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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.

Oakland Landlords, Tenant Groups Reach Deal on Rental Upgrades
by Will KaneSan Francisco Chronicle
March 19th, 2014
Landlords in Oakland will not be able to pass through all costs of rental upgrades to their tenants, and will be limited to 10% rent increases per year for these improvements.

Airbnb Sublets in San Francisco Land Some Renters in the Doghouse
by Carolyn SaidSan Francisco Chronicle
March 18th, 2014
Landlords in San Francisco are particularly assiduous in attempting to evict rent-controlled tenants who rent their units on Airbnb. Legislation is being proposed to regulate Airbnb rentals, as many neighbors are concerned that Airbnb rentals will change the character of their neighborhoods.

When a Rent Hike Is Really an Eviction
by Danny WestneatSeattle Times
March 18th, 2014
Elderly tenants are being forced from their homes in Seattle, as landlords increase rents beyond what they can pay. One tenant's rent increase will make her rent greater than her income.

SF Supes, Tenants Rally for Compensation for Ellis Act Evictees
March 17th, 2014
Legislation has been proposed that would require that landlords evicting under the Ellis Act pay more compensation to tenants who are evicted. Landlords would have to pay the difference between the controlled rent and market rent for an equivalent unit for two years.

County Remains Among Worst in State for Affordable Housing
by Kenia TorresVoice of Orange County
March 17th, 2014
Housing in Orange County is very expensive, forcing many families to live in overcrowded conditions. This leads to other problems, particularly for children.

NJ Justices Grant Christie More Time to Rebuild Affordable Housing Agency
by Salvador RizzoStar-Ledger
March 14th, 2014
New Jersey's Supreme Court will give Governor Chris Christie until November to write new regulations for affordable housing there. The Court found earlier that communities were evading their affordable housing responsibilities by prohibiting any development.

Rent Control for Seniors Struck Down by Court
by Isaac BrambilaRecord-Bee
March 14th, 2014
Two rent control initiatives that would have protected senior tenants in mobile-home parts in Lake County where struck down by the court there.

Groups Sue Governor Brown over Mortgage Settlement Funds
by Tim LoganLos Angeles Times
March 14th, 2014
Three groups have sued Governor Brown to force the return of funds awarded California to help foreclosed homeowners. The Governor used the money to reduce the State Budget deficit.

Blackstone's Home Buying Binge Ends as Prices Surge
by John Gittelsohn and Heather PerlbergBloomberg News
March 14th, 2014
Blackstone, one of the hedge funds that has made bulk purchases of foreclosed homes, has slowed its purchases as home prices have increased.

Fed Inflation Goal is Elusive as Rents Stabilize
by Michelle Jamrisko and Ilan KoletBloomberg Businessweek
March 12th, 2014
Most of the inflation reported in the US economy is the result of increasing rents. This means that low- and moderate-income tenants face costs that rise above the reported inflation rate.

Oakland City Council To Enter Debate Over Rent Control Loophole
by Ken WayneKTVU
March 11th, 2014
The Oakland City Council will take up the issue of capital improvement pass-throughs later this month. Landlords are using the loophole to evict long-term tenants.

East Palo Alto's Biggest Landlord Opposes Proposed Tenant Protection Law
by Marianne LeVineKQED
March 11th, 2014
The largest landlord in East Palo Alto, Equity Residential, is opposing legislation that would increase protection for tenants there.

Section 8 Tenants Among the Hardest Hit by SF Evictions
by Jessica KwongSan Francisco Examiner
March 11th, 2014
The San Francisco eviction crisis has made it very difficult for Section 8 tenants to find and keep housing.

Oakland City Council Committee Postpones Action on Proposed Tenant Protections
by Laura McCamyOakland Local
March 10th, 2014
A committee of the Oakland City Council failed to make any recommendation for closing a loophole in the Rent Control there. The loophole enables landlords to evict long-term tenants.

Renters Could Get More Rights Against Foreclosure-Related Evictions
by Stephen KoffCleveland Plain Dealer
March 10th, 2014
Proposed federal legislation would extend the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act, and would give tenants the right to sue lenders who violate tenants' rights under the Act.

The War Brewing in the Streets of San Francisco
by Joe KlocNewsweek
March 8th, 2014
A single company may be behind most of the Ellis Act evictions in San Francisco.

One-Third Rule Not Always Feasible in Bay Area Rental Market
by Kathleen PenderSan Francisco Chronicle
March 8th, 2014
Tenants in San Francisco must either have very high incomes or live with several roommates to avoid overpaying for rent.

