Council Okays New Rules on Rents Committee
by Dave Boitano
, The Alamedan
July 22nd, 2015
The City of Alameda has issued new rules to force landlords to attend mediation sessions when increasing rents. The new law, however, does nothing to stop landlords from increasing rents after attending the sessions.
Richmond Passes Rent Control
by Tenants Together
, Beyond Chron
July 22nd, 2015
The Richmond City Council passed the first rent control law in Contra Costs County, and the first new rent control legislation in California in 30 years.
Top CA Housing Official to Leave Post Amid Renter Protests
by Josie Huang
July 16th, 2015
Matthew Jacobs, who is evicting rent-controlled tenants under the Ellis Act, is leaving his position as chair of the California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA), a primary funder of affordable housing in California. Tenants Together supported his ouster.
Save the Moguls
by Karla Ann Cote
, Legislative Gazette
July 6th, 2015
Share Better has produced a video to point up the control of Airbnb units by real estate moguls. The video is at the site of the original article.
Families Pack Up as S.F. Rents Keep Rising
by Heather Knight
, San Francisco Chronicle
June 27th, 2015
Families with children are particularly threatened in the affordability crisis in San Francisco, as single-family homes are exempted from rent control protections under Costa-Hawkins. At the time the law was passed, Jim Costa argued that it would protect families.
Grand Jury Issues Report on Homelessness
by Marc Valles
, Eureka Times-Standard
June 26th, 2015
A Humboldt County grand jury report faults the County Board of Supervisors and the Eureka City Council for its failure to co-ordinate homeless services and recommends the establishment of a housing trust fund to provide money for affordable housing construction.
Mid-City West Opposes Tenant Evictions
by Luis Rivas
, Beverly Press
June 25th, 2015
A local council opposes the eviction of rent-controlled tenants from a building owned by Matthew Jacobs, the chair of CalHFA, the agency responsible for funding affordable housing projects in California.
Amendments to Rent Inspection Program Set for Approval
by Jason Ruiz
, Long Beach Post
June 17th, 2015
Long Beach tenants won a small victory in their attempt to force landlords to maintain their properties. The Long Beach City Council did not, however, allow tenants in slum properties to pay their rent into escrow, rather than to the landlord.
L.A.'s Eviction Game
by Larry Gross
, Los Angeles Times
June 9th, 2015
Property speculators are using the Ellis Act to evict tenants from rent-controlled apartments in Los Angeles, and the City has taken no action to protect tenants. The Coalition for Economic Survival is a member organization of Tenants Together.
Rent Control Update
May 29th, 2015
The Lafayette City Council abandoned a rent moratorium and a discussion of rent control when a local landlord agreed to limit rent increases to 10% for one year.