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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.
Western Addition Affordable Housing Complex Threatened with Potential Sale
Hoodline
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
KLIV
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.
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.
Richmond 1, Gentrification 0
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
July 23rd, 2015
A coalition of unions, community activists and tenant groups brought rent control to Richmond, California.
Richmond Passes Controversial Rent Control Rules, Hits Landlords with New Fee
by Madeline Billis San Francisco Business Times
July 23rd, 2015
Richmond became the first city in Contra Costa County, and the first California community in 30 years, to pass rent control legislation.
Finally, Momentum for Greater Density and More Affordable Housing in Seattle
by Ansel HerzThe Stranger
July 22nd, 2015
Seattle's Housing Commission proposes higher density and more affordable housing construction, but none of the policies will have any effect for several years. Rent control was not considered, as real estate developers opposed it.
Richmond Becomes First City in Contra Costa To Approve Rent Control
by Karina IoffeeContra Costa Times
July 22nd, 2015
Richmond, California, enacted rent control at its meeting on Tuesday.
Tenants Share Landlord Horror Stories at Town-Hall Meeting
by Amanda WoodsThe Brooklyn Paper
July 22nd, 2015
Rent-stabilized tenants in New York shared their stories of their landlords' attempts to force them from their homes.
Council Okays New Rules on Rents Committee
by Dave BoitanoThe 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 TogetherBeyond 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.
Richmond Council Approves Rent Control Ordinance
Richmond Standard
July 22nd, 2015
The Richmond City Council has approved a new rent control ordinance by a vote of 4-1.
The Brooklyn Tenants Union That's Fighting Gentrification Through Collective Action
by Ethan CoreyIn These Times
July 22nd, 2015
The Crown Heights Tenants Union is using collective bargaining tactics to limit gentrification in their neighborhood.
WeHo Formalizes Its Ban on Short-Term Rentals
WeHoville
July 21st, 2015
West Hollywood passed legislation banning on short-term rentals there.
Santa Rosa City Council Agrees To Discuss Rent Control
by Kevin McCallumSanta Rosa Press Democrat
July 21st, 2015
The Santa Rosa City Council will discuss rent control, as well as other affordable housing proposals.
Rent Control Proposed for Seattle's Affordable Housing Crisis
by Joel MorenoKOMO
July 21st, 2015
While rent control is banned by law in Washington State, Seattle is looking at rent control there, as rents have increased as much as 145% in some buildings there.
Signs of Overheating in the Single-Family Rental Market
by Laura KusistoWall Street Journal
July 20th, 2015
High rents for single-family rental units may be unsustainable.
Healdsburg Residents Demand Relief From Rising Rents
by Clark MasonSanta Rosa Press Democrat
July 20th, 2015
Tenants in Healdsburg can no longer afford to live near their workplaces as rents increase there. The City has failed to develop affordable housing.
Santa Rosa To Consider Fixes for Housing Crisis
by Kevin McCallumSanta Rosa Press Democrat
July 20th, 2015
Over the next few months, the Santa Rosa City Council will consider proposals to develop affordable housing there.
Seniors Take On Landlord
by Rebecca TurleyOrange County Register
July 19th, 2015
Tenants at a San Juan Capistrano mobile home park are protesting their landlord's plan to double their rents.
Rent Control Proposal Likely to Fail After Councilmember Changes Heart
Richmond Standard
July 18th, 2015
A Richmond City Councilmember has decided to vote against rent control there, even though high rents threaten long-time community residents.
Richmond: No Fourth Vote on Rent Control
by Karina Ioffee with Matthew ArtzContra Costa Times
July 17th, 2015
Richmond will likely not vote to enact rent control protections for tenants there.
Early-Stage Gentrification: Richmond, California, Residents Push Back
by Adam HudsonTruthout
July 17th, 2015
Unless effective measures are taken, Richmond residents will be forced out of their communities.
Top CA Housing Official to Leave Post Amid Renter Protests
by Josie HuangKPCC
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.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein's Husband, Richard Blum, Grows Fortune on the Ruins of the American Dream
by Tom GogolaSan Jose Inside
July 16th, 2015
Richard Blum is an investor in Colony American Homes, one of the private equity firms buying foreclosed houses and converting them to rental.
Chair of California Housing Finance Agency Steps Down Amid Controversy Over Ellis Act Evictions
by Darwin BondGraham East Bay Express
July 15th, 2015
The Chair of the California Housing Finance Agency will leave the agency in September. He is evicting rent-controlled tenants under the Ellis Act.
The Cities Where Americans Are Most Likely To Spend More Than Half of their Paycheck on Rent
by Jonnelle MarteWashington Post
July 15th, 2015
Tenants throughout the country are overpaying for rent. The map is at the site of the original article.
