|Rohnert Park May Sell Properties for Apartments|
by Jeremy Hay, Press Democrat
January 12th, 2014
Rohnert Park may sell some properties purchased for affordable housing to market-rate housing developers. Affordable housing advocates oppose the sale, noting that the City would have to purchase other properties to develop the required affordable housing.
|SOMA Family Battles Fourth Ellis Eviction Attempt|
by Jen Fieber, Beyond Chron
January 10th, 2014
A San Francisco family is fighting another attempt to evict them from their home using the Ellis Act. This is the fourth time that a real estate investor has purchased the property and then promptly attempted to evict the family.
|Tenants Bring Class Action Lawsuit against Central Valley's Biggest Slumlord|
by Mike Rhodes, IndyBay
January 9th, 2014
A class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of tenants in properties owned by JD Homes, claiming that the landlord is not maintaining the properties. In addition, the lawsuit claims that the landlord has purchased foreclosed properties in some Fresno neighborhoods, contributing to blight in those areas as well. Tenants Together and Bet Tzedek Legal Services filed the lawsuit.
|Yuba County Needs Affordable Housing|
by Eric Vodden, Appeal-Democrat
January 6th, 2014
California Rural Legal Assistance criticized Yuba County for failing to seek relationships with affordable housing developers who would build affordable housing in the County. CRLA noted that low-income tenants in the County often live in substandard housing.
|On the House: Worsening Conditions for Apartment Renters|
by Alan J. Heavens, Philadelphia Inquirer
January 5th, 2014
Tenants in New Jersey and Pennsylvania are suffering the effects of the failure of the federal and state governments to develop sufficient affordable housing--high rents and poor conditions. Sixty-three percent of Pennsylvania renters could not afford a modest apartment without spending more than thirty percent of income for rent.
|The Shocking Reality of Rental Housing|
by Larry Oaks, Huffington Post
January 3rd, 2014
While the housing crises in New York City and San Francisco are well-known, tenants throughout the country face affordability problems. In boomtown Phoenix, there is a shortage of 130,000 units for low-income families there.
|Concord Landlord Faces Housing Discrimination Lawsuit|
by Lisa P. White and Jennifer Modenessi, Contra Costa Times
December 26th, 2013
Both the State Department of Fair Employment and Housing and tenants at the Huntington Arms Apartments are suing the owners of the property for discrimination against families with children. Tenants Together has been helping the tenants at the property to organize.
|How Bank of America's Secret CEO Office Led to Foreclosures|
by Aimee Picchi, CBS News
December 16th, 2013
Bank of America is again being accused of forcing homeowners into foreclosure, this time by contracting out modification document collection and analysis to at least one entity that didn't even open the mail and falsified records.
|Where Do San Francisco's Evicted Go?|
by Julianne Hing, Colorlines
December 13th, 2013
Many long-term tenants forced to move as a result of Ellis Act evictions are forced to leave San Francisco. A significant minority become homeless.
|Skyrocketing Rents Hit 'Crisis' Levels|
by Diana Olick, CNBC
December 9th, 2013
Rents have increased so much that half of all tenants pay more than 30% of their income for housing, and a quarter pay more than half of their income on rent.
|Communities of Color Face Unexpected Foe in Foreclosure Prevention|
by Rachel Goodman, ACLU
December 5th, 2013
The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Popular Democracy have filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to force the agency to release information on the Agency's refusal to support the use of eminent domain to rescue underwater homeowners in predominantly minority communities.
|How Wall Street Has Turned Housing into a Dangerous Get-Rich-Quick Scheme--Again|
by Laura Gottesdiener, Huffington Post
November 26th, 2013
Wall Street investment firms have purchased more than 200,000 foreclosed houses, rented them out, and is now securitizing the assets and their rental streams into bonds to be sold to investors. There is now some evidence, however, that the investor groups are not maintaining many of their properties properly, which could reduce the value of the securities.
|Fee Hike for Affordable Housing Funding OK'd|
by Mark Walker, U-T San Diego
November 22nd, 2013
The San Diego City voted to increase the fee charged commercial developers for affordable housing development. The fee allows for production of about 100 units of affordable housing a year. There are presently 45,000 people on a waiting list for affordable housing in San Diego.
|Reform the Ellis Act!|
Ellis Act evictions are surging. The stories are heartbreaking. Senior and disabled being thrown out of their long-term homes to line the pockets of real estate speculators. The time for Ellis Act reform is now. Sign our petition today.
|Women of Pico Gardens Fight to Keep their Housing Project Public|
by Esmeralda Bermudez, Los Angeles Times
November 11th, 2013
The residents of a Los Angeles housing project are fighting to keep the Housing Authority there from turning over management of their homes to a private contractor. Another housing project nearby was turned over to a private contractor and later demolished for a mixed-use development.