Oakland Rent Law Under Fire as One Couple Faces 112 Percent Rent Hike
by Matthew ArtzOakland Tribune
March 7th, 2014
Oakland's rent control law allows direct pass-through of capital improvements over a five-year period, even though the improvements will last much longer.

Bill Seeks to Change Louisiana's Landlord-Tenant Laws
by Richard A. WebsterThe Times-Picayune
March 7th, 2014
A bill has been introduced in Louisiana's Legislature to provide more rights to tenants in landlord-tenant disputes.

L.A. and Orange Counties are an Epicenter of Overcrowded Housing
by Emily Alpert Reyes and Ryan MenezesLos Angeles Times
March 7th, 2014
Low- and moderate-income tenants in Southern California are forced to live in overcrowded conditions, as rents there have risen while incomes have fallen. Living in overcrowded housing is particularly hard on children.

Social and Affordable Housing Measure Under Threat
Dublin People
March 3rd, 2014
Developers in Ireland want to eliminate the requirements that they either build or pay for affordable housing. They claim that the requirements limit their ability to build housing.

Sacramento Area Governments Relax Affordable Housing Policies to Attract Development
by Cathy LockeSacramento Bee
March 2nd, 2014
Governments in the Sacramento area are allowing developers build without having to provide affordable housing in their projects.

Boutique Hotel Plan Emerges for Marshall Hotel--One Block from Arena Site
by Ryan Lillis and Hudson SangreeSacramento Bee
February 28th, 2014
Owners of a residential hotel are evicting the low-income tenants to covert the property to a boutique hotel. The hotel is located one block from a planned basketball arena, which is being heavily subsidized by the city.

Tenants Claim Colonial Management Hindered Bid to Organize
by Julia StricklandThe Real Deal
February 25th, 2014
New York City tenants are suing the management of the properties where they live for attempting to stop them from organizing. The owners are a consortium of private equity firms that are facing foreclosure.

Two California Bills Set Up Battle Over Condo Conversions
by Dan WaltersSacramento Bee
February 24th, 2014
The Sacramento Bee reports on the bills introduced in the State Legislature to limit Ellis Act evictions.

Two S.F. Lawmakers Push Bills to Slow Ellis Act Evictions
by John CoteSan Francisco Chronicle
February 24th, 2014
State Senator Mark Leno and Assemblymember Tom Ammiano have introduced bills to prevent speculators from evicting long-term tenants in San Francisco.

LA City Councilmember Wants You to Pay to Make Your Rented Apartment Earthquake Safe
by Bianca BarraganCurbed Los Angeles
February 24th, 2014
Los Angeles City Councilmember Bernard Parks wants to allow landlords to pass through the full cost of earthquake retrofits for unsafe Los Angeles rental properties.

SF Lawmaker Introduces Bill Targeting Ellis Act Loopholes
by Jonah Owen LambSan Francisco Examiner
February 24th, 2014
State Senator Mark Leno has introduced legislation that would prevent real estate speculators from using the Ellis Act to evict long-term tenants.

Santa Monica May Join Efforts to Curb Ellis Act Evictions
by Jason IslasSanta Monica Lookout
February 11th, 2014
The Santa Monica City Council is considering joining with legislators from San Francisco to amend the Ellis Act to limit eviction by speculators seeking to eliminate rent-controlled units.

A More Secure Credit Report?
by Malia SpencerPortland Business Journal
February 11th, 2014
A Portland start-up is working with Experian to develop a credit report that would enable tenants to protect private information while still allowing landlords to check their credit. Many tenants now hand "steal my identity kits" to strangers in order to rent an apartment.

California's Affordable Rental Housing Crisis
by Conor DoughertyWall Street Journal
February 11th, 2014
During and after the Great Recession, rents increased 20%, while incomes declined by 6% in California. In addition, government spending on affordable housing plummeted. The article contains a link to the report.

Activists Call for Revival of Harvey Milk's Anti-Speculation Proposal
by Josh WolfSan Francisco Public Press
February 10th, 2014
Tenants attending the citywide Tenants' Convention in San Francisco are considering the revival of the anti-speculation tax first proposed by the late Supervisor Harvey Milk. The tax would take a substantial percentage of profits from speculative purchases.

New York AG To Put Heat on Banks for Foreclosed Properties
by Andrew R. JohnsonWall Street Journal
February 10th, 2014
New York's Attorney General is supporting legislation that would require banks to maintain properties in foreclosure. This is particularly important in minority communities, where banks have been remiss in maintaining their properties.

Eight Solutions to San Francisco's Housing Problems
by Katy SteinmetzTime Magazine
February 7th, 2014
Time summarizes the recent proposals to address San Francisco's severe housing crisis.

