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Bill Makes Landlords Tell Tenants of Foreclosures
Business Week
May 9th, 2013
The Arizona Legislature has passed a bill requiring that landlords tell tenants if their rental is going into foreclosure. The bill now goes to the Governor.

Initiative Efforts Seek Rent Control for Senior Mobile Home Parks in County, City of Lakeport
by Elizabeth LarsonLake County News
May 9th, 2013
Mobile home tenants in Lake County are proposing legislation that would establish rent control for mobile home parks in Lakeport, and in Lake County.

Santa Monica Rent Control Board to Talk Fee Increase
by Jason IslasSanta Monica Lookout
May 6th, 2013
The Santa Monica Rent Board is considering an increase in the unit fees for rent-controlled properties. The Board will also consider splitting the cost between landlords and tenants. Presently tenants pay the entire fee.

Tenant Ousters Reach 12-Year High as Market Gets Increasingly Tight
by Chris RobertsSan Francisco Examiner
May 5th, 2013
Thousands of tenants have faced eviction in San Francisco in the last year. More than 100 of them were Ellis Act evictions.

New Report Shows Lack of Accountability for Improper Security Deposit Withholding
by Tenants TogetherBeyond Chron
May 3rd, 2013
A new report by Tenants Together finds that a majority of tenants lose some or all of their security deposits improperly. In addition, landlords are seldom held accountable for withholding deposits without cause.

Berkeley Eyes Anti-Tobacco Law in Multi-Unit Housing
by Charles BurressBerkeley Patch
May 3rd, 2013
The Berkeley City Council is considering legislation that would prohibit smoking in all multi-unit housing in the city.

State of the Tenant Movement--Why Do So Many Democrats Vote the Wrong Way?
by Dean PrestonDaily Kos
May 2nd, 2013
Even in states with strong Democratic control of state legislatures, getting legislation to protect tenants' rights passed is very difficult. Many Democrats receive substantial contributions from the real estate industry.

Foreclosed Renter Protections Measure Moves Forward
by Mary Ellen PodmolikChicago Tribune
May 1st, 2013
Legislation to protect tenants in foreclosed properties and keep foreclosed properties occupied passed a committee of the Chicago City Council, but will not be submitted to the full City Council until after June 5.

Mortgage Bankers Slam Proposed Tenant Protections
by Chip MitchellWBEZ 91.5
May 1st, 2013
Mortgage bankers oppose legislation proposed by Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City Council that would provide tenants relocation assistance or a long-term rent-controlled lease after the property is foreclosed.

Crime in Chicago's Vacant Property Soars 48% Since 2005
by Mary Ellen PodmolikChicago Tribune
April 30th, 2013
Supporters of an Chicago ordinance to prevent tenant evictions after foreclosure report that crime has increased in vacant buildings, even as the overall crime rate has fallen.

Urban Green's Eviction of 95-Year-Old SF Tenant Highlights Need for Condo Conversion Moratorium
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
April 29th, 2013
Urban Green is again seeking to evict long-term tenants in order to convert rent-controlled units to TICs. Several of the tenants threatened with eviction are elderly or disabled.

Foreclosure Building Plan Would Offer Tenants $12,000 to Move
by Mary Ellen Podmolik and Hal DardickChicago Tribune
April 25th, 2013
Chicago legislators are considering an ordinance that would require lenders to pay tenants $12,000 if they want tenants to vacate foreclosed properties.

Deutsche Bank Can't Shake L.A.'s Claims Over Foreclosure Blight
by Jessica DyeChicago Tribune
April 24th, 2013
A judge refused to dismiss a suit against Deutsche Bank for failing to maintain properties it has taken in foreclosure. The bank claims that the servicers are responsible for the properties.

Goldman Backs Mullen in Rentals After Subprime Short
by Heather Perlberg and John GittelsohnBloomberg News
April 22nd, 2013
Richard Mullen, who helped Goldman Sachs profit from the collapse of the housing bubble, is investing in foreclosed properties, again backed by Goldman Sachs.

Tenants in Apartment Complex Will Not Have to Move Tuesday
by Kim Eiten1011Now
April 22nd, 2013
Tenants in a foreclosed apartment complex were served with a Writ of Possession, giving them only four days to move. Occupy Lincoln and other community support forced Fannie Mae to delay the evictions.

Santa Monica Rent Board Delays Trailer Park Development
by Jason IslasSanta Monica Lookout
April 15th, 2013
Santa Monica's Rent Board has delayed making a decision that would allow the closure of a trailer park with 99 rent-controlled units. The Board is concerned that the replacement units will not fully compensate for the units lost.

FTC Warns Tenant Blacklisting Websites
Santa Barbara Independent
April 11th, 2013
Five years after Tenants Together complained about the violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the FTC has issued warning letters to several "tenant screening" websites.

New Law Protects Andalusia's Vulnerable From Eviction
Euro News
April 11th, 2013
The regional government of Andalusia has passed new legislation to protect victims of foreclosure from eviction for three years.

City Buckles Down on Landlords
by Marion RenaultMinnesota Daily
April 11th, 2013
The Minneapolis City Council is attempting to craft and ordinance that would force landlords to maintain their properties without revoking the landlords' licenses. Revoking the license closes down the building and forces tenants to move. Some investors who bought foreclosed properties, in particular, are having problems maintaining their buildings.

Ellis Eviction Notice Served on 97-Year-Old Woman as Speculators Seek Weaker Condo Law
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
April 11th, 2013
A 97-year-old tenant is in danger of losing her home, as Urban Green Investments seeks to convert the building she lives in to TIC ownership.

Tioga Apartment Tenants Dispute Eviction Amid Embezzlement Accusations
KSEE 24
April 10th, 2013
Tenants at the Tioga Apartments in Merced are disputing their "pay or quit" notices, stating that they have receipts showing that they paid the rent. Merced police are investigating possible embezzlement by an employee of the building management company. Tenants Together is assisting the tenants.

Tioga Apartment Residents Told to Pay Up or Get Out
by Joshua Emerson SmithMerced Sun-Star
April 9th, 2013
Tenants in a Merced apartment building are being served with "pay or quit" notices demanding payment of rent they don't owe. The problem may be that one of the building's managers was allegedly embezzling funds from the management company.

Controlled Rents in Santa Monica Highest in 14 Years, Report Says
by Jason IslasSanta Monica Lookout
April 8th, 2013
Santa Monica rents have climbed to $3,000 a month, as vacancy decontrol allows landlords to increase rents when tenants move. Rents have risen much more quickly than the rate of inflation.

Critics Question Investment Fund's Sacramento Rental Venture
by Hudson Sangree and Phillip ReeseSacramento Bee
April 8th, 2013
Critics are concerned that Blackstone, one of the large investment groups in the US, in Sacramento's single-family rental market will have negative consequences for the housing market there. TT Executive Director is interviewed for the article.

New Protection From Foreclosure for California Tenants
by Cathy MoranConsumer Ledger
April 6th, 2013
California tenants have new rights when their landlords face foreclosure.

Investor Frenzy Over Housing Has Peaked
by Nin-Hai TsengFortune
April 5th, 2013
Large investors--hedge funds and the like--are no longer buying foreclosed houses as rentals, as prices have risen for foreclosed properties. Small investors are still in the market, however.

Single-Family Rents are Dropping in Investor-Dominated Markets
Banker and Tradesman
April 5th, 2013
Some investor-dominated markets, including San Diego and Riverside in California, are seeing reduced rents for single-family rentals. Investors purchased a large number of homes after the bubble collapsed, and dominate the market in some areas.

San Francisco Should Allow Rent Control for Converted Condos, Report Says
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
April 3rd, 2013
The City Controller has issued a report saying that TIC units that are converted to condominium should be subject to rent control if they are rented out.

State Appeals Court Tapped to Reverse Courtroom Closures, Citing Need for Greater Access to Eviction Courts
by Christina VillacortePasadena Star-News
April 2nd, 2013
Community groups and legal services' organizations are suing to stop the consolidation of eviction courts to five courthouses in Los Angeles County. The litigants argue that this would make it impossible for many tenants to defend themselves in court.

San Francisco Aiming to Ease Rent-Hike Jolts from Seismic Upgrades
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
April 2nd, 2013
Rent-controlled tenants in San Francisco will be forced to pay the entire cost of seismic upgrades for their buildings, but will be able to apply for hardship exemptions.

Ordinance Could Pit Renters Against Homebuyers
by Thomas K. PendergastSF Bay
April 1st, 2013
A proposed San Francisco ordinance would allow TIC (tenants-in-common) owners to convert their units to condominiums and permanently remove them from rent control protections.

Zoning Restrictions Also a Key Factor in Foreclosure Crisis, Scholar Says
by Dusty RhodesPhys.Org
March 29th, 2013
Authors of a new study on foreclosures argues that building large, single-family homes contributed to the foreclosure crisis in many communities, as people did not have other housing alternatives. Sacramento CA was one of the cities studied.

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Announces $1 Million Grant to Benefit CA Homeowners
by Attorney General Kamala D. Harrishttp://oag.ca.gov/news/press-releases/attorney-general-kamala-d-harris-announces-1-million-grant-benefit-california
March 28th, 2013
TT is part of statewide collaborative to implement new tenant and homeowner protections.

Whose Housing Recovery?
by Darwin BondgrahamDollars and Sense
March 28th, 2013
Investors are purchasing thousands of houses across the country, and this may not be good for the housing market in the long run.

