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Why It's Getting Harder to Find an Affordable Apartment
by Megan ElliottCheat Sheet
August 26th, 2015
Apartment construction is largely limited to the luxury market. Few developers are building apartments affordable to low- and middle-income tenants.
L.A. Moves to Regulate Short-Term Rentals
by Josie HuangKPCC
August 26th, 2015
The Los Angeles City Council will hold community hearings over the next few weeks to decide how to regulate Airbnb rentals there.
As Rents Spike, Hard-to-Get Housing Vouchers Become Hard-to-Use
by Rina PaltaKPCC
August 25th, 2015
Tenants with Section 8 vouchers often can't find landlords willing to take them. Even so, thousands of people apply with the eligibility lists are open.
Housing Subsidies Reduce Inequality. But Mortgage Tax Breaks Make It Worse.
by Emily BadgerWashington Post
August 25th, 2015
The US provides the largest housing subsidies to those who don't need them.
San Jose Council to Give Final Nod on Stopping Mobile Home Park Closures
by Ramona GirwargisSan Jose Mercury News
August 25th, 2015
The San Jose City Council will enact a temporary moratorium on mobile home park closures, so that the City can figure out how to protect the parks. At least one park owner wants to sell the land for development.
Petition Circulating to Repeal City's Newly Adopted Rent Control Policy
by Autumn JohnsonPinole-Hercules Patch
August 25th, 2015
An unknown group is circulating petitions to overturn Richmond's recently passed rent control law.
New Map Tool Can Serve as Gentrification Warning System
by Jen KinneyNext City
August 25th, 2015
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed a mapping system to track communities at risk for gentrification. They note that rent control and strong tenant protections can protect diversity in gentrifying communities.
Kids Come to Nanny's Rescue
by Bill SilverfarbSan Mateo Daily Journal
August 25th, 2015
The charges of a San Mateo nanny are trying to raise money for her after her new landlord evicted all of the residents of her building to renovate the apartments and increase the rent.
Senate Bill Cuts Housing Vouchers for Poor Families
by Freddie AllenDistrict Chronicles
August 25th, 2015
Eighty-five thousand low-income tenants could lose their housing subsidies if Congress passes legislation to allow state and local governments to shift housing funds to other programs.
Oakland Schools Interested in Building Teacher Housing on 12th Street Remainder Parcel
by David BondGraham and Robert GammonEast Bay Express
August 24th, 2015
The Oakland Unified School District may build affordable teacher housing on a site there. An earlier plan would have built 300 luxury apartments.
Lawsuit Troubles Trigger New Call for Affordable Housing at 16th and Mission
by Jose Rivano BarrosMIssion Local
August 24th, 2015
A legal dispute between the owner and the developer of market rate units in San Francisco's Mission District may create an opening for the development of affordable housing on the site.
BlackRock Said to Start Financing Rental-Home Investors
by Heather PerlbergBloomberg News
August 24th, 2015
BlackRock is joining other private equity firms investing in single-family rental homes.
Banks Get Credit for Helping the Poor--By Financing Their Evictions?
by David DayenThe Intercept
August 24th, 2015
Bank lending in lower income neighborhoods often goes to speculators who evict tenants, sometimes using the Ellis Act.
Petition Launched to Repeal Richmond Rent Control Ordinance and Let Voters Decide on the Policy
Richmond Standard
August 24th, 2015
A petition is being circulated to repeal Richmond's rent control and just cause eviction ordinance.
Banks May Face Duty of Care Over Evictions in Buy-to-Lets
by Kitty HollandIrish Times
August 24th, 2015
The Irish Legislature may provide greater protects to tenants in foreclosures there to prevent tenants becoming homeless.
Fine Gael and Labour Negotiating Over Rent Controls
by Mary MinihanIrish Times
August 24th, 2015
Legislators in Ireland are negotiating to protect security deposits and limit rent increases there. A quarter of Irish households rent their homes in the private market.
Three Santa Monica Council Members Back Moratorium on Ellis Act Evictions
by Hector GonzalezSanta Monica Lookout
August 24th, 2015
Ellis Act evictions in Santa Monica are reducing the number of affordable units there.
San Diego Slumlords on Notice
by Dave RiceSan Diego Reader
August 22nd, 2015
A candidate for City Council in San Diego is calling for more code enforcement there. Many low-income tenants there live in unsafe and dilapidated conditions.
Landlord in Ellis Eviction Files Claim Against Dead Tenant's Estate
by Emily GreenSan Francisco Chronicle
August 21st, 2015
A landlord who inherited a property and sought to evict tenants under the Ellis Act filed a claim against a tenant who died during the eviction fight.
