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As L.A.'s Rents Rise: Crenshaw Tenants Battle Eviction
by Lovell Estell IIIBeyond Chron
April 29th, 2015
Ellis Act evictions are spreading to Los Angeles, where rent-controlled tenants are being displaced.

Tenant Protection Bill Weakened, But Passes
by Kim MillerPalm Beach Post
April 27th, 2015
Tenants in Florida will have 30 days to move after a landlord's foreclosure with the passage of legislation there. Previously tenants faced immediate eviction after a foreclosure.

Richmond Mayor Butt Is Wrong on Rent Control
by Mike ParkerBeyond Chron
April 27th, 2015
The arguments made by Richmond's Mayor Tom Butt are wrong.

Neighborhood Comes Together in Hopes of Slowing Gentrification
by Jessica KwongSan Francisco Examiner
April 26th, 2015
Residents of San Francisco's Mission District are struggling to slow the gentrification of their neighborhood.

SoCal Landlords Call for Change in Water Bills Amid Historic Drought
by Gordon TokumatsuNBC Los Angeles
April 24th, 2015
Landlords of rent-controlled properties in Los Angeles want to pass the cost of water onto their tenants, but most haven't moved to install water-efficient landscaping or appliances at their properties.

Landlord's Plans Spur Fears of Displaced Residents
by Mark NoackMountain View Voice
April 24th, 2015
A landlord's plans will displace tenants from a Mountain View apartment complex, and tenants will not be able to find affordable housing there.

Richmond Fails to Pass Moratorium on Rent Increases
by Karina IoffeeContra Costa Times
April 22nd, 2015
Richmond failed to pass a moratorium on rent increases, even though rents there have increased 33% over the last five years. Tenants Together participated in the campaign for the moratorium.

Deadly Oakland Fire Ignites Tenant-Landlord Dispute
by Sam LevinEast Bay Express
April 22nd, 2015
Tenants at an Oakland live-work building where two tenants died in a fire are demanding that the landlord begin repairs at the property so that they can return to their homes.

Tenants Protest Eviction from Apartment Building
by Kimberly LeofflerAnnenberg TV News
April 21st, 2015
Tenants in a Los Angeles apartment building are being evicted under the Ellis Act so that the property can be converted to a hotel.

Despite 'Troubling' Fair-Housing Results, Portland to Cut Back on Testing
by Brad SchmidtThe Oregonian
April 21st, 2015
Portland's City Council will cut back on promised yearly fair housing testing, even though substantial discrimination in rental housing was discovered in previous testing.

Landlords Want Renters to Pay Their Own Water Bills
by Juliet Bennett RylahLAist
April 21st, 2015
Landlords in Los Angeles want tenants to pay their own water bills, but would simply divide the water bill by the number of units, rather than providing individual water meters.

Chief Justice Advocates for More Access to Legal Help
by Mark LaneDaytona Beach News-Journal
April 18th, 2015
The Chief Justice of Florida's State Supreme Court is advocating for legal help for Floridians in civil cases, including landlord-tenant.

The U.S. Spends Far More on Homeowner Subsidies Than It Does on Affordable Housing
by Richard Florida City Lab
April 17th, 2015
The US spends far more on subsidizing homeowners than on affordable housing for tenants.

Lots of New Housing in San Francisco, But It's Still Not Enough
by John WildermuthSan Francisco Chronicle
April 16th, 2015
Housing construction in San Francisco has not been for those who most need housing, and the City is losing housing to Airbnb rentals.

Apartment Rents Resume Upward March in Q1: Here's How Much
by Nathan Donato-WeinsteinSilicon Valley Business Journal
April 16th, 2015
Rents in Silicon Valley increased 12 percent over the last year, and local governments have taken no action to address the problem.

Rent Board Split on Water Fee Pass-Through
by David Mark SimpsonSanta Monica Daily Press
April 16th, 2015
The Santa Monica Rent Board discussed both water fee pass-throughs and tenant buyout proposals.

Sky-High Southern California Rent Keeps Getting Higher
by Maritza Moulite NBC Los Angeles
April 16th, 2015
Rents in Southern California have increased nearly eight percent in the last year, and building new housing will not alleviate the problem.

Tenants Are Left Out in the Cold with the End of a Law That Protected Them from Eviction
by Jackie CallawayWFTS
April 16th, 2015
A Florida mother faces a 3-days' eviction notice after her landlord's foreclosure, as tenants there are no longer protected by the federal Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act, and the State Legislature there has failed to act to protect tenants.

SF Apartment from Hell: Tenants Sue Landlords over Sewage in Sink, Blood-Stained Walls
CBS (San Francisco)
April 16th, 2015
Tenants in a San Francisco apartment building are suing their landlords for code violations and illegal rent increases.

San Francisco "In-Law" Housing May Add Hundreds of New Units
by Roland LiSan Francisco Business Times
April 14th, 2015
Supervisor Scott Wiener is advocating allowing in-law units to help alleviate San Francisco's housing shortage.

Confusion on the SF Housing Front
by Randy ShawBeyond 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.

Future of Renters' Rights Subject of Disagreement Between City, Advocacy Group
by Jason RuizLong Beach Post
April 14th, 2015
Slumlords in Long Beach will likely get a free pass, as the City is unwilling to allocate funds to inspect and cite substandard rental units.

Aldermen Make Changes to Chicago Foreclosure Ordinance
by Hal DardickChicago Tribune
April 13th, 2015
Chicago's City Council will discuss changes to foreclosure legislation there to protect tenants' rights in foreclosed properties.

East Palo Alto Residents March Against Gentrification
by Sue DremannPalo Alto Weekly
April 13th, 2015
East Palo Alto residents protested against the gentrification of their community, one of the few affordable cities in Silicon Valley.

San Diego Mayor Calls for Special Derelict Housing Enforcement Team
by Megan BurksKPBS
April 13th, 2015
Mayor Kevin Faulconer has proposed new funding to enforce housing codes in rental housing in San Diego. Code enforcement there has concentrated on marijuana dispensaries and foreclosed houses.

Soaring Bay Area Rents Spark Growing Calls for Rent Control
by Matthew ArtzSan Jose Mercury News
April 12th, 2015
Local government officials are avoiding discussion of rent control, even though there is little else they can do to alleviate the housing crisis.

Affordable Housing Loophole Ignites Fight over $2,000 a Month 'Co-Housing' Apartments
by Cory WeinbergSan Francisco Business Times
April 10th, 2015
A San Francisco developer is trying to evade the City's affordable housing requirements by claiming that his market-rate units do not qualify as dwellings.

Advocacy Group Wants Los Angeles City Hall to Lower Parking Fines
by Dakota SmithLos Angeles Daily News
April 10th, 2015
Local groups in Los Angeles want parking fines, particularly those for street cleaning, to be reduced. Tenants are often hit by these fines, as they often don't have garages or other off-street parking.

Berkeley Residents Grapple with Building Boom and Gentrification Issues
by Judith ScherrInside Bay Area
April 10th, 2015
The building boom in Berkeley has not resulted in the development of affordable housing, but has resulted in the construction of market-rate and luxury units.

Tenants, Advocates Rally Against Unsafe Conditions in Fresno Rentals
by Carmen GeorgeFresno Bee
April 9th, 2015
Local groups in Fresno, including Tenants Together, rallied to demand that the City force landlords to maintain their rental properties.

Renters Near Golf Course Evicted before US Open
by Jack BroomSeattle Times
April 8th, 2015
Tenants who aren't protected by "just cause" eviction laws can be evicted for any reason or no reason at all, including the landlord's decision to rent the place out for the US Open.

San Jose Affordable Housing Law Faces Key Legal Test
by Howard MintzSan Jose Mercury News
April 7th, 2015
Realtor groups are trying to stop local communities from requiring developers to include affordable housing in their projects.

L.A.'s Biggest Apartment Complex Has Broken Elevators, Insect Infestations and a Waiting List
by Jonathan TolliverLA Weekly
April 7th, 2015
Owners of a large Los Angeles complex are failing to maintain their property. The building is infested with rats and roaches, and elderly tenants who cannot climb stairs are trapped in their apartments.

24 Residents Forced to Leave Uninhabitable Building in SF
by Leslie BrinkleyABC 7 News
April 6th, 2015
The City is trying to force tenants to leave a building after the landlord failed to correct habitability violations. However, the City has failed to find adequate replacement housing for the tenants being evicted.

Community Workshops to Discuss Richmond's Future Housing Policies, Including Renters' Rights
by Mike AldaxRichmond Standard
April 6th, 2015
Richmond will hold a series of workshops to discuss affordable housing. The links to the workshop sites are available on the Richmond Standard site.

