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Alameda Landlord Who Evicted 33 Tenants Slams Councilmembers
by Steve TavaresEast Bay Express
December 8th, 2015
An Alameda landlord whose actions led the City Council to close a loophole he had exploited read out the Council in an email.
Fresno Leaders Committed to Fix "Third World" Conditions at Summerset Apartments if 'Slumlord' Doesn't Step Up
by Rory AppletonFresno Bee
November 30th, 2015
Frenso's City Council is looking at options to address code violations at an apartment complex where the tenants have been without heat, hot water and cooking facilities since November 12. Tenants Together's Fresno office is assisting the tenants.
Alameda Tenant Activists, Officials Meet Over Rent Crisis
by Peter HegartyContra Costa Times
November 25th, 2015
The Alameda Renters Coalition met with city officials there to discuss options for rent control and just cause eviction protections.
Berkeley Panel Urges Community Activism to Address Housing Crisis
by Judith ScherrDaily Democrat
November 24th, 2015
Community groups gathered in Berkeley to address the housing crisis there. Tenants Together was one of the sponsors of the meeting.
When Wall Street Owns Main Street
by Dan SmithThe Registry
November 17th, 2015
Tenants Together studies the effect of the landlord investors who purchased properties out of foreclosure.
Tension Builds in Alameda over Fast-Rising Rents
by Rachel SwanSan Francisco Chronicle
November 15th, 2015
Tenants in Alameda are being forced from their homes by exorbitant rent increases, and are demanding that the City Council take action. TT Executive Director Dean Preston was interviewed for the article.
Public Pensions Invest Big in Blackstone's Controversial Rental Properties
by Rebecca BurnsAljazeera America
October 16th, 2015
Public sector pension funds are investing in private equity real estate operations that have been accused of increasing rents and otherwise exploiting tenants. TT Executive Director Dean Preston was interviewed for the article.
Turning Houses into Hotels
by David BondGrahamEast Bay Express
September 16th, 2015
Oakland investors are purchasing housing units and turning them into short-term tourist rentals. TT Executive Director Dean Preston was interviewed for the article.
Anaheim Rental Inspections Program Nets $11,000 in Fines
by Erika AguilarKPCC
September 4th, 2015
One landlord is being sued and others have faced fines after Anaheim started a rental housing inspection program. TT's Legal Director Leah Simon-Weisberg was interviewed for the article.
S.F. Tenants' Groups Fight 'Gotcha' Evictions
by J.K. DineenSan Francisco Chronicle
July 29th, 2015
Tenant groups in San Francisco are fighting evictions of rent-controlled tenants for reasons that are often silly or petty.
Developer Matthew Jacobs: Demolition Man
by Lovell Estell IIICity Watch
July 24th, 2015
CalHFA chair Matthew Jacobs is evicting tenants under the Ellis Act to build a luxury development.
Tenants Renting From Wall Street Pay More
by Darwin BondGrahamEast Bay Express
May 12th, 2015
Tenants Together released a new report on a survey of tenants who rent from the Wall Street landlords, private equity firms that bought large numbers of properties out of foreclosure.
Richmond Fails to Pass Moratorium on Rent Increases
by Karina IoffeeContra Costa Times
April 22nd, 2015
Richmond failed to pass a moratorium on rent increases, even though rents there have increased 33% over the last five years. Tenants Together participated in the campaign for the moratorium.
Tenants, Advocates Rally Against Unsafe Conditions in Fresno Rentals
by Carmen GeorgeFresno Bee
April 9th, 2015
Local groups in Fresno, including Tenants Together, rallied to demand that the City force landlords to maintain their rental properties.
How East Bay Tenants Get Displaced
by Sam LevinEast Bay Express
March 11th, 2015
Oakland tenants are being displaced by steep rent increases.
New California Legislative Efforts to Mitigate Ellis Act Evictions
by Melanie NathanO-blog-dee-o-blog-da
February 24th, 2015
New legislation is being proposed that would limit Ellis Act evictions.
Tenant Legislation to Watch in 2015
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
January 12th, 2015
Tenant activists will be working on several issues over the next year, including allocating funds for the renter's rebate and prohibiting discrimination against Section 8 tenants.
Eviction of 83-Year-Old Woman Draws Protest
by Hudson SangreeSacramento Bee
December 23rd, 2014
Tenant advocates, including Tenants Together, demonstrated to protest the eviction of an 83-year-old woman from her apartment. Management claims to evict all tenants who receive Section 8 housing subsidies.