Rent Protection Talk Exposes Community Rift: Landlord and Tenant Tensions Flare over Eviction Regulation
by Austin WalshDaily Journal
July 15th, 2015
Burlingame tenants demanded eviction protections at a City Council meeting there.
S.F. Rent-Controlled Apartments Lost As Fast As New Ones Are Built
by J.K. DineenSan Francisco Chronicle
July 13th, 2015
Rather than adding to the City's affordable housing stock, new affordable units are barely replacing those lost as state laws enable landlords to remove rent-controlled units from the City's affordable housing stock.
Blackstone Selling 1,300 Atlanta Houses in Strategy Shift
by Heather Perlberg and John GittelsohnBloomberg News
July 13th, 2015
Blackstone has started to sell some of the houses they acquired during the housing crisis, concentrating on lower-priced properties.
What We Can Learn From Berlin's New Rent Control Law
by Rowley AmatoCurbed New York
July 12th, 2015
Berlin's new rent control law may be a model for large cities in the United States, but the efficacy of many local laws are limited by State Legislatures.
The Power of Persistence in New York City's Fight for Affordable Housing
by Rebecca NathansonTruthout
July 10th, 2015
Renewing New York City's rent control protections required the work of tenants throughout the City.
Los Angeles Considers Amnesty for Illegal Apartments to Ease Shortage
by Haya El NasserAljazeera America
July 10th, 2015
Illegal secondary units may receive expedited permits to ease the housing shortage there.
Richmond: Mayor's Properties Prompt Calls to Sit Out Vote on Rent Control
by Karina IoffeeContra Costa Times
July 10th, 2015
ACCE and Tenants Together are calling on Richmond's Mayor to recuse himself from voting on the proposed rent control legislation there.
Berlin's New Rent Control Laws Are Already Working
by Feargus O'SullivanCity Lab
July 9th, 2015
Berlin's new rent control laws are already limiting rent increases. Tenants in Germany also have other rights that protect them from eviction without just cause and steep rent increases.
Obama Administration to Unveil Major New Rules Targeting Segregation Across U.S.
by Emily BadgerWashington Post
July 8th, 2015
The Obama Administration is planning a push to reduce residential segregation.
NA Puts Brakes on Rent Hikes
by Taing VidaPhnom Penh Post
July 7th, 2015
Cambodia's National Assembly voted to limit rent increases for low-income workers and students.
Rent Board: Owners Must Prove Occupancy to Receive Exemption
by Matthew Hall Santa Monica Daily Press
July 7th, 2015
The Santa Monica Rent Board will require landlords who claim exemption from rent control because they live at their properties to show that they are resident landlords every year, rather than having their exemption automatically renewed.
Richmond City Council to Consider Rent Control Proposal at Meeting
ABC 7 News
July 7th, 2015
The Richmond City Council will discuss rent control, as rents there have increased rapidly over the last few years.
Save the Moguls
by Karla Ann CoteLegislative 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.
Big Investors Buy Fewer Homes but See Bigger Gains
by Diana OlickCNBC
July 6th, 2015
The large institutional investors are shifting from purchasing single-family rentals to lending to smaller investors.
The Republican War on Affordable Housing
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
July 6th, 2015
Randy Shaw argues that common beliefs about public housing are myths.
It's Divisadero's Turn, with Condos Proposed for Car Wash Site
by J.K. DineenSan Francisco Chronicle
July 6th, 2015
Developers of a condominium project are trying to avoid having to incorporate sufficient affordable housing into the project.
Burlingame Aims to Add Affordable Housing
by Austin WalshSan Mateo Daily Journal
July 4th, 2015
The Burlingame City Council plans to add fewer than 200 units of affordable housing by developing city land.
In Surprise Move, Planning Commission May Seek to Halt Some Mission Housing
by Cory WeinbergSan Francisco Business Times
July 3rd, 2015
The Planning Commission will look at a moratorium on the construction of market-rate housing in San Francisco's Mission District.
When Landlords Target Tenants in Rent-Controlled Buildings
by Sam LevinEast Bay Express
July 1st, 2015
Landlords are trying to evict rent-controlled tenants in Oakland, often in flagrant violation of rent control laws there.
Arcata City Council Moves Forward with Rent Stabilization
by Tabitha SodenTimes-Standard
July 1st, 2015
The Arcata City Council will discuss rent control for the City's mobile home parks.
Evicted Redwood City Tenants Rally to Stay in Complex as Calls Grow for Renter Protections
by Nathan Donato-WeinsteinSilicon Valley Business Journal
July 1st, 2015
Tenants in Redwood City rallied to protest their eviction and the evictions of other tenants in San Mateo County.
City Hall Vows to Crack Down on Evictions
by Dennis RomeroLA Weekly
July 1st, 2015
The Los Angeles City Council will look at ways to keep landlords from using the Ellis Act to wrongfully evict rent-controlled tenants.
