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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.

Central City SRO Collaborative Battles More Than Bedbugs
by Mike KepkaSan Francisco Chronicle
July 27th, 2014
San Francisco's Central City SRO Collaborative helps tenants to enforce habitability laws in singe-room occupancy hotels.

Yuba City Tenants Sue Landlord over 'Substandard Conditions'
by Harold KruggerAppeal-Democrat
July 26th, 2014
California Rural Legal Assistance is filing suit on behalf of tenants at a Yuba City apartment complex. The suit claims that the landlord has failed to correct serious building problems and used illegal tactics against the tenants.

Father Slams Brighton and Hove City Council over Bedbug Infestation
by Adrian ImmsThe Argus
July 26th, 2014
A UK tenant in social housing has complained that the local housing council has known about a bedbug infestation for years, and has failed to address the problem.

Lawmakers Vow to End 'Poor Door' Policy at Luxury Buildings
by Amber Jamieson and Yoav GonenNew York Post
July 26th, 2014
NYC lawmakers are seeking to end the 'poor door' policy, which allows developers to provide separate--and lesser--entrances to tenants who live in the properties as a result of inclusionary zoning. Developers are allowed additional luxury units in exchange for the low-income units.

Sudden Departure of East Palo Alto's New Rent-Control Boss Mystifies Officials
by Bonnie EslingerSan Jose Mercury News
July 25th, 2014
East Palo Alto officials are mystified by the departure of the City's new rent-control director, less than two weeks after he was hired.

Attorney General Goes After Ex-Cop Accused of Harassing Tenants in Rent-Stabilized Apartments
by Greg B. SmithNew York Daily News
July 25th, 2014
A former policeman in New York City is being investigated for helping a socially-prominent landlord to harass rent-stabilized tenants, and force them from their homes.

Eviction Attempts Rampant on Manhattan's Upper West Side
by Catherine YangEpoch Times
July 25th, 2014
Rent-stabilized tenants in Manhattan are facing threats and intimidation, as landlord try to force them to move from their units.

Justice Department Obtains $80,000 Settlement in Housing Discrimination Lawsuit against California Landlord
Imperial Valley News
July 25th, 2014
A Fremont landlord will pay $80,000 to settle a discrimination complaint alleging that the landlord discriminated against families with children.

San Francisco Landlords Sue to Stop 'Oppressive' Renter Relocation Payments
by Eric YoungSan Francisco Business Times
July 24th, 2014
The San Francisco Apartment Association and the Coalition for Better Housing are suing to stop legislation that increased relocation payments for tenants evicted as a result of the Ellis Act.

Slumlord Millionaires: Wall Street's New Scheme to Profit Off Poor People
by David DayenNew Republic
July 24th, 2014
Wall Street landlords are raising rents, charging inappropriate fees and shirking their responsibilities to maintain their properties.

Blackstone Said to Prepare $700 Million Sale of Home Debt
by Heather Perlberg and John GittelsohnBloomberg
July 24th, 2014
Several private equity groups are packaging the foreclosed homes they purchased and converted to rentals as bonds secured by the properties and their rental income.

Landlords Challenge S.F.'s New Law on Evictions
by Bob EgelkoSan Francisco Chronicle
July 24th, 2014
Landlords are suing to stop a San Francisco ordinance that requires that tenants who are evicted through the Ellis Act be compensated by their landlords.

Bill De Blasio Seeks to End New York's 'Poor Doors'
by Lucy WestcottNewsweek
July 23rd, 2014
New York City's Mayor De Blasio wants to eliminate 'poor doors' from housing developments there. 'Poor doors' were permitted under a rule change enacted during the Bloomberg administration.

A 30-Year-Old Law is Creating a Crisis in San Francisco
by Joey CoscoBusiness Insider
July 22nd, 2014
The Ellis Act is reducing the supply of affordable housing in San Francisco.

Tenants Report Plumbing Problems, Leaky Roofs and Absent Landlords in Rentals Owned by Wall Street
by Alan PykeThink Progress
July 22nd, 2014
A report by Homes for All details the problems with Wall Street investor-owned rentals in Southern California

Tenant Harassment Complaints Up in Santa Monica
by Daniel LariosSanta Monica Lookout
July 21st, 2014
Tenant complaints of harassment against landlords have nearly doubled since 1995.

Here's What It's Like When Wall Street is Your Landlord
by Ben HallmanHuffington Post
July 21st, 2014
A new report details problems with the hedge-fund owned rental properties in Southern California.

NYC Gives the Green Light to the Building of Apartments with a 'Poor Door' for Tenants Living in Affordable Housing
by Kirk MaltaisDaily Mail
July 20th, 2014
A developer in New York City has been allowed to establish a separate alley entrance for tenants in the building's affordable units. NYC allowed the developer additional market rate units in exchange for constructing the affordable housing.

Sequester a 'Tight Squeeze' for Section 8 Housing Residents
by Matthew TaubBrooklyn Eagle
July 18th, 2014
Section 8 tenants in New York City face higher rents or smaller quarters, as the federal budget sequester forces cuts in subsidized housing.

Equity Residential (EQR) Representative Removed from East Palo Alto Rent Board Amidst Controversy
by Tenants Together
July 17th, 2014

Bay Area Rents Soar, Despite Increase in Supply
by Katherine PenderSan Francisco Chronicle
July 16th, 2014
Increasing the housing supply has not caused rents to fall in the Bay Area. Indeed they continue to rise.

Freddie Mac Predicts Multifamily Home Shortage by 2023
by Mike WheatleyRealty Biz News
July 16th, 2014
Freddie Mac predicts that there will be a rental housing shortage by 2023, and that there will not be sufficient new construction to meet the need.

Google Lawyer Turned Landlord Inflames City's Tech Clash
by Karen Gullo and Dan LevyBusiness Week
July 16th, 2014
Google lawyer Jack Halprin is evicting the rent-controlled tenants in his Mission District property.

East Palo Alto Residents Ask Council to Oust Manager
by Bonnie EslingerSan Jose Mercury News
July 15th, 2014
East Palo Alto residents asked the City Council there to find a new City Manager, charging that the present City Manager lacks a commitment to the City's rent law and local control of public safety, the two issues that led to residents forming the City 33 years ago.