Blumenthal Introduces the Permanently Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act of 2015
Political News
April 4th, 2015
Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn) has introduced legislation to protect tenants in foreclosed properties. Many tenants nationwide lost all protections when the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act expired at the end of 2014.

Upset over Water Waste, Castroville Residents Sue Landlord
by Tom Leyde Monterey Herald
April 3rd, 2015
Tenants of Sam Zell's Equity Lifestyle Properties are suing their landlord for wasting water at their mobile home park.

New Facebook, Apple, Google Campuses Expected to Exacerbate Silicon Valley's Housing Crisis
by Salvador RodriguezInternational Business Times
April 3rd, 2015
An influx of tech workers will exacerbate the Bay Area's housing crisis.

Florida Tenants Face Swift Eviction after Legal Lapse
by Kim MillerPalm Beach Post
April 2nd, 2015
With the expiration of the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act at the end of 2014, tenants in Florida face 24-hour eviction after a foreclosure. And Florida has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the US.

When Landlords Harass Tenants
by Sam LevinEast 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.

Chinatown Hotel Next Up in S.F. Gentrification Wars
by J.K. DineenSan Francisco Chronicle
March 27th, 2015
Tenants in a Chinatown hotel are facing eviction on trivial grounds.

More SF Mid-Market Artists Are Fighting Eviction
by Chris RobertsSan Francisco Examiner
March 26th, 2015
Artists are being evicted from their live-work spaces to make way for commercial tenants.

San Francisco Artists Protest Eviction Notice from Market Street Space
CBS (San Francisco)
March 26th, 2015
San Francisco artists are fighting eviction from a building the landlord is converting to commercial use.

Dorchester Residents Fighting Fannie's Foreclosure Evictions
by Eliza DeweyBay State Banner
March 26th, 2015
Dorchester homeowners and tenants are fighting evictions in their community.

Just-Cause Eviction Policy Proposed as Alternative Solution
by Brendan P. BartholomewSan Francisco Examiner
March 26th, 2015
Seeking solutions to the housing crisis there, San Mateo County Supervisors are looking at just-cause eviction, even though that would not prevent landlords to evict tenants by raising rents.

Garcetti Says State Should Give Tax Breaks for Quake Retrofits
by Rosanna Xia and Rong-Gong Lin IILos Angeles Times
March 26th, 2015
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is calling on the state to help with the earthquake retrofits for vulnerable buildings there.

It's Time to Overturn the State Ban on Rent Control
by Robert GammonEast Bay Express
March 25th, 2015
State restrictions place severe limitations on the ability of local government to preserve affordable housing.

Growing Number of Oakland Seniors Are Homeless
by Laura McCamyOakland Local
March 25th, 2015
Older Oakland tenants are facing homelessness as rents increase there.

Tenant Advocates Push City Council, Mayor to Call Housing Loss a Crisis
by Rianna HidalgoReal Change
March 25th, 2015
Tenant advocates in Seattle are calling on local officials to declare a housing emergency to address the rapid increases in rents there.

Study Finds Harsh Impacts of Family Evictions
by Matthew Desmond and Rachel Tolbert KimbroBeyond Chron
March 25th, 2015
Evictions have long-term negative consequences for women and children, including poorer health and increased poverty.

Tenants: Preserve Rent-Regulated Housing
by Michael Gould-WartofskyHuffington Post
March 23rd, 2015
Rent-regulated tenants in New York City are demanding that the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) ensure decent housing conditions.

Child Homelessness in New York City Hit an All-Time High. Here's How It Can Be Fixed
by Eleanor GoldbergHuffington Post
March 23rd, 2015
New York City needs to develop more affordable housing, as there are 25,000 homeless children there.

Renters Face Sharp Price Increases in Napa Market
by Jennifer HuffmanNapa Valley Register
March 23rd, 2015
Napa rents have increased 21% over the last four years.

Lennar Builds More Rentals as Slow Sales Pace Persists
by John GittelsohnBloomberg News
March 23rd, 2015
Corporate homebuilders are moving into rental construction as fewer people are buying homes.

Can Chiu, Ting Win Ellis Act Reform?
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
March 20th, 2015
San Francisco legislators will have to lead the effort to reform the Ellis Act and protect tenants there.

Advice Encouraging Landlords to 'Stalk' Potential Tenants Withdrawn
by Hannah FearnThe Independent
March 20th, 2015
A British landlord group withdrew a "tips" piece for landlords when critics noted that some of the suggestions amounted to stalking potential tenants.

How Activists in 3 Cities Are Fighting Evictions
by Alexis StephensNext City
March 20th, 2015
Activists in Detroit, San Francisco and Brooklyn are fighting evictions in their cities.

As Gentrification Persists in San Francisco, Evictions Take New Forms
by Adam HudsonTruthout
March 19th, 2015
Landlords are developing new ways to evade the law in evicting tenants in San Francisco.

Mobile Home Tenants Battle Landlords Over Rent Hikes
by Jennifer WadsworthSan Jose Inside
March 18th, 2015
Mobile home park owners in San Jose are trying to increase rents beyond the allowable rent increase.

Mass Rent-Control Evictions Are on the Rise in Santa Monica
Curbed Los Angeles
March 18th, 2015
San Francisco and Santa Monica are facing an increase in the eviction of rent-controlled tenants.

New Mass Ellis Evictions Hit Mission
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
March 18th, 2015
Long-time San Francisco landlord is evicting the tenants from one of his Mission District properties.

How Your Tax Dollars Are Wasted To Build Luxury Apartments
by Steve WishniaGothamist
March 18th, 2015
Tax subsidies allow developers to reap large profits for luxury units, and provide only a few very expensive affordable units.

A Housing Market Divided
by David DayenCapital and Main
March 16th, 2015
Housing developers concentrate on the luxury market in California, and little housing is built for the majority of Californians.

Longtime Rent-Control Tenant Shocked to Discover $6,700 Rent Hike is Totally Legal
by Lamar AndersonCurbed-San Francisco
March 16th, 2015
A San Francisco landlord took out a second unit to turn a rent-controlled unit to a single family rental. Single-family homes are exempt from rent control under state law.

Working Poor Grappling with Housing Crisis
by Bill SilverfarbSan Mateo Daily Journal
March 16th, 2015
Families are forced to live in overcrowded conditions as rents increase in the Bay Area.

SF Renter Says Landlord is Raising Her Rent 400 Percent with $12,500 Security Deposit
CBS (San Francisco)
March 15th, 2015
A San Francisco tenant reports that she is facing a 400% rent increase. Tenants who rent single-family homes cannot be protected by rent control legislation under the State's Costa-Hawkins law.

After 31 Years in Echo Park, Victims of Displacement by Gentrification
by Steve LopezLos Angeles Times
March 14th, 2015
A family is being evicted after 31 years in their flat for the construction of an "infill" development.

Rental Buyout Decision Continued to April
by Matthew Hall Santa Monica Daily Press
March 14th, 2015
Santa Monica's rent board has put off a decision on whether or not the board should collect buyout information for all rent-controlled tenants who are offered buyouts by their landlords.

Dems Offer Bill to Restore Renter Protections
by Cristina MarcosThe HIll
March 13th, 2015
Two legislators have introduced legislation that would restore the rights of tenants whose landlords face foreclosure.

Privatizing Public Housing: The "Genocide of Poor People"
by Toshio MeronekTruthout
March 13th, 2015
The privatizing of San Francisco's public housing may lead to improvements--or may lead to further reduction of San Francisco's affordable housing stock.

How East Bay Tenants Get Displaced
by Sam LevinEast Bay Express
March 11th, 2015
Oakland tenants are being displaced by steep rent increases.

Airbnb and Other Short-Term Rentals Worsen Housing Shortage, Critics Say
by Tim Logan, Emily Alpert Reyes and Ben PostonLos Angeles Times
March 11th, 2015
Short-term rentals are exacerbating the housing crisis in Los Angeles, as housing units are converted to tourist use.

Santa Monica Official Sees Pattern of Landlords Harassing Disabled Tenants
by Niki CervantesSanta Monica Lookout
March 11th, 2015
Several Santa Monica landlords are facing legal action for harassing their disabled tenants by taking away accessible parking, prohibiting support animals and the like.

California's Affordable Mobile Home Parks Vanishing
by Katie KramonPeninsula Press
March 11th, 2015
Mobile home parks in California are disappearing, to make way for higher-cost housing.

The Nine Neighborhoods That Make All the Airbnb Money in L.A.
by Adrian Glick KudlerCurbed-LA
March 11th, 2015
Most Airbnb rentals are in just a few neighborhoods, but they have a major impact on rental housing in those neighborhoods.