City Helps Tenants Stay Put
by Bill SilverfarbSan Mateo Daily Journal
August 21st, 2015
Tenants at a Pacifica mobile home park who own their mobile homes will not receive rent increases, but those who rent their homes from the park will eventually be forced to move.
US Developers Focus on Luxury Apartments Puts Added Pressure on Renters
by Michael GerrityWorld Property Journal
August 20th, 2015
Low- and middle-income renters face increased rents as developers concentrate on the luxury market, and rents for less expensive units increase.
A Leading Voice on Urban Planning Debunks Housing Trickle-Down
by Peter Cohen48 Hills
August 19th, 2015
Peter Cohen argues that simply building more housing will not solve San Francisco's housing crisis. This is a response to Gerald Metcalf's July 20 article.
Activists Protest Bank Funding Ellis Evictions
by Carl FinamoreBeyond Chron
August 19th, 2015
Tenant and community organizations are protesting banks that fund loans for landlords who intend to evict tenants under the Ellis Act.
Pitfalls of Rent Restraints: Why Stockholm's Model Has Failed Many
by David CrouchGuardian U.K.
August 19th, 2015
Many tenants are protected by Stockholm's rent control laws, and the problems in the housing market there are caused by the failure to construct more rent-controlled units.
Landlords 'Silent' on Rent Hikes
by Samantha WeigelSan Mateo Daily Journal
August 19th, 2015
Landlords in San Mateo have been unwilling to justify their rent increases to the City Council.
Palo Alto: Council Approves Change to Use Funds for Buena Vista Purchase
by Jason GreenSan Jose Mercury News
August 18th, 2015
The City is reallocating funds to purchase a mobile home park and protect the affordable housing there.
Benicia Businessman Halts Mobile Home Park Closure, Pledges Money for Affordable Housing
by Irma WidjojoVallejo Times-Herald
August 18th, 2015
A mobile home park owner in Benicia has decided not to evict the tenants and close the park.
The Next Target in Southern California's Drought Conservation? Renters
by Steve ScauzilloSan Gabriel Valley Tribune
August 18th, 2015
Landlords in Southern California claim that tenants are not conserving water to the same extent as homeowners, even though tenants, who often don't have landscaped yards, use much less water. Legislation to require individual meters in apartment buildings is being discussed in the State Legislature.
Two North Beach Tenants, Landlord Settle Ellis Act Eviction Dispute
by Heather KnightSan Francisco Chronicle
August 18th, 2015
Two long-term tenants have settled with their new landlord, who is evicting them under the Ellis Act, claiming that she is going out of the rental business.
Blackstone Bides Time for Home Rental REIT as Stocks Sag
by Heather Perlberg and John GittelsohnBloomberg
August 18th, 2015
Some of the home rental bonds are trading below their IPO price. Companies have had trouble managing vacancy costs.
Can a Landlord Make You Buy Renters Insurance?
The Street
August 18th, 2015
Many landlords now require that tenants purchase insurance as a condition of the lease.
Bay Area Animal Shelters See More Owner Surrenders Due to Housing Crisis
by Susan CohenKQED
August 17th, 2015
Tenants in the Bay Area are being forced to surrender their pets because they cannot find landlords willing to allow pets.
Landlady Caught in Legal Battle with Senior Tenants in San Francisco
by Vic LeeABC 7
August 17th, 2015
A landlady is evicting senior tenants from a building she inherited.
Individual Leases Offer Benefits, Drawbacks to Renters
by Libby SmithCBS (Denver)
August 17th, 2015
Some landlords are offering individual leases to roommates in shared housing. Tenants are then protected if their roommates can't pay their share of the rent, but landlords determine who will live at the property.
Rents Rise Faster for Midtier Apartments than Luxury Ones
by Laura KusistoWall Street Journal
August 16th, 2015
Housing developers are concentrating on building luxury apartment complexes.
Inhospitable: L.A.'s High Rents, Evictions Spurring Interest in Citywide Tenants Union
by Josie HuangCity Watch
August 14th, 2015
Tenants throughout Los Angeles are meeting to investigate forming a citywide tenants union.
Home Affordability Falling for Renters, Buyers
by Jeff Collins and Jonathan LansnerOrange County Register
August 14th, 2015
Tenants in Southern California are facing increased rents, and are paying almost half their incomes for rent.
S.F. Landlord Evicting Seniors Who Helped Her Ailing Aunt
by Heather KnightSan Francisco Chronicle
August 14th, 2015
A San Francisco landlord, who inherited her property from her aunt, is evicting two tenants who took care of the aunt before her death.