U.S. Apartment Rents Jump as Tenant Demand Stays Strong
by Chloe JohnsonBloomberg
July 1st, 2015
Tenants are paying more for rent, with Oakland CA seeing the largest jump. The average rent nationwide is now over $1,100 a month.
Santa Rosa Again Rejects Moratorium on Rent Hikes
by Kevin McCallumSanta Rosa Press Democrat
June 30th, 2015
Santa Rose declined to take action to address the housing crisis there, but will discuss some long-terms solutions in future.
Affordable Housing Crisis Grows Across the Country as Apartment Rents Skyrocket
by Steven RosenfeldAlterNet
June 30th, 2015
Rent increases are limiting what tenants can spend on other necessities and are a direct cause of homelessness.
Groups Work To Preserve Affordable Housing as Development Pressures Grow in Detroit
by Dennis ArchambaultModel D
June 30th, 2015
Development in Detroit's urban core is pushing out lower-income residents.
New York Bans 'Poor Doors' in Win for Low Income Tenants
by Jana KasperkevicGuardian U.K.
June 29th, 2015
New York City developers will not be allowed to have separate entrances for rich and poor tenants in housing projects there.
Grassroots Push Law To Ease Berlin Housing Crisis
by Stuart BraunDeutsche Welle
June 28th, 2015
A grassroots' group in Berlin is seeking to force the government there to increase the supply of affordable housing.
Families Pack Up as S.F. Rents Keep Rising
by Heather KnightSan 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 VallesEureka 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 RivasBeverly 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.
Santa Clarita Votes to Slow Rent Increases
by Randy Mac and Amy CorralNBC Los Angeles
June 25th, 2015
Santa Clarita's City Council voted to reduce allowable rent increases at mobile home parks there. Mobile home park owners had been allowed the rent as much as six percent per year.
Richmond: Rent Control, Just-Cause Debate Returns to Council
by Karina IoffeeContra Costa Times
June 23rd, 2015
Rent control and just-cause eviction will be debated at the Richmond City Council meeting.
Richmond Council To Debate Solutions to Rising Rents Tuesday; Rally To Precede Meeting
Richmond Standard
June 22nd, 2015
Richmond tenants will rally before a City Council meeting where solutions to the rent crisis will be discussed. One tenant there has had her rent increased nearly $1,000 a month over the last year.
Can Landlords Be Forced Not To Tear Down Affordable Apartments?
by Dennis RomeroLA Weekly
June 22nd, 2015
The Los Angeles City Council will explore ways to slow down Ellis Act evictions of rent-controlled tenants.
Nightmare Rent Increases Are Frustrating, But Legal
by Amy Corral and Randy MacNBC Los Angeles
June 22nd, 2015
Tenants who are not protected by rent control laws can face rent increases or eviction at any time, with no more than 60-days' notice.
Rent Law Heads to Assembly
by Sarah Taguiam and Chhay ChannydaPhnom Penh Post
June 19th, 2015
Legislation to protect low-income tenants in Phnom Penh will go before the Legislature there this month.
Not a Single U.S. County Has Enough Affordable Housing
by Claire GrodenFortune
June 19th, 2015
There is not a single county in the United States with sufficient affordable housing, and many tenants are forced to forgo food and health care to pay rent.
Neighborhood Opposes Housing Official's Plan to Raze Rent Control Units
by Dennis RomeroLA Weekly
June 19th, 2015
The Chair of CalHFA's board is planning to tear down a building with eight rent-controlled units for a for-sale development. He is evicting the tenants under the Ellis Act.
Uncertainty Mounting as Little Progress Is Seen in Albany on Rent Regulations
by Mireya Navarro with Susanne Craig and Thomas KaplanNew York Times
June 19th, 2015
The New York State Legislature has still not passed enabling legislation for New York City's rent regulations, which expired last week. Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo has been of little help on the issue.
Longtime Tenants in Manhattan See an Effort to Push Them Out
by Corey KilgannonNew York Times
June 18th, 2015
The Orbach Group is pressuring rent-controlled tenants to move from their Manhattan apartments so that the units can be marketed to Columbia University students.
Brooklyn Landlord is Arrested in Tenant Harassment Inquiry
by Associated PressNew York Times
June 17th, 2015
A Brooklyn landlord has been arrested for harassing his rent-controlled tenants. In addition to illegal construction, he turned off the heat during the winter months.
Amendments to Rent Inspection Program Set for Approval
by Jason RuizLong 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.
Out of Control: Why Rent Control Could Help Portland
by Shelby R. KingPortland Mercury
June 17th, 2015
Two economists argue that rent control can benefit communities where rents are out of control.
Many Low-Income Americans Can't Even Afford to Rent
by Quentin FottrellMarket Watch
June 16th, 2015
Nationwide rents have increased 15% since 2009, as the percentage of low-income Americans has increased.