Santa Monica Rent Board Staff Opposes Collecting Buyout Offers
by Jonathan FriedmanSanta Monica Lookout
March 10th, 2015
The Santa Monica rent board staff opposes collecting tenant buyout information, citing privacy concerns.

Disabled Santa Monica Tenants Get Their Parking Revoked, Authorities Say
by Dennis RomeroLA Weekly
March 10th, 2015
Two disabled tenants in Santa Monica are fighting for their parking spaces.

Pols Call for Albany to End Vacancy Decontrol
by Gerald FlynnThe Villager
March 5th, 2015
New York City politicians are calling on the State Legislature there to end vacancy decontrol to protect rent-controlled units in the City.

Tenants at 1049 Market Street Can Keep their Homes--For Now
by David-Elijah NahmodHoodline
March 4th, 2015
The Board of Supervisors in San Francisco has passed legislation that will protect the tenants at 1049 Market Street from eviction for another year.

Equity Firms Are Lending to Landlords, Signaling a Shift
by Matthew GoldsteinNew York Times
March 3rd, 2015
Private equity firms are lending funds to landlords for purchase loans.

Middle Class Struggles to Find Affordable Housing
by Jeremy ThomasSanta Cruz Sentinel
February 26th, 2015
The housing crisis has spread up the economic ladder, as middle-income households can no longer find affordable housing.

St. Louis Passes Bill to Reduce Section 8 Concentration in Poor Neighborhoods
by Walker MoskopSt. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 26th, 2015
St. Louis has passed legislation that would ban landlords from rejecting tenants because they hold Section 8 vouchers.

Assembly Leader Backs $75 Fee to Expand Affordable Housing
February 25th, 2015
Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins has proposed a $75 fee for recording real estate transactions to pay for affordable housing.

San Mateo County to Study 'Rent Control': Supervisors Form Blue Ribbon Task Force on Housing
by Bill SilverfarbSan Mateo Daily Journal
February 25th, 2015
San Mateo County will form a commission to study the housing crisis there.

Germany Agrees New Home Rent Controls as Housing Remains Tight
by Dalia Fahmy & Arne DelfsBloomberg
February 24th, 2015
The German government has enacted new rent control legislation for large cities, where housing is becoming unaffordable.

Tenants at 1049 Market Street Again Threatened with Eviction
by David-Elijah NahmodHoodline
February 24th, 2015
Tenants at a mid-Market live-work building are facing eviction, as the legislation protecting them has expired.

Ordinance Limits Rent on Seattle Micro-Housing Units
by Sara BernardKUOW
February 24th, 2015
Seattle's City Council has voted to reduce rents on some micro-housing units, as the developers are also receiving tax subsidies.

New York Rents Outpaced Inflation Over Three Years, Census Data Say
by Mireya NavarroNew York Times
February 24th, 2015
Rents in New York City have increased faster than the rate of inflation, and also faster than incomes over the past several years.

New California Legislative Efforts to Mitigate Ellis Act Evictions
by Melanie NathanO-blog-dee-o-blog-da
February 24th, 2015
New legislation is being proposed that would limit Ellis Act evictions.

Whack-A-Mole City Enforcement Keeps Slumlords in Business
by Megan BurksVoice of San Diego
February 19th, 2015
San Diego slumlords face little threat from local code enforcement.

San Diego Mayor Pledges More Funds to Help Tenants with Problem Landlords
by Megan BurksKPBS
February 19th, 2015
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer will investigate ways to help tenants with landlords who allow substandard conditions at their properties. Local building inspectors have failed to investigate complaints and demand remediation.

Roseville Woman Says Landlord Kicking Her Out After She Complained About Fire Hazard
by Ron Jones CBS (Sacramento)
February 19th, 2015
A 77-year-old Roseville woman is being evicted from her apartment after she complained to the Fire Department about malfunctioning smoke detectors.

Media Misleads Public on SF Fires
by Randy ShawBeyond 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.

Palm Springs May Require Help for Displaced Renters
by Barrett NewkirkThe Desert Sun
February 18th, 2015
Palm Springs may require relocation assistance for tenants displaced when their apartments are converted to condominiums.

Santa Monica Rent Board Could Place Further Restrictions on Tenant Boyouts
by Jonathan FriedmanSanta Monica Lookout
February 17th, 2015
Tenants would have a longer time to consider buyout offers, and agreements would be submitted to the City, under proposed legislation in Santa Monica.

Rent Control Ordinance Urged: Affordable Housing Advocates March in Redwood City
by Dave NewlandsSan Mateo Daily Journal
February 17th, 2015
Activists in Redwood City are demanding action to deal with the rental housing affordability crisis there.

South L.A, Seniors Face Poor Conditions, Unfair Evictions
by Lauren DayIntersections South L.A,
February 16th, 2015
The Coalition for Economic Survival (CES) is organizing low-income tenants in South Los Angeles to fight evictions and force landlords to make needed repairs. Low-income seniors, in particular, often face homelessness if they are evicted.

DA: Landlord Bribed Building Inspectors to Evict Bushwick Tenants
by Danielle Furfaro & Nathan TempeyThe Brooklyn Paper
February 14th, 2015
A landlord bribed building inspectors to evict tenants and erase building code violations at his properties.

Landlord Ordered to Compensate Santa Rosa Tenants Displaced by Mold
by Angela HartSanta Rosa Press Democrat
February 14th, 2015
A group of Santa Rosa tenants has been awarded emergency rent assistance in a lawsuit against landlords who allowed deplorable conditions at their property.

Trouble on 24th Street
by Daniel HirschMIssion Local
February 13th, 2015
A tenant in a live-work space in the Mission was forced to contend with serious code violations.

Picket Held in Isla Vista Fighting Back against Evictions
by Senerey De Los SantosKEYT
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 WenusMIssion 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.

S.F. Supervisor Wants to Limit Mission Development, May Push Moratorium
by Cory WeinbergSan Francisco Business Times
February 13th, 2015
San Francisco Supervisor David Campos may push to stop development in the Mission District. Of the 500 units planned for near-term development, only 34 of them are affordable.

Push to Expand Your Right to an Attorney Gains Momentum
by Samar KhurshidGotham Gazette
February 12th, 2015
New York City legislators are hoping to fund legal assistance for tenants in eviction cases. Tenants are far less likely to be evicted when they have legal representation.

City Sues Landlord Under New Law
by David Mark SimpsonSanta Monica Daily Press
February 12th, 2015
A landlord is being sued for taking away a disabled tenant's close-in parking space and requiring her to park on the street.

Brooklyn Landlords Bribed City Housing Inspectors to Scare Tenants into Moving Out: Prosecutors
by Greg B. SmithNew York Daily News
February 12th, 2015
Brooklyn inspectors accepted bribes to help a landlord evict his tenants illegally.

Landlord Bribed Inspectors in Ruse to Evict Tenants, Prosecutors Say
by Mireya NavarroNew York Times
February 11th, 2015
A New York City landlord bribed building inspectors to help the landlord evict his tenants from their homes.

San Jose's Homeless Shuffled Along the Tracks
by Leslie GriffyKALW
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.

Landlord Takes Away Disabled Tenant's Parking Space to Force Her to Leave $555 a Month Apartment
by Brenton GarenSanta Monica Mirror
February 11th, 2015
The City of Santa Monica is suing a landlord who took away a disabled tenant's parking space.

U.S. Firms Buy Housing in Spain, Raise Rent and Evict Tenants
by Juan GonzalezNew York Daily News
February 11th, 2015
The Spanish government is allowing private equity firms from the United States to buy housing there, and the firms are raising rents and evicting tenants.

Lack of Affordable Housing in L.A. County Linked to Health Problems
by City News ServiceMy News L.A.
February 10th, 2015
Not having access to safe and affordable housing causes health problems, particularly stress-related illnesses.

Landlord Sued by City for Tenant Harassment Loses Eviction Case
by David Mark SimpsonSanta Monica Daily Press
February 10th, 2015
A Santa Monica landlord who is being sued by the City for harassing her rent-controlled tenants lost her eviction case against one of the tenants.

Jury Rules for Mission District Tenants
by Tom DrohanBeyond Chron
February 9th, 2015
A San Francisco family will remain in their home after their landlord's attempt to evict them failed.

L.A.'s Small Lot Homes: Destroying Low-Rent Housing, Restoring the American Dream, or Both
by Chase ScheinbaumKCET
February 9th, 2015
Los Angeles is allowing rent-controlled units to be demolished, and the tenants evicted, to build small housing developments affordable to households making far above the median income there.

Will Handing Public Housing Projects to Private Developers Hurt the Poor?
by Rachel CohenPacific Standard
February 6th, 2015
Handing off public housing responsibilities and properties to private developers have reduced the number of affordable units, and often result in conversion to market-rate housing.