Evicted Tenants Find Relief
by Bill SilverfarbSan Mateo Daily Journal
August 14th, 2015
Tenants at a Redwood City apartment complex will receive relocation assistance. Rents there have increased 50% over the last four years. City officials have failed to act to protect low- and moderate-income tenants.
Americans Already Spend a Shocking Amount on Rent, But It Just Got Worse
by Alan PykeThink Progress
August 13th, 2015
Nationwide tenants pay more than 30% of their income for rent, including one of every five middle-income tenants.
Tenant Advocates Lost Political Muscle Over Last 18 Years: Report
by Rich BochmannThe Real Deal
August 13th, 2015
Tenants in New York City have less influence as the number of rent-stabilized units there falls.
Residents of S.F.-Owned Apartments Balk at Rent Increase
by Emily GreenSan Francisco Chronicle
August 13th, 2015
Rents are being increased at a city-owned apartment building, and some tenants are facing rent increases of several hundred dollars a month.
NYC Cracks Down on Landlords Using Buyout Offers to Get Tenants Out of Rent-Stabilized Apartments
by Erin Durkin New York Daily News
August 13th, 2015
The NYC City Council voted to prohibit landlords from harassing tenants in an attempt to get them to take buyouts and move out of their rent-stabilized apartments.
What's Fueling the Shortage of Affordable Rentals
by Bruce KennedyCBS
August 12th, 2015
The failure to construct affordable housing is causing a nationwide shortage.
State Lawmakers Prepare for Seattle Rent Control Debate
by John LangelerKING 5--Seattle
August 12th, 2015
Some Seattle lawmakers are hoping to end a statewide ban on rent control in Washington state.
Oakland Is Nation's Hottest Rental Market
CBS (San Francisco)
August 11th, 2015
Rents in Oakland have increased 20% in the last year.
San Jose Council Approves Moratorium to Halt Mobile Home Closures
by Ramona GirwargisSan Jose Mercury News
August 11th, 2015
The San Jose City Council passed a moratorium to protect mobile home parks from development. Many senior and disabled residents live in mobile home parks there, and would not be able to find other affordable housing in San Jose.
Back to the Future: Richmond Passes Rent Control Ordinance
by Ken BroderAllGov
August 11th, 2015
Richmond CA passed the first rent control law enacted in California since 1985.
Mobile Home Park Tenants Evicted: Owners Replacing Old Pre-Fab Homes with Newer Models
by Bill SilverfarbSan Mateo Daily Journal
August 11th, 2015
Tenants at a mobile home park are being evicted as the owners replace the old trailers. The owners previously tried to increase rents at the park.
Water Fines Open a New Front in Rental Fights
by Matthew Hall Santa Monica Daily Press
August 11th, 2015
Although water use in Santa Monica has fallen by 52%, landlords claim that tenants are not conserving water.
Tenants in San Francisco Fight Back against Nuisance Evictions
by Adam HudsonTruthout
August 11th, 2015
Landlords in San Francisco are using any excuse to attempt to evict rent-controlled tenants.
Airbnb and Its Hosts Hung Out to Dry in Barcelona
Wolf Street
August 10th, 2015
Barcelona's city government is allowing landlords to avoid fines for illegally renting their units to tourists by maintaining the units as rent-controlled social housing for three years.
Mission Tenants Tell Another Sad Story of Harassment by Incoming New Landlord
by Jay BarmannSFist
August 10th, 2015
Tenants in the Mission District are being harassed by a speculator who doesn't yet own the building.
The Resurrection of America's Slums
by Alana SemuelsThe Atlantic
August 9th, 2015
Lower-income Americans are being forced into high-poverty neighborhoods at an increasing rate, and government action is intensifying this process.
Yerba Buena Island Plan an Unwelcome Development for Some
by Lizzie JohnsonSan Francisco Chronicle
August 9th, 2015
Low-income tenants on Yerba Buena Island are being forced out to make way for a new development. They are being offered small relocation payments or housing on the much less desirable Treasure Island.
It's Time to Regulate Rents in Seattle
by Nick LicataSeattle Times
August 9th, 2015
A Seattle City Councilmember argues that the state law banning local rent controls should be repealed, and that Seattle should consider rent control to help preserve affordable housing.
Lender Turns Back on Tenants
by Adrian WalkerBoston Globe
August 9th, 2015
Fannie Mae is still not dealing fairly with tenants in foreclosed properties, and has been less than helpful to affordable housing groups seeking to purchase the foreclosures and protect tenants' rights.
Legislator Says She Has an Answer to State's Housing Crunch
by Steve LopezLos Angeles Times
August 8th, 2015
Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins wants to impose a $75 real estate transfer fee to raise money for affordable housing.