Bay Area Apartment Rents Continue Relentless Rise on Tight Supply
by Pete CarySan Jose Mercury News
July 15th, 2014
Rents have increased substantially over the last three years, forcing many workers to endure long commutes from outlying communities.

East Palo Alto to Seek New City Manager
by Sue DremannPalo Alto Online
July 15th, 2014
East Palo Alto's City Council has decided to replace Magda Gonzalez as City Manager there. Tenants Together argued that she was too close to East Palo Alto's major landlord, and she advocated contracting out the City's police services.

WeHo Announces 2014-2015 Rent Adjustment of 1.25 Percent
July 14th, 2014
Landlords of rent-controlled units in West Hollywood may increase rents 1.25 percent this year.

Tenant Group Calls for EPA City Manager's Ouster
by Sue DremannPalo Alto Online
July 11th, 2014
Tenants Together is calling for the ouster of the City Manager in East Palo Alto, and has documented her bias in favor of that city's largest private landlord.

American Homes CEO Sees More Takeovers Amid Consolidation
by John GittelsohnBusiness Week
July 11th, 2014
Large investor groups are likely to take over the rental houses of smaller investor groups, as the industry consolidates.

Council Approves Three Housing Measures for November Ballot
by Jonathan FriedmanSanta Monica Lookout
July 11th, 2014
Three measures on the ballot in Santa Monica will address housing issues. One would allow rent board fees to rise, and another would increase the real estate transfer fee. The third, an advisory vote, would use money from the real estate transfer fee to fund affordable housing.

Housing Activists Take Aim at Cow Hollow Company over Eviction of Long Time Elderly Tenant
by Jessica KwongSan Francisco Examiner
July 11th, 2014
Housing activists in San Francisco are protesting the Ellis Act eviction of a long-term tenant there.

Tenant Group Says East Palo Alto's City Manager Cozies Up to Big Landlord
by Bonnie EslingerSan Jose Mercury News
July 11th, 2014
Tenants Together is asking that East Palo Alto's City Manager's contract not be renewed, as she has worked against enforcement of the City's rent control law.

Bed Bugs Invade Fresno Apartment Building
by Erika CervantesKMPH News
July 10th, 2014
Tenants in a Fresno apartment building are struggling with a bedbug infestation. The landlord has fumigated, but that has been ineffective.

A Face Behind San Francisco's Gentrification Problem
by Austin MeyerPeninsula Press
July 10th, 2014
A tenant who has lived in his apartment for 37 years is facing eviction under the Ellis Act.

Protesters Defend San Francisco Woman, 98, from Eviction
July 10th, 2014
Tenant groups in San Francisco are protesting the eviction of a 98-year-old woman. The landlord is UGI, which has emptied several San Francisco properties using the Ellis Act.

Linkage Fees Proposed to Double
by Roger ShowleyU-T San Diego
July 9th, 2014
A proposed "compromise" on commercial development fees would produce fewer than 100 units of affordable housing in San Diego, where some 46,000 households lack affordable housing. Housing activists there oppose the proposal.

As New York Landlords Push for Buyouts, Tenants Stand their Ground
by Mireya NavarroNew York Times
July 9th, 2014
Rent-stabilized tenants in New York City are often resistant accepting a buyout, as the money isn't sufficient to pay rent for more than a short period of time.

'Just Cause' Eviction Legislation Becomes Law in Rhode Island
NBC News Rhode Island
July 9th, 2014
Rhode Island has passed legislation to protect tenants in foreclosed properties from eviction without just cause.

6 Candidates Compete for Berkeley's Dominant Rent Board Slate
by Nico CorreiaBerkeley Daily Planet
July 8th, 2014
Berkeley tenants will meet this weekend to choose the slate of candidates for election to the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board.

Renters Could Pay Less, Landlords More
by David Mark SimpsonSanta Monica Daily Press
July 8th, 2014
The Santa Monica City Council will decide whether or not to place an initiative on the ballot that would increase registration fees for rent-controlled units, and require that landlords pay half of the fee.

San Francisco to Provide Right to Counsel for Tenants Facing Eviction
by David Campos and Jeff AdachiSan Francisco Bay Guardian
July 8th, 2014
San Francisco has allocated $1 million to provide lawyers for tenants facing eviction in the City. Tenants without legal representation often lose their cases and the eviction makes it difficult to obtain new housing.

Goldman Sachs is my Landlord
by Carmen Perez-Lanzac and Elisa SilioEl Pais
July 4th, 2014
Spain's government is requiring that local authorities sell off public housing there, and the investment groups purchasing them are taking action to maximize their profits.

The Law on Renting Needs Changing: It's Far Too Easy for Landlords to Evict
by Patrick CollinsonGuardian U.K.
July 4th, 2014
Revenge evictions have become much more frequent in Britain, as landlords evict tenants for asking for repairs. Tenants who fight these evictions lose, and face difficulty in obtaining replacement housing.

Rents Are Rising But People Aren't Making Any More Money
by Alan PykeThink Progress
July 2nd, 2014
The average monthly rent has increased by 15% since 1990, but incomes have not increased at all.

Tenant Fears about Rent Increases in Oakland Materialize
by Jean TeppermanEast Bay Express
June 30th, 2014
Real estate speculators are targeting rent-controlled properties in Oakland, and are rushing to complete "capital improvements" in advance of legislation limiting rent increases for those improvements.

Campos, Adachi and Tenant Advocates Seek Right to Legal Representation for Any Tenant Facing Eviction in San Francisco
San Francisco Bay View
June 30th, 2014
A proposal is being developed that would provide legal representation to tenants facing eviction. Many tenants cannot afford lawyers, and losing an unlawful detainer will bar tenants from most rental housing for many years.

Devastated Families Face Eviction after Britain's Richest MP Buys Housing Estate and Hikes Up Rent
by Nick SommerladDaily Mirror
June 29th, 2014
Tory MP Richard Benyon's family trust has purchased a housing estate and is planning to evict the tenants, even though some of the tenants have lived on the estate for more than 50 years. The local government will not help the tenants until they've been formally evicted.

Investors Who Bought Foreclosed Homes in Bulk Look to Sell
by Matthew GoldsteinNew York Times
June 27th, 2014
Hedge funds and other investors who bought large numbers of foreclosed homes are now selling them to other investors, either directly or through REITs.