|Rent Control Cliffhanger|
by Dean DiChiaro, Hudson Reporter
November 10th, 2013
An attempt to repeal part of a Hoboken NJ rent control law is currently losing, but the supporters of the repeal are likely to take the issue to court.
|Blackstone Begins Rental Housing Empire in Spain|
by Sharon Smyth and John Gittelsohn, Business Week
November 7th, 2013
Blackstone, the Wall Street investment group, is investing in apartment buildings and other rental properties in Spain. One purchase includes social housing developments owned by a regional government.
|A Victory for Housing|
by Amy Smith, Austin Chronicle
November 6th, 2013
Voters in Austin TX passed a housing bond that will eventually produce about 3,500 units of affordable housing there.
|8 Washington Condo Project Loses Big in S.F.|
by John Wildermuth, San Francisco Chronicle
November 6th, 2013
A proposal to build a block of luxury condominiums on San Francisco's waterfront was defeated by the City's voters. The 134 units, which would sell for an average of $5 million each, would have provided only $11 million to the City's affordable housing fund.
|Wall Street Slumlords' Outrageous New Scheme|
by David Dayen, Salon
November 6th, 2013
Wall Street investment funds are borrowing from the banks that brought us the housing crisis to purchase houses as rentals. Unfortunately they are, in many cases, not maintaining them properly. Many of their purchases are in states without habitability protections for tenants.
|Affordable Housing Debate Heats Up at City Hall|
by John Cote and Marisa Lagos, San Francisco Chronicle
October 24th, 2013
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will look at several proposals to increase the amount of affordable housing in the City. Among the proposals are legalization of in-law units and stricter protections for rent-controlled units.
|Here Comes the Neighborhood|
by David L.Kirp, New York Times
October 19th, 2013
After fighting an affordable housing development for 30 years, the community discovered that affordable housing had no impact on property values and community safety. Many people don't know that there is affordable housing in the community.
|Governor Brown Veto Betrays Low-Income Tenants|
by Dean Preston, Beyond Chron
October 15th, 2013
Governor Brown vetoed legislation that would permit local governments to require affordable housing as part of new rental housing developments. The author, Dean Preston, is the Executive Director of Tenants Together.
|Brown Vetoes Atkins Housing Bill|
by Michael Gardner, U-T San Diego
October 15th, 2013
Governor Jerry Brown vetoed an inclusionary housing bill that would allow local governments to require affordable housing as part of new rental projects.
|Sequester Series: The Longest Wait|
by Alex Kacik, Mission and State
October 10th, 2013
Tenants in Santa Barbara County spend an average of 5 to 8 years on the waiting list for Section 8 housing. The sequester reduced the available vouchers, and the wait will be even longer.
|The War on Renters|
by Anthony Sanders, Daily Caller
October 10th, 2013
In many communities, tenants are viewed with extreme disfavor, and some of communities violate tenants' civil rights in an attempt to "regulate" them.
|Tenants Complain About Bed Bug Infestation in Hotel|
by Grecia Aguilar, KSWT
October 4th, 2013
Tenants in an El Centro residential hotel have been complaining about infestations of bed bugs and cockroaches since 2011, according to county records. The county is expected to issue a final report after October 25.
|Santee Ends Mobile Home Legal Battle|
by Karen Pearlman, U-T San Diego
October 3rd, 2013
A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit to overturn mobile-home park rent control in Santee. The settlement will allow substantial rent increases at two mobile-home parks there.
|NJ Court Upholds Affordable Housing Law|
by Terri Langford, WNYC
September 26th, 2013
The New Jersey Supreme Court has required that the formula for affordable housing be revised to distribute the requirement evenly among communities. The previous rule used the rate of growth for each community to determine affordable housing requirements, but communities that prohibited growth were able to escape the requirement.
|Fannie Mae Breaks Its Word|
by Thomas MacMillan, New Haven Independent
September 26th, 2013
Fannie Mae is violating rules it put in place several years ago to allow tenants in foreclosed properties to remain in their units until the units are sold. A New Haven CT tenant is fighting Fannie Mae to remain in her unit.
|Oakland Rent Laws to be Debated|
by Adelyn Baxter, East Bay Express
September 25th, 2013
The Oakland City Council is discussing limits on the ability of landlords to pass through some financing and capital improvement costs to rent-controlled tenants.
|San Francisco Family Remains in Home on Ellis Act Eviction Day|
by Jessica Kwong, San Francisco Examiner
September 25th, 2013
An elderly couple and their disabled adult daughter have received a temporary reprieve after supporters surrounded their apartment building and the Sheriff failed to carry out the eviction. The family is being evicted under the state Ellis Act, which allows landlords to remove units "permanently" from the rental market. Permanently is five years.
|Houston Not So Affordable After All|
September 23rd, 2013
Houston TX is only affordable if you live in the suburbs outside the city. A Rice University study found that affordable housing was in the Metropolitan Area, rather than Houston itself.