Mayor Lee's New Boost for Affordable Housing
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
February 7th, 2014
Mayor Ed Lee proposed new rules that would give priority in the planning process to projects that provide affordable housing.

Watch Out, Shady Landlords: Renters Have New Ally in Congress
by David DayenSalon
February 7th, 2014
Rep. Mark Takano is calling for hearings on the effect that Wall Street landlords are having on the markets in which they invest. Riverside County, which Takano represents, is one of the regions hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis.

Tech Workers Squeezing Out Renters in San Francisco, Seattle
by Les ChristieCNN Money
February 7th, 2014
Low- and middle-income tenants in tech centers like San Francisco and Seattle are being forced from their homes, as landlords bid up rents.

Rent Control Issue Looms for Residents, Landlords and City Council
by Judith Martin-ShawCulver City Crossroads
February 7th, 2014
Rent control advocates in Culver City are protesting gentrification there that has forced longtime residents from the city.

U.S. Becoming a 'Renter Nation' Says Olefson
by Kevin ChupkaYahoo Finance
February 6th, 2014
A real estate attorney argues that the advent of the Wall Street landlord may encourage Congress to enact legislation to protect tenants. The real estate industry is dependent on the burdens of renting to encourage homeownership.

Campos Unveils Ellis Act Fix
by David-Elijah NahmodBay Area Reporter
February 6th, 2014
The Board of Supervisors will discuss legislation that would require landlords who evict under the Ellis Act to subsidize evicted tenants' rents for two years after the eviction.

Dozens Face Eviction from Seaside Units; Fed Says Landlord is Violating Tenants' Rights
by David SchmalzMonterey County Weekly
February 6th, 2014
Tenants at a subsidized apartment complex in Seaside were served eviction notices in November because the Department of Housing and Urban Development failed to pay the government share of the rent. HUD claims that the landlord is not submitting its paperwork properly, and that the eviction notices are intended to scare the tenants.

Rent Control Returns to Capitol as Burning Issue
by Dan WaltersSacramento Bee
February 5th, 2014
Dan Walters notes that the recent spate of Ellis Act evictions is bringing tenant issues to the State Legislature.

San Francisco Debates Making Evictions More Costly
by Laila KearneyReuters
February 5th, 2014
Landlords who evict tenants under the Ellis Act might be required to subsidize their rent for two years, if an ordinance proposed by Supervisor David Campos is passed.

Evicted San Francisco Seniors File Criminal Complaints Against Landlords
by Anna DuckworthCBS (San Francisco)
February 5th, 2014
Seniors evicted under the Ellis Act have asked the District Attorney to investigate the eviction of seniors as elder abuse.

County, City of Lakeport Sued Over Senior Mobile Home Park Rent Control Initiatives
by Elizabeth LarsonLake County News
February 5th, 2014
Mobile home park owners in Lake County are suing to keep two initiatives that would establish rent control in mobile home parks there off the ballot.

Why Some Chicago Apartments Don't Need a Security Deposit
by Dennis RodkinChicagomag
February 5th, 2014
Some Chicago landlords, faced with security deposit regulations that protect tenants and punish landlords for illegally withholding deposits, have decided to switch to non-refundable "move-in fees." Non-refundable fees are illegal in California.

Senator Rod Wright Overplays His Hand
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
February 4th, 2014
Senator Rod Wright, convicted on eight felony counts, introduced legislation that would convert certain felonies to misdemeanors. Wright has been a strong opponent of tenants rights in the Legislature.

Builders Howling Over Proposed Fee
by David GarrickU-T San Diego
February 4th, 2014
Builders are complaining that a fee for affordable housing in Carlsbad is excessive.

West End Senior Fights Eviction
by Jennifer ThuncherVancouver Courier
February 4th, 2014
A Vancouver senior is being evicted from her apartment, allegedly so that a manager can move into the property. However, there are several other vacant units in the building.

Campos Proposal Aims to Help Evicted Stay in SF
by Marisa LagosSan Francisco Chronicle
February 3rd, 2014
New legislation would require that landlords who evict under the Ellis Act subsidize evicted tenants' rents for two years after the eviction.

Landlord Forced to Pay Up
by Kevin HerreraSanta Monica Daily Press
February 3rd, 2014
A Santa Monica landlord was forced to refund rent overpayments and permanently reduce the rent on one of his units after he illegally evicted the former tenants.

Bill Would Tighten Restrictions on Renters
by Tim LocketteAnniston Star
February 3rd, 2014
In Alabama, a bill sponsored by the local association of realtors would allow landlords to keep tenants' security deposits for 60 days after a tenant moves out.