High-Tech, Airline-Style Pricing is Pushing New York Rents to New Altitudes
by Katherine ClarkeNew York Daily News
June 27th, 2014
Real estate investor groups are using computer models to raise asking rents for their units on a daily basis.

Eviction by Declaration Bill Advances, Exposing Sacramento Double Standard on Tenants
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
June 26th, 2014
TT Executive Director Dean Preston reports on the progress of AB 1513 in the State Senate.

Renters Getting Priced Out of San Jose
by Leeta-Rose BallesterSan Jose Mercury News
June 25th, 2014
San Jose's weak rent control law does not provide for "just cause" eviction protection, and rent-controlled tenants can be evicted with 90-days' notice.

L.A. City Council to Vote on Bolstering Foreclosure Registry
by Tim LoganLos Angeles Times
June 25th, 2014
The Los Angeles City Council will vote on legislation that would require that banks pay a fee to register foreclosed properties. The money raised would be used to inspect bank-owned properties, which are often empty and become neighborhood nuisances.

Kim, Activists Seek SRO Elevator Fix
by Andrew SzetoBeyond Chron
June 24th, 2014
Low-income disabled and senior tenants can be trapped in their rooms when the building elevator breaks down.

Panel Backs Increase of One Percent
by Mireya NavarroNew York Times
June 23rd, 2014
New York City's Rent Board allowed a rent increase of one percent for rent-stabilized units, even though the Board's own analysis showed that previous rent increases had allowed landlords excess profits for several years.

Goldman Sachs Confirms: The Rent is Too Damn High
by Jana KasperkevicGuardian U.K.
June 23rd, 2014
Goldman Sachs expects rents to increase more than three percent in 2014.

America's Housing "Recovery": Transforming "Foreclosed Homes" into Rental Empires
by Laura GottesdienerGlobal Research
June 22nd, 2014
An investor group led by Donald Mullen, who gained fame as the leader of the Goldman Sachs team that bet against Goldman Sachs own housing securities, as well as those of other banks, is now investing in rental housing. In one of the group's properties, a child died because the landlord failed to install a fence around the pool.

New York Rent Hearings Grow Rancorous with Freeze under Consideration
by Tina SusmanLos Angeles Times
June 22nd, 2014
New York's rent-stabilized tenants are asking for a rent freeze this year.

Facing Pressure from Tenant Groups, Board is Set to Vote on Rent Freeze
by Mireya NavarroNew York Times
June 22nd, 2014
Tenants in New York City are demanding a zero percent rent increase for stabilized tenants there. Because landlord profits have increased for the last eight year, tenants argue that a rent increase is not justified.

Can a Rent Freeze Beat Back New York's Predatory Landlords
by John LightMoyers and Company
June 21st, 2014
Tenants in New York City are calling for a rent freeze to help stop speculators from buying properties there and forcing rent-stabilized tenants out.

Initiatives Aim to Build More Affordable Housing
by Coburn PalmerSF Bay
June 20th, 2014
Two initiatives seek to insure the development of more affordable housing in San Francisco.

Tenants Must Build Power in Sacramento
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
June 20th, 2014
TT Executive Director notes that real estate interests have outsized influence in Sacramento because of their contributions to political campaigns.

Depot Housing Project Renews Gentrification Split
by Adam ElmharekVoice of Orange County
June 20th, 2014
The Santa Ana City Council approved an affordable housing project over the objections of nearby residents.

Does Living in Affordable Housing Lower IQ?
by Laura KieselMain Street
June 19th, 2014
Researchers at Johns Hopkins found that children in families paying more than 30% of income for rent have an increased chance of cognitive difficulties. The study also found that children in families paying very low rent also suffered such difficulties because their families lived in very distressed neighborhoods.

Some Tenants Face Monthslong Waits for Rent Board Case Review
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
June 19th, 2014
The increasing number of eviction attempts in San Francisco has caused a backlog for Rent Board hearings.

Eviction Rates for Black Women on Par with Incarcerations for Black Men
by Erin C. J. RobertsonThe Root
June 19th, 2014
A study found that African American women are more likely to be evicted from their homes, and that eviction destabilizes their households. The study recommends emergency rent assistance and the development of affordable housing options.

Tenants Win Argument, Lose Vote
by Andrew SzetoBeyond Chron
June 19th, 2014
Democrats in the State Assembly failed to support a bill that would protect tenants from eviction by speculators.

Assembly Democrats Put Ellis Reform on Life Support
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
June 19th, 2014
Ellis Act reform was defeated because Assembly Democrats did not support it.

Judge Nixes Airbnb Subletter's Eviction
by Julia Marsh and Kevin FasickNew York Post
June 18th, 2014
A New York City judge has ruled that a tenant has not committed an incurable breach of the lease by renting to Airbnb guests. However, the landlord can demand that she stop doing so in the future.

Coachella Valley Housing Market Still in Transition
by Dominique FongDesert Sun
June 18th, 2014
While many regions in California have recovered from the foreclosure crisis, some inland areas are still struggling.

State Lawmakers Reject San Francisco's Bid for Ellis Act Exemption
by Doug SovernCBS (San Francisco)
June 18th, 2014
Assembly Democrats failed to support Ellis Act reform.

Ellis Act Reform Bill Stalls at State Assembly Hearing
by Kate CongerSan Francisco Examiner
June 18th, 2014
Two Democrats stopped a bill that would protect tenants in San Francisco from eviction by real estate speculators.

Assembly Committee Rejects Ellis Act Bill
by Melody GutierrezSan Francisco Chronicle
June 18th, 2014
Legislation to protect rent-contolled tenants from real estate speculators failed to pass an Assembly committee. Two Democrats voted against the reform.

Anti-Speculation Tax, Rival Housing Balance Measures Head to SF Ballot
by Andrew SzetoBeyond Chron
June 18th, 2014
Three initiatives are proposed to address San Francisco's affordable housing crisis.

Ellis Reform Bill Faces New Test
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
June 17th, 2014
Two Democratic legislators will determine whether a bill to reform the Ellis Act will proceed in the State Assembly.

Voters Could Decide on Proposed Hike to Landlord Registration Fee
by Jonathan FriedmanSanta Monica Lookout
June 16th, 2014
The Santa Monica Rent Board has asked the City Council there to place a measure on the November ballot that would increase landlord registration fees. The Rent Board is funded entirely through the fees, a portion of which can be passed on to tenants.