Richmond Seeks Middle Ground on Rent Control
by Karina IoffeeContra Costa Times
August 8th, 2015
Richmond's rent control law is stronger than that in Oakland, but weaker than Berkeley's rent control law.
California Has Big Housing Shortage
by Dan WaltersSacramento Bee
August 8th, 2015
California has a shortage of affordable housing, and the state has done little to address the crisis.
Apt Owners Are All Wet: Landlords Will Use New Water Survey to Raise Rents
by Larry GrossCity Watch
August 7th, 2015
Landlords in Los Angeles want to pass on the cost of water to their tenants without reducing the rent.
Longtime S.F. Tenants Fight City Move to Remodel Their Apartments
by Heather KnightSan Francisco Chronicle
August 7th, 2015
Senior and disabled tenants are fighting a move by the City to remodel their apartments, claiming that the units don't need remodeling.
The Fair Housing Failure--Where Even the Liberal North Whistles Dixie
by Lauren GurleyAmerican Prospect
August 6th, 2015
Unless the federal government develops strong enforcement policies, the new fair housing rules will not lead to meaningful change in housing discrimination.
SF City Attorney Looking At Misuse of Affordable Housing Units
by Lizzie JohnsonSan Francisco Chronicle
August 6th, 2015
San Francisco's City Attorney is investigation San Francisco landlord, Angelo Sangiacomo, for illegally taking rent-controlled units off the market, and renting them as tourist units.
L.A.'s High Rents, Evictions Spurring Interest in Citywide Tenants Union
by Josie HuangKPCC
August 6th, 2015
Tenants in Los Angeles are trying to form a citywide tenants union.
SLO County Affordable Housing in a "Crisis," Supervisors Say
by Amanda StarratinoKSBY
August 6th, 2015
San Luis Obispo County has little affordable housing, and the median rent is far above what many residents can afford.
Richmond's Rent Control Battle was Brutal, but Right Choice Made
by Chip JohnsonSan Francisco Chronicle
August 6th, 2015
Chip Johnson argues that Richmond made the right choice in passing rent control legislation there.
Tenants Plead with Landlord to Fix Bugs, Leaks, Mold
by Matt RasconNBC San Diego
August 6th, 2015
Tenants of a San Diego landlord protested in front of her home, demanding that the landlord fix longstanding problems at her properties.
L.A. Has Least Affordable Housing in U.S., UCLA Study Says
by Josie HuangKPCC
August 6th, 2015
Los Angeles has the least affordable housing, both owned and rented, in the United States.
Healdsburg OKs Guidelines Limiting Rent Increases to Ten Percent Annually
by Clark MasonSanta Rosa Press Democrat
August 5th, 2015
In consultation with local landlords, the Healdsburg City Council issued guidelines asking them to limit rent increases to ten percent annually. The guidelines are, however, suggestions, and do not have the force of law.
Senate Appropriations Bill Cuts Housing Vouchers for Poor Families
by Freddie AllenGreene County Democrat
August 5th, 2015
A Senate bill will cut funds for housing vouchers at a time when fewer than one in four eligible tenants receive assistance.
Bay Area Rental Crisis Squeezing Out Middle Class
by Richard ScheininSan Jose Mercury News
August 4th, 2015
High rents are forcing middle-income households to pay a large percentage of their incomes for rent.
Top Five Anti-Rent Control Lies
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
August 3rd, 2015
Landlord and realtor groups are still making the same arguments against rent control that they made 30 years ago, arguments that just aren't true.
Paris Makes Rent Cap Regulations a Reality
France 24
August 1st, 2015
Fulfilling a campaign pledge, the Socialist government has passed rent control legislation for Paris, as well as allowing the option for other French cities.
Orange Country Homeless Population Grew by Five Percent Over the Last Two Years
by Teresa WatanabeLos Angeles Times
August 1st, 2015
High rents in Orange County are forcing people from their homes, and the County has allocated little funding for affordable housing.
Tenants To Pay 40% of Fees From Rent Control, Council Rules
by Karina IoffeeContra Costa Times
August 1st, 2015
A revised rent control law was passed by the Richmond City Council. A second reading and final passage of the legislation is scheduled for Wednesday.
Could the Ellis Act Kill Affordable Housing?
by Tim DeeganCity Watch
July 31st, 2015
Ellis Act evictions are reducing the number of affordable units in communities with rent control.
L.A. Councilman Gil Cedillo Wants to Spend $9M to Help Keep Housing Affordable
Los Angeles Daily News
July 31st, 2015
Councilmember Gil Cedillo wants to use leftover funds from the Redevelopment Agency to keep rents affordable in his district.