Allegedly Ignoring Bedbugs Bites Landlord; Judge Issues Arrest Warrant
by Lisa P. WhiteContra Costa Times
December 22nd, 2014
A landlord who failed to address a bedbug infestation in his rental property has been arrested. Tenants Together organized tenants to pass the law that led to the landlord's arrest.
San Francisco Group Fighting Eviction of 83-Year-Old Sacramento Woman
by Andy FurilloSacramento Bee
December 18th, 2014
Tenants Together is working to prevent the eviction of an 83-year-old woman from her apartment.
Judge Tosses SF Law Meant to Shield Evicted Tenants
by Bob EgelkoSan Francisco Chronicle
October 22nd, 2014
A San Francisco judge declared unconstitutional a law that would have required greater compensation for tenants evicted under the Ellis Act.
Renters Group Protests Eviction of Merced Member
by Thaddeus MillerMerced Sun-Star
September 29th, 2014
A Tenants Together member is facing eviction from his apartment in Merced after working to organize his building.
No Appetite for Rent Control among Council Candidates
by Daniel DeBoltMountain View Voice
September 29th, 2014
Candidates for City Council in Mountain View aren't interested in rent control, even though rents there are skyrocketing. TT Executive Director Dean Preston is interviewed for the article.
SF Tenants Rally for Support of Proposition G
by Jessica KwongSan Francisco Examiner
August 20th, 2014
Tenants rallied in support of Proposition G, the anti-speculation initiative on the November ballot.
San Francisco Democratic Party Decides on Endorsements for November Election
by Rebecca BoweSan Francisco Bay Guardian
August 14th, 2014
Tenants Together Executive Director Dean Preston asked the SF Democratic Party to support the anti-speculation initiative, Proposition G, on the November ballot.
East Palo Alto Residents Ask Council to Oust Manager
by Bonnie EslingerSan Jose Mercury News
July 15th, 2014
East Palo Alto residents asked the City Council there to find a new City Manager, charging that the present City Manager lacks a commitment to the City's rent law and local control of public safety, the two issues that led to residents forming the City 33 years ago.
East Palo Alto to Seek New City Manager
by Sue DremannPalo Alto Online
July 15th, 2014
East Palo Alto's City Council has decided to replace Magda Gonzalez as City Manager there. Tenants Together argued that she was too close to East Palo Alto's major landlord, and she advocated contracting out the City's police services.
Tenant Group Calls for EPA City Manager's Ouster
by Sue DremannPalo Alto Online
July 11th, 2014
Tenants Together is calling for the ouster of the City Manager in East Palo Alto, and has documented her bias in favor of that city's largest private landlord.
Tenant Group Says East Palo Alto's City Manager Cozies Up to Big Landlord
by Bonnie EslingerSan Jose Mercury News
July 11th, 2014
Tenants Together is asking that East Palo Alto's City Manager's contract not be renewed, as she has worked against enforcement of the City's rent control law.
Tenants Win Argument, Lose Vote
by Andrew SzetoBeyond Chron
June 19th, 2014
Democrats in the State Assembly failed to support a bill that would protect tenants from eviction by speculators.
Assembly Democrats Put Ellis Reform on Life Support
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
June 19th, 2014
Ellis Act reform was defeated because Assembly Democrats did not support it.
State Lawmakers Reject San Francisco's Bid for Ellis Act Exemption
by Doug SovernCBS (San Francisco)
June 18th, 2014
Assembly Democrats failed to support Ellis Act reform.
Ellis Act Reform Bill Stalls at State Assembly Hearing
by Kate CongerSan Francisco Examiner
June 18th, 2014
Two Democrats stopped a bill that would protect tenants in San Francisco from eviction by real estate speculators.
Assembly Committee Rejects Ellis Act Bill
by Melody GutierrezSan Francisco Chronicle
June 18th, 2014
Legislation to protect rent-contolled tenants from real estate speculators failed to pass an Assembly committee. Two Democrats voted against the reform.
Ellis Reform Bill Faces New Test
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
June 17th, 2014
Two Democratic legislators will determine whether a bill to reform the Ellis Act will proceed in the State Assembly.
At-Will Eviction Bill Moves Through CA Legislature
by Andrew SzetoBeyond Chron
June 10th, 2014
AB 1513, which would allow landlords to evict tenants without a court hearing, has been passed by the State Assembly and is now under consideration in the State Senate.
Airbnb Blurs Lines Between Visitors, Tenants
by Carolyn SaidSan Francisco Chronicle
June 7th, 2014
A tenant who rented a room for almost three months may have been illegally evicted by her landlord.
State Senate Passes Ellis Act Restrictions for San Francisco
May 30th, 2014
The State Senate passed legislation to limit Ellis Act evictions in San Francisco.
