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Report Finds Homeownership 'Unattainable' for Most Residents in Little Haiti
by Jeffrey PierreMiami Herald
December 31st, 2015
Miami's Little Haiti is facing gentrification, and the present residents may not be able to afford to stay.
Fillmore Tenants Go On Strike to Protest Rising Rents
by Toshio MeronekSF Weekly
December 30th, 2015
Tenants in a San Francisco affordable housing development may go on rent strike to protect their rights to stay in their apartments. Many of the tenants have lived in the building for decades.
Alameda Council to Discuss Rent Stabilization, Tenant Protections
by Peter HegartyContra Costa Times
December 30th, 2015
Alameda's City Council will discuss increased protections for tenants there on Tuesday. The present rent increase moratorium expires on January 9.
More Apartments Coming in 2016, But Rents Expected to Rise
by Josie HuangKPCC
December 28th, 2015
Several thousand new rental units will have little impact on the housing crisis in Los Angeles, as the units will not be affordable to those who most need them.
San Francisco's Housing Shortage Threatens African Americans
by Janie HarSan Francisco Chronicle
December 28th, 2015
San Francisco's African American community may be forced out with the gentrification of the Bayview neighborhood there.
County to Strengthen Mobile Home Rent Rules
San Mateo Daily Journal
December 25th, 2015
The San Mateo Board of Supervisors will amend San Mateo County's mobile home rent control ordinance.
To Stop Gentrification from Hurting the Poor, Neighborhoods Need to Change Faster
by Matthew YglesiasVox
December 25th, 2015
Matthew Yglesias argues that neighborhoods need to become denser more quickly to prevent displacement.
Richmond: Petition Drive Put Spotlight on Industry with Little Oversight
by Karina IoffeeContra Costa Times
December 25th, 2015
Companies that run signature-gathering drives for initiative campaigns are unregulated, and courts seldom intervene, even when signature-gatherers are caught lying to potential signers.
ABC 10 Investigates Carmichael Apartment Complex Conflict Between Landlord and Tenants
by Thom JensenABC (Sacramento)
December 23rd, 2015
Tenants in a Carmichael apartment complex were forced to move when county code enforcement condemned the property. Many of them have become homeless.
Advocates Argue Portland Should Do More to Prevent Gentrification
by Goscia WozniackaThe Columbian
December 16th, 2015
Tenants in Portland are being forced to double up after landlords evict them to raise the rent.
Nowhere to Go: The Housing Crisis Facing Americans with Disablities
by Gillian B. WhiteThe Atlantic
December 15th, 2015
Few rental units are suitable for people with disabilities.
Supervisors Seek to Expand Rent Control, Raise Inclusionary Housing Requirements
by Laura DudnickSan Francisco Examiner
December 15th, 2015
Two San Francisco Supervisors are planning to increase inclusionary housing requirements for residential developers, and to look at expanding rent control protections.
With Soaring Rents and a Vanishing Middle Class, San Francisco Becomes a City for the Rich
by Adam HudsonTruthout
December 15th, 2015
High rents are forcing San Franciscans from their homes, and the City is participating in the process by increasing rents at an affordable housing complex where lower-income tenants have lived for decades.
Homeless Struggling to Find Takers for Rent Voucher Program
by Jim HofferABC New York
December 15th, 2015
Landlords in New York City are refusing to accept rent vouchers, forcing homeless tenants to remain in the shelter system.
Pittsburgh Landlord Group Calls Council Actions 'Declaration of War'
by Robert ZulloPittsburgh Post-Gazette
December 15th, 2015
Landlords in Pittsburgh PA are complaining about City Council decisions to bar discrimination against Section 8 voucher holders and requiring landlords to pay a fee to fund rental housing inspections.
Baltimore Evicts Nearly 7,000 People From Their Homes Every Year
by Michelle ChenThe Nation
December 14th, 2015
Tenants in Baltimore's eviction court do not receive the assistance they need to mount a defense, and landlords win cases they shouldn't win.
Burlingame Hotel Residents Get Eviction Reprieve Over Holidays
by Melanie WoodrowABC 7
December 14th, 2015
The landlord of a Burlingame residential hotel will delay eviction of the tenants there until the end of January. The tenants have few alternatives for replacement housing.
Marin Officials Weigh Tenant Protection as Tool in Housing Crisis
by Nels JohnsonMarin Independent Journal
December 13th, 2015
A report to the Marin County Board of Supervisors indicates that rent control and just cause eviction protections are essential for easing the housing crisis there.
