groups protested the eviction of senior and disabled homeowners during the holiday season by Wells Fargo Bank. These homeowners were targeted during the bubble, and encouraged to take on loans that would later explode.

Actress Who Rented Sterling Apartment Wins $17.3 Million in Lawsuit
Wave Wire Services
December 17th, 2012
LA Clippers' owner, Donald Sterling has been ordered to pay a former tenant $17.3 million in general and punitive damages after a fire in her apartment destroyed most of her possessions and left her with post-traumatic stress disorder. Sterling failed to maintain smoke detectors and fire systems in proper working order.

New Report Shows Millions of Renters at Risk of Eviction and Homelessness
by Lucia GravesHuffington Post
December 17th, 2012
A new report concludes that tenants' rights in foreclosed properties are being regularly violated, and that should the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act (PTFA) expire at the end of 2014, many of the country's tenants will be at the mercy of inadequate--or non-existent--state protections.

Rent Relief Not on Governor's Agenda
by Jerry BurnesWilliston Herald
December 13th, 2012
The Governor of North Dakota is refusing to consider rent control for communities in the oil regions of the state, even though many families cannot afford housing there, with the influx of oil workers. However, the state does subsidize housing for state workers, leasing apartments and then subleasing them to those workers at below-market rents.

Crucial Tenant Foreclosure Eviction Protections Won
Coalition for Economic Survival
December 12th, 2012
The Los Angeles City Council extended protections against foreclosure evictions for tenants not covered under the Rent Stabilization Act for to December of 2013. This law protects tenants in single-family properties and multi-unit properties constructed after 1978.

Montgomery County Renters Speak Out Against Rent Gouging, Evictions
by Erin DonaghueWheaton Patch
December 11th, 2012
Tenants in Montgomery County are speaking out against the policies of Equity Residential, a national residential property company.

After Twenty Years, San Francisco's Prop H Has Saved Tenants Billions
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
December 10th, 2012
San Francisco's Proposition H, passed in 1992, eliminated the 4% annual rent increase for controlled units, and provided for a yearly rent increase more in line with inflation.

The Housing Market is Not Only for Homeowners
by David M. AbromowitzCenter for American Progress
December 10th, 2012
The Center for American Progress looks at the current rental housing crisis and makes proposals for development of affordable rental housing.

Spaniards Hope for Eviction Reprieve Amid Crisis
by Alan ClendenningAssociated Press
December 10th, 2012
Spaniards are still protesting eviction of foreclosed homeowners, and demanding that the government there reform the foreclosure process.

Bill Would Turn Abandoned Homes Into Affordable Housing, but Will Christie Sign?
by Hank KaletNew Jersey Spotlight
December 7th, 2012
The New Jersey Legislature has again passed legislation that would allow municipalities there to turn foreclosed properties into affordable housing.

Supporters of El Monte's Mobilehome Park Measure Prove Successful in Final Ballot Count
by Maritza VelazquezSan Gabriel Valley Tribune
December 4th, 2012
Measure F, which repealed a previous initiative that prohibited the expenditure of city funds to study rental rates there, passed by 71 votes.

Women Fighting for Rights of Renters
by Kevin ParrishThe Record
December 2nd, 2012
A mother and daughter team have founded an organization to organize low-income tenants in Stockton to demand that landlords make repairs to rental units there.

Hunter's Point Tenants Shocked by New "House Rules" for Housing Complex
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
November 30th, 2012
Tenants at a new public housing complex in San Francisco are complaining that the house rules there are insulting and demeaning to residents. The 31-page document, for instance, includes requirements for such things as bathing.

St. Helena Sued Over Affordable Housing
by Jesse DuarteNapa Valley Register
November 28th, 2012
Two local groups are suing the town of St. Helena for failing to provide affordable housing for the service-sector workers who live and work there. They are also suing the town for its complicity in allowing substandard housing there.

A Young Woman Tells Her Story of Housing Insecurity
by Marilynn MontanoVoice of OC
November 27th, 2012
Housing insecurity, including frequent moves, difficult living situations and exploitation by landlords, is common among low-income households in California.

Marina to Decide on Fees Related to Mobile Home Rent Control
by Larry ParsonsMonterey County Herald
November 23rd, 2012
The Marina City Council will discuss the imposition of fees on mobile home park tenants to cover administrative costs related to the enforcement of rent control laws there.

Housing May Topple, Rise
by Tony BizjakSacramento Bee
November 19th, 2012
The Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA) is proposing to tear down 751 units of public housing, to be replaced with a mixed-income development. SHRA claims that all of the demolished units will be replaced in the new development.

San Francisco to Track Bedbugs' Trails
by Katharine MieszkowskiThe Bay Citizen
November 13th, 2012
A San Francisco ordinance requires that exterminators report bedbug infestations they treat to the Department of Public Health. Landlords will also be required to disclose bedbug infestations in their units, but only if tenants ask for the information.

Spanish Banks Halt Evictions for 2 Years
Associated Press
November 12th, 2012
Government leaders in Spain have agreed to suspend eviction of foreclosed homeowners there after two people committed suicide just before they were evicted.