Section 8 Tenants May Be Forced to Leave Troubled 1380 University Ave. in Highbridge Due to Illegal Apartment Conversions
by Kerry WillsNew York Daily News
March 25th, 2013
A landlord facing foreclosure had installed illegal partitions to increase the number of rooms in his units. Section 8 tenants who live at the property may be forced to move because the units are, in fact, too small for their families. The Housing Authority there failed to inspect the units before allowing tenants to move in.

Federal Sequester Hits Home for Many of L.A.'s Poor
by Christina VillacorteLos Angeles Daily News
March 21st, 2013
The federal sequester cuts will have a major impact on subsidized housing tenants in Los Angeles. Tenants may be forced out of the program, and many will become homeless.

Tenants Say Earthquake Retrofit Law Could Circumvent Rent Control
by Noah ArroyoSan Francisco Public Press
March 20th, 2013
Proposed earthquake retrofit legislation would allow landlords to pass through the entire cost of the remedial work to tenants, even though landlords would reap the greatest benefit.

Tenants, Buyers of Foreclosed Units Tangle Over Rents
by Jenifer B. McKimBoston Globe
March 20th, 2013
Boston investors have purchased foreclosed properties at bargain-basement prices and are seeking to increase rents on existing tenants at the properties.

Irish Foreclosure Wave Risks Housing Recovery
by Joe BrennanBusiness Week
March 19th, 2013
Irish bankers are foreclosing on buy-to-let investors there at a faster rate. One problem with foreclosure and eviction in Ireland is the cultural taboo resulting from the forced evictions during the Irish Famine of the 1840s.

San Francisco Tenant Advocates Worry About Costs of Quake-Safety Upgrades
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
March 18th, 2013
Landlords are attempting to pass through the cost of quake-safety retrofits, even though the upgrades primarily increase the value of the properties.

Housing Investors Buy in Bulk, Aim to Profit in Hard-Hit Areas
by Alejandro LazoLos Angeles Times
March 16th, 2013
Housing investors are buying up single-family homes and renting them out. Many of the investor groups are funded by the same banks that helped inflate the housing bubble.

Threat of Foreclosure on California Homes Disproportionately Affects Minorities
by Doris NhanNational Journal
March 15th, 2013
A new report finds that minority borrowers were more likely to receive dangerous mortgages issued by Wells Fargo. A link to the report is contained in the source article.

Poor & Disabled Fight LA Court Closures
by Matt ReynoldsCourthouse News Service
March 15th, 2013
A number of community and legal service groups are suing the Los Angeles Superior Court to stop the closure of courthouses in various Los Angeles cities, as this will make it difficult for low-income, elderly and disabled tenants to file and defend against court actions.

Thirteen Arrested in Anti-Foreclosure Protest at Wells Fargo
by Ed FelienTwin Cities Daily Planet
March 14th, 2013
Demonstrators protested foreclosures in Minneapolis neighborhoods by Wells Fargo Mortgage. The foreclosures have left houses unoccupied, and some have been taken over by drug dealers

Superior Court Facing Lawsuit Over Courtroom Closures
by Christina VillacortePasadena Star-News
March 13th, 2013
Legal advocates are suing Los Angeles Superior Court over its decision to move eviction cases to one of only five courthouses in the county. The advocates argue that low-income, disabled, and elderly tenants would not be able to travel to those courthouses from other areas of the county, thus preventing them from defending themselves.

R.I. Pols to Talk Tenants' Rights Bill
by Michael GagneThe Herald News
March 11th, 2013
Rhode Island politicians are discussing a "just cause" eviction bill for tenants in foreclosed properties there. Last year a similar bill passed the Rhode Island House of Representatives, but failed in the State Senate.

Minneapolis Woman Moves into Vacant, Foreclosed Home
KARE 11
March 9th, 2013
With the support of local activists, a homeless Minneapolis woman has moved into a vacant, foreclosed home there. The community groups are hoping that this will encourage the re-use of foreclosed properties as affordable housing.

Down the Rabbit Hole in a Rental War
by Charanina AlexanderNew York Times
March 8th, 2013
Tenants in a New York apartment building get caught between two "owners" of their building. New York City's Housing Court was able to help them keep their homes.

Minetta Street Tenement to be One-Family Mansion
by Alan KrawitzNew York Press
March 7th, 2013
Preservationists and housing activists in New York City's Greenwich Village are concerned that a mansion conversion there will eliminate affordable housing there.

Union Members Fight Foreclosure Evictions with Sit-downs and Blockades
by Alexandra BradburyAlterNet
March 6th, 2013
Community organizations and unions have been working to stop evictions of homeowners in foreclosed properties.

Fresno Assessor Mailed More Than 2,000 Foreclosure Fact Sheets
by BoNhia LeeFresno Bee
March 6th, 2013
Fresno County is one of only two counties in California where the government warns tenants that the property in which they live may be going into foreclosure. The Fresno Assessor provides information for both homeowners and tenants in distressed properties.

Billionaire Speculators' Greed Makes Life Hard for Renters and Would-Be Homeowners
by Steven RosenfeldAlterNet
March 3rd, 2013
Investors are purchasing foreclosures in bulk, renting them at high rents, and limiting the supply of for-sale properties.

Fargo Couple's Eviction Case Highlight's Lack of Help in Rental Disputes
by Wendy ReuerWDAZ
February 28th, 2013
North Dakota's landlord-tenant laws aren't adequate to deal with many rental disputes, and there is little help for tenants there.

Arkansas' Draconian Criminal Rent Laws
by Bill DeeganRenter Nation
February 28th, 2013
Criminal rent laws in Arkansas have been criticized by Human Rights Watch.

LA County Courts Plan Will Hurt Poor Tenants, Advocates Say
by Hailey Branson-PottsLos Angeles Times
February 28th, 2013
The decision to reduce the number of courts hearing eviction cases will have a detrimental impact on low-income tenants, as they will have to travel long distances to the court hearing their cases. In some cases tenants would have to take public transportation from the San Fernando Valley to Santa Monica for a hearing.

Condo Conversion Bill Could Circumvent Rent Control in San Francisco
by Ben TrefnyKALW Radio
February 25th, 2013
If San Francisco allows the conversion of TICs to condominiums, rent-controlled units could be permanently decontrolled. The full interview is available on KALW's website.

Condomania and the Campaign
by Bill BoyarskyLA Observed
February 23rd, 2013
With the improvement in the housing market, developers are once again trying to convert rental units to condominiums. One factor in encouraging condo conversions is the development of new public transit stations.

Mayor Attempts to Resolve Rent Dispute
by Ekene IkemeAlameda Sun
February 22nd, 2013
Government officials in Alameda are concerned about rent increases for low- and moderate-income tenants in a building there. But there's little they can do, as Alameda has no local rent legislation.

Greuel Trumpets Endorsement by Landlord Group
by Michael Finnegan with Molly MooreLos Angeles Times
February 21st, 2013
Wendy Greuel is highlighting the endorsement of a landlord group in the Mayoral campaign.

Florida Bill Offers More Protection for Renters Who Lease Properties in Foreclosure
by Dick HoganNews-Press
February 21st, 2013
Florida's Legislature is looking at a bill that would provide for criminal penalties for leasing a property in foreclosure. Such a law would be very difficult to enforce, critics argue.

Rent Control Board Considers Hiking Fees
by Jenna ChandlerSanta Monica Patch
February 20th, 2013
Santa Monica's Rent Control Board is planning to increase the fee for unit registration. In Santa Monica the total cost can be passed on to tenants.

A Dose of Truth: San Francisco's TIC Owners Aren't Facing Foreclosure Crisis
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
February 12th, 2013
San Francisco's TIC owners are not in financial straits, and allowing conversion of TICs to condominiums only reduces the supply of controlled rental property there.

Arkansas Law Jails Tenants Who Don't Pay Their Rent
by David FergusonThe Raw Story
February 9th, 2013
Human Rights Watch has condemned the landlord-tenant laws in Arkansas that allow landlords to have tenants jailed if they do not pay their rent or move within 10 days of receiving notice. HRW notes that, in addition to being fundamentally unfair to tenants, landlords frequently abuse the law, in collusion with corrupt public officials.

For Some Landlords, Real Money in the Homeless
by Joseph Berger with Nate SchweberNew York Times
February 8th, 2013
A New York landlord is encouraging his long-term tenants to leave their single-room units to enable him to collect $3,000 a month for housing New York City's homeless. The City pays for these units, rather than construct new low-income housing.

Woman Living with Raw Sewage Given Eviction Notice for Speaking Up
by Devin SanchezNews West 9
February 7th, 2013
A Texas woman has been given a 10-days' notice to vacate by her California landlord after complaining about raw sewage in her back yard. Other tenants are afraid to speak up, fearing that they too would be evicted.

Out of Place
by Rebecca Bowe and Dylan TokarSan Francisco Bay Guardian
February 5th, 2013
Many long-term San Francisco tenants are being driven from their homes by Ellis Act evictions, which allow landlords to then sell their properties as TICs.

Christie Blocks Foreclosed Homes as Affordable Housing
by Joe TyrellNJ Spotlight
January 30th, 2013
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has again vetoed legislation that would enable municipalities to buy foreclosed properties and maintain them as affordable housing. Governor Christie wants to use foreclosure relief monies to plug holes in New Jersey's state budget.

Tenants Removed from Isla Vista Apartment Building in Mass Eviction
The Daily Nexus
January 29th, 2013
Real estate investors from San Clemente are evicting families from an apartment building in Isla Vista, and renting the units to students from UC Santa Barbara. The investors are violating the notice requirements of county and state laws in the conduct of the evictions.

Condo Conversion Legislation on Hold for Now
by Rebecca BoweSan Francisco Bay Guardian
January 28th, 2013
Legislation that would permit the conversion of some 2,000 TIC units to condominiums has been put off to the end of February.