Palpable Fears of Rising Rents and Evictions Move to San Leandro
by Steve TavaresEast Bay Citizen
December 10th, 2015
Tenants in San Leandro are demanding that the City Council take action to protect them for rising rents and evictions.
Renting Isn't Getting Any Cheaper, Analysts Say
by Andrea RiquierMarket Watch
December 9th, 2015
Unless affordable housing is protected and developed, an additional four million renters will not be able to find affordable housing.
Study: Oakland's Housing Affordability Crisis is the Worst Among Major U.S. Cities
by Darwin BondGrahamEast Bay Express
December 9th, 2015
A new study finds that rents in Oakland have nearly doubled since 2011. Oakland's leaders have done almost nothing to address the crisis.
Activists Rally for 'Rent Court' Reform Amid Thousands of Baltimore Evictions
by Luke BroadwaterBaltimore Sun
December 9th, 2015
Baltimore tenants rallied to demand reform of the rent court there. A recent study found that most tenants evicted for nonpayment of rent had good grounds for withholding rent.
Baltimore Can't Rely on "Judge Judy" to Protect Renters
by Rachel M. CohenNext City
December 9th, 2015
Baltimore tenants are evicted at a very high rate, and many of the evicted are African American single mothers.
The "Both/And" of the Housing Debate
by Jamaal GreenRooflines
December 8th, 2015
Government needs to develop housing that is outside the profit sector.
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.
Landlords Have an Edge in Eviction Cases
by Jake BlumgartSlate
December 8th, 2015
Tenants often lose good cases in court because they can't afford legal representation.
What It's Like to Fight Eviction in a System Rigged Against Them
by Bryce CovertThink Progress
December 7th, 2015
Tenants are evicted for paying rent one day late, but Baltimore housing court does nothing to protect tenants from uninhabitable conditions.
S.F. Fire Department Fails to Protect Tenants
by Steve ClaytonBeyond Chron
December 7th, 2015
The San Francisco Fire Department fails to inspect rental units for violations and fails to penalize landlords when they do find violations.
L.A. Housing Panel Hammers Out Final Rules for Seismic Retrofitting Law
by Josie HuangKPCC
December 7th, 2015
Rent-controlled tenants will have to pay half of the cost of seismic retrofitting in Los Angeles.
Ellis Act Evictions on the Rise in Oakland
by Steve TavaresEast Bay Express
December 7th, 2015
Increasingly landlords are using the Ellis Act to evict tenants in Oakland. The City Council will discuss requiring landlords to provide relocation benefits to tenants evicted under the Act.
Baltimore Eviction Rate Among Highest in Country, Study Says
by Luke BroadwaterBaltimore Sun
December 7th, 2015
Baltimore tenants, particularly single mothers, do not receive the legal assistance they need to fight evictions in Baltimore's housing court. A similar study reached the same conclusion ten years ago.
City's Housing Advisory Commission Approves Short-Term Rental Recommendations
by Haruka SenjuDaily Californian
December 6th, 2015
Berkeley's Housing Advisory Commission is proposing new rules to make it more difficult for landlords to convert rent-controlled units to short-term rentals.
Female Public Housing Tenants Say Official Sought Sex for Rent
by Fred Clasen-KellyCharlotte Observer
December 6th, 2015
The Department of Housing and Urban Development is proposing new rules to protect female public housing tenants from sexual harassment and assault by housing managers and employees.
Low-Cost Rental Housing Disappears Across Metro Vancouver
by Kelly SinoskiVancouver Sun
December 5th, 2015
Affordable rentals are being demolished, and the replacement housing is much more expensive.
Vancouver Hopes to Protect Renters with More Stringent Rules
by Kelly SinoskiVancouver Sun
December 4th, 2015
The Vancouver City Council may require landlords to pay relocation benefits when evicting tenants.
Plans Unveiled for 384 New Apartments at 14th and Alice Streets in Oakland
by Darwin BondGraham East Bay Express
December 4th, 2015
A proposed Oakland project does not provide for any affordable housing, even though Oakland faces a critical shortage of housing for low- and moderate-income residents.
SRO's Shift to Housing Foreign Students
by Randy Shaw and Rio ScharfBeyond Chron
December 3rd, 2015
Landlords are renting SROs to short-term tenants, rather than long-term residents.