Development of Transit Villages Raises Questions About Air Quality
by Ted TrautmanHealthyCal.org
November 8th, 2012
Planned transit villages located near BART stations in the Bay Area are also located near freeways. Locating housing there increases the chances of pollution-related illnesses.

Santa Monicans for Renters Rights Sweeps Elections
by Jason IslasSanta Monica Lookout
November 7th, 2012
Rent control advocates won the election in Santa Monica.

Renovation Forces Tenants to Move
by Lois PearlmanArgus-Courier
November 7th, 2012
A Petaluma developer is evicting tenants to renovate the property. The current tenants were forced to tolerate substandard conditions under the former landlord.

Voters Narrowly Defeat El Monte Measure Seeking to Repeal Mobile-Home Park Ordinance
by Maritza VelazquezSGVN
November 7th, 2012
Voters in El Monte defeated an initiative that would repeal El Monte's prohibition against rent control there.

Watsonville Rent-Control Fee Passes
by Donna JonesSanta Cruz Sentinel
November 6th, 2012
Measure R, which charges mobile-home tenants a $5 per month fee for the City's defense of rent control there, passed with 56% of the vote. Mobile-home tenants supported the charge.

Low Inventory of Rental Homes Means Higher Rent in Santa Barbara
by Ryan CarmelKEYT
November 5th, 2012
Rents are expected to increase 5-7% in Santa Barbara, as there is little rental inventory there.

OC Ramps Up for Upscale Renters
by Marilyn KalfusOrange County Register
November 3rd, 2012
Orange County developers are increasing construction of rental units, but they are expensive units, for upper-income tenants.

Late Money Floods Into Berkeley Election Campaigns
by Lance KnobelBerkeleyside
November 2nd, 2012
Landlord and realtor groups are spending heavily to elect a pro-landlord slate to Berkeley's rent board.

Rents Go Up, Pay Doesn't
by Chris CaskeyThe Union Democrat
November 2nd, 2012
Rents in the Mother Lode have continued to climb, rising 25% from 2006 to 2011, even though incomes have fallen 4%.

Northside Resident Fights Eviction in a Civil Court Hearing
by Katie ReillyThe Daily Tar Heel
November 2nd, 2012
A 80-year-old Chapel Hill tenant was served a 10-days' eviction notice, requiring that he vacate the home he has lived in for 33 years. North Carolina allows tenants to be evicted without cause with a 10-days' notice.

Mobile Home Park Owner Sues City
by Ian BauerMilpitas Post
November 1st, 2012
A Milpitas mobile home park owner has sued that city, claiming that the rent control ordinance there is unconstitutional. The City Council recently denied the owner a rent increase.

Tenant Evicted From Foreclosed Rental
by Elizabeth OwensWDRW
October 24th, 2012
A single mother of three only found out about her landlord's foreclosure when an eviction notice was posted on her door.

Fair Housing Group Adds Chicago to Foreclosure Double-Standard Complaint Against Bank of America
by Mary Ellen PodmolikChicago Tribune
October 24th, 2012
The National Fair Housing Alliance has added Chicago, Indianapolis, and Milwaukee to their complaint against Bank of America for failing to maintain foreclosed properties in minority neighborhoods. At the same time BofA does maintain foreclosed properties in neighborhoods that are predominantly white.

Pols Join Forces to Protect Rents at Foreclosed Manhattan Apartments
by Jesse LentDNAinfo.com
October 23rd, 2012
Politicians in Manhattan have protested the sale of ten foreclosed buildings there, as the sale price is too high to make repairs and pay the mortgage at the rents tenants are presently paying.

Wheelchair-Bound Homeowner with Breast Cancer Pledges to Fight Bank Eviction
by Peter DreierHuffington Post
October 22nd, 2012
A woman with cerebral palsy and breast cancer is fighting Wells Fargo Bank's attempt to evict her from the house where she has lived since she was a child.

California Cities Under Financial Siege
by D. Parvaz Al Jazeera
October 21st, 2012
California's inland cities are suffering as a result of the housing bubble meltdown.

Freddie Mac Warns of Bogus Landlords Renting Out Foreclosed Homes
by Kenneth R, HarneyLos Angeles Times
October 21st, 2012
Freddie Mac issued a new warning about rental scammers, miscreants who break into foreclosed homes and collect rent and security deposits from unsuspecting tenants.

Measure R Seeks Funding to Defend Mobile Home Rent Control in Watsonville
by Donna JonesMonterey Herald
October 20th, 2012
Mobile-home tenants in Watsonville are being asked to pay $5 a month to enable that city to defend suits against the mobile-home rent control ordinance there.

Petaluma Police Chief Proposes Tougher Rules for Eyesore Properties
by Lori A. CarterPress Democrat
October 20th, 2012
Petaluma's Police Chief advocates new legislation to deal with properties in foreclosure, many of which are "ownerless."

Occupy Our Homes: The Fight to Stop Foreclosures is Far From Over
Press TV
October 20th, 2012
Occupy Our Homes is planning actions in cities around the country to address the foreclosure crisis.