Ellis Act Legislation by State Senator Mark Leno Passes Senate
by Barbara TaylorCBS San Francisco
May 30th, 2014
The State Senate passed legislation to limit Ellis Act evictions. The bill now goes to the Assembly.
Proposed Bill to Limit California Ellis Act Has New Life
by Mark MatthewsNBC Bay Area
May 30th, 2014
Legislation to limit eviction of tenants by speculators passed the State Legislature.
Ellis Act Reform Bill Passes in State Senate
by Kate CongerSan Francisco Examiner
May 30th, 2014
The State Senate passed Ellis Act reform legislation by a 21-13 vote. The legislation would require that landlords hold a property for five years before invoking the Ellis Act to "go out of business."
S.F. Ellis Act Reform Bill Passes in State Senate
by Melody GutierrezSan Francisco Chronicle
May 30th, 2014
The State Senate passed legislation reforming the Ellis Act to help protect tenants in San Francisco from eviction by speculators.
City Stuck Paying Thousands for Abandoned Fresno Inn Residents
by Carmen GeorgeFresno Bee
May 22nd, 2014
The Silicon Valley owners of the Fresno Inn have failed to repair code violations there, and have also failed to provide relocation assistance to the tenants. The City, which condemned the property, has been forced to relocate the tenants.
Tenants' Rights' Group Demands East Palo Alto Records
by Sue DremannPalo Alto Online
May 9th, 2014
Tenants Together has filed a Public Records Act request to examine the documents relating to a controversial report on East Palo Alto's Rent Stabilization Board.
Concord Moving Forward with Bedbug Eradication Program
by Lisa P. WhiteContra Costa Times
May 7th, 2014
The Concord Police Department's Code Enforcement Unit updated the City Council there on the bedbug eradication program for rental housing there. Tenants Together helped to establish the program.
Bill to Limit Ellis Act Evictions Moves to Senate Floor
by Kate CongerSan Francisco Examiner
May 7th, 2014
The bill to limit Ellis Act evictions now goes to the Senate floor.
Ellis Reform Bill Wins Big Victory in Senate Judiciary
by Andrew SzetoBeyond Chron
May 7th, 2014
A coalition of tenant, labor and tech groups supported reform of the Ellis Act, to prevent speculators from using the act to evict rent-controlled tenants in San Francisco.
Little-Noticed AB 1513 Puts CA Tenants at Risk
by Andrew SzetoBeyond Chron
April 24th, 2014
AB 1513 would permit landlords to evict tenants without a court hearing. Ostensibly to enable property owners to evict squatters, the legislation would enable unscrupulous landlords to evict legal tenants without hearing.
Assemblyman Levine Crafts Marin Bill to Ease Pressure for Denser Development
by Richard HalsteadMarin Independent Journal
April 14th, 2014
Assemblymember Mel Levine has proposed legislation to make it more difficult to construct affordable housing in Marin County by reducing the density requirements for affordable housing projects. Because land is so expensive there, it would make it more difficult for developers to finance developments.
Report Claims Speculators are Behind Most Ellis Act Evictions in SF
by Jessica KwongSan Francisco Examiner
April 3rd, 2014
A report issued by Tenants Together and the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project shows that a majority of Ellis Act evictions are prosecuted by speculators who have owned the properties for a short period of time.
Can Oakland Afford Affordable Housing
by Jean TeppermanEast Bay Express
April 2nd, 2014
Mayor Jean Quan wants to develop 7,500 units of housing in Oakland, 25% of which would be affordable. TT Executive Director Dean Preston was interviewed for the article.
Momentum Builds for Ellis Act Reform
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
April 1st, 2014
Reform of the Ellis Act begins its journey in the State Legislature, but even a weak landlord response won't insure easy passage of the legislation.
How the Media Protected Leland Yee
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
March 31st, 2014
Leland Yee is the third pro-landlord Democrat to land in serious legal trouble. But Yee's ethical problems should have been obvious to anyone who was paying attention.
Concord to Fine Landlords Who Don't Wipe Out Bedbugs
by Lisa P. WhiteContra Costa Times
March 28th, 2014
Concord landlords who fail to take steps to eradicate bedbugs at their properties will face penalties. Tenants Together helped to organize local tenants to address the issue.
Sacramento's Top Three Real Estate Democrats Indicted or Convicted
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
March 27th, 2014
TT Executive Director Dean Preston reports that the three Democratic State Senators indicted or convicted all support the real estate industry and oppose the extension of tenants' rights.
East Palo Alto Rent Board Slams Audit
by Sue DremannPalo Alto Weekly
March 27th, 2014
An audit of the East Palo Alto rent board has been criticized as "amateurish" by rent board members. Dean Preston of Tenants Together was interviewed for the article.
