|Media Misleads Public on SF Fires|
by Randy Shaw, Beyond Chron
February 19th, 2015
Local media has failed to hold the San Francisco Fire Department accountable for lax inspection practices that have allowed serious violations to remain uncorrected for years.
|Picket Held in Isla Vista Fighting Back against Evictions|
by Senerey De Los Santos, KEYT
February 13th, 2015
The Isla Vista Tenants Union is continuing its protest of the eviction of tenants from a property there, including relocation benefits for evicted tenants required under a Santa Barbara County ordinance.
|One Fire in a Real Estate Empire Rife with Issues|
by Daniel Hirsch, Lydia Chavez, Andrea Valencia & Laura Wenus, MIssion Local
February 13th, 2015
The owner of a property where one tenant was killed and sixty-five others displaced has more than $15 million in San Francisco real estate. The low-income tenants have few options and have to tolerate substandard and dangerous conditions.
|San Jose's Homeless Shuffled Along the Tracks|
by Leslie Griffy, KALW
February 11th, 2015
Having evicted the occupants of a homeless camp last month, the City of San Jose has continued to evict homeless campers at their new camps, even though the City admits they don't have enough shelter for all of the homeless campers.
|ACLU: One-Strike Eviction Law Unfair to Landlords, Tenants|
by Michael Rubinkam and Maryclaire Dale, Washington Times
January 22nd, 2015
A Pennsylvania town is being sued to stop enforcement of an ordinance that requires tenants be evicted from their apartments for alleged illegal activities, even when the tenant had no knowledge of the activities. The law also bars landlords from re-renting the property in some circumstances.
|Families Forced to Vacate Santa Rosa Apartments|
by Angela Hart, Santa Rosa Press Democrat
January 18th, 2015
Santa Rosa code enforcement officials are forcing tenants from an substandard apartment complex, but are providing no assistance to the tenants in securing replacement housing. Code enforcement officials knew about the conditions at the complex nearly ten years ago.
|Tenant Legislation to Watch in 2015|
by Dean Preston, Beyond Chron
January 12th, 2015
Tenant activists will be working on several issues over the next year, including allocating funds for the renter's rebate and prohibiting discrimination against Section 8 tenants.
|Public Housing is Dead. Long Live Public Housing!|
by Jake Blumgart, Aljazeera America
January 10th, 2015
Congress has tripled funding for the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, which would transfer public housing units to the private sector. RAD projects do not serve the poorest tenants, and the housing may not be permanently affordable. At the same time, Congress has cut other affordable housing funding.
|Eviction of 83-Year-Old Woman Draws Protest|
by Hudson Sangree, Sacramento Bee
December 23rd, 2014
Tenant advocates, including Tenants Together, demonstrated to protest the eviction of an 83-year-old woman from her apartment. Management claims to evict all tenants who receive Section 8 housing subsidies.
|Landlords Sue to Block Section 8 Renters|
by Mary Tuma, Austin Chronicle
December 19th, 2014
The City Council in Austin TX voted to prohibit landlords from discriminating against tenants with Section 8 housing vouchers. The local landlord group has sued to overturn the ordinance, and the State Legislature has been asked to pass pre-emption legislation.
|Richmond Stumbles Through a Slow-Motion Public Housing Disaster|
by Ken Broder, AllGov
December 19th, 2014
The worst housing project in the nation, home to low-income senior and disabled tenants, is in Richmond CA. The Housing Authority has been accused of financial irregularities, including the disappearance of new appliances intended for the tenants.
|Florida Tenant Protections Face Alarming Deadline|
by Kim Miller, Palm Beach Post
December 9th, 2014
The federal Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act will expire at the end of 2014, unless Congress votes to extend the legislation. While California tenants have those protections under state law, many other states have no legislation benefiting tenants in foreclosed properties.
|Donald Sterling Sued Over Bedbugs|
by Matt Reynolds, Courthouse News Service
November 25th, 2014
Donald Sterling, named to TT's Landlord Hall of Shame in 2010 and banned for life from the NBA for racist conduct in 2014, is being sued by an African American tenant for refusing to treat the tenant's apartment for bedbugs.
|Galt Motel Residents Fight Evictions|
by Carlos Saucedo, KXTV News10
November 12th, 2014
Tenants at a residential motel in Galt are fighting attempts by the City to evict them. The City cites conditions at the motel as the reason for eviction, but has not provided the tenants with sufficient time to find new housing.
|Renters Overlooked Because of Race|
by Jaclyn Kelley, WWLTV (New Orleans)
November 6th, 2014
African American tenants in New Orleans face discrimination in rental housing. Landlords sometimes refuse to rent to them, but also demand more stringent background checks. These are illegal under fair housing laws.
|Lainez Stops 4th Ellis Eviction|
by Randy Shaw, Beyond 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.
|On the List, and Not in a Good Way|
by Julie Satow, New 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.
|Ordinance Regulating AirBnb-Type Rentals Approved|
by David Stevenson, KTVU
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.
|Still Not Sharing|
by Emily Dugale, San 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.
|Aging Population Faces Housing Shortage|
by Amy Hoak, Market 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.
|Salinas Seniors Face Housing Crisis|
by Dennis L. Taylor, The 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.
|Tenants Say Property Manager Stole Their Rent|
by Joe Rivano Barros, MIssion 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.
|Three Strikes Tenant Law Repealed by Norristown Council|
by Carl Rotenberg, Times 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.
|Lawmakers Vow to End 'Poor Door' Policy at Luxury Buildings|
by Amber Jamieson and Yoav Gonen, New 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.
|East Palo Alto Residents Ask Council to Oust Manager|
by Bonnie Eslinger, San 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.
|East Palo Alto to Seek New City Manager|
by Sue Dremann, Palo 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.
|Council Approves Three Housing Measures for November Ballot|
by Jonathan Friedman, Santa 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.
|Linkage Fees Proposed to Double|
by Roger Showley, U-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.
|Goldman Sachs is my Landlord|
by Carmen Perez-Lanzac and Elisa Silio, El 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.
|Panel Backs Increase of One Percent|
by Mireya Navarro, New 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.
|Does Living in Affordable Housing Lower IQ?|
by Laura Kiesel, Main 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.