Home, Food or Health Care: A Choice Many Renters Can't Afford
by Ben BergmanNPR
June 15th, 2014
Housing costs have risen above the ability to pay in all areas of the United States, but housing is particularly expensive in California. California has also slashed funds for the construction of affordable housing.

Post-Foreclosure Evictions Haunt Some Renters
by Mary Ellen PodmolikChicago Tribune
June 15th, 2014
Some tenants who were evicted after their landlords faced foreclosure have difficulty finding new housing, as an eviction shows on their credit record. Many states have laws that require that records of those tenant evictions be sealed, but often this does not happen.

Landlord Rep Shouldn't Be Involved in Hiring the Head of East Palo Alto's Rent-Control Program
by Bonnie EslingerSan Jose Mercury News
June 14th, 2014
A staffer from Equity Residential, which owns more than half of the rental units in East Palo Alto, was allowed to participate in the hiring of the rent control board's director. City Manager Magda Gonzalez said that the City Attorney saw no conflict of interest.

Residents Vocalize Concerns at Pico Neighborhood Town Hall Meeting
by Ivette Lopez and Daniel LariosSanta Monica Lookout
June 13th, 2014
Residents of Santa Monica's Pico neighborhood met to discuss the proposed conversion of rent-controlled apartments to condominiums, as well as the use of the Ellis Act to evict rent-controlled tenants.

Tutors in the Fine Art of Eviction Under Fire in San Francisco
by Toshio MeronekTruthout
June 13th, 2014
San Francisco tenants are protesting the efforts of local eviction lawyers to teach others to evict tenants in the City.

SF Community Land Trust Stops Ellis Act Eviction
by Valerie ZekasBeyond Chron
June 13th, 2014
The San Francisco Land Trust has purchased a Mission District building to preserve the housing of 14 low-income tenants.

SF Mission District Tenants Turning Victorian Home into Co-op to Avoid Ellis Act Eviction
by Doug SovernCBS (San Francisco)
June 12th, 2014
The San Francisco Land Trust will protect the housing of 14 low-income tenants by purchasing the building in which they live.

Curtis Park Tax Credit Issue Resolved
by Ben van der MeerSacramento Business Journal
June 11th, 2014
Sacramento's City Council decided to withdraw one of the Housing Authority's request for tax credit funding, so that the Curtis Park Village project could obtain the tax credits. Curtis Park Village will have a small number of affordable units, but the project would fail without the tax credits, according to the developer.

East Palo Alto Residents Explore Westside Development
by Sue DremannPalo Alto Online
June 11th, 2014
East Palo Alto residents are looking at the options for affordable housing development there. Most of East Palo Alto's rent-controlled units are in the Westside.

What the Foreclosure Crisis Looks Like in Urban Neighborhoods with Few Single-Family Homes
by Emily BadgerWashington Post
June 11th, 2014
The foreclosure crisis in multi-unit properties may result in a permanent loss of affordable housing. The maps are reproduced only in the source publication.

Why Renters Are Ending Up in the Suburbs
by Kriston CappsCity Lab
June 10th, 2014
Renters are moving to the suburbs in search of affordable housing. There they have all of the problems, and none of the benefits, of suburban life.

Council Will Consider Task Force on Rents
by Michele EllsonThe Alamedan
June 10th, 2014
The Planning Commission in Alameda has asked the City Council to establish a task force that would look at whether or not rising rents are causing displacement there.

Foreclosures Skyrocket in Northeast, West Coast
by Trey GarrisonHousing Wire
June 10th, 2014
Foreclosures in California have increased 26% over the same period last year, the second consecutive increase here.

Blighted Homes Linger in L.A., Frustrating Neighbors
by Tim Logan and Doug Smith, with Sandra PoindexterLos Angeles Times
June 10th, 2014
Bank owners of foreclosed properties in Los Angeles are not maintaining their properties, and often do not provide contact information for city officials and neighbors with complaints about blighted properties.

At-Will Eviction Bill Moves Through CA Legislature
by Andrew SzetoBeyond Chron
June 10th, 2014
AB 1513, which would allow landlords to evict tenants without a court hearing, has been passed by the State Assembly and is now under consideration in the State Senate.

Greystar Doubles Up with Deal for Rival US Landlord Riverstone
by Kate Allen and Anjil RavalFinancial Times
June 9th, 2014
A merger of two residential rental groups will bring nearly 400,000 units under ownership of a single landlord.

Landlord in Gentrifying Silicon Valley Neighborhood Tried to Evict Tenant Over 75-Cent Debt
by Ben Mathis-LilleySlate
June 9th, 2014
Equity Residential, which owns half of the rental units in East Palo Alto, is attempting to evict a tenant over a debt of 75 cents.

Airbnb Blurs Lines Between Visitors, Tenants
by Carolyn SaidSan Francisco Chronicle
June 7th, 2014
A tenant who rented a room for almost three months may have been illegally evicted by her landlord.

Eric Garcetti Endorses Funding Mass Transit with Cap-and-Trade Revenue
by Soumya KarlamanglaLos Angeles Times
June 6th, 2014
Mayor Eric Garcetti has endorsed a plan by State Senate Democrats that would use cap-and-trade monies to fund mass transit and affordable housing.

Peak Evictions Came to San Francisco Back in the 1990s
by Kriston CappsThe Atlantic
June 4th, 2014
Landlords switched to evicting under the Ellis Act when the San Francisco Board of Supervisors tightened the "just cause" eviction rules to prevent landlords from abusing the just cause allowing for owner move-ins in the 1990s.

Eviction by 'Rent-a-Cop'
by Rebecca BurnsBeyond Chron
June 3rd, 2014
Illinois legislation would allow tenants to be evicted from their homes by private 'rent-a-cop' services, and would allow evictions during extremely cold weather.

Tax-Credit Dispute Jeopardizes Curtis Park Village
by Brian van der MeerSacramento Business Journal
June 3rd, 2014
A proposal by the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency to allocate affordable housing tax credits to a rehabilitation project is jeopardizing the development of affordable housing at Curtis Park Village.