Have We Been Wasting Affordable Housing Money
by Jake BlumgartShelterforce
December 3rd, 2015
Giving large tax breaks for 20 or 30 years of affodability is not a cost-effective way to create affordable housing.
Landlords Can't Circumvent Cities' Tenant Protections, Court Says
by Bob EgelkoSan Francisco Chronicle
December 3rd, 2015
Cities can impose restrictions on the grounds for eviction.
Council Agrees on Program to Aid Struggling Renters
by Mark NoackMountain View Voice
December 3rd, 2015
Mountain View's City Council is looking at remedies for the rapidly increasing rents there. The Council will also look at establishing "safe parking" zones for families sleeping in their cars.
American Homes 4 Rent to Merge With Rival
by Leslie PickerNew York Times
December 3rd, 2015
Two more of the single-family rental investor groups, American Homes 4 Rent and American Residential, are merging.
Lafayette to Look At Rent Control Again After New Tenant Complaints Surface
by Jennifer ModenessiInside Bay Area
December 3rd, 2015
After a San Francisco landlord imposed new fees and restrictions on tenants in Lafayette, the City Council decided to discuss rent control and just cause eviction protections.
S.F. Landlord Anna Kihagi Faces New Court Action by City Attorney
by J.K. DineenSan Francisco Chronicle
December 3rd, 2015
San Francisco's City Attorney is suing landlord Anna Kihagi for repeated violations of tenants' rights at her properties.
Tenants Criticize Landlord Practices--Again
by Cathy TysonLamorinda Weekly
December 2nd, 2015
Tenants at a Lafayette apartment complex returned to the City Council after their landlord, who had agreed to limit rent increases to 10%, added fees and other charges to circumvent the agreement.
It's Not Your Imagination: Rents are Still Rising
by Dennis RomeroLA Weekly
December 2nd, 2015
California rents are still rising, and are growing substantially faster than in the rent of the nation.
Mountain View Boosts Subsidies and Protections for Beleaguered Renters
by An-Li HerringPeninsula Press
December 2nd, 2015
Tenants in Mountain View may receive subsidies to pay their rent for a few months if they receive a large rent increase. Landlords would also be required to offer longer leases.
Mountain View Takes Steps to Address Rental Housing Crisis
by John OrrSan Jose Mercury News
December 2nd, 2015
Mountain View will establish a mediation process for tenants facing rent increases.
Council Closes Loophole in Tenant Evictions
by Peter HegartyContra Costa Times
December 2nd, 2015
The Alameda City Council moved to close a loophole in their eviction moratorium after a landlord moved to evict 33 units to substantially rehabilitate the units.
Mountain View Explores Possible Protections against Crushing Rents
by An-Li HerringPeninsula Press
December 1st, 2015
Mountain View's City Council will look at ways to address the housing crisis there, but rent control and just cause eviction are not being considered.
Freezing Apartment Owner Deflects Blame
by Joe YbarraABC Fresno
December 1st, 2015
A landlord whose tenants have been without gas service, and cannot heat their homes, cook or bathe, says he is not responsible for failing to correct the problem promptly.
Alameda City Council Votes to Close Eviction Loophole
by Katie UtehsABC 7
December 1st, 2015
The Alameda City Council voted to close a loophole in its eviction legislation that a landlord exploited to evict 33 tenants.
Tenants at Skid Row's Madison Hotel Sue to Improve Conditions
by Josie HuangKPCC
December 1st, 2015
Tenants at a residential hotel are suing their new landlord over conditions at the property.
Krugman Wrong on Gentrification
by Randy SahwBeyond Chron
December 1st, 2015
Randy Shaw argues that Paul Krugman's argument that land use restrictions are responsible for gentrification is belied by the evidence.
Inequality and the City
by Paul KrugmanNew York Times
November 30th, 2015
Economist Paul Krugman argues that land use restrictions are the cause of the urban housing crisis.
$100 Million to Spend on L.A.'s Homeless, But How to Do It?
by Leo DuranKPCC
November 30th, 2015
Because the homeless crisis has become so acute in Los Angeles, the City may have to spend much of the money on temporary shelter, rather than permanent housing.
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.
Gentrification in a Brooklyn Neighborhood Forces Residents to Move On
by Vivian YeeNew York Times
November 27th, 2015
Landlord are harassing tenants and failing to maintain their properties to force lower-income tenants from their homes.
Fresno Mayor Declares Emergency at Apartment Complex
Fresno Bee
November 25th, 2015
Fresno's Mayor declared a state of emergency at an apartment complex where tenants have been without gas service since November 12.