The Housing Conundrum: To Own or Not to Own
by Philip Brasor and Masako TsubukuJapan Times
February 3rd, 2014
A couple in Japan discuss their decision to purchase a house. One reason for doing so is that the government there encourages homeownership by making renting a burden, particularly for the elderly.

State Supreme Court Rejects Carson Mobile-Home Park Owner's Rent Control Challenge
by Sandy MazzaDaily Breeze
February 2nd, 2014
A Carson mobile-home park owner has decided to turn to the federal court, after the State Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal against the local government, which has refused to allow him to increase rents above the rent-controlled limit.

State Supreme Court Rejects Carson Mobile-Home Park Owner's Rent Control Challenge
by Sandy MazzaDaily Breeze
February 2nd, 2014
A Carson mobile-home park owner has decided to turn to the federal court, after the State Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal against the local government, which has refused to allow him to increase rents above the rent-controlled limit.

Property Owner Groups File Lawsuits Over New SF Housing Laws
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
January 30th, 2014
Landlord groups are suing the City over recently enacted legislation to protect tenants and the affordable housing stock.

Bedbugs, Mold and Cockroaches Prompt West Oakland Tenants to File Complaints Against Landlord
by Jean TeppermanEast Bay Express
January 28th, 2014
Tenants in a West Oakland building are asking for a rent reduction to compensate them for code violations that the landlord has failed to remedy.

Tenants of '3 Boro Pool' Say Private Equity Owners Are Keeping Them in the Dark
by Dennis SlatterlyNew York Daily News
January 28th, 2014
Tenants in New York City are concerned that the private equity group that owns their buildings may refinance their loans and keep the properties. The landlords have run up 2,700 code violations on the buildings.

Oakland Tenants Seek Redress for Bedbug Problem
by Matthew ArtzOakland Tribune
January 27th, 2014
Tenants in Oakland are seeking a rent reduction at the Rent Board, after City code enforcement failed to address bedbug and cockroach infestations in their units.

Sacramento County Supervisors Give Up the Fight Against Economic Segregation
by Cosmo GarvinSacramento News and Review
January 23rd, 2014
Sacramento County Supervisors are eliminating a requirement that new housing projects include affordable housing. Developers don't like the requirement.

Airbnb Profits Prompted SF Eviction, Ex-Tenant Says
by Carolyn SaidSan Francisco Chronicle
January 22nd, 2014
A San Francisco tenant is suing his former landlords for illegal eviction, after the landlords starting renting his unit through Airbnb. After the lawsuit was filed, the landlords offered to allow the tenant to move back to his unit.

Tenant Battle Brewing
by Joe Fitzgerald RodriguezSan Francisco Bay Guardian
January 21st, 2014
Tenants in San Francisco are working on both the state and local levels to deal with the housing crisis there.

San Francisco Goes All Out Against Against Housing Crisis
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
January 21st, 2014
The depth of San Francisco's affordable housing crisis has finally forced the City to act.

Bill Would Ban Nuisance Laws, Allow Calls to Police
by Dennis OwensWTHM
January 16th, 2014
Legislators in Pennsylvania are moving to ban local nuisance ordinances, which require eviction of tenants after a limited number of police calls, after a young woman was attacked by her ex-boyfriend and then pleaded with neighbors not to call the police. Neighbors did call the police and the local government did try to evict the victim.

Affordable Homes Key to Economic Stability
by Susan RiggsU-T San Diego
January 16th, 2014
Opponents of a workforce housing fee to increase the amount of affordable housing in San Diego are taking the issue to the ballot there.

Castellan Real Estate Partners Will Agree to Pay Spanish-Speaking Tenants Forced Out of Apartments
by Juan GonzalezNew York Daily News
January 15th, 2014
Tenants with valid leases were forced from their apartments after the landlord demanded pay stubs and citizenship documents, in violation of New York state law. The tenants who were forced to move will be given cash compensation or allowed to return to their homes.

New Renter Rules Move Forward
by Ben BromleyNews Republic
January 14th, 2014
Tenants and landlords in Baraboo WI will be cited if police come to a property more than three times in a single year. Other communities are being sued for passing such ordinances because they do not provide equal protection (homeowners do not face similar restrictions), and the ordinances might prevent tenant victims of crime from calling police.

Damage Deposit Laws Give Landlords Unfair Advantage
by Paul ChiswellCalgary Herald
January 14th, 2014
A Canadian attorney argues that having security deposits held by third-party trustees is fairer to tenants, insuring that their deposits will be returned in a timely manner, and without requiring that the tenant engage in a costly legal battle.