Poll Shows Narrow Support for Affordable Housing Tax
by David Mark SimpsonSanta Monica Daily Press
June 3rd, 2014
The Santa Monica City Council will discuss placing legislation on the November ballot that would increase the real estate transfer tax to fund affordable housing. The tax itself requires only a majority vote, but allocating the monies raised to affordable housing would require that 2/3 of voters support the tax.

Los Angeles Sues Big Banks for Predatory Mortgages but Unlikely to Win
by David DayenGuardian U.K.
June 2nd, 2014
Los Angeles is suing major banks over predatory mortgages, but it unlikely to win more than small settlements. And these suits do nothing to help foreclosed homeowners.

San Francisco Mayor Unveils $94 Million Affordable Housing Plan
by Madeleine ThomasReuters
June 2nd, 2014
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has proposed spending $94 million to maintain and develop affordable housing there.

State Senate Passes Ellis Act Restrictions for San Francisco
May 30th, 2014
The State Senate passed legislation to limit Ellis Act evictions in San Francisco.

Ellis Act Legislation by State Senator Mark Leno Passes Senate
by Barbara TaylorCBS San Francisco
May 30th, 2014
The State Senate passed legislation to limit Ellis Act evictions. The bill now goes to the Assembly.

Proposed Bill to Limit California Ellis Act Has New Life
by Mark MatthewsNBC Bay Area
May 30th, 2014
Legislation to limit eviction of tenants by speculators passed the State Legislature.

Ellis Act Reform Bill Passes in State Senate
by Kate CongerSan Francisco Examiner
May 30th, 2014
The State Senate passed Ellis Act reform legislation by a 21-13 vote. The legislation would require that landlords hold a property for five years before invoking the Ellis Act to "go out of business."

S.F. Ellis Act Reform Bill Passes in State Senate
by Melody GutierrezSan Francisco Chronicle
May 30th, 2014
The State Senate passed legislation reforming the Ellis Act to help protect tenants in San Francisco from eviction by speculators.

LA Rents: County Faces Shortfall of 490, 340 Affordable Homes, Most in State
by Ben BergmanKPCC
May 29th, 2014
A new report notes that Los Angeles has an affordable housing deficit of nearly half a million units.

Silicon Valley Waiters to Teachers Left Behind in Housing
by Dan LevyBusiness Week
May 28th, 2014
There is a severe shortage of affordable housing for many workers in Silicon Valley.

Affordable Housing Construction in Limbo
by Daniel HirschMIssion Local
May 28th, 2014
Construction of new affordable housing units is being held up by problems in deciding how to spend affordable housing money.

Shortage of Affordable Housing is Dire in L.A. County, Advocates Say
by Andrew KhouriLos Angeles Times
May 28th, 2014
Low-income tenants in Los Angeles are forced to live in substandard or overcrowded units.

In Newark, Landlords Face Tighter Regulations to Raise Rents
by Naomi NixStar-Ledger
May 25th, 2014
The Newark NJ City Council has passed legislation tightening that city's rent control law.

Donald Sterling and Other Landlords Openly Discriminate Against Low-Income Renters
by Hannah EmpleNational Journal
May 22nd, 2014
Donald Sterling, 2010 Landlord Hall of Shame inductee, also discriminated against low-income tenants by refusing to accept Section 8 vouchers. Such discrimination is, however, legal.

City Stuck Paying Thousands for Abandoned Fresno Inn Residents
by Carmen GeorgeFresno Bee
May 22nd, 2014
The Silicon Valley owners of the Fresno Inn have failed to repair code violations there, and have also failed to provide relocation assistance to the tenants. The City, which condemned the property, has been forced to relocate the tenants.

Marin County Closer to Becoming Exception to California Affordable Housing Laws
CBS (San Francisco)
May 21st, 2014
Assemblymember Mark Levine's legislation, enabling parts of Marin County to avoid denser affordable housing construction, passed the Assembly. Only four representatives voted against the legislation. Allowing for lower densities would make many affordable housing projects prohibitively expensive.

Steinberg: CA Cap-and-Trade Must Fund Transit-Oriented Affordable Housing
by Melanie CurryStreetsblog Los Angeles
May 19th, 2014
State Senate President Darrell Steinberg has proposed using some of the cap-and-trade money to fund affordable housing projects near transit centers. Many California tenants have to drive long distances to work, as they can't afford housing close to their jobs.

There Should Be Even More Outrage over Donald Sterling
by Alan JenkinsRooflines
May 16th, 2014
Long before Donald Sterling was taped making racist remarks to his girlfriend, he faced several lawsuits for discriminating against African American and Latino tenants at his properties.

Piedmont: City Proceeds on Housing Element
by Linda DavisContra Costa Times
May 14th, 2014
The Piedmont Planning Commission claims to have produced at least some of the affordable housing required by the state. But of the 40 units mandated in the last Housing Element, only 23 were built. Of those 23 units, 12 were secondary units intended for an au pair or family members of the homeowner.

London Falling Short on Affordable Housing Amid Boom
by Neil CallananBloomberg News
May 13th, 2014
Developers in London are producing a substantial number of market rate units, but little affordable housing, even for those who earn middle-class incomes.

SF Mayor Counts Existing Homes to Hit Affordable Housing Goals
by Noah Arroyo and Josh WolfSan Francisco Public Press
May 13th, 2014
Of the 10,000 low-income units Mayor Ed Lee has promised to build, 6,000 of them are rehabilitated existing units that are already occupied.

Stuyvesant Town, Bastion of Affordable Housing, Is on Way Back to Auction
by Charles V. BagliNew York Times
May 13th, 2014
Thousands of units of affordable housing in New York City are threatened because of the machinations of investors.

L.A. Politicians Weigh Plan to Replenish Affordable Housing Fund
by Emily Alpert ReyesLos Angeles Times
May 12th, 2014
City politicians want to take some of the funds that formerly went to the Redevelopment Agency there to build affordable housing. However, Mayor Garcetti plans to use the tax revenue to balance the budget.

Ridgewood Tenants Seek City Assistance to Wrest Control of Six Buildings from Stabilis Capital
by Eli Rosenberg and Denis SlatteryNew York Daily News
May 12th, 2014
Tenants in six rent-stabilized buildings in Queens (NY) are hoping that the City will step in to prevent venture capitalists from taking over the properties. The properties have had no maintenance for several years.