Landlords Hid Big Election Spending
by Daniel DeBoltMountain View Voice
February 6th, 2015
A landlord group contributed to candidates who opposed discussion of rent control in Mountain View, and hid their spending until after the election.

Jury Rules in Favor of Santa Monica Resident in Landmark Tenant Eviction Case
by Jennifer EdenSanta Monica Mirror
February 6th, 2015
A rent-controlled tenant stopped his landlord's attempt to evict him for bogus lease violations. The City is also investigating the landlord for harassing tenants at her properties.

Mission Fire Tenants: There Were No Smoke Alarms
by Daniel Hirsch, Lydia Chavez, Andrea Valencia & Laura WenusMIssion Local
February 6th, 2015
A Mission District building had no smoke alarms, according to the tenants. The fire displaced 65 people, and killed one person.

In 11-th Hour Move, D.C. Finds More Hotel Rooms for Homeless Families
by Aaron C. Davis and Mike DeBonisWashington Post
February 6th, 2015
Homeless families in the nation's capital will be housed in motel rooms and other facilities that allow for privacy, even though the city government claimed it was running out of space.

Tough Choices for Servicers after Tenant Foreclosure Law Expires
by Kate BerryNational Mortgage News
February 5th, 2015
The failure of Congress to renew the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act puts many tenants at risk of eviction on short notice. California tenants, however, are protected by California's version of the PTFA.

Renters Won't Have to Shoulder Quake Retrofit Costs, LA Councilman Vows
by Rosanna XiiaLos Angeles Times
February 5th, 2015
Councilmember Gil Cedillo is seeking to avoid large rent increases for rent-controlled tenants as a result of the requirement that vulnerable properties be retrofitted to withstand earthquakes.

Amended Ellis Act Relocation Law Caps Landlord Payouts at $50K
by Jay BarmanSFist
February 4th, 2015
Under a new Ellis Act relocation scheme, landlords would have to pay only $50K to evicted tenants.

Encinitas Residents Want No Part in Affordable Housing Plans
by Vanessa Herrera & Heather CulverNBC San Diego
February 3rd, 2015
Encinitas residents are balking at the rezoning required to allow for affordable housing construction there.

Rent Limits Protect Child Who Was Original Tenant, Court Says
by Bob EgelkoSan Francisco Chronicle
January 26th, 2015
California's First District Court of Appeal has ruled that a child who moved into an apartment with his parents is protected by rent control as an "original tenant."

The Government Just Took a Step Toward Ending Mass Homelessness
by Bryce CovertThink Progress
January 22nd, 2015
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) will receive funds from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to develop affordable housing. The amount raised, however, will create only a small number of the 5.5 million units needed to house low-income tenants.

ACLU: One-Strike Eviction Law Unfair to Landlords, Tenants
by Michael Rubinkam and Maryclaire DaleWashington 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 HartSanta 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.

Who Gets to Live Where?: The Battle Over Affordable Housing
by Lawrence LanahanAljazeera America
January 18th, 2015
The US Supreme Court will hear a case that will decide whether communities can be required to accept affordable housing to prevent the segregation of low-income developments in low-income communities.

Trailers as Affordable Housing: Solution or Bane to the Poor?
by Lane AndersonDeseret News
January 18th, 2015
Large corporate landlords own many of the mobile home communities in the US, and tenants there often cannot move their homes when the rent is increased.

Feeling the Pinch? Local Rent Prices Hit a Record High
by Jeff CollinsOrange County Register
January 16th, 2015
Orange County rents are at a record high, and tenants are having to cut back on other necessities to pay their rent.

California State Treasurer John Chiang Tackles State's Affordable Housing Crisis
Sierra Sun Times
January 15th, 2015
State Treasurer John Chiang will convene a group to look at California's affordable housing crisis.

L.A. City Council Embraces Mayor Eric Garcetti's Quake Retrofit Plan
by Rosanna Xia and Rong-Gong Lin IILos Angeles Times
January 14th, 2015
The Coalition for Economic Survival (CES) is concerned that tenants will have to pay for Mayor Garcetti's earthquake retrofit program, even though the property appreciation will accrue only to landlords.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Probes Landlord Accused of Harassing Tenants with 'Frivolous' Lawsuits
by Greg B. SmithNew York Daily News
January 13th, 2015
A Manhattan landlord is being investigated by New York's Attorney General for harassing rent-controlled tenants. Harassment of tenants in rent-controlled units is a nationwide problem.

U.S. Mayors Fight Homelessness
by Bendix AndersonNational Real Estate Investor
January 13th, 2015
Homelessness increased from 2013 to 2014, and there was a larger increase in the number of homeless families. Three of the surveyed cities were in California.

Koreatown Development Stirs Parking Concerns
by David ZahniserLos Angeles Times
January 12th, 2015
A Koreatown development would increase parking problems there, and would destroy 44 units of rent-controlled housing.

Tenant Legislation to Watch in 2015
by Dean PrestonBeyond 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.

Mayor Garcetti's Quake Retrofit Plan Draws Cautious Early Support
by Rosanna Xia and Rong-Gong Lin IILos Angeles Times
January 12th, 2015
Tenant activists in Los Angeles are concerned that a earthquake retrofit plan for concrete buildings will unduly burden tenants.

Public Housing is Dead. Long Live Public Housing!
by Jake BlumgartAljazeera 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.

The Challenge of 2015: Affordable Housing
by Jean TeppermanEast Bay Express
January 7th, 2015
Protecting and developing affordable housing is a critical issue in Oakland, as low-income residents are being forced out of the City.

City Looking at Housing Options: Burlingame Leaning Away from Rent Control Measures
by Angela SwartzThe Daily Journal
January 7th, 2015
City officials in Burlingame are looking for solutions to the problem of high rents there

SF Slashes Ellis Act Evictions
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
January 6th, 2015
Ellis Act evictions have fallen in 2014, in part because of actions taken by city government.

There's Really No Argument Against Disparate Impact
by Alan JenkinsRooflines
January 6th, 2015
The US Supreme Court will decide a case that could weaken requirements that all communities provide affordable housing.

New York City Activists Mobilize for Right to Counsel in Eviction
by Elizabeth J. BaderTruthout
January 5th, 2015
The City Council in New York City is discussing a pilot project that would provide lawyers for all tenants in eviction cases.

Until the UK Introduces Rent Controls, So Many of Us Will Continue to Face Lifetimes of Exploitation
by Alex HiltonThe Independent
January 4th, 2015
A new poll shows that nearly 60% of Britons support rent controls for tenants in private housing. Tenants there lost many rights with the "reforms" of the late 1970s that limited tenants' rights and abandoned construction of social housing.

California's High Housing Costs Drive Out Poor, Middle-Income Workers
by Chris KirkhamLos Angeles Times
January 1st, 2015
California's high housing costs are driving out needed workers.

El Cerrito Studies Rules Protecting Renters
by Rick RadinContra Costa Times
December 31st, 2014
The El Cerrito City Council will discuss passage of just cause eviction protections, and may also discuss rent control as well.

Escalating Rental Housing Costs Hurt Poor, Middle Class
by Lu FeorinoMass Live
December 31st, 2014
Rents have increased so much over the last few years, that rental costs are hurting the middle class, as well as the poor.

After Four Decades of Fair Housing, Segregation Still Rules Milwaukee Streets
by Brendan O'BrienMilwaukee Neighborhood News Service
December 31st, 2014
Many communities use zoning and planning restrictions to avoid fair housing rules, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development has failed to prohibit such practices.

S.F. Housing on the Way, But Not Soon Enough for 2015 Relief
by J.K. DineenSan Francisco Chronicle
December 31st, 2014
About 4,000 housing units will be constructed in San Francisco in 2015, more than half of which will be market rate rentals. Only about 800 units will be affordable units.

Housing Costs for U.S. Renters Climbed $20.6 Billion in 2014
by John GittelsohnStandard Examiner
December 30th, 2014
Tenants paid rent increases of more than $20 billion in 2014, even as incomes remained flat. New rental developments will not reduce rents, as most of the increased production is in luxury units.

Dozens of Montebello Apartment Tenants Without Heat, Hot Water as Cold Weather Sets In
CBS Local (Los Angeles)
December 30th, 2014
Tenants of an apartment complex have been without gas service for a week because of a gas leak at the property.

S.F. Fails to Follow Up After Evictions
by Marisa LagosSan Francisco Chronicle
December 29th, 2014
The City has failed to go after scofflaw landlords who evict tenants in violation of San Francisco ordinances. In addition, penalties don't provide a sufficient deterrent.

Want to Rent in Boston? Get a $50-An-Hour Job
by Katie JohnstonBoston Globe
December 25th, 2014
Boston tenants need to earn $100K a year to afford the median-priced apartment there. Rent control was ended by state initiative in Massachusetts in 1993.