London Breed's Campaign Pledge to be Tested by Weiner/Farrell Attack on Rent Control
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
January 28th, 2013
Newly elected Supervisor London Breed will have to decide whether to protect rent control or vote in the interests of her developer backers for legislation to allow condo conversion of some 2,000 tenants-in-common (TIC) units.

Concord Mobile Home Residents Angered by Rent Increase
by David DeBoltContra Costa Times
January 25th, 2013
Concord mobile home tenants are angered by an Administrative Law Judge's decision that requires tenants to pay a retroactive rent increase. Some tenants have had to take out loans to make the payment.

Will Los Angeles City Council District 13 Candidates Fully Address Hollywood's Affordable Housing Crisis?
by Patrick Range McDonaldLA Weekly
January 25th, 2013
Candidates for the Los Angeles City Council's District 13 have failed to address the affordable housing crisis there.

Local Woman, 99, Fears Sudden Eviction
by Brooke SelfDesert Dispatch
January 24th, 2013
A Newberry Springs woman faces eviction after her landlord, who had a reverse mortgage on the property, died. She is 99 years old, and California's Department of Aging has been unable to find her replacement housing.

TIC Legislation is a Rent Control Issue
by Tommi Avicolli MeccaSan Francisco Bay Guardian
January 22nd, 2013
Proposed legislation would allow some 2,000 TIC (tenants-in-common) units to bypass the City's limits on condominium conversions, and thus be removed from rent control protections.

Malden Residents Rally Against Foreclosure
by Dominic DeSiataGate House News Service
January 19th, 2013
Tenants in Malden MA are working to prevent a former homeowner from being evicted from their home by Fannie Mae. Another unit in the building is occupied by tenants, and the former homeowner is willing to pay rent. This violates Fannie Mae's stated rules, which allow both former homeowners and tenants to remain in the property while it is up for sale. City Life/Vida Urbana is working with the tenant group.

Will Mayoral Candidate Wendy Greuel Turn Back Clock on Slum Housing Prevention?
by Patrick Range McDonaldLA Weekly
January 18th, 2013
Mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel wants to return responsibility for rental housing inspection to the Department of Building and Safety. In 1997 responsibility for such inspections were taken from the Department because of its poor record, and moved the inspection program to the city's Housing Department.

Rent Activists Hit Greuel and Garcetti
by Patrick Range McDonaldLA Weekly
January 17th, 2013
Two candidates for Mayor in Los Angeles have been criticized by tenant activists for their lack of commitment to protect the rights of tenants and affordable housing.

Military Family's Move to South Florida Turns into Housing Nightmare
by Willard ShepardNBC Miami
January 12th, 2013
The family rented a house in South Florida sight unseen, only to discover that the house had serious building code violations, and was in foreclosure.

The Gold Rush in Foreclosed Homes Picks Up Steam as Mad Money Flows Freely
by Matthew GoldsteinReuters
January 10th, 2013
Investor groups are picking up thousands of foreclosed homes to hold as rentals until the for sale market improves.

Despite Settlement, Wells Fargo Still in Housing Activists' Crosshairs
by Rebecca BoweSan Francisco Bay Guardian
January 10th, 2013
San Francisco housing activists aren't willing to let Wells Fargo Bank off the hook for their foreclosure policies, even though the federal government has settled with the bank.

Controversy Oven Rent Control, Renters' Rights
by Jovanka BecklesRichmond Pulse
January 8th, 2013
The Richmond City Council will be looking at the Housing Element of the General Plan, which includes proposals for rent control and "just cause" eviction. Fifty percent of Richmond residents rent their homes.

Foreclosures Hollow Out a Community
by Jasmin LopezHealthyCal
January 6th, 2013
Foreclosures have negative effects on communities, which go far beyond the effects on individual tenants and homeowners.

End to Evictions in Spain? Locksmiths Refuse to Help Oust Owners Amid Austerity Drive
RT
January 4th, 2013
Locksmiths in the Spanish city of Pamplona are refusing to change the locks when homeowners are ousted from their homes after foreclosure.

The Rent is Too Damn High
by Tim RedmondSan Francisco Bay Guardian
January 3rd, 2013
San Francisco rents now average $3,000 a month, far more than most San Franciscans can afford to pay.

GA Counties Sue HSBC Over Bad Home Loans
USA Today
December 24th, 2012
Three Georgia counties are suing HSBC, claiming that the bank discriminated against minority buyers, steering them to risky mortgage products.

Florida Grandmother, Renter Describes Foreclosure Eviction: Emotional Roller Coaster
by Lucia GravesHuffington Post
December 21st, 2012
A Florida grandmother describes the experience of being evicted from a Florida rental in violation of the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act after the rental suffered foreclosure.

Eviction Letters Evoke Criticism of Ex-Congressional Candidate
by Harlan SpectorThe Plain Dealer
December 21st, 2012
Cleveland developer Graham Vesey, who ran against Dennis Kucinich and Marcy Kaptur for Congress in 2012, receiving 2% of the vote, has served eviction notices at one of his properties, demanding that the tenants vacate by January 15.

Facing January Deadline, Liveaboard Boaters Fight Eviction from Redwood City Marina
by Kate AbbottPeninsula Press
December 20th, 2012
Long term tenants are fighting eviction from a Redwood City marina, as the city's planners have approved a luxury housing development that would use the slips for pleasure craft owned by the apartment residents.

Barnstaple Family of Seven Facing Eviction before Christmas
by Will ToppsThis is North Devon
December 20th, 2012
A family in Barnstaple (North Devon, UK) is facing eviction because they complained about conditions at their rental.

Senior and Disability Groups Protest Wells Fargo Evictions, Shutter Accounts
by Christopher CookFog City Journal
December 18th, 2012
Local housing groups protested the eviction of senior and disabled homeowners during the holiday season by Wells Fargo Bank. These homeowners were targeted during the bubble, and encouraged to take on loans that would later explode.

Actress Who Rented Sterling Apartment Wins $17.3 Million in Lawsuit
Wave Wire Services
December 17th, 2012
LA Clippers' owner, Donald Sterling has been ordered to pay a former tenant $17.3 million in general and punitive damages after a fire in her apartment destroyed most of her possessions and left her with post-traumatic stress disorder. Sterling failed to maintain smoke detectors and fire systems in proper working order.

New Report Shows Millions of Renters at Risk of Eviction and Homelessness
by Lucia GravesHuffington Post
December 17th, 2012
A new report concludes that tenants' rights in foreclosed properties are being regularly violated, and that should the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act (PTFA) expire at the end of 2014, many of the country's tenants will be at the mercy of inadequate--or non-existent--state protections.

Rent Relief Not on Governor's Agenda
by Jerry BurnesWilliston Herald
December 13th, 2012
The Governor of North Dakota is refusing to consider rent control for communities in the oil regions of the state, even though many families cannot afford housing there, with the influx of oil workers. However, the state does subsidize housing for state workers, leasing apartments and then subleasing them to those workers at below-market rents.

Crucial Tenant Foreclosure Eviction Protections Won
Coalition for Economic Survival
December 12th, 2012
The Los Angeles City Council extended protections against foreclosure evictions for tenants not covered under the Rent Stabilization Act for to December of 2013. This law protects tenants in single-family properties and multi-unit properties constructed after 1978.

Montgomery County Renters Speak Out Against Rent Gouging, Evictions
by Erin DonaghueWheaton Patch
December 11th, 2012
Tenants in Montgomery County are speaking out against the policies of Equity Residential, a national residential property company.

After Twenty Years, San Francisco's Prop H Has Saved Tenants Billions
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
December 10th, 2012
San Francisco's Proposition H, passed in 1992, eliminated the 4% annual rent increase for controlled units, and provided for a yearly rent increase more in line with inflation.

The Housing Market is Not Only for Homeowners
by David M. AbromowitzCenter for American Progress
December 10th, 2012
The Center for American Progress looks at the current rental housing crisis and makes proposals for development of affordable rental housing.

Spaniards Hope for Eviction Reprieve Amid Crisis
by Alan ClendenningAssociated Press
December 10th, 2012
Spaniards are still protesting eviction of foreclosed homeowners, and demanding that the government there reform the foreclosure process.

Bill Would Turn Abandoned Homes Into Affordable Housing, but Will Christie Sign?
by Hank KaletNew Jersey Spotlight
December 7th, 2012
The New Jersey Legislature has again passed legislation that would allow municipalities there to turn foreclosed properties into affordable housing.

Supporters of El Monte's Mobilehome Park Measure Prove Successful in Final Ballot Count
by Maritza VelazquezSan Gabriel Valley Tribune
December 4th, 2012
Measure F, which repealed a previous initiative that prohibited the expenditure of city funds to study rental rates there, passed by 71 votes.

Women Fighting for Rights of Renters
by Kevin ParrishThe Record
December 2nd, 2012
A mother and daughter team have founded an organization to organize low-income tenants in Stockton to demand that landlords make repairs to rental units there.

Hunter's Point Tenants Shocked by New "House Rules" for Housing Complex
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
November 30th, 2012
Tenants at a new public housing complex in San Francisco are complaining that the house rules there are insulting and demeaning to residents. The 31-page document, for instance, includes requirements for such things as bathing.

St. Helena Sued Over Affordable Housing
by Jesse DuarteNapa Valley Register
November 28th, 2012
Two local groups are suing the town of St. Helena for failing to provide affordable housing for the service-sector workers who live and work there. They are also suing the town for its complicity in allowing substandard housing there.

A Young Woman Tells Her Story of Housing Insecurity
by Marilynn MontanoVoice of OC
November 27th, 2012
Housing insecurity, including frequent moves, difficult living situations and exploitation by landlords, is common among low-income households in California.