SF Sues SRO Hotel Owners for Housing Violations
by Kate CongerSan Francisco Examiner
May 12th, 2014
San Francisco's City Attorney is suing two landlords for failing to maintain their properties and forcing tenants to move to new rooms within their properties to evade the provisions of the City's rent control and just cause eviction laws. Some of the properties receive transitional housing funds from the City.

L.A. Registry Criticized Over Run-Down Foreclosures
by Tim LoganLos Angeles Times
May 9th, 2014
Los Angeles city government is doing little to insure that foreclosed properties are kept in good condition. Neighbors have been forced to step in to clean up a house that has been empty for two years. Ocwen owns the property.

Bedbug Victims Get Rent Rebates in Oakland
May 9th, 2014
Tenants in a West Oakland building have had their rents reduced pending cockroach and bedbug eradication at the property. The tenants will also receive rebates for rents already paid.

Bakersfield Apartment Tenants Facing Dangerous Maintenance Issues without Landlord Help
by Mark Christian23ABC (Bakersfield)
May 9th, 2014
Tenants in a Bakersfield apartment building are withholding rent to force their landlord to make repairs to their units.

Tenants' Rights' Group Demands East Palo Alto Records
by Sue DremannPalo Alto Online
May 9th, 2014
Tenants Together has filed a Public Records Act request to examine the documents relating to a controversial report on East Palo Alto's Rent Stabilization Board.

The Next Mobile Frontier: Trailer Parks Lure White-Collar Types Seeking Double-Wide Profits
by Anthony Effinger and Katherine BurtonWashington Post
May 9th, 2014
Two former finance workers are investing in mobile-home parks, noting that the tenants there are chained to the park, as there are few new parks, and it costs a substantial sum to move a trailer.

Despite Rebound, Minorities Still Hardest Hit by U.S. Housing Bust
by Jennifer ChausseeReuters
May 8th, 2014
A new report notes that African American and Latino neighborhoods are still suffering disproportionately from the effects of the housing bust.

Tenants Bear Motel, Medical Costs in Bedbug Infestation
by Joe DanaArizona Central
May 7th, 2014
Tenants at a Phoenix apartment complex had to move from their apartment so that bedbugs could be eradicated, and the landlord is not responsible for reimbursing the costs.

Don't Let the Bedbugs Bite: Michigan Bills Define Landlord, Tenant Roles in Eradicating Pests
by Melissa AndersMichigan Live
May 7th, 2014
Michigan lawmakers are proposing legislation that would force tenants to share the cost of eradicating bedbugs, even though state law there presently requires that landlords pay to eradicate insect infestations.

Concord Moving Forward with Bedbug Eradication Program
by Lisa P. WhiteContra Costa Times
May 7th, 2014
The Concord Police Department's Code Enforcement Unit updated the City Council there on the bedbug eradication program for rental housing there. Tenants Together helped to establish the program.

Bill to Limit Ellis Act Evictions Moves to Senate Floor
by Kate CongerSan Francisco Examiner
May 7th, 2014
The bill to limit Ellis Act evictions now goes to the Senate floor.

Ellis Reform Bill Wins Big Victory in Senate Judiciary
by Andrew SzetoBeyond Chron
May 7th, 2014
A coalition of tenant, labor and tech groups supported reform of the Ellis Act, to prevent speculators from using the act to evict rent-controlled tenants in San Francisco.

Why is Arkansas the Only State in U.S. Without this Law?
May 6th, 2014
Arkansas does not have a warranty of habitability to require that landlords maintain their properties in habitable condition.

US Supreme Court Lets Stand Nebraska City Ban on Renting to Undocumented Immigrants
Fox News Latino
May 5th, 2014
The US Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from a decision that upheld a Nebraska town's law requiring that tenants register with the city, pay a $5 fee, and show proof that they are in the country legally.

S.F. Landlord Who Said 'Make $100,000 or Get Out' Changes Mind
by Will KaneSan Francisco Chronicle
May 5th, 2014
A San Francisco landlord who wanted to require that his tenants demonstrate that their incomes were $100,000 or more has rescinded the requirement. Such a demand would be a violation of San Francisco's rent control law for existing tenants.

Tenant Evicted 'Because He Wanted Hot Water'
by Patrick CollinsonGuardian U.K.
May 2nd, 2014
A tenant in Britain is being evicted because he asked the landlord to repair a malfunctioning boiler. The landlords were previously in the news for evicting all of their tenants who received state rental subsidies.

Deutsche Bank Loss May Spur Eviction Suits of Trustees
by Karen GulloBloomberg News
May 1st, 2014
The California Supreme Court refused to overturn a lower court ruling that prevented lenders from evicting tenants in foreclosed properties in violation of state and federal law. Deutche Bank argued that the foreclosure extinguished the tenant's lease.

Eviction Free San Francisco Joins Tenderloin Tenants in an Emergency Home Defense Rally
Bay Area Indy Media
May 1st, 2014
San Francisco tenant groups held an emergency rally in support of Section 8 tenants who face eviction by a new landlord who wants to end the Section 8 contracts.

San Francisco Labor, Tenant Group Hopes Lawsuit Slams Brakes on Google Buses
by Eric YoungSan Francisco Business Times
May 1st, 2014
A lawsuit seeks to stop San Francisco's decision to authorize private bus pickups at public bus stops.

Rally Presses Fremont City Council on Rapidly Rising Rents
by Chris De BenedettiSan Jose Mercury News
May 1st, 2014
A coalition of local groups is calling on the Fremont City Council to take action to deal with rapidly rising rents there. Rents there have increased more than 35% over 4 years.

Troubled Property Activity on Rise
by Dominique FongDesert Sun
April 29th, 2014
An uptick in the number of foreclosures in the Inland Empire is the result of foreclosure on investor-owned properties.

S.F. City Attorney Sues 2 Landlords Over Short-Term Rentals
by Bob Egelko with Carolyn SaidSan Francisco Chronicle
April 24th, 2014
San Francisco's City Attorney is suing two landlords for illegally renting housing units as short-term rentals. One of the landlords allegedly used the Ellis Act to evict long-term tenants.

Little-Noticed AB 1513 Puts CA Tenants at Risk
by Andrew SzetoBeyond Chron
April 24th, 2014
AB 1513 would permit landlords to evict tenants without a court hearing. Ostensibly to enable property owners to evict squatters, the legislation would enable unscrupulous landlords to evict legal tenants without hearing.