Council Votes to Close Housing Loopholes
by David Mark SimpsonSanta Monica Daily Press
December 25th, 2014
The Santa Monica City Council will work on protections for Section 8 tenants and tenants who are displaced when affordable housing units are demolished.

Oakland Readies for Housing Boom
by Sam LevinEast Bay Express
December 24th, 2014
Oakland is developing new housing, but has not required developers to include much affordable housing.

Rent Board Blanches at Water Rate Pass-Through
by David Mark SimpsonSanta Monica Daily Press
December 24th, 2014
Santa Monica's Rent Board is concerned that passing through drought-related water charges would lead to landlord harassment of rent-controlled tenants.

Eviction of 83-Year-Old Woman Draws Protest
by Hudson SangreeSacramento 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.

Driven Out of Home for Christmas: Meet the Working Families Facing Eviction
by Hannah FearnThe Independent
December 22nd, 2014
Tenants in London are being evicted at a rate of 600 per day, as rents increase there.

City "Hungry" to Challenge Abusive Landlords, City Attorney Says
by Jonathan FriedmanSanta Monica Lookout
December 22nd, 2014
The Santa Monica City Council passed legislation to provide additional protections against harassment. Rising rents have encouraged landlords to harass rent-controlled tenants from their units.

After Suing, Tenant Comes Home to the Brooklyn Apartment She Was Made to Leave
by Julie SatowNew York Times
December 22nd, 2014
A Brooklyn landlord was required to allow a former tenant to move back into an apartment she was forced to vacate when the landlord renovated the property.

Allegedly Ignoring Bedbugs Bites Landlord; Judge Issues Arrest Warrant
by Lisa P. WhiteContra Costa Times
December 22nd, 2014
A landlord who failed to address a bedbug infestation in his rental property has been arrested. Tenants Together organized tenants to pass the law that led to the landlord's arrest.

Highland Park Renters Feel the Squeeze of Gentrification
by Tim LoganLos Angeles Times
December 21st, 2014
Tenants in Highland Park are facing eviction as their neighborhood gentrifies, as many tenants there are not protected by rent control.

Landlords Sue to Block Section 8 Renters
by Mary TumaAustin 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 BroderAllGov
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.

The Big Winner in the Rental Home Shortage: Wall Street
by John Gittelsohn and Heather PerlbergBloomberg News
December 19th, 2014
Wall Street has benefited from the government's decisions to sell off foreclosed houses to investor groups, while providing little funding for affordable housing.

Court Stops North Beach Ellis Eviction
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
December 18th, 2014
A tenant who has lived in North Beach for 40 years has defeated his landlord's attempt to evict him under the Ellis Act.

San Francisco Group Fighting Eviction of 83-Year-Old Sacramento Woman
by Andy FurilloSacramento Bee
December 18th, 2014
Tenants Together is working to prevent the eviction of an 83-year-old woman from her apartment.

Heartless Act During Holidays: 83-Year-Old Woman Facing Eviction
by Steve LargeCBS (Sacramento)
December 17th, 2014
An 83-year-old woman is being evicted from her apartment in Sacramento.

How Landlords Harass Old People
by Steve WishniaThe Indypendent
December 16th, 2014
Older tenants in New York's rent-controlled properties face the same harassment as younger people, but are less able to fight back.

San Jose's Homeless Brace for Another Round of Outdoor Emcampment Evictions
by Matt BiglerKPIX
December 9th, 2014
Homeless campers evicted from The Jungle encampment expect to be evicted from another site on Friday. The City says that establishing a legal camp would be a 'band-aid' solution, but has provided only temporary shelter to some of the earlier evictees.

Florida Tenant Protections Face Alarming Deadline
by Kim MillerPalm 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.

L.A. Mayor Calls for Mandatory Earthquake Retrofitting for Thousands of Buildings
by Rong-Gong Lin II, Rosanna XiaLos Angeles Times
December 8th, 2014
A planned retrofit of vulnerable buildings in Los Angeles could result in rent increases for rent-controlled tenants if the City doesn't prevent the pass-through of the cost of the retrofits.

Few Options for Homeless as San Jose Clears Camp
by Barbara GradyNew York Times
San Jose officials forced the closure of a homeless encampment, even though they were only able to provide emergency housing to some of the residents.

Town of San Anselmo Toughens Rules on Smoking
by Derek WilsonRoss Valley Reporter
December 4th, 2014
San Anselmo will enact a smoking ban in multi-unit buildings that includes e-cigarettes and medical marijuana.

Airbnb Touts Its Economic Benefits as L.A. Leaders Seek to Clamp Down
by Tim LoganLos Angeles Times
December 4th, 2014
Airbnb issued a report showing the economic benefits of tourist rentals to the City. Tenant activists are concerned about the conversion of rental housing to defacto hotels.

Donald Sterling Sued Over Bedbugs
by Matt ReynoldsCourthouse 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.

Budget Like a Freak: The Economic Benefits of Free Legal Aid in Civil Cases
by Ray BresciaHuffington Post
November 24th, 2014
The economists at Freakonomics have determined that it is far more cost-effective for local governments to provide legal assistance to tenants to prevent eviction than to provide shelter and rehouse them after they have been evicted.

Do Rents Really Rise Without Human Intervention?
by Pete DollackCounterPunch
November 21st, 2014
A report on the failure of Prop G and the decision overturning San Francisco's requirement for compensation for tenants evicted as a result of the Ellis Act.

A Push for Legal Aid in Civil Cases Finds Its Advocates
by Erik Eckholm and Ian LovettNew York Times
November 21st, 2014
A pilot project is providing legal services to some tenants in eviction cases.

SRO Tenants' Tales Tell Scary Story
by Jessica KwongSan Francisco Examiner
November 21st, 2014
Tenants in a "tech SRO" are complaining of illegal conditions at the property. The same landlords own another SRO where the former tenants are suing the landlords for illegal eviction.

Formerly Homeless Residents May Face Higher Eviction Rate than Other S.F. Tenants
by Paayal ZaveriSan Francisco Public Press
November 20th, 2014
Local housing groups and mental health service providers are seeking ways to keep formerly homeless tenants from being evicted from supportive housing facilities.

San Jose Enacts Affordable Housing Impact Fee
by Charisse Ma LeBronBeyond Chron
November 20th, 2014
The San Jose City Council has passed legislation that would require developers of market rate projects to provide affordable housing funding.

Ellis Eviction Protest at Rube Goldberg Building
by Eviction Free SFBeyond Chron
November 19th, 2014
Tenants of a San Francisco building are fighting their eviction under the Ellis Act.

New Era Estate: How US Pension Fund Manager Fuels London Rent Rises
by Amelia HillGuardian U.K.
November 19th, 2014
A US pension fund is fueling rent increases in London by purchasing affordable properties and increasing rents. Graphics are reproduced on the original site.

SJ City Council Approves Measure to Make Housing More Affordable in City
by David Louie ABC 7 News
November 18th, 2014
San Jose will impose a development fee to fund affordable housing there.

Ted Gullickson's Memorial Marks Evictions
by Joe Fitzgerald RodriguezSan Francisco Examiner
November 18th, 2014
The San Francisco Tenants Union's Ted Gullickson was remembered at a memorial service this week.

Big Real Estate Loses Key Anti-Tenant Democrats
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
November 18th, 2014
TT Executive Director Dean Preston reports on the defeat of anti-tenant Democrats in the November election.

State Among the Worst on Issue of Child Homelessness, Report Says
by Heather KnightSan Francisco Chronicle
November 17th, 2014
California is outranked only by Mississippi and Alabama in the percentage of children who are homeless.

New Report: Child Homelessness on the Rise in US
by David Crary and Lisa LeffAssociated Press
November 17th, 2014
Millions of children were homeless at some point during 2013, and one-fifth of those children live in California.

Renters Offer Their Stories at Community Forum
by Dave BoitanoThe Alamedan
November 13th, 2014
Tenants in Alameda reported on the high rents they are being forced to pay.

SRO Fire Displacees Sue "Tech Coop"
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
November 13th, 2014
Displaced tenants are suing a landlord who re-rented their units illegally.

HUD's Privatization Scheme May Herald End of Public Housing
by Rebecca BurnsAljazeera America
November 13th, 2014
The Department of Housing and Urban Development is allowing real estate developers to take over the best publicly-subsidized housing.

Former Tenants Sue After SRO Housing Made Into Group Apartments
by Jessica KwongSan Francisco Examiner
November 13th, 2014
Tenants of a single-room occupancy hotel in San Francisco are suing their former landlord, after he leased the rooms they were supposed to re-occupy were leased to a tech co-op. The landlord received a $100,000 loan from the City to make repairs to the building.