Supreme Court Denies Contempo Marin Petition to Review San Rafael Rent-Control Ordinance
by Megan HansenMarin Independent Journal
January 14th, 2014
The US Supreme Court has refused to take an appeal on a case that upheld San Rafael's mobile-home rent control ordinance. An earlier lower court decision striking down the ordinance forced 70 tenants to abandon their mobile homes when their rents were increased.

SF Mayor Vows to Take Local Eviction Reforms to Sacramento
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
January 14th, 2014
Mayor Ed Lee wants to take the issue of Ellis Act evictions to the State Legislature. He advocates asking the Legislature to make changes to the legislation that would protect tenants against speculators.

Confronting the Speculators
by Rebecca BoweSan Francisco Bay Guardian
January 14th, 2014
San Francisco tenant activists are compiling Ellis Act eviction records to expose serial evictors, speculators who buy buildings and then promptly try to evict tenants under the Ellis Act.

Minneapolis Renters Face Huge Affordable-Housing Shortage
by Justin MillerMinnPost
January 14th, 2014
Minneapolis rents have increased twenty-three percent since 2006, while incomes have increased only sixteen percent over the same period.

City of Richmond Tries New Tack in Foreclosure Plan
Associated Press
January 13th, 2014
Richmond is looking into joining with other cities to use eminent domain to purchase and refinance underwater mortgages. The City Council has been unable to muster the supermajority required for the City to do this on its own.

SF Affordable Housing, TIC Conversion Measures Planned
by Marisa LagosSan Francisco Chronicle
January 13th, 2014
Two pieces of legislation have been proposed in San Francisco. One would allow developers more total units if they increased the number of affordable units in their projects. The second would require Planning Department approval for tenants-in-common (TIC) purchases.

Demolitions Dire for Poor Amid Affordable-Rent Gap
by Jeanna Smialek and Carlos TorresBloomberg News
January 13th, 2014
The demolition of moderate-income housing to make way for luxury housing is exacerbating the housing crisis.

Rohnert Park May Sell Properties for Apartments
by Jeremy HayPress Democrat
January 12th, 2014
Rohnert Park may sell some properties purchased for affordable housing to market-rate housing developers. Affordable housing advocates oppose the sale, noting that the City would have to purchase other properties to develop the required affordable housing.

Rent Is a Third--or Half--of Many People's Income
by Laura KieselThe Street
January 10th, 2014
A Massachusetts tenant reports on her twenty percent rent increase, and the effect such increases have on renters, particularly young people.

SOMA Family Battles Fourth Ellis Eviction Attempt
by Jen FieberBeyond Chron
January 10th, 2014
A San Francisco family is fighting another attempt to evict them from their home using the Ellis Act. This is the fourth time that a real estate investor has purchased the property and then promptly attempted to evict the family.

Tenants at Mid-Market Complex Sue Landlord Over Evictions
by Chris RobertsSan Francisco Examiner
January 10th, 2014
Tenants at a Market Street apartment building are suing their landlord for trying to evict them in order to capitalize on the City's project to attract tech companies.

Tenants Bring Class Action Lawsuit against Central Valley's Biggest Slumlord
by Mike RhodesIndyBay
January 9th, 2014
A class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of tenants in properties owned by JD Homes, claiming that the landlord is not maintaining the properties. In addition, the lawsuit claims that the landlord has purchased foreclosed properties in some Fresno neighborhoods, contributing to blight in those areas as well. Tenants Together and Bet Tzedek Legal Services filed the lawsuit.

Fresno Rental Company Sued for Alleged Poor Housing Conditions
by Carmen GeorgeFresno Bee
January 9th, 2014
A class action lawsuit has been filed against JD Homes, which owns 3,000 units in Fresno.

Lawsuit Filed Against JD Homes Rentals
by Toni TinocoKMJ
January 9th, 2014
Tenants in Fresno are suing JD Homes over conditions at their properties. The landlord owns some 3,000 units.

Fresno Tenants Sue Valley's Biggest Landlord
by Vic BedoianKPFA
January 9th, 2014
Tenants of JD Homes in Fresno are suing their landlord over conditions at the property. The full interview is on the original website.

Renters' Rights Group Files Lawsuit Against Prominent Fresno Lanldord
by Rebecca PlevinKVPR Radio
January 9th, 2014
A landlord in Fresno is being sued by Tenants Together and Bet Tzebek Legal Services over conditions at its properties.