Marina to Decide on Fees Related to Mobile Home Rent Control
by Larry ParsonsMonterey County Herald
November 23rd, 2012
The Marina City Council will discuss the imposition of fees on mobile home park tenants to cover administrative costs related to the enforcement of rent control laws there.

Housing May Topple, Rise
by Tony BizjakSacramento Bee
November 19th, 2012
The Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA) is proposing to tear down 751 units of public housing, to be replaced with a mixed-income development. SHRA claims that all of the demolished units will be replaced in the new development.

San Francisco to Track Bedbugs' Trails
by Katharine MieszkowskiThe Bay Citizen
November 13th, 2012
A San Francisco ordinance requires that exterminators report bedbug infestations they treat to the Department of Public Health. Landlords will also be required to disclose bedbug infestations in their units, but only if tenants ask for the information.

Spanish Banks Halt Evictions for 2 Years
Associated Press
November 12th, 2012
Government leaders in Spain have agreed to suspend eviction of foreclosed homeowners there after two people committed suicide just before they were evicted.

Development of Transit Villages Raises Questions About Air Quality
by Ted TrautmanHealthyCal.org
November 8th, 2012
Planned transit villages located near BART stations in the Bay Area are also located near freeways. Locating housing there increases the chances of pollution-related illnesses.

Santa Monicans for Renters Rights Sweeps Elections
by Jason IslasSanta Monica Lookout
November 7th, 2012
Rent control advocates won the election in Santa Monica.

Renovation Forces Tenants to Move
by Lois PearlmanArgus-Courier
November 7th, 2012
A Petaluma developer is evicting tenants to renovate the property. The current tenants were forced to tolerate substandard conditions under the former landlord.

Voters Narrowly Defeat El Monte Measure Seeking to Repeal Mobile-Home Park Ordinance
by Maritza VelazquezSGVN
November 7th, 2012
Voters in El Monte defeated an initiative that would repeal El Monte's prohibition against rent control there.

Watsonville Rent-Control Fee Passes
by Donna JonesSanta Cruz Sentinel
November 6th, 2012
Measure R, which charges mobile-home tenants a $5 per month fee for the City's defense of rent control there, passed with 56% of the vote. Mobile-home tenants supported the charge.

Low Inventory of Rental Homes Means Higher Rent in Santa Barbara
by Ryan CarmelKEYT
November 5th, 2012
Rents are expected to increase 5-7% in Santa Barbara, as there is little rental inventory there.

OC Ramps Up for Upscale Renters
by Marilyn KalfusOrange County Register
November 3rd, 2012
Orange County developers are increasing construction of rental units, but they are expensive units, for upper-income tenants.

Late Money Floods Into Berkeley Election Campaigns
by Lance KnobelBerkeleyside
November 2nd, 2012
Landlord and realtor groups are spending heavily to elect a pro-landlord slate to Berkeley's rent board.

Rents Go Up, Pay Doesn't
by Chris CaskeyThe Union Democrat
November 2nd, 2012
Rents in the Mother Lode have continued to climb, rising 25% from 2006 to 2011, even though incomes have fallen 4%.

Northside Resident Fights Eviction in a Civil Court Hearing
by Katie ReillyThe Daily Tar Heel
November 2nd, 2012
A 80-year-old Chapel Hill tenant was served a 10-days' eviction notice, requiring that he vacate the home he has lived in for 33 years. North Carolina allows tenants to be evicted without cause with a 10-days' notice.

Mobile Home Park Owner Sues City
by Ian BauerMilpitas Post
November 1st, 2012
A Milpitas mobile home park owner has sued that city, claiming that the rent control ordinance there is unconstitutional. The City Council recently denied the owner a rent increase.

Tenant Evicted From Foreclosed Rental
by Elizabeth OwensWDRW
October 24th, 2012
A single mother of three only found out about her landlord's foreclosure when an eviction notice was posted on her door.

Fair Housing Group Adds Chicago to Foreclosure Double-Standard Complaint Against Bank of America
by Mary Ellen PodmolikChicago Tribune
October 24th, 2012
The National Fair Housing Alliance has added Chicago, Indianapolis, and Milwaukee to their complaint against Bank of America for failing to maintain foreclosed properties in minority neighborhoods. At the same time BofA does maintain foreclosed properties in neighborhoods that are predominantly white.

Pols Join Forces to Protect Rents at Foreclosed Manhattan Apartments
by Jesse LentDNAinfo.com
October 23rd, 2012
Politicians in Manhattan have protested the sale of ten foreclosed buildings there, as the sale price is too high to make repairs and pay the mortgage at the rents tenants are presently paying.

Wheelchair-Bound Homeowner with Breast Cancer Pledges to Fight Bank Eviction
by Peter DreierHuffington Post
October 22nd, 2012
A woman with cerebral palsy and breast cancer is fighting Wells Fargo Bank's attempt to evict her from the house where she has lived since she was a child.

California Cities Under Financial Siege
by D. Parvaz Al Jazeera
October 21st, 2012
California's inland cities are suffering as a result of the housing bubble meltdown.

Freddie Mac Warns of Bogus Landlords Renting Out Foreclosed Homes
by Kenneth R, HarneyLos Angeles Times
October 21st, 2012
Freddie Mac issued a new warning about rental scammers, miscreants who break into foreclosed homes and collect rent and security deposits from unsuspecting tenants.

Measure R Seeks Funding to Defend Mobile Home Rent Control in Watsonville
by Donna JonesMonterey Herald
October 20th, 2012
Mobile-home tenants in Watsonville are being asked to pay $5 a month to enable that city to defend suits against the mobile-home rent control ordinance there.

Petaluma Police Chief Proposes Tougher Rules for Eyesore Properties
by Lori A. CarterPress Democrat
October 20th, 2012
Petaluma's Police Chief advocates new legislation to deal with properties in foreclosure, many of which are "ownerless."

Occupy Our Homes: The Fight to Stop Foreclosures is Far From Over
Press TV
October 20th, 2012
Occupy Our Homes is planning actions in cities around the country to address the foreclosure crisis.

Renters in Foreclosure
by Mary Rose MaddenWYPR Radio
October 19th, 2012
Approximately 50% of the foreclosures in Baltimore from 2009-2011 involved rental properties, and tenants evicted from those properties face a very tight rental market.

On The Daily Show, Obama Finally Faces a Question About Housing
by Pat GarofaloThink Progress
October 19th, 2012
The issue of housing has been absent from the Obama-Romney campaign, but Jon Stewart raised the issue with President Obama on The Daily Show.

Some States Using Mortgage Settlements to Help Budgets Instead of Borrowers
by Brady DennisWashington Post
October 18th, 2012
California is one of the states that has taken all of the AG settlement over mortgage misbehavior to solve its budget problems, rather than helping borrowers in distress.

Clean Sweep for Tenants in Sacramento
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
October 18th, 2012
Tenants won victories in passing several pieces of legislation this year

Och-Ziff Hedge Fund Looks to Exit Landlord Business
by Matthew Goldstein and Jennifer AlbanReuters
October 17th, 2012
An early entrant in the REO-to-Rental business is liquidating its assets in Northern California, as the for-sale housing market there improves.

Squireses' Trial Moving Forward
The Times-Standard
October 16th, 2012
Eureka landlords Floyd and Betty Squires are being sued by the City of Eureka and the local District Attorney for not properly maintaining their rental properties there.

ACLU to Sue Morgan Stanley Over Mortgage Loans
by Jessica Silver-GreenbergNew York Times
October 15th, 2012
The ACLU has filed suit against Morgan Stanley, claiming that their predatory loans targeted African-American buyers.

Demand Is Higher for Rental Units Than Homes
by Alan J. HeavensPhiladelphia Inquirer
October 12th, 2012
Rentals are in more demand, as foreclosed homeowners seek rental units, and more people are forming households.

Renter Gets Foreclosure Notice: What Now?
by Diana ZogaKMOV
October 10th, 2012
A St. Louis tenant moved into a property two months before she discovered that the property was about to be sold at a foreclosure sale.

Tenants Allege Abuses at Langley Park Apartments
by Candace WheelerWashington Post
October 9th, 2012
Tenants at a Maryland apartment complex allege that the landlords who bought the property out of foreclosure are not maintaining their apartments, leading to serious health and safety violations. Tenants also allege harassment by the landlord's private security force.

Wells Fargo Lawsuit: US Sues Bank Alleges Civil Mortgage Fraud
by Ben HallmanHuffington Post
October 9th, 2012
The US has sued Wells Fargo Bank, claiming that it certified mortgages as eligible for FHA insurance, while knowing that the mortgages were, in fact, extremely risky.

Oakland Aims to Prevent Foreclosures
by Carolyn SaidSan Francisco Chronicle
October 8th, 2012
Oakland is establishing a pilot program to help owners avoid foreclosure and modify their mortgages.

Developers Miss Rental Surge
NuWire Investor
October 8th, 2012
The rental market has tightened substantially, as people either lose their homes to foreclosure or decide not to buy in this market, but a substantial number of new rental units are expected to come on line by 2014.

Bayonne Rent Control Activist Says Ongoing Renovations Are Forcing Tenants Out of Their Homes
by Mohindra Rupram with Rafael Rogoza and Ken ThorbourneThe Jersey Journal
October 7th, 2012
A New Jersey landlord is accused of using renovation of apartments to force rent-controlled tenants from their homes. Vacancy decontrol would allow the landlord to increase rents on the vacated units.