Mary Phillips, 98-Years Old, Stops Ellis Eviction
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
November 12th, 2014
Mary Phillips has won the right to stay in her rent-controlled apartment for the rest of her life.

Galt Motel Residents Fight Evictions
by Carlos SaucedoKXTV 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.

S.F. Affordable Housing Advocates Dig In for Next Battle
by J.K. DineenSan Francisco Chronicle
November 7th, 2014
Supporters of Proposition G, the anti-speculation ordinance that was defeated in the November election, may bring a new ordinance to the ballot.

Oakland Officially Okays Tenant Protection Ordinance
by Jean TeppermanEast Bay Express
November 6th, 2014
An ordinance protecting some tenants from landlord harassment passed the City Council there.

Renters Overlooked Because of Race
by Jaclyn KelleyWWLTV (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.

Anti-Speculation Tax Rejected by SF Voters
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
November 5th, 2014
Proposition G was rejected by San Francisco voters.

Ballot Question Sinks Prop. G
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
November 5th, 2014
Prop G's ballot description didn't make clear that the ordinance would slow real estate speculation in the City.

Measure H Fails Hard, Measure FS Passes Narrowly
by David Mark SimpsonSanta Monica Daily Press
November 5th, 2014
A measure to increase fees for rent-controlled units passed, but a proposal to increase taxes on sales of expensive properties failed in Santa Monica.

Concord Seeks Arrest Warrant for Landlord Who Allegedly Ignored Bedbug Infestation
by Lisa P. WhiteContra Costa Times
November 4th, 2014
A Concord landlord is subject to arrest for failing to eradicate bedbugs in his rental units. Concord's bedbug ordinance was enacted with organizing help from Tenants Together.

Garcetti Announces Goals--But No Details--On Ending LA's Housing Crisis
by Alice WaltonKPCC
October 30th, 2014
Newly-elected Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti laid out his goals for improving the supply of rental housing in Los Angeles. One goal, building 100,000 units by 2021, would meet only twenty percent of the current need.

Marin Voucher Recipients Struggle to Find Housing
by Richard HalsteadMarin Independent Journal
October 26th, 2014
Section 8 recipients in Marin County often lose their vouchers because they can't find landlords willing to accept them. California law doesn't prohibit landlord discrimination against Section 8 recipients.

Why Madrid's Poor Fear Goldman Sachs and Blackstone
by Sonya DowsettReuters
October 24th, 2014
Spanish government officials have sold off public housing there at fire-sale prices, and tenants are being forced to pay higher rents.

Proposed Law Would Make All Housing Pet Friendly in One California City
by Arin GreenwoodHuffington Post
October 23rd, 2014
A Berkeley City Councilmember is proposing legislation that would make all rental housing in the City pet-friendly.

City Attorney to Appeal Ruling that Overturned Tenant Relocation Assistance Law
by Hannah Albarazi & Scott MorrisSan Francisco Appeal
October 23rd, 2014
The San Francisco City Attorney will appeal a ruling by a federal judge declaring the requirement that landlords who evict under the Ellis Act pay a rent differential to evicted tenants.

Supervisors Approve Airbnb Legislation in Final Vote after Further Debate
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
October 22nd, 2014
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed legislation to allow Airbnb rentals. Senator Dianne Feinstein had asked that Airbnb rentals not be permitted in single-family home neighborhoods.

Spot Will Cost You: Pet Rent Becoming Fad at Apartments, Taking Bite Out of Renter's Wallets
Fox Business
October 22nd, 2014
Landlords who allow pets are charging increased deposits, and "pet rent" for tenants with animals.

Judge Tosses SF Law Meant to Shield Evicted Tenants
by Bob EgelkoSan Francisco Chronicle
October 22nd, 2014
A San Francisco judge declared unconstitutional a law that would have required greater compensation for tenants evicted under the Ellis Act.

Judge Dismisses Coakley's Suit Against Federal Housing Agency over State Anti-Foreclosure Law
by Steve LeBlancDaily Journal
October 22nd, 2014
A suit challenging the policies of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac was dismissed by a federal judge. Massachusetts' law required that community groups be allowed to purchase homes out of foreclosure and re-sell the homes to the former homeowners.

Oakland: Tenant Protection Law Passed
by Matthew ArtzOakland Tribune
October 22nd, 2014
Oakland's City Council passed legislation to make it easier for tenants to defend themselves against illegal evictions.

San Francisco Regulates Buyouts--Backs Ted Gullickson's Legacy
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
October 22nd, 2014
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to regulate tenant buyouts, insuring that tenants know their rights in the buyout process.

San Mateo County Looking At Housing Options for Homeless
by Michelle DurandSan Mateo Daily Journal
October 21st, 2014
San Mateo is changing its homeless policy to take advantage of new federal funding for rapidly rehousing homeless residents. But options are limited, as low-income units rent for much more now than a few years ago.

Lainez Stops 4th Ellis Eviction
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
October 21st, 2014
A San Francisco family has stopped the fourth attempt to evict them from their apartment. They have lived in their apartment for more than twenty years.

Oakland Tenants Say Bully Landlords Taking Advantage of Market
by Will KaneSan Francisco Chronicle
October 21st, 2014
Oakland's City Council will consider legislation to allow the City to fine or sue landlords who harass tenants. Complaints of harassment have increased markedly over the last year.

Candidates Challenged on 'Rent Stabilization'
by Daniel DeBoltMountain View Voice
October 20th, 2014
Local residents challenged Mountain View's City Council candidates on their solutions, or lack thereof, to the rental housing crisis there.

How San Francisco is Forcing its Gay Population onto the Streets
by Sacha FeinmanThink Progress
October 20th, 2014
Ellis Act evictions are forcing LGBTQ tenants from homes they have lived in for decades.

Berkeley Considers Outlawing Pet Restrictions on Rentals
by Carolyn JonesSan Francisco Chronicle
October 19th, 2014
The City Council will consider legislation requiring landlords to accept pets.

Some Oregon Landlords Still Turn Away Section 8
by Bennett HallCorvalis Gazette-Times
October 18th, 2014
A new Oregon law prohibits discrimination against tenants using housing subsidies, but some landlords are still refusing to rent to tenants who use Section 8 vouchers and other subsidies.

Oakland: Report Says 1,300 Soft Story Apartments at Risk of Collapse in Earthquake
San Jose Mercury News
October 18th, 2014
The Oakland City Council will discuss the effect of seismic retrofits on rent-controlled tenants in Oakland.

Toronto's Affordable Housing Shortage Sparks Growth of Illegal Suburban Rooming Houses
by Amanda KwanThe Globe and Mail
October 17th, 2014
Tenants who are forced out of Toronto's core are moving to rooming houses in suburban areas. The City Council has resisted setting standards for these accommodations, as local residents don't want rooming houses to be legalized.

Ted Gullickson's Broader Legacy
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
October 16th, 2014
Ted Gullickson's influence spread far beyond the San Francisco Tenants Union.

On the List, and Not in a Good Way
by Julie SatowNew York Times
October 16th, 2014
Tenant-screening services collect information on tenants who are involved in disputes with their landlords, and this information enables landlords to blacklist tenants. In many cases tenants are blacklisted for going to court to enforce their rights.

East Palo Alto's Rent Control Office Needs Lots of Help and Guidance, New Report Says
by Bonnie EslingerSan Jose Mercury News
October 15th, 2014
A new report to the East Palo Alto City Council says that that city's rent stabilization board is underfunded and needs guidance from the Council.

Landlords Use Questionable Tactics to Evict Low-Income Tenants
by Melanie WoodrowKTVU
October 13th, 2014
Oakland landlords are using questionable tactics, including illegal notices, to evict low-income tenants.

Ordinance Regulating AirBnb-Type Rentals Approved
by David StevensonKTVU
October 7th, 2014
Over the objections of landlord and tenant groups in San Francisco, the Board of Supervisors voted to allow Airbnb rentals in the City. The limits imposed by the City may be unenforceable.

Federal Judge Asks SF to Show New Ellis Act Payouts Don't Take from Landlords
by Chris RobertsSan Francisco Examiner
October 7th, 2014
Judge Charles Breyer has told San Francisco's City Attorney to show that the increased Ellis Act payouts for evicted tenants are not an unconstitutional taking.

Boom and Bust in the City of Gold
by Carl FinamoreCounterPunch
October 6th, 2014
San Francisco's low- and moderate-income residents are being forced from the City by high rents and often-illegal evictions.