Renters in Foreclosure
by Mary Rose MaddenWYPR Radio
October 19th, 2012
Approximately 50% of the foreclosures in Baltimore from 2009-2011 involved rental properties, and tenants evicted from those properties face a very tight rental market.

On The Daily Show, Obama Finally Faces a Question About Housing
by Pat GarofaloThink Progress
October 19th, 2012
The issue of housing has been absent from the Obama-Romney campaign, but Jon Stewart raised the issue with President Obama on The Daily Show.

Some States Using Mortgage Settlements to Help Budgets Instead of Borrowers
by Brady DennisWashington Post
October 18th, 2012
California is one of the states that has taken all of the AG settlement over mortgage misbehavior to solve its budget problems, rather than helping borrowers in distress.

Clean Sweep for Tenants in Sacramento
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
October 18th, 2012
Tenants won victories in passing several pieces of legislation this year

Och-Ziff Hedge Fund Looks to Exit Landlord Business
by Matthew Goldstein and Jennifer AlbanReuters
October 17th, 2012
An early entrant in the REO-to-Rental business is liquidating its assets in Northern California, as the for-sale housing market there improves.

Squireses' Trial Moving Forward
The Times-Standard
October 16th, 2012
Eureka landlords Floyd and Betty Squires are being sued by the City of Eureka and the local District Attorney for not properly maintaining their rental properties there.

ACLU to Sue Morgan Stanley Over Mortgage Loans
by Jessica Silver-GreenbergNew York Times
October 15th, 2012
The ACLU has filed suit against Morgan Stanley, claiming that their predatory loans targeted African-American buyers.

Demand Is Higher for Rental Units Than Homes
by Alan J. HeavensPhiladelphia Inquirer
October 12th, 2012
Rentals are in more demand, as foreclosed homeowners seek rental units, and more people are forming households.

Renter Gets Foreclosure Notice: What Now?
by Diana ZogaKMOV
October 10th, 2012
A St. Louis tenant moved into a property two months before she discovered that the property was about to be sold at a foreclosure sale.

Tenants Allege Abuses at Langley Park Apartments
by Candace WheelerWashington Post
October 9th, 2012
Tenants at a Maryland apartment complex allege that the landlords who bought the property out of foreclosure are not maintaining their apartments, leading to serious health and safety violations. Tenants also allege harassment by the landlord's private security force.

Wells Fargo Lawsuit: US Sues Bank Alleges Civil Mortgage Fraud
by Ben HallmanHuffington Post
October 9th, 2012
The US has sued Wells Fargo Bank, claiming that it certified mortgages as eligible for FHA insurance, while knowing that the mortgages were, in fact, extremely risky.

Oakland Aims to Prevent Foreclosures
by Carolyn SaidSan Francisco Chronicle
October 8th, 2012
Oakland is establishing a pilot program to help owners avoid foreclosure and modify their mortgages.

Developers Miss Rental Surge
NuWire Investor
October 8th, 2012
The rental market has tightened substantially, as people either lose their homes to foreclosure or decide not to buy in this market, but a substantial number of new rental units are expected to come on line by 2014.

Bayonne Rent Control Activist Says Ongoing Renovations Are Forcing Tenants Out of Their Homes
by Mohindra Rupram with Rafael Rogoza and Ken ThorbourneThe Jersey Journal
October 7th, 2012
A New Jersey landlord is accused of using renovation of apartments to force rent-controlled tenants from their homes. Vacancy decontrol would allow the landlord to increase rents on the vacated units.

Predatory "Leasing" Legal, But Wholly Unethical
by Stacey BatesStar-Banner
October 7th, 2012
A Florida tenant discovered that a property management firm rented her a unit knowing that the owner was about to lose the property to foreclosure.

Homeowner Bill of Rights to Protect Renters, Investigate Fraud
by Gautham ThomasThe Daily Californian
October 4th, 2012
New legislation will protect tenants in foreclosed properties in California. The laws take effect January 1, 2013.

Private Equity Firm Sees Profit in Chicago-Area Foreclosures
by Mary Ellen PodmolikChicago Tribune
October 3rd, 2012
Fannie Mae is selling foreclosures in bulk to a number of private investors. Most of these bulk sales are in areas that suffered a large number of foreclosures. Some tenant groups are concerned that the properties, which will be rented out, will not be maintained properly.

Law Barring Unfair Evictions After Ownership Change Signed by the Governor
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
October 2nd, 2012
Governor Brown signed legislation protecting tenants from eviction when the landlord fails to provide contact information in a timely manner after an ownership change

Legislation Would Crack Down on Short-Term Corporate Apartment Rentals
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
October 1st, 2012
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is looking at legislation that would regulate short-term apartment rentals there, as these are crowding out tenants there.

What To Do About All the 'Empties'?
by John McCarronChicago Tribune
September 30th, 2012
Minority and low-income neighborhoods in Chicago have been hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis, and many properties there have been abandoned by both the former owners and the foreclosing lenders.

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