Eyewitness News Investigates: Slumlord Allegations
Eyewitness News Fresno
January 9th, 2014
Tenants Together and Bet Tzedek Legal Services are assisting tenants in suing a landlord in Fresno over conditions in their properties. JD Homes, the defendant, owns about 3,000 homes in the Fresno area.

Tenants Bring Class Action Lawsuit against Central Valley’s Biggest Slumlord
January 9th, 2014
Suit seeks immediate court protection to address slum housing conditions in thousands of units managed by JD Homes Rentals

Yuba County Needs Affordable Housing
by Eric VoddenAppeal-Democrat
January 6th, 2014
California Rural Legal Assistance criticized Yuba County for failing to seek relationships with affordable housing developers who would build affordable housing in the County. CRLA noted that low-income tenants in the County often live in substandard housing.

On the House: Worsening Conditions for Apartment Renters
by Alan J. HeavensPhiladelphia Inquirer
January 5th, 2014
Tenants in New Jersey and Pennsylvania are suffering the effects of the failure of the federal and state governments to develop sufficient affordable housing--high rents and poor conditions. Sixty-three percent of Pennsylvania renters could not afford a modest apartment without spending more than thirty percent of income for rent.

Tenant Advocates Seek Support for Reforming Ellis Act
by Jessica KwongSan Francisco Examiner
January 5th, 2014
Tenant advocacy organizations, including Tenants Together, are seeking reform of the Ellis Act, which is being used by real estate speculators to evict long-term tenants in communities with rent control protections.

Eviction of Tenants on Welfare Will Create Benefit Blackspots
by Mark TownsendGuardian U.K.
January 4th, 2014
Some large landlords in Britain are refusing to rent to tenants on housing benefit, and this may force low-income tenants to move far from job centers and support networks.

What Ed Glaeser Can't Grasp: Trickle-Down Gentrification is a Myth
by Karen NarefskySalon
January 4th, 2014
Governments must step in to provide affordable housing, as the private market won't develop affordable housing, and local non-profit groups don't have the capacity to meet the housing needs of low- and moderate-income households.

The Shocking Reality of Rental Housing
by Larry OaksHuffington Post
January 3rd, 2014
While the housing crises in New York City and San Francisco are well-known, tenants throughout the country face affordability problems. In boomtown Phoenix, there is a shortage of 130,000 units for low-income families there.

Campaigners Set Out Stall to Save Short Life Tenant Due to be Evicted from Lambeth Home
SW Londoner
January 3rd, 2014
A tenant who has lived in her home for 33 years may be evicted so that the local council can sell the property. The tenant had made all the improvements to the property.

High Housing Costs Push Many Teachers Out of SF
by Marisa LagosSan Francisco Chronicle
December 30th, 2013
Some San Francisco teachers are moving out of the City, even though they would like to live closer to the schools where they work.

Concord Landlord Faces Housing Discrimination Lawsuit
by Lisa P. White and Jennifer ModenessiContra Costa Times
December 26th, 2013
Both the State Department of Fair Employment and Housing and tenants at the Huntington Arms Apartments are suing the owners of the property for discrimination against families with children. Tenants Together has been helping the tenants at the property to organize.

With No Rent Control, Tenants Losing Grip on Single-Family Homes
by Chris RobertsSan Francisco Examiner
December 18th, 2013
Tenants in single-family homes in California are not protected by rent control legislation, and are subject to large rent increases.

California City Moves Closer to Foreclosure Plan
December 18th, 2013
Richmond's City Council has voted to develop rules that would enable the City to take underwater mortgages using eminent domain.

Mayor Moves Affordable Housing to Head of the Line
by John WildermuthSan Francisco Chronicle
December 18th, 2013
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has promised to prioritize the development of 40,000 new affordable housing units. A recent affordable housing development had 2,800 applicants for 60 units.

Supervisors to Consider Law Targeting Tenant Harassment
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
December 17th, 2013
New legislation would allow tenants who suffer harassment at the hands of their landlords to complain to the Rent Board. After a hearing, valid complaints could be forwarded to the City Attorney or the District Attorney for civil or criminal prosecution.

Homeless, Housing Top Concerns in SF Poll
by Marisa LagosSan Francisco Chronicle
December 17th, 2013
A new poll shows that San Franciscans rank homelessness and affordable housing as the most important problems for the City.

Bedroom Tax: Councillors Return to Debate Eviction Policy
by Christopher BrownBristol 24-7
December 17th, 2013
The Bristol City Council has called on the Mayor to maintain the policy of not evicting tenants who are charged higher rents for excess space, and cannot pay for the additional rooms.