California State Assembly Bill AB 1513 Will Take Away Tenants' Rights
by Michelle LuellenSan Diego Free Press
April 23rd, 2014
AB 1513 would allow landlords to get immediate orders of eviction simply by claiming that the tenants are squatters.

'Renters' Day' Declared by L.A. Councilman, Activists Amid 'Crisis'
by Emily Alpert ReyesLos Angeles Times
April 23rd, 2014
Los Angeles housing activists and a local Councilman declared April 23 'Renters' Day' to draw attention to the severe housing crisis there. More than 60% of renters there spend more than 30% of their gross income for housing.

How NYC Can Solve Its Affordable Housing Crisis
by Steve WishniaThe Gothamist
April 23rd, 2014
State and federal laws leave few options for cities to develop affordable housing.

NYC Affordable Housing is Vanishing as Rents Skyrocket, Incomes Decline
by Corinne LestchNew York Daily News
April 23rd, 2014
Hundreds of thousands of affordable units have disappeared in New York City, even as the median income there has declined. One cause is the rise of "predatory equity" investing.

Airbnb Worsens City's Affordable Housing Crisis, Harlem Pols Say
by Jeff MaysDNAinfo New York
April 22nd, 2014
NYC politicians argue that Airbnb encourages landlords to hold their units off the rental market and rent them to short-stay tourists.

After Foreclosure Crisis, Renters Suffer Under Wall Street Landlords
by Elaisha StokesAljazeera America
April 20th, 2014
Wall Street investment firms are purchasing New York properties, but aren't willing to put in the money to maintain them properly.

For LGBT Seniors, Affordable Housing is Scarce and Often Unwelcoming
by Hailey Branson-PottsLos Angeles Times
April 19th, 2014
LGBT seniors often have low incomes, don't have children, and don't feel welcome in senior housing complexes. In addition, many have partners who died before the Social Security Administration recognized gay marriages, and can't access the benefits earned by their partners.

Seattle Outlines Regulations for Micro-Housing
by Alison MorrowKING 5--Seattle
April 18th, 2014
The development of micro-housing units in Seattle has caused controversy there.

5 of the Worst Cities to Be a Renter Unless You're Fabulously Wealthy
by Dave JohnsonAlterNet
April 17th, 2014
California cities rank high on the list of U.S. cities with high rents. But #1 is Williston ND, where the oil boom has more than doubled the population.

Supervisor David Campos Speeds Up Landlord Payouts for Evictions
by Marisa LagosSan Francisco Chronicle
April 16th, 2014
Landlords in San Francisco have been rushing to evict tenants under the Ellis Act before a law requiring larger relocation payments takes effect. The Board of Supervisors is responding by passing the legislation as an emergency measure.

Pilot Program in Castro to Allow More In-Law Units
by Marisa LagosSan Francisco Chronicle
April 15th, 2014
San Francisco is allowing the development of in-law units in one City neighborhood. The units would be rent-controlled if the building in which they are constructed is covered by the City's rent control law.

City Should Better Fund Eviction Defenses
by Tim Iglesias and Adrian TirtanadiSan Francisco Chronicle
April 15th, 2014
An editorial argues that the City should fund defense lawyers for tenants in eviction lawsuits. A tenant who loses an eviction case faces more life consequences than one who is convicted of a misdemeanor.

Tenants Sue Brooklyn Landlord Claiming Discrimination
by Michael R. SisakAssociated Press
April 15th, 2014
Tenants in a Brooklyn building have sued their landlord, claiming that the landlord has failed to maintain the property and illegally evicted African-American tenants in order to replace them with white and Asian tenants. New York's Tenant Protection Unit (a state agency) has subpoenaed documents from the landlord, asserting that they have been flagrant violations of landlord-tenant laws.

Rents Reaching Highest Levels Ever
by David Mark SimpsonSanta Monica Daily Press
April 15th, 2014
Rents in Santa Monica have reached the highest levels ever, even though the city has rent control. Vacancy decontrol allows landlords to increase rents when tenants move.

SF Airbnb Rules Would Pull Short-Term Rentals From Shadows
by Marisa Lagos with Carolyn SaidSan Francisco Chronicle
April 15th, 2014
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will discuss proposed rules for short-term rentals to protect the rental housing stock and ensure that hotel taxes are paid on the rentals.

Evictions From Rent-Controlled Units on the Rise in L.A.
by Andrew KhouriLos Angeles Times
April 14th, 2014
Developers in Los Angeles are evicting long-term tenants to demolish the properties and build luxury housing.

Steinberg Plan Would Dedicate Cap-and-Trade Dollars to Housing, Transit
by Jeremy B. WhiteSacramento Bee
April 14th, 2014
State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has proposed using the money from the State's AB 32 emission control program to build affordable housing and improve mass transit. Some money would also be used to fund the controversial high-speed rail project.

Assemblyman Levine Crafts Marin Bill to Ease Pressure for Denser Development
by Richard HalsteadMarin Independent Journal
April 14th, 2014
Assemblymember Mel Levine has proposed legislation to make it more difficult to construct affordable housing in Marin County by reducing the density requirements for affordable housing projects. Because land is so expensive there, it would make it more difficult for developers to finance developments.

S.F. Landlords Offer Tenants Tempting Offers to Move Out
by Joe GarofoliSan Francisco Chronicle
April 13th, 2014
San Francisco landlords are offering their tenants money to leave their rent-controlled units. Even substantial sums, though, won't enable most tenants to pay for new housing in the City.

Protesters Block Google Bus, Plan March Against Evictions
Bay City News Service
April 11th, 2014
Protesters blocked Google buses picking up employees in San Francisco for the trek to Silicon Valley, claiming that the influx of tech workers is encouraging landlords to evict long-term tenants. One Google lawyer is using the Ellis Act to evict the tenants in a San Francisco building he recently purchased.

Foreclosure: The 'Other Shoe' Has Dropped
by Debra GruszeckiThe Press-Enterprise
April 10th, 2014
California lenders filed more foreclosure notices in the first quarter of 2014 than they did in the first quarter last year.

Tenants-Tech-Labor Coalition Wins 6-4 Senate Committee Vote on Ellis Reform
by Andrew SzetoBeyond Chron
April 9th, 2014
The Senate Transportation and Housing Committee voted Ellis reform out of committee by a 6-4 vote. The legislation next goes to the Judiciary Committee.