Predatory "Leasing" Legal, But Wholly Unethical
by Stacey BatesStar-Banner
October 7th, 2012
A Florida tenant discovered that a property management firm rented her a unit knowing that the owner was about to lose the property to foreclosure.

Homeowner Bill of Rights to Protect Renters, Investigate Fraud
by Gautham ThomasThe Daily Californian
October 4th, 2012
New legislation will protect tenants in foreclosed properties in California. The laws take effect January 1, 2013.

Private Equity Firm Sees Profit in Chicago-Area Foreclosures
by Mary Ellen PodmolikChicago Tribune
October 3rd, 2012
Fannie Mae is selling foreclosures in bulk to a number of private investors. Most of these bulk sales are in areas that suffered a large number of foreclosures. Some tenant groups are concerned that the properties, which will be rented out, will not be maintained properly.

Law Barring Unfair Evictions After Ownership Change Signed by the Governor
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
October 2nd, 2012
Governor Brown signed legislation protecting tenants from eviction when the landlord fails to provide contact information in a timely manner after an ownership change

Legislation Would Crack Down on Short-Term Corporate Apartment Rentals
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
October 1st, 2012
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is looking at legislation that would regulate short-term apartment rentals there, as these are crowding out tenants there.

What To Do About All the 'Empties'?
by John McCarronChicago Tribune
September 30th, 2012
Minority and low-income neighborhoods in Chicago have been hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis, and many properties there have been abandoned by both the former owners and the foreclosing lenders.

Bolingbrook Woman Faces Eviction, Claims Lawyer Misled
by Cindy Wojdyla CainThe Herald-News
September 29th, 2012
An attorney for foreclosed homeowners rented out their former home without their knowledge. The tenant, who received a rent subsidy through the Section 8 program, now faces eviction.

Illinois AG Puts $1 Million Toward Helping Renters in Foreclosure
by Susie AnWBEZ 91.5
September 28th, 2012
The Illinois Attorney General has awarded $1 Million of the foreclosure settlement with major banks toward assistance to tenants in foreclosed properties.

FORECLOSURE RELIEF: Inland Lawmakers Cool to Eminent Domain Use
by Ben GoadThe Press-Enterprise
September 28th, 2012
California's lawmakers are skeptical of a plan to take mortgages by eminent domain, and then refinance them for "underwater" homeowners.

Bill to Protect Renters Signed by Governor
The San Mateo Daily Journal
September 27th, 2012
SB 1191 protects tenants who rent properties where the landlord fails to disclose that the property is in foreclosure.

Homeowners Over Fifty Face Surge in Foreclosures
by Eva MartinezEl Tecolote
September 27th, 2012
Elderly San Francisco homeowners are facing foreclosure after being sold exploding mortgages in the housing bubble.

The Rental Alternative to Foreclosure
by Lisa PrevostNew York Times
September 27th, 2012
Bank of America and CitiMortgage have announced that they are going to allow some former homeowners to rent their homes, rather than be evicted after giving them up to the bank. Dean Baker of CEPR first made this proposal in 2007.

Residents Evicted After Property Employee Pockets Rent Money
by Michael King11Alive.com
September 27th, 2012
More than 100 residents of several apartment complexes in Atlanta, GA, after a property manager pocketed the tenants' rent money. One tenant noted that, when so many tenants had allegedly not paid rent, that should have raised a red flag with management.

Group Accuses BofA of Bias in Managing Foreclosed Homes
by Rick RothakerReuters
September 26th, 2012
The National Fair Housing Alliance has accused Bank of America of neglecting foreclosed properties in low-income and minority communities.

California Law Protects Right to Display Election Signs
by Nancy AsiamahRealty Today
September 26th, 2012
California tenants have the right to post election signs in windows and doors, as well as in the yards of single-family properties.

Once Happy Homeowners, Now Reluctant Renters
by Barry PetersonCBS News
September 25th, 2012
The vacancy rate for rental housing has decreased as former homeowners look for rental housing after foreclosure. In many cases, they need to raise several thousand dollars just to rent an apartment.

New Report Finds Foreclosure Crisis Continues to Hurt Renters
National Low-Income Housing Coalition
September 25th, 2012
The National Low-Income Housing Coalition(NLIHC)has issued a new report, showing that the number of tenants affected by the foreclosure crisis has increased since the publication of their last report, in 2009. A link to the report is included in the article.

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Announces Final Components of California Homeowner Bill of Rights Signed Into Law
California Attorney General
September 25th, 2012
Legislation protecting tenants in foreclosed properties was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. Included was a bill giving tenants in foreclosed properties at least 90 days notice to vacate the foreclosed property.

With Evictions Already High, Tensions Boil Over Spanish Bank Bailouts
PRI International
September 24th, 2012
Spanish activists are protesting evictions by banks there, as the banks are being bailed out by the Spanish government.

Blackstone to Buy $1 Billion Worth of Tampa Bay Homes for Rentals
by Drew Harwell with Jeff HarringtonTampa Bay Times
September 21st, 2012
Blackstone Group, a private equity firm, is purchasing hundreds of houses in Florida as rental housing. Part of their plan is to securitize the rental income stream for additional earnings.

D.C. Council Candidates Talk About Housing
by James WrightWashington Informer
September 19th, 2012
Candidates for Washington D.C.'s City Council talk about the need for rent control and affordable housing there.

Speakers Promote Activism From Local Mobile-Home Owners
by Scott HankinsAmerican Canyon Eagle
September 18th, 2012
Mobile-home activists shared strategies for dealing with problems in California's mobile-home parks.

Occupy Bernal: Occupy at the Local Level
by Jen ChienKALW Radio
September 17th, 2012
Occupy activists in Bernal are focusing on helping local homeowners facing foreclosure.

Herrera's Geary Courtyard Settlement Saves Low-Income Tenants from Rent Hike, Secures $95K
by Matt DorseyBeyond Chron
September 14th, 2012
A landlord's attempt to violate a contract provision by increasing rents on tenants who had been guaranteed lower rents was stopped by court injunction. The case was then settled in the tenants' favor.

Romney's Foreclosure Plans Echo Obama's
by Carolyn SaidSan Francico Chronicle
September 13th, 2012
GOP candidate Mitt Romney and Democratic President Barack Obama have virtually identical solutions to the foreclosure crisis. Not surprisingly, neither mentions tenants in foreclosed properties.

California Landlord Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuit for $2.13 Million
US Department of Justice
September 11th, 2012
A Bakersfield landlord has settled a sexual harassment lawsuit. Twenty-five complainants will share in the settlement.

Mobile-Home Park Owners Pour Money Into Council Races
by Kathryn PoythressU-T San Diego
September 11th, 2012
Mobile-home park owners are hoping to elect a Chula Vista City Council that will overturn rent control for mobile-home tenants.

Tremendous CES Tenants' Rights Victory: Governor Jerry Brown Signs Rent Online Bill
by Larry GrossOpEdNews
September 7th, 2012
Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation prohibiting landlords from requiring online rent payments.

New Law Bars Landlords From Requiring Rents to be Paid Online
by Jim SandersSacramento Bee
September 7th, 2012
Governor Brown has signed legislation prohibiting landlords from requiring that tenants pay rent online.

El Monte Mobile Home Park Owners File Claim Against Rent Control Ballot Initiative
by Maritza VelazquezSan Gabriel Valley Tribune
September 5th, 2012
The owners of an El Monte mobile home park are trying to stop an initiative that would allow the City Council to impose rent control there.

Low-Income Families Struggle to Afford Rental Housing
by Jon CollinsMinnesota Public Radio
September 4th, 2012
A new report finds that low-income Minnesotans struggle to find and keep affordable housing. The report also noted that half of the homeless there are children under 21.

Bay Area Poverty: Poor Pushed From San Francisco to Suburbs
by Aaron SankinHuffington Post
September 4th, 2012
The San Joaquin Valley is bearing the brunt of the housing crisis, as poorer people forced from the San Francisco Bay Area bear the costs of high numbers of foreclosures in the Valley.

Despite Need and Funds, NJ's Homeowner Aid is Little Used
by Matt KatzPhiladelphia Inquirer
September 3rd, 2012
The Christie Administration has failed to spend funds to help homeowners and convert foreclosures to affordable housing, even though the government has funds available.

Renters Get Boot With Big Rate Hike
by Carolyn SaidSan Francisco Chronicle
September 2nd, 2012
Tenants in single-family homes in San Francisco are protected by "just cause" eviction protections. But state law prohibits rent control on single-family homes, so tenants can be evicted with large rent increases.

Craigslist Scam--House Hunters in Polk Targeted
by Elvina NawagunaNewsChief.com
September 2nd, 2012
Tenants in Florida are the latest victims of various Craigslist rental scams.

'There Oughta Be a Law' Program Generates Foreclosure Disclosure Law for Renters
by Broderick PerkinsDeadlineNews.Com
September 1st, 2012
Samantha James first proposed that landlords be required to disclose whether their properties were in foreclosure after she rented a property that was being foreclosed, and had to move again.

All of California Homeowner Bill of Rights Approved by Legislature
Central Valley Business Times
August 30th, 2012
California's State Legislature approved a package of bills to protect homeowners and renters in foreclosed properties.

Good Week for California Renters: Four Tenants Rights Bills Land on Governor's Desk
by Dean PrestonCalifornia Progress Report
August 30th, 2012
Four tenants rights bills have been passed by the State Legislature and are waiting for the Governor's signature.

Anatomy of an Eviction
by Allison TeagueThe Commons Online
August 29th, 2012
Tenants of a Bellows Falls, Vermont, apartment building were evicted because of the landlord's failure to make repairs. The town did not, however, find other housing for the displaced tenants.