Battle Over Increased Ellis Act Payouts in San Francisco to Enter Federal Court
by Chris RobertsSan Francisco Examiner
October 6th, 2014
Landlords are suing in federal court to stop the required compensation for long-term tenants evicted under the Ellis Act. San Francisco's ordinance requires evicting landlords to tenants the difference between their rent and the market rent in their neighborhood.

Tenants Get New Rights to Grow Food
Westside Today
October 4th, 2014
Tenants of one- and two-unit buildings can grow food in containers under a new law signed by the Governor.

As Housing Costs Soar, San Francisco Seeks Ballot Solution
by Ian LovettNew York Times
October 2nd, 2014
San Franciscans will be voting on Prop. G in November, to limit the speculation that is feeding the eviction crisis there.

Renters Group Protests Eviction of Merced Member
by Thaddeus MillerMerced Sun-Star
September 29th, 2014
A Tenants Together member is facing eviction from his apartment in Merced after working to organize his building.

No Appetite for Rent Control among Council Candidates
by Daniel DeBoltMountain View Voice
September 29th, 2014
Candidates for City Council in Mountain View aren't interested in rent control, even though rents there are skyrocketing. TT Executive Director Dean Preston is interviewed for the article.

A California Dream: Not Having to Settle for Just One Bedroom
by Jennifer MedinaNew York Times
September 23rd, 2014
Tenants in Southern California are having to double up, as rents have increased substantially while rents have remained flat. One of the tenants interviewed for the article, Abel Ruiz, is a Tenants Together member.

New York City's Landlord Loan Program is a Mess, According to this Damning Audit
by Jon CampbellVillage Voice
September 23rd, 2014
A low-interest loan program to assist landlords of rent-controlled properties has been abused by landlords receiving the loans, who often take the money but fail to make the necessary repairs.

Rate of Americans Starting Own Households 'Disturbingly Low'
by Nick TimiraosWall Street Journal
September 22nd, 2014
Young people are forming new households at a very low rate, and those who do are sharing rental homes with roommates, rather than buying houses.

Rising Rents and Opposition to Building Spur Discussion of Rent Control in Marin
by Richard HalsteadMarin Independent Journal
September 21st, 2014
The town of Fairfax, where rents increases are displacing long-term residents, has discussed implementing rent control, as residents there are opposed to the construction of new affordable housing.

Divide Between Homeowners and Renters is Growing
by Tim LoganLos Angeles Times
September 18th, 2014
Homeowners have benefited from the recovery in housing prices, while tenants are faced with higher rents.

Still Not Sharing
by Emily DugaleSan Francisco Bay Guardian
September 16th, 2014
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will discuss legislation to regulate Airbnb rentals in the City. In addition to limiting the number of days a unit could be rented, Airbnb rentals would be subject to the City's hotel tax.

Tenants Face Absurd Lawsuits as Low-Fault Evictions Increase
by Emily DugaleSan Francisco Bay Guardian
September 15th, 2014
San Francisco landlords are attempting to evict rent-controlled tenants for silly reasons, such as cooking late at night.

Mayor Lee's Small Sites Program Could Save Tenant's Home
by Andrew SzetoBeyond Chron
September 15th, 2014
A long-term San Francisco tenant's Ellis Act eviction has been rescinded, but the building is now for sale.

Asthmatic Tenant Evicted After 25 Years
Associated Press
September 14th, 2014
A New York public housing tenant is being evicted because her son, who did not live with her, was convicted of a drug crime.

Mentally Ill Tenants Served Notices of Eviction after Nonprofit Stops Paying Bills
by Greg B. SmithNew York Daily News
September 14th, 2014
Mentally ill tenants in New York are being evicted after the nonprofit that is supposed to pay their rent failed to do so. The nonprofit is funded by New York's Office of Mental Health.

Bed Bug Infestations on the Rise--Even in Clean Places
by Joe GoldeenStockton Record
September 13th, 2014
Bed bugs are difficult to eradicate, but landlords are responsible for doing so in California.

Audit Finds Flaws in State Affordable Housing Spending
by Patrick McGreevyLos Angeles Times
September 11th, 2014
The State Department of Housing and Community Development is overspending for affordable housing projects and using funds for projects that provide no affordable housing.

North Sacramento Woman, 4 Kids Face Eviction in Rent Dispute Due to Rodent Problem
by Phillip ReeseSacramento Bee
September 11th, 2014
The Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA) is trying to evict a tenant who is withholding rent because of a rodent infestation.

Alameda: Council to Consider Forming Rent Task Force
by Peter HegartyContra Costa Times
September 10th, 2014
The Alameda City Council will consider the formation of a task force to look at the increasingly high rents there.

North Beach Tenants Find Strength and Friendship as They Fight to Keep Their Homes
by Melanie YoungKALW
September 10th, 2014
North Beach tenants being threatened with eviction have banded together to support one another in fighting for their homes.

Santa Monica Affordable Units Protected Under State Law, Court Says
by Daniel LariosSanta Monica Lookout
September 9th, 2014
Santa Monica can enforce contracts that were entered into prior to 1996, that require landlords to maintain some units as permanent low-income housing.

Landlord Trying to Swap Renters for 'Rich, White Tenants': Suit
by Selim AlgarNew York Post
September 9th, 2014
Section 8 tenants are accusing their landlord of evicting them to gentrify the Brooklyn building in which they live.

More SF Landlords Evicting Tenants Without any Evidence, According to New Housing Report
CBS San Francisco
September 5th, 2014
San Francisco landlords are trying to evict their tenants for reasons ranging from silly to illegal. One faced eviction for cooking late at night, while another faced eviction for having a service animal. Disabled tenants are allowed to have service animals, and it is illegal for landlords to evict disabled tenants for have service animals.

Tenants File Class-Action Lawsuit Against East Palo Alto's Largest Landlord
by Sue DremannPalo Alto Online
September 4th, 2014
East Palo Alto tenants are suing their landlord, Equity Residential, for charging excessive fees for late payments and the like.

East Palo Alto's Biggest Landlord Hit with Class Action Suit for Allegedly Charging Late Rent Fees
by Bonnie EslingerSan Jose Mercury News
September 3rd, 2014
Tenants of Equity Residential are suing their landlord for charging illegal late fees.

Report: SF Sees Spike in Evictions Based on Low-Fault Issues
by Jessica KwongSan Francisco Examiner
September 3rd, 2014
San Francisco's Eviction Defense Collaborative has issued it's second eviction report, and has found that landlords are attempting to evict tenants for reasons such as cooking late at night or having a legal service animal.

Santa Monica Sues Landlord for Alleged Intimidation Tactics
by Daniel LariosSanta Monica Lookout
September 3rd, 2014
A Santa Monica landlord has been sued by the City for intimidating rent-controlled tenants, to force them to give up their units.

Santa Monica Sues Landlord for Intimidating Tenants
by Joanna ClayLos Angeles Register
September 2nd, 2014
Santa Monica is suing a local landlord for harassing and intimidating tenants in an effort to get the tenants to leave their rent-controlled units.

Aging Population Faces Housing Shortage
by Amy HoakMarket Watch
September 2nd, 2014
Adequate housing for seniors is a problem, as many units are unsuitable for the disabled, and affordable housing is in short supply. Younger boomers are at particular risk, as they are less likely to own homes and many don't have children to help them.

Can Working-Class Families Afford to Live in San Mateo County?
by Aaron KinneySan Jose Mercury News
August 28th, 2014
Families in San Mateo County are being evicted so that landlords can increase rents there. Local governments have taken little action to address the problem.

Evictions Soar in Hot Market; Renters Suffer
by Shaila DewanNew York Times
August 28th, 2014
Tenants are being evicted in large numbers, as landlords push rents above what many tenants can pay,

March on the Slumlord: Portland Solidarity Network Brings Community Together to Stand Up to Landlords
August 27th, 2014
The Portland Solidarity Network is helping a tenant to recover her security deposit and rent overpayments from a local landlord.

How Oakland Landlords Fight Rent Control
by Sam LevinEast Bay Express
August 27th, 2014
The procedures of Oakland's rent board, as well as the make-up of the board, favor landlords over tenants, particularly in complex cases.

East Palo Alto Hires Third Rent Control Chief in Three Months
by Bonnie EslingerSan Jose Mercury News
August 26th, 2014
East Palo Alto has hired a new director for its Rent Control Board. The last director left after two weeks, when the City Manager's contract was not renewed.

Surprise, Surprise: SF Falling Far Short on Affordable Housing for Low-Income Residents
by Heather KnightSan Francisco Chronicle
August 25th, 2014
The California Housing Partnership reports that San Francisco needs to construct more than 40,000 units for low-income residents.

You Thought the Mortgage Crisis was Over? It's About to Flare Up Again
by David DayenNew Republic
August 24th, 2014
Mortgage re-sets may lead to a new wave of foreclosures, particularly in communities hard-hit by the collapse of the housing bubble.