In Silicon Valley, a New Investment: Eviction
by John Gittelsohn and Heather PerlbergBusiness Week
April 7th, 2014
Low-income workers in East Palo Alto have to contend with Equity Residential, one of the largest property investment firms in the country, and often are threatened with eviction from their rent-controlled homes. But affordability problems exist even in low-cost areas of the US.

S.F. Board Delays Vote on Ellis Act Changes, Eviction Issues
by Marisa LagosSan Francisco Chronicle
April 3rd, 2014
San Francisco Supervisors agreed to postpone votes on tenants rights legislation for one week.

Report Claims Speculators are Behind Most Ellis Act Evictions in SF
by Jessica KwongSan Francisco Examiner
April 3rd, 2014
A report issued by Tenants Together and the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project shows that a majority of Ellis Act evictions are prosecuted by speculators who have owned the properties for a short period of time.

Rents Expected to Rise for Fifth Consecutive Year as Demand Surges
by Alex VeigaAssociated Press
April 3rd, 2014
Rents are increasing even as incomes are falling.

Housing Advocates Seek Rent Control
by Michele EllsonThe Alamedan
April 2nd, 2014
Housing activists in Alameda want to include rent stabilization as part of the town's housing element.

Can Oakland Afford Affordable Housing
by Jean TeppermanEast Bay Express
April 2nd, 2014
Mayor Jean Quan wants to develop 7,500 units of housing in Oakland, 25% of which would be affordable. TT Executive Director Dean Preston was interviewed for the article.

Eviction Protest Marches to Vanguard's Doors
by Daniel HirschMIssion Local
April 2nd, 2014
Tenants protested the Ellis Act eviction of a long-term senior renter from his apartment.

New Law Makes It Tougher to Take Advantage of East Palo Alto Tenants
by Bonnie EslingerSan Jose Mercury News
April 2nd, 2014
Legislation protecting the rights of tenants to organize and protecting tenants from harassment has been passed by the East Palo Alto City Council. Seventy percent of the rental housing there is owned by one company, Equity Residential.

Momentum Builds for Ellis Act Reform
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
April 1st, 2014
Reform of the Ellis Act begins its journey in the State Legislature, but even a weak landlord response won't insure easy passage of the legislation.

How the Media Protected Leland Yee
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
March 31st, 2014
Leland Yee is the third pro-landlord Democrat to land in serious legal trouble. But Yee's ethical problems should have been obvious to anyone who was paying attention.

Concord to Fine Landlords Who Don't Wipe Out Bedbugs
by Lisa P. WhiteContra Costa Times
March 28th, 2014
Concord landlords who fail to take steps to eradicate bedbugs at their properties will face penalties. Tenants Together helped to organize local tenants to address the issue.

East Palo Alto Rent Board Blasts City Manager for Spurring Program Head's Resignation
by Bonnie EslingerSan Jose Mercury News
March 27th, 2014
Members of the East Palo Alto rent board slammed the City Manager for an audit that criticized the rent board's director. The City Manager had earlier ordered that the rent board assist landlords with filings, but not to provide tenants the same assistance.

Sacramento's Top Three Real Estate Democrats Indicted or Convicted
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
March 27th, 2014
TT Executive Director Dean Preston reports that the three Democratic State Senators indicted or convicted all support the real estate industry and oppose the extension of tenants' rights.

East Palo Alto Rent Board Slams Audit
by Sue DremannPalo Alto Weekly
March 27th, 2014
An audit of the East Palo Alto rent board has been criticized as "amateurish" by rent board members. Dean Preston of Tenants Together was interviewed for the article.

Single-Family Rental Home Giants Form Trade Group in Washington
by Tim LoganLos Angeles Times
March 26th, 2014
The hedge funds that have invested in foreclosed homes have formed a lobbying group in Washington.

How Many Hours Must Minimum Wage Earners Work to Afford Rent?
by Jolie LeeUSA Today
March 26th, 2014
In no state can a minimum wage worker afford the rent on a two-bedroom apartment working no more than 40 hours a week.

California Second Least Affordable State for Renters, Study Says
by Andrew KhouriLos Angeles Times
March 25th, 2014
A National Low-Income Housing Coalition study found that California tenants working for the minimum wage must work 130 hours a week to afford a modest two-bedroom apartment.

Housing Authority Makes Moves to Ease Cuts in Federal Section 8 Voucher Program
by Mark EmmonsSan Jose Mercury News
March 25th, 2014
Santa Clara's Housing Authority will reduce the tenant share of rent to 32% of income, and lift the amounts landlords can charge in rent. The Housing Authority had increased the tenant share of rent and reduced the maximum rent to address the funding cuts required by the government sequester.

In Response to Tenant Organizing, City of Concord Adopts Bed Bug Policy
by Tenants Together
March 25th, 2014

Mid-Market Landlord Files Mass Eviction Lawsuit Against Tenants
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
March 24th, 2014
The landlord of a Market Street building is attempting to evict tenants from his building even though he has no grounds to do so.

Mid-Market Landlord Files Mass Eviction Lawsuit Against Tenants
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
March 24th, 2014
The landlord of a Market Street building is attempting to evict tenants from his building even though he has no grounds to do so.

The Sequester and the Homeless
New York Times
March 22nd, 2014
The sequester cuts have reduced the number of Section 8 certificates nationwide, and have reduced funding for programs to prevent homelessness.

California Bills Seek to Protect Tenants from Condo Conversion Evictions
Capital Public Radio
March 21st, 2014
TT Executive Director, Dean Preston, is interviewed on the tenant protections bills introduced in the State Legislature. The full interview is available on the original website.

Local Ellis Act Ordinance Gains Support from Supes
by David-Elijah NahmodBay Area Reporter
March 20th, 2014
The Board of Supervisors will discuss legislation that would require increased payments to tenants if a speculator uses the Ellis Act to evict them.

Tenants Ask City to Aid in Rescue of Troubled Apartments
by Claire MosesNew York World
March 19th, 2014
Tenants in 42 New York City apartment buildings want the City to force the properties into foreclosure. The investment groups that purchased the buildings tried to evict the rent-controlled tenants who live at the properties.

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