|Bill Would Deregulate Tenants' Property Rights|
by Madeleine Behr, The Badger Herald
September 19th, 2013
Tenants in Wisconsin are losing rights, as the Republicans in the State Legislature have passed laws that allow landlords to throw out a tenant's property, and require that tenants pay to eradicate pests, whether or not the tenant is responsible for the infestation. The legislation also prohibits local communities from enacting tenant protections.
|Thousands of Affordable Homes Axed|
by Mathiason, Fitzgibbon & Turner, The Bureau Ivestigates
September 18th, 2013
Housing developers in Britain are not meeting the requirements for affordable housing in their projects. Some are reneging on prior commitments to include affordable housing in their developments.
|Sequester Forces Serious Cuts in Section 8 Housing Program|
by Sam Spokony, The Villager
September 12th, 2013
Section 8 tenants in New York City are being asked to pay more for rent or move to smaller apartments, as the sequester has cut the City's housing subsidies. Some politicians have asked that the City's Department of Housing Preservation and Development make cuts that preserve the tenants' housing subsidies.
|Sacramento City Council Mulls Changes to Low-Income Housing Ordinance|
by Ryan Lillis, Sacramento Bee
September 4th, 2013
The Sacramento City Council is planning changes to the inclusionary zoning ordinance that would enable developers to pay a small fee in lieu of building affordable housing as part of their projects. Half of Sacramento tenants pay more than 30% of their income for rent, and a fifth pay more than half of their gross income for rent.
|Huge Victory for Affordable Rental Housing|
by Dean Preston, Beyond Chron
September 4th, 2013
AB 1229 passed the State Senate, and will now be sent to the Governor. The bill overturned a Supreme Court decision that jeopardized inclusionary housing requirements in many California cities. Dean Preston, the author of the article, is Executive Director of Tenants Together.
|SRO Tenants Defeat AT&T, Save LifeLine Phone Program|
by Randy Shaw, Beyond Chron
September 3rd, 2013
A coalition of community groups, including the Coalition for Economic Survival (CES), the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and TURN, stopped an attempt by AT&T to end the LifeLine program, which provides discounted phone service to low-income consumers.
|Second Vacate Notice at Fresno Motel Draws Tenants' Ire|
by Carmen George, Fresno Bee
August 29th, 2013
Tenants at the Fresno Inn have received new eviction notices, threatening them with illegal utility shut-offs after September 1. Tenants Together is working with the tenants and other local groups to protect the tenants' rights.
|Family Can Stay for Now|
by Cherie Howie, The New Zealand Herald
August 25th, 2013
A New Zealand family will not be forced from the public housing unit rented by their family, while the housing authority finds them appropriate housing. The death of the tenant's father three weeks ago caused the crisis.
|American Homes 4 Rent Said to Fire Employees After Loss|
by John Gittelsohn and Heather Perlberg, Bloomberg
August 23rd, 2013
American Homes 4 Rent, one of the investor groups that purchased large numbers of foreclosed houses after the bubble collapsed, has laid off employees in the wake of a quarterly loss by the company.
|Quinn Signs Law to Help Illinois Renters Fight Foreclosure|
August 21st, 2013
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has signed legislation to protect tenants in foreclosed properties. The law provides many of the same protections afforded by the federal Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act (PTFA), which expires at the end of 2014. The Chicago City Council enacted additional protections in June.
|Attorney General Sues Local Landlord|
by Jenny Surane, The Daily Tar Heel
August 21st, 2013
A North Carolina landlord is being sued for illegally withholding tenant security deposits there. The landlord rents mainly to students, who are particular victims of security deposit theft.
|Victims' Dilemma: 911 Calls Can Bring Eviction|
by Erik Eckholm, New York Times
August 16th, 2013
Tenants who call 911 can face eviction under local "zero tolerance" policies, even when they are the victims of crime. Women who are victims of domestic violence often face the choice of putting up with battering or being evicted from their homes.
|SRO Tenants Build Stronger Neighborhoods|
by Randy Shaw, Beyond Chron
August 12th, 2013
Randy Shaw argues that SRO tenants work to improve their neighborhoods, but that they receive little help from local agencies to keep their neighborhoods free of activities like drug dealing.
|Tenants Struggle with Apartment's Retrofit|
by Elkene Ikeme, Alameda Sun
August 9th, 2013
Tenants of the Marina View Towers are still waiting for the return of their security deposits, even though the landlord promised to return them within five days after the tenants vacated their apartments.
|U.S. Warns Against Eminent-Domain Mortgage Seizures|
by Alejandro Lazo, Los Angeles Times
August 8th, 2013
The Federal Housing Finance Agency has threatened to stop mortgage lending in cities that take underwater mortgages by eminent domain. This follows the filing of a lawsuit by the Wall Street banks and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to prohibit the use of eminent domain by the City of Richmond in the Bay Area.