Banks Labeled 'Slumlords' Over Foreclosure Neglect
by James O'TooleCNN Money
August 29th, 2012
The Los Angeles City Attorney is suing US Bank, declaring it one of the largest slumlords in the City.

Ammiano Bill to Protect Tenants After Ownership Change Heads to Governor
Scoop San Diego
August 28th, 2012
Assemblymember Ammiano's bill that would require lenders/new owners to notify tenants of a change in ownership after a foreclosure.

New Law: Landlords Need to Disclose Foreclosures
by Dave BoycePalo Alto Online News
August 24th, 2012
Landlords would be required to disclose a potential foreclosure to prospective tenants prior to signing a lease. The bill has been passed by the Legislature and sent to the Governor.

Simitian's Renters Protection Bill on Governor's Desk
by Beatrice KarnesPalo Alto Patch
August 24th, 2012
A bill that would require that landlords inform prospective tenants that the property is subject foreclosure has passed the Legislature and been sent to the Governor.

Bottom Line: Lawmaker Addresses Online-Only Rent Paying
by Karen Robes MeeksContra Costa Times
August 23rd, 2012
An 87-year-old tenant was served a 60-days' eviction notice because she refused to pay her rent online. A victim of identity theft, she had been advised by her bank to pay her rent by check.

Los Angeles Foreclosure Blight Ordinance Has Not Been Enforced
by Dana Bartholomewdailybreeze.com
August 23rd, 2012
Los Angeles has failed to enforce the anti-blight ordinance passed two years ago. No banks have been fined under the ordinance.

Foreclosures Impact California Voter Turnout
Phys.Org
August 23rd, 2012
High rates of foreclosure disrupt neighborhood voter turnout, even among those who aren't directly affected by the crisis.

500 Fannie-Mae Foreclosure Homes to Flood the Market
Valley News
August 22nd, 2012
Local realtors fear that bulk sales of properties owned by Fannie-Mae will depress housing values in the Inland Empire. Such sales also bypass local buyers and realtors.

Proposed Anti-Blight Law Would Help Combat Impacts of Foreclosures
by Kelsey DuckettLong Beach Press-Telegram
August 22nd, 2012
One provision of AB 2314 would enable local governments to impose fines on recalcitrant banks and investors when they fail to maintain foreclosed properties.

California Lawmakers OK Bill That Bars Online Rental Payments
by Patrick McGreevyLos Angeles Times
August 21st, 2012
The Legislature passed a bill that prohibits landlords from requiring tenants to pay their rent online, as some tenants don't have access to a computer or the Internet.

Cautious Moves on Foreclosure Haunting Obama
by Binyamin AppelbaumNew York Times
August 20th, 2012
The decisions of the Obama Administration made the housing crisis worse than it should have been, and obvious solutions were abandoned as politically untenable. Those decisions prevented the Administration from taking actions that would have helped the economy recover more quickly.

REAL ESTATE: Apartment Market Continues to Tighten
by Jack KatzanekThe Press-Enterprise
August 13th, 2012
Apartment rents are rising in Southern California's Inland Empire.

Homeless Glendora Woman Clears Latest Hurdle in Illegal Eviction Case
by Melissa MasataniSan Gabriel Valley Tribune
August 10th, 2012
An elderly Glendora woman made homeless by an illegal eviction will be restored to her tenancy. The court ruled that tenants receiving local government subsidies are afforded the same protections as tenants in federally-subsidized housing.

El Monte Mobile Home Park Owners Threaten to Sue El Monte City Council Over Ballot Measure
by Maritza VelazquezPasadena Star-News
August 10th, 2012
El Monte's mobile home park owners have threatened to sue the City Council there over a decision to place a repeal of a 1990 ordinance that provided rent discounts for low-income residents of mobile home parks there. The 1990 ordinance also bans imposition of rent control.

Reintroduced Bills to Transform Foreclosed Properties Into Affordable Housing Clear Committee
NJToday.Net
August 10th, 2012
New Jersey's State Senate has taken up several pieces of legislation that would convert foreclosed properties to affordable housing. New Jersey's Governor Chris Christie vetoed earlier versions of the legislation.

Plan to Shrink Minimum SF Apartment Size Hits Political Snag
by Chase NiesnerSF Public Press
August 6th, 2012
A developer group's plan to build 150 square foot units in San Francisco has raised objections from land use and affordable housing organizations.

Mobile Home Park Residents Seek Repeal of El Monte Ordinance Banning Rent Control
by Maritza VelazquezPasadena Star-News
August 6th, 2012
The El Monte City Council has placed a measure on the November ballot to repeal the city's ordinance banning rent control, passed in 1990.

California Renters Hit Hard by Foreclosures Fight Back
by Juan LopezPeople's World
August 6th, 2012
Tenants Together has issued its fourth annual report on California tenants in foreclosed properties.

Bill to Protect Rights of Pet-Owning Tenants Nears Final Vote
by Tim FucciVentura County Star
August 5th, 2012
SB 1229, which would prohibit landlords from demanding that pet owners declaw cats or devocalize dogs, is up for a vote in the State Senate.

Local Professor Owns Apartment Complex of Occupancy Dispute in California
by Joe LawlorNewport News Daily Press
August 4th, 2012
The owner of a Concord apartment complex, who lives in Virginia, claims that his dispute with the tenants is not about children, but "occupancy limits."

Roma Families at Imminent Risk of Forced Eviction
Amnesty International
August 3rd, 2012
Dozens of Roma families may be evicted on short notice, after the local government claimed that the buildings were unsuitable for habitation. However, the local government and the owner of the property caused the problem by not maintaining the sewer system.

In California Foreclosures, Tenants Should Have Rights Too
by Samantha JamesSan Jose Mercury News
August 2nd, 2012
Samantha James argues that California landlords should be required to notice existing and prospective tenants if their properties are threatened by foreclosure.

Lesbian Couple Win Battle with NYC Landlord
by Julie BolcerAdvocate
August 1st, 2012
A married lesbian couple was allowed to put both their names on a lease for their rent-stabilized apartment, as required by state marriage equality and rent control laws there.

Merced Tenants Rights Issue Won't Go Away
Merced Sun-Star
July 31st, 2012
The editors of the Merced Sun-Star argue that the failure of Merced's referendum on "just cause" eviction doesn't solve the problem of the violation of tenants rights by lenders and realtors handling foreclosed properties.

Hassle-Free Housing
by N'Tanya LeeSan Francisco Bay Guardian
July 30th, 2012
Tenant activists in San Francisco are campaigning to stop landlords from evicting tenants by harassing them until they move from their rent-controlled units.

Community Pressure Can Change Banks' Mind on Foreclosure and Eviction
by Bill SoremThe Uptake
July 30th, 2012
OccupyHomesMN has found community pressure more effective than court action in stopping the eviction of residents there.

Renters' Rights Drive Fails
by Joshua Emerson SmithMerced Sun-Star
July 25th, 2012
Merced Registrar concludes that tenants failed to collect enough signatures for a referendum on a "just cause" eviction measure.

Concord Apartment Tenants Say Landlord Isn't Family Friendly
by David DeBoltContra Costa Times
July 25th, 2012
A Concord apartment manager wants tenants who have "too many" children to move to larger apartments, in violation of local occupancy restrictions.

Hundreds of Pre-Eviction Notices Sent to East Palo Alto Tenants by New Landlord
by Bonnie EslingerSan Jose Mercury News
July 25th, 2012
Equity Residential, the largest landlord in East Palo Alto, has issued more than 700 notices to pay rent or quit to tenants there. Many of the notices demand rent payments in excess of the amounts allowed under East Palo Alto's rent stabilization law.

Nine of NYC's Worst Apartment Buildings Reborn
by Daniel MasseyCrain's New York Business
July 23rd, 2012
A New York landlord has taken on $45 million in debt to purchase and rehabilitate nine apartment buildings in the Bronx. Housing advocates are concerned that the buildings cannot support that much debt.

Tenants to File Complaint Against Concord Apartment Complex on Detroit Avenue
sfgate.com
July 23rd, 2012
A Concord apartment complex has been evicting families with children, in violation of fair housing laws.

One Million Tenants Are Victims of Foreclosure Crisis
by Ken Broderallgov.com
July 20th, 2012
Tenants Together reports that more than a million tenants have been victims of the foreclosure crisis in California.

New Report: One Million Tenants Directly Impacted by Home Foreclosures
by Aileen JoyBeyond Chron
July 20th, 2012
Tenants Together has released its fourth annual report on the impact on foreclosures on tenants in California.

Salinas Tenants Protest Rent Hike
by Andy StinyThe Californian
July 19th, 2012
Salinas tenants claim that rent increases are retaliation for demanding repairs to their units.

Rent Control Charter Change on Ballot
by Ashley ArchibaldSanta Monica Daily Press
July 19th, 2012
Santa Monica's City Council is proposing a change in the computation of the general rent increase allowed under the Rent Stabilization law there.

Fountain Valley Mobile-Home Residents Seek Rent Relief
by Annie KimOrange County Register
July 18th, 2012
Fountain Valley mobile-home tenants are facing large rent increases after a financial group purchased their mobile-home park.

Second Bank is Sued Over Blight
by Jessica Garrison and Angel JenningsLos Angeles Times
July 17th, 2012
The Los Angeles City Attorney has sued US bank over its failure to maintain foreclosed properties it owns, as well as illegal eviction of tenants in foreclosed properties. The City Attorney has already sued Deutsche Bank over the same issues.

San Francisco Housing Market Booms Bigger Than Ever
by Dan SchreiberSan Francisco Examiner
July 17th, 2012
Both rents and house prices are increasing rapidly in the Bay Area.