California Bills Seek to Protect Tenants from Condo Conversion Evictions
Capital Public Radio
March 21st, 2014
TT Executive Director, Dean Preston, is interviewed on the tenant protections bills introduced in the State Legislature. The full interview is available on the original website.
The War Brewing in the Streets of San Francisco
by Joe KlocNewsweek
March 8th, 2014
A single company may be behind most of the Ellis Act evictions in San Francisco.
Tenant Battle Brewing
by Joe Fitzgerald RodriguezSan Francisco Bay Guardian
January 21st, 2014
Tenants in San Francisco are working on both the state and local levels to deal with the housing crisis there.
Tenants Bring Class Action Lawsuit against Central Valley's Biggest Slumlord
by Mike RhodesIndyBay
January 9th, 2014
A class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of tenants in properties owned by JD Homes, claiming that the landlord is not maintaining the properties. In addition, the lawsuit claims that the landlord has purchased foreclosed properties in some Fresno neighborhoods, contributing to blight in those areas as well. Tenants Together and Bet Tzedek Legal Services filed the lawsuit.
Fresno Rental Company Sued for Alleged Poor Housing Conditions
by Carmen GeorgeFresno Bee
January 9th, 2014
A class action lawsuit has been filed against JD Homes, which owns 3,000 units in Fresno.
Lawsuit Filed Against JD Homes Rentals
by Toni TinocoKMJ
January 9th, 2014
Tenants in Fresno are suing JD Homes over conditions at their properties. The landlord owns some 3,000 units.
Fresno Tenants Sue Valley's Biggest Landlord
by Vic BedoianKPFA
January 9th, 2014
Tenants of JD Homes in Fresno are suing their landlord over conditions at the property. The full interview is on the original website.
Renters' Rights Group Files Lawsuit Against Prominent Fresno Lanldord
by Rebecca PlevinKVPR Radio
January 9th, 2014
A landlord in Fresno is being sued by Tenants Together and Bet Tzebek Legal Services over conditions at its properties.
Eyewitness News Investigates: Slumlord Allegations
Eyewitness News Fresno
January 9th, 2014
Tenants Together and Bet Tzedek Legal Services are assisting tenants in suing a landlord in Fresno over conditions in their properties. JD Homes, the defendant, owns about 3,000 homes in the Fresno area.
Tenant Advocates Seek Support for Reforming Ellis Act
by Jessica KwongSan Francisco Examiner
January 5th, 2014
Tenant advocacy organizations, including Tenants Together, are seeking reform of the Ellis Act, which is being used by real estate speculators to evict long-term tenants in communities with rent control protections.
Concord Landlord Faces Housing Discrimination Lawsuit
by Lisa P. White and Jennifer ModenessiContra Costa Times
December 26th, 2013
Both the State Department of Fair Employment and Housing and tenants at the Huntington Arms Apartments are suing the owners of the property for discrimination against families with children. Tenants Together has been helping the tenants at the property to organize.
Where Do San Francisco's Evicted Go?
by Julianne HingColorlines
December 13th, 2013
Many long-term tenants forced to move as a result of Ellis Act evictions are forced to leave San Francisco. A significant minority become homeless.
Security Deposit Rules in Leno Legislation
by Carolyn SaidSan 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just Cause for Evictions Ordinance Passes in Merced
by Sal SandovalCommunity Alliance
December 1st, 2011
With help from TT, Merced becomes the first Central Valley city with just cause for eviction protections for tenants living in foreclosed homes.
Merced City Council Gives Final Approval to Anti-Eviction Law Protecting Tenants
by Dean PrestonBeyondChron
November 23rd, 2011
Thanks in part to the efforts of a TT Tenant Action Group, Merced renters win protection from eviction after foreclosure.
Merced strengthens rights of foreclosure renters
by Ameera ButtMerced Sun-Star
November 23rd, 2011
Merced City Council approves the Just Cause for Eviction ordinance -- a win for renters facing eviction after a foreclosure.
Merced Passes Tenant Protection Law to Stop Arbitrary Evictions After Foreclosure
by Dean PrestonBeyondChron
November 10th, 2011
TT Executive Director Dean Preston explains why Merced's recent passage of a just cause for eviction ordinance is important for tenants.
Our View: Ordinance protects renters
by Merced Sun-StarMerced Sun-Star
The Merced Sun-Star endorses the just cause for eviction ordinance that TT and our Merced activist members have been working for. The ordinance passed on first read November 7.