|Village Trailer Park Finally Meets Its End|
by Parimal M. Rohit, Santa Monica Mirror
July 22nd, 2013
The Santa Monica Rent Control Board agreed to allow the elimination of the Village Trailer Park, in exchange for 109 rent-controlled units in the development proposed for the site. The developer threatened a lawsuit if the proposal was not approved.
|Tenants Evicted Due to Buildings' Sale|
by Elkene Ikeme, Alameda Sun
July 19th, 2013
Tenants in an Alameda County apartment building are being evicted for seismic improvements to the property. Some tenants claim that the tenants are being evicted to enable the landlord to convert the property to condominiums which, if true, would require a longer notice period.
|Tenants in Soon-to-be-Foreclosed Properties Wonder About Their Fate|
by Jo C. Goode, Herald-News
July 17th, 2013
Tenants in a boarding house in Fall River MA face eviction after the City found numerous code violations. But the City has done little to find the tenants alternative housing. In addition to not maintaining the property, the landlord engaged in unfair business practices, including taking the tenants' debit cards and PIN numbers, in order to take money from their accounts.
|There's Something Rotten in Sacramento|
by Randy Shaw, Beyond Chron
July 16th, 2013
California's Democratic legislators have succumbed to the lure of corporate and landlord money, and have represented those interests, rather than the low-income populations who elected them. At least one of them, State Senator Rob Wright, is being prosecuted for lying--he allegedly doesn't live in the district he represents.
|Black Gold, Red Checkbooks|
by Nathaniel Miller, Odessa American
July 14th, 2013
Tenants in Odessa, Texas, are petitioning for rent control, as the region's oil boom has increased rents substantially. Rents in Odessa are now equivalent to those in Austin, the most expensive market in Texas.
|A Nearly Hidden Horror of the Sequester|
by Carl Bloice, Portside
July 11th, 2013
The sequester will have a major impact on tenants with housing subsidies. Some people will lose their subsidies altogether, while others will have to pay more for housing.
|France to Guarantee Rent|
July 10th, 2013
The government of France will implement a new scheme to insure that landlords there receive rental payments, at the same time capping rents at 20% above the median rent for the community. More than a quarter of Paris tenants will eventually receive rent reductions.
|Slum Housing Still a Health Problem|
by Chris Richard, California Health Report
July 1st, 2013
Los Angeles health activists are asking building inspectors there to focus on allergens such as black mold and cockroach excrement, which can exacerbate asthma in children. Children who live in low-income neighborhoods are particularly susceptible to asthma.
|Sequester Means Cuts to Local Housing for Poor|
by Dan Horn, Cincinnati.com
June 25th, 2013
One thousand tenants in subsidized housing may lose their homes as a result of the sequester cuts. The article also notes that 100,000 families nationwide may lose their housing if the sequester cuts are not reversed.
|Berkeley Housing Authority Cuts Vouchers Due to Sequester|
by Mary Zhou, Daily Californian
June 10th, 2013
Some tenants are losing their Section 8 housing vouchers, while applicants for the vouchers are being turned away, as a result of the sequester cuts in federal programs. The sequester is affecting many federal programs that provide services to low-income families and seniors.
|Germany's Merkel Snatches Rent Control From Rival Before Election|
by Erik Kirschbaum, Reuters
June 10th, 2013
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is advocating vacancy control in rental properties, limiting the rent increases on vacated properties to 10% above what the previous tenants paid. She admits that she stole the policy from the Social Democrats in advance of the election there.
|Wells Fargo Settles Complaint on Foreclosed Homes|
by Danielle Douglas, Washington Post
June 6th, 2013
Wells Fargo has agreed to pay $42 million to settle claims that the bank failed to maintain their foreclosed properties in minority communities, while taking better care of foreclosed properties in majority white communities.
|Security Deposit Rules in Leno Legislation|
by Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle
May 23rd, 2013
State Senator Mark Leno has proposed legislation that would provide greater protections for tenants seeking the return of their security deposits. Landlords would be required to pay interest on deposits, and would face mandatory damages if they were found to have withheld security deposits wrongfully. TT Executive Director Dean Preston is quoted in the article.
|Mortgage Bankers Slam Proposed Tenant Protections|
by Chip Mitchell, WBEZ 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.
|City Buckles Down on Landlords|
by Marion Renault, Minnesota 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.
|Tioga Apartment Tenants Dispute Eviction Amid Embezzlement Accusations|
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 Smith, Merced 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.
|Critics Question Investment Fund's Sacramento Rental Venture|
by Hudson Sangree and Phillip Reese, Sacramento 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.
|Investor Frenzy Over Housing Has Peaked|
by Nin-Hai Tseng, Fortune
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.
|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.