Study Links Child Abuse to Home Foreclosures
by Maggie FoxNBC News
July 16th, 2012
Involuntary moves are a major stressor for families, and the stress is showing up in a study linking the rate of foreclosures to hospital admissions for child abuse.

Oakwood Apartments, Woodland Hills Tenant Battle over Smoking
by Susan AbramLos Angeles Daily News
July 16th, 2012
A Woodland Hills apartment complex is trying to evict a tenant who complained about smoking in the complex's common areas.

Some Buildings May Come Off Rent Control
by Steven LaMalcaHudson Reporter
July 15th, 2012
A landlord group seeks to eliminate rent control for some units in Hoboken, and enact vacancy decontrol for all rental units. The issue will go to the City Council there, or to the ballot on November 6.

Editorial: Renters Rights Law Back on the Burner
by John MillerMerced County Times
July 12th, 2012
"Just cause" eviction is back on the political agenda in Merced, with the successful petition drive to put a referendum on the ballot there.

The Sins of the Father
by Isaiah ThompsonCity Paper
July 12th, 2012
As a landlord's empire falls, he ekes more money from his tenants in bogus rent-to-own agreements.

Mobile Home Fee Goes to Nov. 6 Vote
by Donna JonesSanta Cruz Sentinel
July 10th, 2012
Watsonville mobile home tenants will be asked to pay a $5 fee to provide a legal defense fund for mobile home rent control.

San Francisco Rule Would Encourage Building Student Housing
by Lee RomneyLos Angeles Times
July 9th, 2012
San Francisco's Planning Commission is seeking to protect rent-controlled units by giving incentives for the development of student housing in the City.

Central Valley Tenants Make History: Tenants Rights Referendum Saves Just Cause for Eviction Law
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
July 9th, 2012
Merced tenants turned in some 4,000 signatures on a referendum petition to save their "just cause" for eviction law. The law was first enacted, and then repealed, by the Merced City Council.

Court of No Return
by Eleanor BaderBrooklyn Rail
July 9th, 2012
Attorneys for tenants and social justice organizations are mobilizing to improve conditions at Brooklyn's housing court.

Council to Consider Apartment Smoking Ban
by Ashley ArchibaldSanta Monica Daily Press
July 7th, 2012
The Santa Monica City Council is considering a ban on smoking in apartment complexes and condominiums.

Major Rent Strike Against Millionaire Slumlord Catches Fire in Brooklyn
by Laura GottesdienerAlterNet
July 6th, 2012
Vulnerable tenants are being abused by slumlords as a result of the tight rental market.

Group Collects Signatures Needed to Revisit Renters' Rights Ordinance
by Yesenia AmaroMerced Sun-Star
July 6th, 2012
Merced renters have filed signatures for a referendum that would restore "just cause" eviction for tenants in foreclosed properties there.

Attorney General Announces Passage of Additional California Homeowner Bill of Rights Components
Lake County News
July 4th, 2012
New tenant protections for tenants in foreclosed properties are part of the Homeowners Bill of Rights passed in the Legislature.

In Nasty Surprise, Two Sarasota Tenants Face Eviction
by Michael BragaHerald-Tribune
July 2nd, 2012
Two tenants find that the landlord "bought" the properties, but wasn't paying the mortgages. When one tenant withheld rent, the landlord filed an eviction lawsuit.

Homeowner Bill of Rights Up for Final Vote in Sacramento
by Sharon BernsteinNBC Los Angeles
July 1st, 2012
The protections agreed in the State Attorneys General agreement with major US banks has been strengthened by legislating the agreement as a series of bills in California's State Legislature. The final bill will be voted on today.

HUD Questions Air Conditioner Fees for Wyoming Apartment Complex
by Gary L. Smithpjstar.com
June 29th, 2012
A Wyoming landlord apparently collected illegal fees from HUD tenants for using window air conditioners. The fees are illegal under HUD leases, and far in excess of the cost of running the air conditioners.

Report: Investors Buying Up Oakland Foreclosures
by Matthew ArtzSan Jose Mercury News
June 28th, 2012
Investors are buying up properties in Oakland's flatland neighborhoods and converting them to rentals, which some see as "destabilizing" the those areas.

Mobile-Home Owners Hit with Rent Control Fee
by Kathryn PoythressU-T San Diego
June 28th, 2012
Mobile-home owners in Oceanside will be forced to pay a yearly $60 fee for rent control services. Funds to support Oceanside's rent control program were previously paid from Redevelopment monies.

Park View Renters Shocked by Foreclosure Notices
by Michael BragaHerald-Tribune
June 28th, 2012
Two tenants are facing eviction from foreclosed units, and received no notice from the landlord that the property was going into foreclosure.

Another Change-Up in Trailer Park Plans
by Jenna ChandlerSanta Monica Patch
June 28th, 2012
A developer has withdrawn a plan to remove 109 trailer sites from one of Santa Monica's last remaining trailer parks.

Santa Monica Rent Control Board to Recommend Charter Change
by Jason IslasThe Look Out News
June 26th, 2012
Santa Monica's Rent Control Board will be asking the City Council to place a charter amendment on the November ballot there that would change the way in which rent increases are calculated. The annual General Adjustment would be 75% of the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

Is Cash for Keys a Good Idea for Renters?
by Karen AhoMSN Real Estate
June 25th, 2012
Tenants Together Executive Director Dean Preston discusses negotiating a "cash for keys" agreement with lenders who have taken over foreclosed properties. And Tenants Legal Center Director Steve Kellman discusses withholding rent in soon-to-be-foreclosed properties.

Parkmerced Owners Say They'll Survive Loan Woes
by Andrew S. Ross with Tom AbateSan Francisco Chronicle
June 24th, 2012
Residents of a large San Francisco apartment complex will be protected if the lender forecloses on the property.

Real Estate Organization Warns Renters of New Scam
Palo Alto Patch
June 24th, 2012
Rental scams have been around for a long time, but a new variation has scammers advertising houses that are, in fact, for sale.

Mobile Home Rent Control Ordinance Nixed by Mendocino County
by Keely BrazilUkiah Daily Journal
June 21st, 2012
A proposal to institute mobile home rent control countywide was defeated by the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors.

Riverbank Seniors Steamed Over Patio Plant Limits
by Kevin ValineModesto Bee
June 19th, 2012
Tenants at a Riverbank apartment complex are opposing a rule by the landlord to restrict them to three potted plants on their apartment patios.

Board of Supervisors to Consider Rent-Control Ordinance
Ukiah Daily Journal
June 18th, 2012
The Mendocino Board of Supervisors will consider an ordinance establishing rent control for mobile home parks there. Several cities in the country already have local rent regulation.

Landlord "Paid" Biker Gang to Drive Brooklyn Tenants Out, Residents Say
by Dan MacLeod and Josh SaulNew York Post
June 18th, 2012
A Brooklyn, NY landlord allegedly has allowed a biker gang to live in his building in an effort to force tenants from the property.

Fighting Foreclosure in the Bay State
by Dan SchneiderBoston Occupier-Free Press
June 18th, 2012
Better tenant eviction protections are part of a series of bills to help communities deal with the foreclosure crisis in Massachusetts.

Rents to Rise As Much As $26 a Month, or 1.54%
by Kevin HerreraSanta Monica Daily Press
June 16th, 2012
Santa Monica's Rent Control Board will allow a 1.54% general increase for rent-controlled units there.

Cherry Hill Looks to Phase Out Rent Control
by James OsbornePhiladelphia Inquirer
June 12th, 2012
Phasing out rent control in Cherry Hill, NJ could force seniors to move.

Short Term Rentals Disrupting SF Housing Market
by Carolyn SaidSan Francisco Chronicle
June 12th, 2012
San Francisco tenant activists are concerned that short-term rentals have disrupted the rental market there.

London Housing Crisis: What is the Case for Rent Controls?
by Dave HillThe Guardian
June 12th, 2012
London Mayor Boris Johnson opposes rent control, even though rent payments take up more than half of London incomes, but alternatives may not solve the affordability problems there.

New REO-to-Rent Program Seeks Returns for Investors
by Paul HageyInman News
June 12th, 2012
A new public-private partnership is raising capital to turn REOs in Oakland into affordable rental housing.

Cherry Hill, NJ Set to Vote on Changing Its Rent Control Rules
by John OstapkovichCBS Philly
June 11th, 2012
Cherry Hill, New Jersey, is set to allow vacancy decontrol, eliminating protections that were first enacted in the 1970s.

SF Building Inspection Commission's Complaint Tracking is Unique in California
by Steve GompelBeyond Chron
June 11th, 2012
San Francisco's online tracking system for building inspection complaints is a helpful tool for tenants making Housing Code complaints. Unfortunately San Francisco is the only city in California using this system.

Landlord Imposes Smoking Ban on 2,000 California Apartments
by Roger VincentLos Angeles Times
June 10th, 2012
A major California landlord has imposed a smoking ban in all of his rental units.

Landlord Imposes Smoking Ban on 2,000 California Apartments
by Roger VincentLos Angeles Times
June 10th, 2012
A major California landlord has imposed a smoking ban in all of his rental units.

Board Eyes Fees in Condo Conversions
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
June 10th, 2012
San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell announced his plan to introduce legislation to allow increased condominium conversions in the City. Tenant advocates opposed the legislation.

First Tenants Rights Referendum in California's Central Valley Hits the Streets
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
June 8th, 2012
Tenants Together Executive Director Dean Preston reports on the battle to maintain "just cause" eviction protections for tenants in foreclosed properties in Merced.

National Rents Way Up: Will More Renters Become Buyers?
by Anne Marie HibbleSan Francisco Chronicle
June 7th, 2012
While house prices are down, rents have increased rapidly over the last year.