Salinas Seniors Face Housing Crisis
by Dennis L. TaylorThe Californian
August 23rd, 2014
Low-income Salinas elders face high housing costs, as there is little housing available, and the government has cut funding for affordable housing construction.

October Trial Set for Challenge by Landlords to SF Eviction Law
by Bob EgelkoSan Francisco Chronicle
August 22nd, 2014
A landlord lawsuit against the increased relocation payments to tenants required under a new San Francisco ordinance will be heard in October.

Judge Denies Restraining Order in San Francisco Rent Case
by Joaquin PalominoReuters
August 22nd, 2014
A judge has refused to issue a restraining order that would put a hold on the San Francisco law requiring larger relocation payments to tenants evicted under the Ellis Act.

Housing Bill to Reduce Marin's Densities Awaits Governor's Approval
by Megan HansenMarin Independent Journal
August 22nd, 2014
A bill that would allow lower densities for affordable housing projects in Marin County has been passed by the Legislature. The bill would make affordable housing production there more expensive.

L.A. Nation's Most Expensive Housing Market
by Gregory J. WilcoxLos Angeles Daily News
August 21st, 2014
Los Angeles has the nation's highest housing costs for tenants.

20 Tenants Protest Eviction from Mission Building Where Shady Manager and Landlord Were Scheming
August 21st, 2014
Tenants are protesting an eviction, claiming that the building manager has taken rent from tenants, but failed to forward it to the landlord. Some tenants have cancelled checks proving that they paid the rent.

For Low-Income Families, Challenges Keep Growing
by Sally TullyOrange County Register
August 21st, 2014
Low-income families are overpaying for rent, and the government has cut funding for affordable housing construction by 76%.

Tenants Say Property Manager Stole Their Rent
by Joe Rivano BarrosMIssion Local
August 20th, 2014
Tenants are being evicted from their apartments for non-payment of rent even though they claim that the property manager stole their rent payments. Some tenants have canceled checks proving that they paid rent.

Coalition Marches for New Affordable Housing Rules in Harlem
by Tobias SalingerCommercial Observer
August 20th, 2014
A coalition of housing activists and construction union members rallied in support of new affordable housing requirements in New York City.

SF Tenants Rally for Support of Proposition G
by Jessica KwongSan Francisco Examiner
August 20th, 2014
Tenants rallied in support of Proposition G, the anti-speculation initiative on the November ballot.

Study: Orange County Has Shortfall of 118,895 Affordable Homes
by Ben BergmanKPCC
August 19th, 2014
A new study reports that Orange County needs nearly 119,000 affordable homes. However, state and federal funds for affordable housing have largely disappeared.

Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors Ditches Controversial Housing Fees
by Jason HoppinSanta Cruz Sentinel
August 19th, 2014
The Santa Cruz Board of Supervisors has made changes to affordable housing funding and requirements there. However, neither plan has developed much affordable housing in the County.

How Ferguson Went from Middle Class to Poor in a Generation
by Denver NicksTime Magazine
August 18th, 2014
Poor people are being forced to suburbs as urban areas are gentrified and richer suburbs use zoning to avoid allowing affordable housing.

Landlords, Tenants Unite on Amnesty Plan for Illegal Apartments
by Emily Alpert ReyesLos Angeles Times
August 17th, 2014
Landlords and tenants in Los Angeles are developing a plan that would allow for legalization of illegal apartments, many of which have been in existence for many years.

San Francisco Democratic Party Decides on Endorsements for November Election
by Rebecca BoweSan Francisco Bay Guardian
August 14th, 2014
Tenants Together Executive Director Dean Preston asked the SF Democratic Party to support the anti-speculation initiative, Proposition G, on the November ballot.

New UCLA Study Confirms LA is Least Affordable City in US
by Ben BergmanKPCC
August 13th, 2014
Los Angeles rents are the highest in the nation, as a percentage of tenant income.

UCLA Study Identifies LA as Most Unaffordable Rental Market in the Nation
August 13th, 2014
Los Angeles has the least affordable rents in the country, with tenants paying an average of 47% of income for rent.

Huntington Beach Drops Rent Control Measure for Mobile Home Parks
by Anthony Clark CarpioLos Angeles Times
August 13th, 2014
The Huntington Beach City Council agreed to remove mobile-home rent control legislation from the November ballot. Some mobile-home park owners have withdrawn planned rent increases and are negotiating with tenants.

Investors Profit from Foreclosure Risk on Home Mortgages
by Matthew GoldsteinNew York Times
August 13th, 2014
Investors are now investing in homes heading for foreclosure, and the bond securitization is expected to be profitable for the hedge funds investing in them.

A Hairy Subject: Renters, Dogs and No-Pet Apartments in West Hollywood
WeHo News
August 11th, 2014
West Hollywood allows tenants who are disabled or elderly to keep pets, even if their leases prohibit pets. Pets often provide companionship and support for people who have limited mobility or have debilitating illnesses.

'Poor Doors' Development Proposal Draws Scorn in West Hollywood
by Hailey Branson-PottsLos Angeles Times
August 10th, 2014
The West Hollywood Planning Commission has rejected a development proposal, in part because of the proposed separation of affordable and market rate units.

Nashville Rent Increases Have Residents Singing the Blues
by Chelsey DulaneyWall Street Journal
August 10th, 2014
Rents are increasing rapidly even in cities not known for high rents, even though incomes are stagnant.

Huntington Council to Consider Taking Rent-Control Measure Off Ballot
by Anthony Clark CarpioHuntington Beach Independent
August 7th, 2014
The Huntington Beach City Council will consider removing a rent control measure from the local ballot after the local mobile home park owners agreed to negotiate new leases with their tenants.

Three Strikes Tenant Law Repealed by Norristown Council
by Carl RotenbergTimes Herald
August 6th, 2014
An ACLU lawsuit has led to the repeal of an ordinance in Norristown PA that would have required landlords to evict tenants after the police had been called to the property three times. An early victim of this legislation was a woman who called the police after her abusive ex-boyfriend came to her apartment.

After Foreclosure, Homeless Face Long Recovery
by Amy GreenWMFE-FM
August 6th, 2014
Homeowners who face foreclosure are often left homeless, but the most precarious are tenants who live in buildings where the landlord faces foreclosure.

SMRR Supports Four of the Five Ballot Initiatives
by Daniel LariosSanta Monica Lookout
August 5th, 2014
Santa Monicans for Renters Rights is supporting several ballot initiatives that would provide funding for affordable housing and for the Rent Board there.

$1,000 a Month for Tiny Room, Seedy Surroundings in the Mission
by Heather KnightSan Francisco Chronicle
August 5th, 2014
Low-income tenants in San Francisco are forced to endure overcrowding and health and safety violations to keep themselves in housing.

Affordable Housing Crisis in Sonoma County
by Angela HartThe Press Democrat
August 5th, 2014
Sonoma County is in the midst of an affordable housing crisis, but has not allocated funds to address the issue.

In the Housing Crisis, Blue Carpet is a Symbol of the Landlord's Freedom to Channel Ebenezer Scrooge
by Eleanor MargolisNew Statesman
August 1st, 2014
Even in expensive rentals, the housing crisis has enabled landlords to provide ugly and outdated fixtures.

Protest to "Stop Illegal Tourist Conversions!"
by Ashley HeineBeyond Chron
July 30th, 2014
Tenants in San Francisco are protesting the conversion of rental housing to Airbnb tourist accommodation.

Campos Raises Stakes on Tenant Buyouts
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
July 30th, 2014
Supervisor David Campos has proposed legislation that would require landlords to provide more information to tenants who might sign buyout contracts.

'Poor Doors' Show Why We Can't Rely on Developers for Affordable Housing
by Owen HatherleyGuardian U.K.
July 29th, 2014
Depending on developers to build affordable housing is not creating enough housing and leading to policies that allow for 'poor doors'.

Mobile Home Rent Control to be Decided by Huntington Beach Voters
by Jonathan WinslowOrange County Register
July 28th, 2014
Voters in Huntington Beach will decide whether or not to discuss rent control for mobile home parks.

New Requirements Target Long-Term Occupancy Motels in Costa Mesa
by Lauren SteussyOrange County Register
July 28th, 2014
Costa Mesa's City Council has voted to impose restrictions on long-term occupancy motels, even though these provide the only low-income housing in the community, and the City has no definite plans to provide replacement housing.

Eviction Fears Trigger Increase in Calls to Legal Advice Line
by Allison BrayIrish Independent
July 28th, 2014
Irish tenants fear eviction, as they have few rights and landlords are increasing rents. Many tenants are facing eviction as a result of bank foreclosure actions against their landlords.

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