Can Rent Control Fix the Gap Between Wages and Housing Costs?
by Teresa WiltzUSA Today
July 31st, 2015
Rents are increasing much faster than wages, and rent control may provide part of the solution.
Marinwood Asks Voters to Modify Parks Tax
by Stephaie WeldyMarin Independent Journal
July 31st, 2015
A revision to the parcel tax for the Marinwood Parks District would force affordable housing developers to pay a substantial portion of the district's budget.
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.
Alameda: Council Bolsters Committee That Reviews Rent Disputes
by Peter HegartyContra Costa Times
July 29th, 2015
Alameda has reformed its landlord-tenant dispute committee, but landlords can still impose the disputed increase after mediation.
Award in Lead Paint Lawsuit Can't Be Tied to Ethnicity, Judge Rules
by Ashley SouthallNew York Times
July 29th, 2015
A New York court has rejected the argument that a jury verdict for lead paint poisoning should be reduced because, as an Hispanic child, the plaintiff would be statistically unlikely to attend college.
Richmond: Council Slowed by Bickering Over New Rent Control Ordinance
by Karina IoffeeContra Costa Times
July 29th, 2015
The City Council failed to pass rent control on second reading at its meeting on Tuesday.
Landlords Behaving Badly: San Francisco Too Valuable for Poor People
by Carl FinamoreCounterPunch
July 28th, 2015
Landlords are taking whatever actions possible to remove tenants from their homes.
Fed-Up Portland Rents Assemble to Strike Back
by Max DenningPortland Tribune
July 28th, 2015
Portland tenants are meeting to decide what to do about rapidly rising rents and evictions there.
Western Addition Affordable Housing Complex Threatened with Potential Sale
July 28th, 2015
An affordable housing complex may be sold, threatening tenants who have lived their for decades with eviction.
Rent Control Law in San Jose Has Strong Support in New Poll
July 28th, 2015
Rent control has strong support among all demographic groups in San Jose.
Landlord Groups Brainstorm Ways To Pass Water Bill to Tenants
by Josie HuangKPCC
July 28th, 2015
Los Angeles landlords are attempting to pass on the cost of water to rent-controlled tenants without reducing rents to compensate tenants for the reduction in service.
San Francisco's Chinatown Residents Fear Evictions and Gentrification
by Stephanie Martin TaylorKQED
July 28th, 2015
Tenants in Chinatown are facing harassment and eviction, as landlords move to gentrify the neighborhood.
Does Supply Create Its Own Demand?
by William FultonCalifornia Planning and Development Report
July 27th, 2015
Building luxury housing may simply bring more consumers of such housing, rather than leading to greater affordability in the community. This is a response to Gerald Metcalf's article (July 20).
Housing Crisis Runs On: San Mateo Complex Sold, New Owners Evict Every Tenant
by Bill SilverfarbSan Mateo Daily Journal
July 27th, 2015
All of the units at a San Mateo apartment complex are being evicted by their hew landlords.
Germany Running Low on Affordable Housing
Deutsche Welle
July 27th, 2015
Germany is losing affordable housing, as affordable housing is sold off to the private sector and the government fails to construct new affordable units.
Blame Realtors for S.F.'s Housing Crisis
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
July 27th, 2015
Realtors bear the vast majority of responsibility for San Francisco's housing crisis. This is a response to Gerald Metcalf's article (July 20).
Why S.F. Evictions Are on the Rise
by J.K. DineenSan Francisco Chronicle
July 27th, 2015
Landlords forced to file buyout agreements with the rent board are instead choosing to try to evict their tenants. The average buyout would pay for only ten months' median rent in the City.
Poll Shows Strong Support for Rent Control in San Jose
by Nathan Donato-WeinsteinSilicon Valley Business Journal
July 27th, 2015
A recent poll shows that rent control has strong support across all demographic groups.
Contentious Issue of Rent Control on Richmond Council Agenda
by Rachel SwanSan Francisco Chronicle
July 27th, 2015
Richmond is poised to pass the first new rent control law in California since 1985. Opponents argue for voluntary restraint on the part of landlords. TT Executive Director Dean Preston was interviewed for the article.
Housing Crisis Not the Fault of Progressives
by Mark HoganSan Francisco Examiner
July 26th, 2015
A San Francisco architect notes that affordable housing development was largely the work of progressives in local government there.
There's Little Incentive for L.A. Renters to Take Shorter Showers
by Matt StevensLos Angeles Times
July 26th, 2015
Los Angeles landlords are claiming that tenants there are not conserving because they don't have to pay water bills. But tenants use relatively little water, and conservation requires efficient appliances.
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.

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