Tenants Group May Bypass Merced City Council
by Ameera ButtMerced Sun-Star
June 6th, 2012
Merced tenants are circulating a petition to overturn the repeal of legislation protecting tenants in foreclosed properties. Tenants Together is assisting the group.

Oceanside: Voters Opt to Keep Rent Control, Reject Election Changes
by Ray HuardNorth County Times
June 6th, 2012
Both Propositions E and F failed in the June 5 election. Voters rejected the end of rent control for Oceanside's mobile home parks.

Decontrol of Rent Goes Down in a Landslide; Prop F Trails
by Nathan ScharnU-T San Diego
June 6th, 2012
Proposition E was defeated by 65% of Oceanside voters.

Occupy Our Homes Faces Off with US Marshals in Washington
by George ZornickThe Nation
June 5th, 2012
Occupy Our Homes attempted to prevent the eviction of a tenant who was trying to purchase the home she had rented since 2006. Washington D.C. law gives the tenant the right to purchase the home in the event of a landlord default, but JP Morgan Chase ignored her attempts to negotiate the purchase.

Landlord in Jail, Tenants Evicted
by Katie CollettWAVY.com
June 5th, 2012
Tenants who are being evicted from a building in Suffolk VA for their landlords' failure to maintain the property cannot obtain any more help from the local government but an offer of shelter beds. The landlords are charged with fraud in the collapse of a local bank there.

Oceanside's Props E and F Fail
by Nathan ScharnU-T San Diego
June 5th, 2012
Proposition E, which would have eliminated rent control for mobile home park tenants in Oceanside, was defeated in the June 5 election

SF Judge Blocks Rent Hikes on Low-Income Tenants
by Bob EgelcoSan Francisco Chronicle
June 5th, 2012
A San Francisco judge has blocked rent increases for low-income tenants while the City sues the building owner.

Appeals Court Rules Tenants Can't Be Evicted Without Just Cause
by Lynda CarsonPost News Group
June 5th, 2012
California Appeals Court has ruled that tenants in locally-subsidized housing in California cannot be evicted without "just cause."

France Set to Take First Step Towards New Rent Controls
PIE
June 4th, 2012
The newly-elected government in France is taking the first steps to a new system of rent controls there.

Prop E Political Camps Active on Eve of Election
by Nathan ScharnU-T San Diego
June 4th, 2012
Proposition E opponents continued their push to save mobile home rent control in Oceanside.

Funding for Affordable Housing Dries Up
by Robert DigitaleSanta Rosa Press Democrat
June 4th, 2012
The demise of California's redevelopment agencies, as well as cutbacks in state and federal funding, have reduced monies available for affordable housing.

Oceanside: Both Sides of Rent Control Fight Hope for High Voter Turnout
by Ray HuardNorth County Times
June 2nd, 2012
Proposition E, which would eliminate rent control in Oceanside's mobile home parks, is the most watched election issue there.

California Extends Tenant Act Protections to 2019
by Jon PriorHousing Wire
June 1st, 2012
Both the State Assembly and Senate have passed bills extending protections for tenants in foreclosed properties.

Vacancy Decontrol Supporters Raise Big Bucks
by Nathan ScharnU-T San Diego
May 31st, 2012
Supporters of Proposition E, which would decontrol rents in Oceanside's mobile home parks, have raised at least four times more in campaign contributions than the opponents.

Large OC Family, Including Child with Cancer, Blindsided by Eviction
CBS Local
May 31st, 2012
An Orange County family faced eviction because the lender never notified them that the property and been foreclosed, and they paid their rent to the former owners.

Bill Would Protect Pets in Rental Housing
Topanga Messenger
May 31st, 2012
Senator Fran Pavley's bill protecting pets in rental housing from declawing or devocalized passed the State Senate

Rhode Island House Passes Tenants' Rights Bill
by Rochelle LefebvreWPRI.com
May 29th, 2012
The Rhode Island House of Representatives passed legislation to require that tenants in foreclosed properties be evicted only for just cause.

Victory for Three Families Facing Eviction
Causa Justa :: Just Cause
May 27th, 2012
Causa Justa::Just Cause and the Housing Rights Committee in San Francisco spent several weeks just trying to find out who was responsible for a rental property, and to protect the rights of the tenants living there.

Oceanside: Rent-Control Supporters Outspent By Those Who Want to End It
by Ray HuardNorth County Times
May 25th, 2012
Supporters of maintaining Oceanside's mobile home rent controls have been outspent by the mobile home park owners and real estate interests.

Renters Fight Merced for Tenant Rights
by Lemor AbramsCBS47 TV
May 25th, 2012
Merced renters packed Merced City Chambers Monday, as council members reconsidered the "Just Cause For Eviction" law that protects renters from being evicted from their homes after foreclosure.

Rent Control Tenants Sue Landlord to Stop Alleged Harassment
by Ashley ArchibaldSanta Monica Daily Press
May 2nd, 2012
Tenants in Santa Monica are suing their landlord, who is trying to force them from their rent-controlled apartments by harassing them and not making needed repairs.

The Foreclosure from Hell
by Kevin KoeningerCourthouse News Service
May 2nd, 2012
Private security guards sought to evict tenants from a foreclosed property at 3 AM.

Woman, 90, Trying to Avoid Eviction
by Alex K.W. SchultzPorterville Recorder
April 24th, 2012
Bank of America is trying to evict an elderly Porterville woman, claiming that her lease, which doesn't expire for three and one-half years, is invalid.

Protesters Picket Wells Fargo Meeting, 24 Arrested
by Rick Rothaker and Malathi NayakReuters
April 24th, 2012
Twenty-four protesters were arrested when they tried to disrupt a Wells Fargo shareholders meeting, protesting foreclosures, executive compensation and corporate tax breaks.

High Court Turns Aside Rent Case
by Brent Kendall and Jacob GershmanWall Street Journal
April 23rd, 2012
The Supreme Court refused a challenge to New York's Rent Stabilization Law, which was recently renewed for three years by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

US Supreme Court Declines to Hear Suit Challenging the Rent Stabilization Law
by Adam LiptakNew York Times
April 23rd, 2012
The Supreme Court will not hear a suit challenging New York City's Rent Stabilization Law.

Landlord Leaves Tenant in Messy Situation
by Keisha CourtneyBakersfieldNow.com
April 16th, 2012
A landlord who does not arrange for repairs on weekends left the tenants in his complex with a broken sewer line for 48 hours. The reporter noted that some of the video was "graphic." State law may, in fact, allow the landlord two days to make even emergency repairs.

Section 8 Voucher Opt Out Court Decision Favors Renters
by Lynda CarsonIndyBay
April 16th, 2012
Section 8 tenants are protected by local "just cause" eviction laws in communities that have passed these tenant protections

Merced's Buses Begin Displaying Renters' Rights Placards
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
April 16th, 2012
Tenants Together is helping a local tenants' rights group spread information on tenants' rights to renters in Merced.

Red Bank Council Proposes Raise in Rent Level Formula
by Kristen DaltonThe Hub
April 12th, 2012
Controlled rents in Red Bank NJ would rise by 100% of the Consumer Price Index each year under a City Council proposal.

Tenants Call on Bank, Property Manager to Improve "Deplorable" Conditions in Foreclosed Property
by Ellyn FortinoAustin Talks
April 10th, 2012
Chicago tenants are working with Occupy Chicago to force the owners of their home to maintain the property, which is located in a low-income Chicago neighborhood.

17 Investigation: What Are Renter's Rights During Foreclosure Process
KGET
April 10th, 2012
A Bakersfield tenant whose landlord is being foreclosed is concerned for the return of his security deposit.

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Passes Foreclosure Moratorium Resolution
by Raquel RedondiezSan Francisco Bay View
April 10th, 2012
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors expressed support for a moratorium on foreclosures there until state and federal protections for tenants and distressed homeowners are in place.

San Francisco May Finally Stop Illegal Apartment Rentals
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
April 10th, 2012
Legislation has been proposed to crack down on illegal rentals--both tourist and corporate rentals, which may remove hundreds of units from the regular rental market.

Rental-Home Scams on the Rise in Central Florida
by Mary ShanklinOrlando Sentinel
April 7th, 2012
Scammers are breaking into Florida homes and renting them out to unsuspecting tenants. One tenant lost $1,800 to a scammer.

Oceanside: Mobile-Home Park Owners and Residents Clash over Rent Control
by Ray HuardNorth County Times
April 5th, 2012
Tenants and landlords debate the rent control referendum that would restore Oceanside's mobile home rent controls.

What Rights Do Renters Have During Evictions?
by Carol FergusonKBAK/KBFX
April 5th, 2012
A Bakersfield tenant was evicted with less than the required notice under the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act, and under state law as well.

West Hollywood's New Vision Could Spell Big Trouble for Affordable Housing and Rent Control
by Larry GrossOpEd News
March 31st, 2012
The newest member of West Hollywood's City Council has proposed raiding the city's affordable housing fund to help landlords make building repairs.

BHA Needs $400,000 to Privatize Berkeley's 75 Public Housing Units
by Lynda CarsonIndyBay
March 30th, 2012
The Berkeley Housing Authority needs to raise $400,000 in order to pay for tenant relocation prior to privatizing their public housing units.

Santa Cruz Mobile Home Park Resident Wins Appeal in Court in Rent Dispute Case
by Jessica M. PaskoSanta Cruz Sentinel
March 30th, 2012
A mobile home tenant won an appeal of her eviction against a landlord who tried to evict her when a neighbor paid her rent, a technical violation of her lease.

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