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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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