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Approves New Tenant Protections
by Janina Glasov and Steven T, JonesSan Francisco Bay Guardian
December 17th, 2013
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved legislation to protect tenants whose landlords are evicting them pursuant to the Ellis Act, and to protect tenants from harassment by their landlords.

How Bank of America's Secret CEO Office Led to Foreclosures
by Aimee PicchiCBS News
December 16th, 2013
Bank of America is again being accused of forcing homeowners into foreclosure, this time by contracting out modification document collection and analysis to at least one entity that didn't even open the mail and falsified records.

New Report Expects 40% Growth in Senior Renters
by Alyssa GeraceSenior Housing News
December 16th, 2013
A growing number of seniors will rent their homes, and there are relatively few units available for them, particularly for seniors over 75, who are more likely to need help with daily living and often don't drive.

It's Taken Politicians Long Enough to Realise the Scale of the Housing Problem
by Steve RichardsThe Independent
December 16th, 2013
Since the sell-off of social housing during the Thatcher government, both Labour and Conservative administrations have failed to address the affordable housing crisis in Britain.

Where Do San Francisco's Evicted Go?
by Julianne HingColorlines
December 13th, 2013
Many long-term tenants forced to move as a result of Ellis Act evictions are forced to leave San Francisco. A significant minority become homeless.

US Rental Rates on the Rise as Incomes Drop
by Tim GrantPittsburg Post-Gazette
December 12th, 2013
Low- and moderate-income tenants cannot find affordable housing, as there is a national shortfall of almost five million units low-income families can afford.

A Record Number of Americans Can't Afford Their Rent
by Bryce CovertThink Progress
December 9th, 2013
Half of all renters pay more than 30% of their income for rent, and overpaying for rent has moved up the economic scale.

Skyrocketing Rents Hit 'Crisis' Levels
by Diana OlickCNBC
December 9th, 2013
Rents have increased so much that half of all tenants pay more than 30% of their income for housing, and a quarter pay more than half of their income on rent.

LA Sues Bank of America Over Wave of Foreclosures
Associated Press
December 6th, 2013
The Los Angeles City Attorney is suing Bank of America for making predatory loans in minority communities in that city. Los Angeles lost tax revenue and was forced to secure and maintain properties that were lost to foreclosure.

Supervisors Decide to Place Senior Mobile Home Park Rent Control Initiative Before Voters
by Elizabeth LarsonLake County News
December 5th, 2013
The Lake County Board of Supervisors will place an initiative on the ballot that would control rents at mobile home parks in the county.

Tenants in Foreclosed Building Slam Private Equity Firm for Neglecting Them
by Rachel Bryson-BrockmanDNAinfo New York
December 5th, 2013
Tenants in two New York buildings are taking their landlord, a private equity firm, to court to force the landlord to maintain the property.

ACLU Seeks to Prevent Eviction of Domestic Violence Victim
by Virginia GordanMichigan Public Radio
December 5th, 2013
The ACLU is suing to prevent the eviction of a Michigan tenant who has called police to ask for protection from a batterer. Tenants who are victims of domestic violence often face eviction for asking for police protection.

Los Angeles sues Wells Fargo and Citigroup, Says Mortgage Discrimination Led to Foreclosures
by Robert JablonAssociated Press
December 5th, 2013
Los Angeles is suing Wells Fargo and Citigroup, claiming that both banks engaged in predatory lending in low-income minority communities there.

Communities of Color Face Unexpected Foe in Foreclosure Prevention
by Rachel GoodmanACLU
December 5th, 2013
The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Popular Democracy have filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to force the agency to release information on the Agency's refusal to support the use of eminent domain to rescue underwater homeowners in predominantly minority communities.

Foreclosure Boom Benefits Landlord Investors
by Michael SassoTampa Tribune
December 1st, 2013
Investor groups have bought a large number of properties in Florida. Rents have increased, but tenants often have trouble getting repairs made.

Evictions Soar in San Francisco as Real Estate Prices Rise
by Katherine SeligmanSacramento Bee
November 28th, 2013
Landlords are using the Ellis Act to evict rent-controlled tenants in San Francisco. Many of the tenants have lived in their units for decades and are elderly or disabled.

Tenants Fight to Stay in Foreclosed Homes
by Rowan Moore GeretyMarketplace
November 28th, 2013
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are still trying to illegally evict tenants from properties they own, in violation of state and federal law and their own rules.

