|Ordinance Could Pit Renters Against Homebuyers|
by Thomas K. Pendergast, SF 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.
|Whose Housing Recovery?|
by Darwin Bondgraham, Dollars 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.
|Irish Foreclosure Wave Risks Housing Recovery|
by Joe Brennan, Business 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.
|Poor & Disabled Fight LA Court Closures|
by Matt Reynolds, Courthouse 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.
|Superior Court Facing Lawsuit Over Courtroom Closures|
by Christina Villacorte, Pasadena 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 Gagne, The 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|
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 Alexander, New 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.
|Fresno Assessor Mailed More Than 2,000 Foreclosure Fact Sheets|
by BoNhia Lee, Fresno 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.
|LA County Courts Plan Will Hurt Poor Tenants, Advocates Say|
by Hailey Branson-Potts, Los 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.
|Condomania and the Campaign|
by Bill Boyarsky, LA 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 Ikeme, Alameda 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.
|Arkansas Law Jails Tenants Who Don't Pay Their Rent|
by David Ferguson, The 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 Schweber, New 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.
|Out of Place|
by Rebecca Bowe and Dylan Tokar, San 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 Tyrell, NJ 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.
|Local Woman, 99, Fears Sudden Eviction|
by Brooke Self, Desert 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.
|Malden Residents Rally Against Foreclosure|
by Dominic DeSiata, Gate 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.
|Rent Activists Hit Greuel and Garcetti|
by Patrick Range McDonald, LA 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.
|Controversy Oven Rent Control, Renters' Rights|
by Jovanka Beckles, Richmond 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.
|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.
|Rent Relief Not on Governor's Agenda|
by Jerry Burnes, Williston 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.
|Women Fighting for Rights of Renters|
by Kevin Parrish, The 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.
|St. Helena Sued Over Affordable Housing|
by Jesse Duarte, Napa 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.
|Housing May Topple, Rise|
by Tony Bizjak, Sacramento 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 Mieszkowski, The 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.
|Renovation Forces Tenants to Move|
by Lois Pearlman, Argus-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.
|Watsonville Rent-Control Fee Passes|
by Donna Jones, Santa 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.
|Mobile Home Park Owner Sues City|
by Ian Bauer, Milpitas 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.
|Renters in Foreclosure|
by Mary Rose Madden, WYPR 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.
|Tenants Allege Abuses at Langley Park Apartments|
by Candace Wheeler, Washington 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.
|Developers Miss Rental Surge|
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.
|Private Equity Firm Sees Profit in Chicago-Area Foreclosures|
by Mary Ellen Podmolik, Chicago 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.
|What To Do About All the 'Empties'?|
by John McCarron, Chicago 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.
|The Rental Alternative to Foreclosure|
by Lisa Prevost, New 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 King, 11Alive.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.
|Once Happy Homeowners, Now Reluctant Renters|
by Barry Peterson, CBS 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.
|Renters Get Boot With Big Rate Hike|
by Carolyn Said, San 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.
|Anatomy of an Eviction|
by Allison Teague, The 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.
|Cautious Moves on Foreclosure Haunting Obama|
by Binyamin Appelbaum, New 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.
|Lesbian Couple Win Battle with NYC Landlord|
by Julie Bolcer, Advocate
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|
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.
by N'Tanya Lee, San 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.
|Renters' Rights Drive Fails|
by Joshua Emerson Smith, Merced Sun-Star
July 25th, 2012
Merced Registrar concludes that tenants failed to collect enough signatures for a referendum on a "just cause" eviction measure.
|Second Bank is Sued Over Blight|
by Jessica Garrison and Angel Jennings, Los 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.
|Some Buildings May Come Off Rent Control|
by Steven LaMalca, Hudson 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.
|The Sins of the Father|
by Isaiah Thompson, City Paper
July 12th, 2012
As a landlord's empire falls, he ekes more money from his tenants in bogus rent-to-own agreements.
|Court of No Return|
by Eleanor Bader, Brooklyn Rail
July 9th, 2012
Attorneys for tenants and social justice organizations are mobilizing to improve conditions at Brooklyn's housing court.
|Mobile-Home Owners Hit with Rent Control Fee|
by Kathryn Poythress, U-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.
|Is Cash for Keys a Good Idea for Renters?|
by Karen Aho, MSN 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.
|Occupy Our Homes Faces Off with US Marshals in Washington|
by George Zornick, The 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 Collett, WAVY.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.
|Renters Fight Merced for Tenant Rights|
by Lemor Abrams, CBS47 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.
|Protesters Picket Wells Fargo Meeting, 24 Arrested|
by Rick Rothaker and Malathi Nayak, Reuters
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.
|Landlord Leaves Tenant in Messy Situation|
by Keisha Courtney, BakersfieldNow.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.
|City Life Expands to National Activities|
by Rebecca Oliveira, Jamaica Plain Gazette
March 30th, 2012
Boston's City Life/Vida Urbana (CLUV)developed a model to prevent both owner and tenant evictions in foreclosed properties. They have been expanding this model, through training and workshops, to other states.
|With Banks As Landlords, Some Tenants Neglected|
by Aarti Shahani, NPR
February 23rd, 2012
Across the country, big banks and other large investors are buying up tens of thousands of foreclosed rental properties. They're not always model landlords, according to tenants and regulators. Some banks leave tenants to live in squalor ó without even a number to call in the most dire situations.
|Police arrest Occupy protesters in Mission|
by Victoria Colliver, SFGate
January 15th, 2012
The arrests come after protesters with Occupy SF Housing demand that the bank manager fax a letter to Wells Fargo's chief executive officer calling for a moratorium on home evictions and foreclosures.
|The New American Dream: Rent, Donít Buy|
by Steve Yoder, The Fiscal Times
January 4th, 2012
America is headed toward a future in which fewer people own the spaces they call home. The effective homeownership rate, which excludes borrowers whose homes are underwater, stands at 62 percent, down from 69 percent in 2006, according to a 2010 report by the New York Federal Reserve.
|Grant to help low-income families|
by The Union staff, The Union
December 23rd, 2011
Nevada County receives a $700,000 grant designed to provide low income housing assistance. Approximately 40 low-income residents will receive rental deposit assistance.