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.
Rent Control Efforts in San Jose Look At 'Just Cause' Evictions
by Jennifer WadsworthSan Jose Inside
November 24th, 2015
Tenants in San Jose need 'just cause' eviction protections to prevent landlords from evicting them for complaining about code violations in their units.
Salinas Landlord Faces Discrimination Complaint
by Roberto M. RobledoSalinas Californian
November 23rd, 2015
Project Sentinel has filed a complaint against a landlord who is using occupancy limits to discriminate against families with children.
Apartment Owner Sues Portland over New Rules on Rent Hikes, Evictions
by Andrew TheenThe Oregonian
November 17th, 2015
A Portland OR, landlord is suing to end tenant protections passed by the City Council there.
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.
Sharing, Squatting, Landlord Dodging: The Reality for Tenants
by Dan GriffinIrish Times
November 17th, 2015
Dublin tenants are finding it difficult and expensive to find housing. Tenants there are less organized than in other European countries.
Fresh Off Bay Area Victory, Tech Giant Airbnb May Set Sights on L.A.
by David ZhaniserLos Angeles Times
November 16th, 2015
Community groups are worried that Airbnb will prevent effective regulation in Los Angeles.
Rental Agreements Trap Domestic Violence Victims
by Mike HowellVancouver Courier
November 16th, 2015
Domestic violence victims in Vancouver, B.C., may be allowed to break their leases to move away from the abusers without losing their security deposits or having to pay charges for re-renting their units.
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.
Federal Smoking Ban Won't Change Much in Oregon Public Housing
by Kristian Foden-VencilOregon Public Broadcasting
November 13th, 2015
Public housing projects in Oregon already ban smoking in units there.
Get Abused, Call 911, Get Evicted
by Julian SpectorCity Lab
November 13th, 2015
Tenants who call 911 to get help in domestic abuse cases are being threatened with eviction under "nuisance" ordinances being enacted around the country.
Chaos at Alameda Council Meeting on Rents Was Not Surprising
by Brian McGuireSan Jose Mercury News
November 12th, 2015
Before allowing tenants to speak at a public meeting on rising rents in Alameda, the Mayor grilled tenants, demanding to know whether they were current on their rent.
Berlin Just Showed the World How to Keep Housing Affordable
by Feargus O'SullivanCity Lab
November 12th, 2015
Low-income Berliners will pay lower rents under a reform of rent laws there.
Dozens Protest Lack of Affordable Housing in San Jose
by Matt KellerABC 7
November 12th, 2015
Workers in San Jose often have to commute long distances, as there is little affordable housing close to their jobs.
Smoking Ban Proposal a Surprise to Some Public Housing Tenants
by J. David Goodman and Mireya NavarroNew York Times
November 12th, 2015
Some public housing tenants are concerned that a ban on smoking in public housing units will allow police harassment of tenants.
SF Tenant Protections Dodge Bullet at Rent Board
by Julian MarkMIssion Local
November 12th, 2015
The San Francisco Rent Board declined to limit new tenant protections passed by the Board of Supervisors to new leases.
After 39-Year Apartment Ban, Alameda Rent Crisis Boils Over
by Roland LiSan Francisco Business Times
November 11th, 2015
Rental housing is unaffordable in Alameda, and tenants are demanding that the City address the problem.
The New Rent Control Wars
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
November 9th, 2015
Tenants are demanding rent control and just cause eviction laws as rents skyrocket in California.
Landlord Tory MP Philip Davies Says UK Law Requiring Homes Be Fit for Human Habitation is an Unnecessary Burden
by Jon StoneThe Independent
October 16th, 2015
A Tory MP opposes a law that would require landlords to maintain their properties in habitable condition. The MP owns rental property.
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.
Gentrification Pushing Some of the Poorest Members of Society Out of their Homes, Says Study
by Jonathan OwenThe Independent
October 15th, 2015
Poor people are being forced from their homes and neighborhoods in London. Charts are shown on the original website.
Pushing Out Tenants
by David BondGrahamEast Bay Express
October 14th, 2015
Landlords in Oakland are using Costa-Hawkins rent control limitations to evade local laws.
Marin Officials Seek Elusive Affordable Housing Solutions
by Nels JohnsonMarin Independent Journal
October 13th, 2015
As rents skyrocket in Marin County, officials there are scheduling meetings to discuss the problem.