David Chiu Strikes Deal with Developer To Demolish Over 1,500 Rent Controlled Units at Parkmerced
by Dean PrestonBeyondChron
May 25th, 2011
TT Executive Director Dean Preston says that with this vote the Board of Supervisors president steps away from a formerly good record on tenant issues.
More thinking, better agreement to come for Parkmerced, Supes say
by Will KaneSF Gate
March 30th, 2011
San Francisco supervisors say they can save rent control in the proposed Parkmerced development, but ignore the impact of demolishing historic, well-loved garden apartments.
Renters snared in foreclosure crisis as well
by Ameera ButtMerced Sun-Star
March 9th, 2011
Merced renters whom real estate agents and bank representatives have harassed to leave their homes call for the city council to pass a just case for eviction ordinance.
A tale of two families: SLO County renters left adrift by foreclosures
by Bob
February 22nd, 2011
After their landlords get default notices, some residents are forced out of their homes, despite having done nothing wrong.
1,000 Stockton renters will get foreclosure warnings
by George WarrenNews 10 KXTV
February 17th, 2011
KXTV reports on TT's efforts to alert Stockton residents who are renting homes that may be in danger of going into foreclosure.
Parkmerced project will stress transit
by Will KaneSan Francisco Chronicle
February 10th, 2011
Residents of the historical San Francisco district speak out against the ill-planned plan to add over 10,000 housing units to the neighborhood.
Over 38% of Foreclosed Properties in California are Rentals
by Gabe TrevesBeyond Chron
January 27th, 2011
The foreclosure crisis hit home for over 200,000 tenants in 2010, causing unfair displacements and evictions, says a new report by Tenants Together.
More Than 38 Percent of Foreclosed Homes in California are Rentals: Over 200,000 Tenants Directly Affected
by Gabe TrevesCalifornia Progress Report
January 27th, 2011
Tenants Together's third annual report details how California renters are affected by the foreclosure crisis.
Weighing a landlord's promise
by Rebecca BoweSan Francisco Bay Guardian
December 21st, 2010
Parkmerced developer says rent control will be protected under new plan, but tenant advocates, including TT Executive Director Dean Preston, voice concerns.
Calif Tenants Group Demands Apology from Tea Party Leader
by CityWatchCityWatch
December 3rd, 2010
Los Angeles City Watch picks up TT's call for an apology from Judson Phillips for his suggestion that renters don't deserve to vote.
Tenants Together--Improving Rental Property Around the State
by PeonInChiefPeonInChief
December 2nd, 2010
TT member and blogger in Sacramento reports on landlord Hall of Shame.
Tea Party Leader Should Apologize Over Voting Rights Comments
by Dean PrestonCalifornia Progress Report
December 2nd, 2010
TT Executive Director Dean Preston calls on Judson Phillips to apologize for saying that renters should not be allowed to vote.
Merced renters fight tenant abuse
by Jonah Owen LambMerced Sun-Star
November 6th, 2010
Local coverage of the Tenants Together Action Group meeting in Merced.
California Foreclosure and Tenants Rights
by Kat Riverside
October 20th, 2010
Inland Empire real estate writer highlights Tenants Together's work to keep tenants in their homes after foreclosure.
Foreclosures leave renters in a quandary
by Mike PerraultThe Desert Sun
October 17th, 2010
A flurry of questions come up for tenants in Palm Springs whose landlord defaulted on his loan.
Radio interview on tenants in foreclosure
by Michael FinneyKGO Radio
October 16th, 2010
Tenants Together program coordinator Gabe Treves discusses how the foreclosure crisis affects tenants.
New website features California’s worst landlords ever
by Rebecca BoweYahoo! News
October 11th, 2010
Yahoo News features SF Bay Guardian article on TT’s new Landlord Hall of Shame.
Website exposes landlord blunders
by Chase S. KmecGolden Gate [X]press
October 5th, 2010
Californians respond to Tenants Together's Landlord Hall of Shame.
New website features worst landlords ever
by Rebecca BoweSan Francisco Bay Guardian
September 24th, 2010
The San Francisco Bay Guardian reports on the launch of the Tenants Together Landlord Hall of Shame.
Over 200,000 Renters Affected By Foreclosure
by Channel 3, KCRA NewsChannel 3, KCRA News
September 23rd, 2010
Sacramento renters learn their rights at a Tenants Together meet-up.
Legislature Passes Bill to Protect Innocent Tenants From Having their Credit Ruined by Banks
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
September 15th, 2010
The legislature passed SB 1149, a bill authored by state senator Ellen Corbett (D - San Leandro) that would protect renters from having their credit reports permanently damaged through bogus evictions. The bill currently awaits the governor's signature.

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