How Wall Street Has Turned Housing into a Dangerous Get-Rich-Quick Scheme--Again
by Laura GottesdienerHuffington Post
November 26th, 2013
Wall Street investment firms have purchased more than 200,000 foreclosed houses, rented them out, and is now securitizing the assets and their rental streams into bonds to be sold to investors. There is now some evidence, however, that the investor groups are not maintaining many of their properties properly, which could reduce the value of the securities.

Builder Gets a Legal Boost Against City's Affordable Housing Law
by Gennady SheynerPalo Alto Online
November 25th, 2013
A Palo Alto condominium developer is contesting a requirement that a small number of affordable units be constructed as part of the project, even though the developer agreed to build those units as part of the approval process for the project.

Eviction Group Aims to Put Housing on the Ballot
by Lynne ShallcrossMission Local
November 25th, 2013
San Francisco's Just Cause organized a meeting of tenant activists there to discuss placing legislation on the ballot to combat tenant displacement there.

The Housing-Health Connection
by Lori SturdevantMinneapolis Star Tribune
November 22nd, 2013
Stable housing may be as important as health care access in determining longevity, according to the CEO of Health Partners in Minnesota.

Fee Hike for Affordable Housing Funding OK'd
by Mark WalkerU-T San Diego
November 22nd, 2013
The San Diego City voted to increase the fee charged commercial developers for affordable housing development. The fee allows for production of about 100 units of affordable housing a year. There are presently 45,000 people on a waiting list for affordable housing in San Diego.

Facing Developer Complaints, Sacramento County Seeks to Ease Affordable Housing Law
by Brad BrananSacramento Bee
November 22nd, 2013
Sacramento County Planning Commissioners are discussing a plan that would reduce affordable housing requirements for new developments by 50%. Housing advocates and some county officials are opposed to the plan.

Assemblyman Ammiano to Propose Ellis Act Revisions for SF
by Barbara TaylorCBS (San Francisco)
November 22nd, 2013
Assemblymember Tom Ammiano is proposing legislation to limit the effect of Ellis Act evictions on San Francisco tenants. Many of the affected tenants are elderly or disabled.

Reform the Ellis Act!
Ellis Act evictions are surging. The stories are heartbreaking. Senior and disabled being thrown out of their long-term homes to line the pockets of real estate speculators. The time for Ellis Act reform is now. Sign our petition today.

Wall Street Firm Sells Bonds Backed by Sacramento Rental Homes
by Hudson SangreeSacramento Bee
November 21st, 2013
Some Sacramento homes owned by the investment firm Blackstone are included in a securitization scheme and backed by the homes' rental income. Tenants Together Executive Director Dean Preston was interviewed for the article.

New Poll Shows San Franciscans are Hungry for More Housing
by Jonah Owen LambSan Francisco Examiner
November 20th, 2013
San Franciscans rank housing as the most important problem in the City.

Critics Say Bill in Madison Hurts Low-Income Renters
by Bill WalshCBS 58
November 12th, 2013
Proposed legislation in Wisconsin would make it easier for landlords to evict tenants who complain about building conditions.

Northern Territory's Hardline Eviction Policy Raises Concerns
ABC (Australia)
November 12th, 2013
The Housing Authority in one Australia community is evicting tenants to free their properties for sale to private developers, even though there are hundreds of people on the waiting list for public housing.

Australia: Public Housing Tenants Face Eviction
by Mark Church and Richard PhillipsWorld Socialist Web Site
November 11th, 2013
After slashing welfare payments to low-income Australians, the government there is evicting tenants from public housing when they can no longer pay their rent.

Women of Pico Gardens Fight to Keep their Housing Project Public
by Esmeralda BermudezLos Angeles Times
November 11th, 2013
The residents of a Los Angeles housing project are fighting to keep the Housing Authority there from turning over management of their homes to a private contractor. Another housing project nearby was turned over to a private contractor and later demolished for a mixed-use development.

Charlotte's Wall Street Landlords Move Quickly to Evict Renters
by Andrew Dunn with Maria DavidCharlotte Observer
November 10th, 2013
Tenants in Charlotte NC are being evicted by the Wall Street investment groups that are buying single-family homes out of foreclosure. In some cases they are renting properties without making needed repairs, and then trying to evict tenants who complain.

San Francisco Vacancy Rate Remains Low Despite Building Boom
by Jonah Owen LambSan Francisco Examiner
November 10th, 2013
Building luxury housing has had little impact on the vacancy rate in San Francisco. Tenant advocates argue that the City needs to construct more affordable housing.

Rent Control Cliffhanger
by Dean DiChiaroHudson Reporter
November 10th, 2013
An attempt to repeal part of a Hoboken NJ rent control law is currently losing, but the supporters of the repeal are likely to take the issue to court.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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