NYCHA Residents See Little Benefit from Gentrification in their Neighborhoods, Report Finds
by Greg B. SmithNew York Daily News
October 12th, 2015
Public housing residents in New York City don't benefit from the gentrification of their neighborhoods, becoming aliens in their own neighborhoods, as well as losing shops and services they can afford.
Planning Commission Looks to Better Preserve Rent-Controlled Homes
by Laura DudnickSan Francisco Examiner
October 12th, 2015
San Francisco's Planning Commission may require developers who demolish rent-controlled units to replace them with affordable apartments.
Judge Strikes Down San Francisco Eviction Law
by Bob EgelkoSan Francisco Chronicle
October 7th, 2015
A San Francisco court struck down a requirement that landlords evicting tenants under the Ellis Act provide adequate relocation assistance.
Residents to Fight Evictions: Apartment Building Sold, New Owners Plan Big Renovation
by Bill SilverfarbSan Mateo Daily Journal
October 6th, 2015
Landlords are evicting tenants in smaller groups, rather than emptying entire buildings or complexes, to avoid bad publicity.
In Detroit, Massive Foreclosures Strip Neighborhoods of People and Homes
by Alex KellogAljazeera America
October 6th, 2015
Tenants in Detroit are facing eviction when their landlords are foreclosed for delinquent taxes. In some neighborhoods whole blocks are facing foreclosure, and the City has stopped providing basic services.
Berlin's Housing Problems Boil Over
by Eliot BrownWall Street Journal
October 6th, 2015
The government has failed to provide sufficient affordable housing in Berlin, and the crisis may be exacerbated by migration, as refugees flee the Middle East.
As San Francisco Rents Soar, Tenants Still Willing to Pay for Earthquake Safety
by Rong-Gong Lin II, Rosanna Xia and Raoul RanoaLos Angeles Times
October 6th, 2015
Los Angeles is looking at how earthquake retrofits in rent-controlled properties will be paid for. Tenants in rent-controlled properties in San Francisco are forced to pay the full cost of earthquake retrofits.
City Council Prioritizes Rent Control
by Jane NorthropSan Jose Mercury News
October 6th, 2015
The Pacifica City Council will discuss rent control at some future date.
City Cracks Down on Rent Hikes Used to Avoid Relocation Payments
by Daniel BeekmanSeattle Times
October 5th, 2015
The Seattle City Council has passed legislation to prevent landlords from using rent increases to avoid paying relocation assistance to tenants being forced out in no-fault evictions.
Pet Rent Puts the Bite on Empty Nesters
by Irene S. LevineNext Avenue
October 5th, 2015
Landlords are capitalizing on tenants' attachment to their pets by charging pet rent.
City Council Closes Loophole to Protect Tenants
by Joel ConnellySeattle Post-Intelligencer
October 5th, 2015
The Seattle City Council closed a loophole that allowed landlords to evict low-income tenants without paying the relocation assistance required by law.
Activists Protest What They Call a Housing Crisis in Boston
by Astead W. HerndonBoston Globe
October 4th, 2015
Residents from every neighborhood in Boston protested displacement and called for "just cause" eviction protections. State law prohibits rent control in Massachusetts.
Apartment Market Boom Levels Out, Data Says
by Laura KusistoWall Street Journal
October 2nd, 2015
One analyst believes that rents will level out, as more units are constructed.
Tents Set Up in Rent Protest at Alameda City Hall
by Peter Hegarty with Mike BlaskySan Jose Mercury News
October 2nd, 2015
The Alameda Renters Coalition set up tents in front of City Hall to protest the City's failure to address the housing crisis there.
City Council Approves Plan to Prevent Displacement of Residents, Increase Affordable Housing
by Kyle LudowitzOakland North
October 2nd, 2015
The Oakland City Council is looking at policies that would limit displacement of long-term residents.
Soaring Rents Force More San Francisco Families into Single-Room Residential Hotels
by Bay City News ServiceCBS (San Francisco)
October 2nd, 2015
Increasing numbers of families are being forced into single rooms. In addition to overcrowding, the rooms often have substantial code violations.
Councilman's Proposal Urges Landlords to Play Nice
by Mark NoackMountain View Voice
October 2nd, 2015
The Mountain View City Council will not pass legislation to protect tenants, but may ask landlords to limit rent increases.
Gentrifiers to S.F. Mission Now Fear Eviction
by Laura WenusMIssion Local
October 2nd, 2015
People who have only lived in the Mission District for a few years now fear eviction by a new wave of gentrifiers.

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