Tenant Bootcamps Excite S.F. Renters
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
June 9th, 2015
The San Francisco Tenants Union is presenting workshops for tenants around San Francisco. Tenants Together Executive Director Dean Preston led the bootcamps.
Black Tenants Say Greed, Discrimination at Play in Mass L.A. Eviction
by Naureen KhanAljazeera America
June 9th, 2015
Tenants at a Los Angeles apartment building are being evicted by the new landlords, who are refusing to take tenants with Section 8 rental vouchers.
L.A.'s Eviction Game
by Larry GrossLos 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.
Santa Rosa City Council to Consider Temporary Ban on Some Rent Increases
by Kevin McCallumSanta Rosa Press Democrat
June 8th, 2015
The Santa Rosa City Council will discuss the imposition of rent control to address the issue of homelessness there.
WeHo Landlord Accused of Illegal Evictions Now is Sued in San Francisco
WeHoville
June 8th, 2015
A landlord who is being sued by San Francisco's City Attorney for harassment and illegal eviction of her tenants had used the same tactics to evict tenants in West Hollywood.
City Sues Landlord for Allegedly Forcing Out Rent-Controlled Tenants
by J.K. DineenSan Francisco Chronicle
June 5th, 2015
A San Francisco landlord has been so egregious in harassing and retaliating against rent-controlled tenants that San Francisco's City Attorney is suing her. The landlord is also facing legal action in West Hollywood.
Santa Rosa Council to Tackle Housing Voucher Discrimination
by Kevin McCallumSanta Rosa Press Democrat
June 4th, 2015
The Santa Rosa City Council will address the issue of Section 8 discrimination, as the housing crisis is making it increasingly difficult for Section 8 tenants to find housing.
Tenant Advocates Demand Removal of CalHFA Chair over Ellis Evictions
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
June 4th, 2015
The Chair of the State agency charged with the development of affordable housing is California is evicting his rent-controlled tenants using the Ellis Act.
Numbers Reveal SF Tenant Buyout Picture
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
June 4th, 2015
Landlords have filed more than 100 buyout agreements or offers since a new law required their disclosure in March.
Tenants Protest Upcoming Eviction from Rent-Controlled Units
by Aron ChilewichJewish Journal
June 3rd, 2015
A Los Angeles landlord, who served as Chair of CalHFA, the state agency charged with the development of affordable housing, is evicting his rent-controlled tenants to construct million-dollar condominiums.
Tenants Decry Eviction by Landlord, the Chair of State Housing Agency
by Harriet RyanLos Angeles Times
May 30th, 2015
Matthew Jacobs, chair of the State's Housing Finance Agency, is evicting rent-controlled tenants to tear down the building and redevelop the property.
Rent Control Update
Love Lafayette
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.
How Much You Need to Make Per Hour to Afford a Rental in the US
by Mandi WoodruffYahoo Finance
May 29th, 2015
In no state can a worker making minimum wage afford a two-bedroom apartment working no more than 40 hour a week. In California a minimum wage worker needs to work more than 90 hours a week.
Housing Advocates, Long Beach Square Off Against Proposed Rent Escrow Program
by Eric BradleyLong Beach Press-Telegram
May 23rd, 2015
The Long Beach City Council is resisting the establishment of a rent escrow program that would allow tenants to place their rent payments with the City to force landlords to correct code violations in their units.
SF's Hottest Bootcamps are for Tenants
by Jenny ManriqueMIssion Local
May 22nd, 2015
TT Executive Director Dean Preston was a presenter at a tenants' rights bootcamp sponsored by the San Francisco Tenants Union.
Activists Hold Rally in Support of San Jose Renter Protections
KRON
May 13th, 2015
Local activists rallied in support of greater tenant protections, as tenants are forced from their homes by high rents.
S.F.'s Mission After the Moratorium
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
May 12th, 2015
The moratorium proposed for San Francisco's Mission District may provide some breathing room to protect the remaining affordable housing there.
San Francisco May Subsidize Middle-Class Apartments for First Time
by Cory WeinbergSan Francisco Business Times
May 12th, 2015
San Francisco's housing crisis may now require that the city provide subsidized housing for families making more than $100,000 a year.
Supervisor Jane Kim Takes Aim at 'Frivolous' Evictions
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
May 12th, 2015
Supervisor Jane Kim is proposing legislation that would limit frivolous evictions by landlords seeking to evict rent-controlled tenants.
Lafayette Fails to Enact Emergency Rent Hike Moratorium
by Jennifer ModenessiContra Costa Times
May 12th, 2015
Lafayette's City Council failed to pass an emergency rent moratorium there.
Rent Control Rising? San Jose Councilman Says It's Time to Expand Regulations, Add Teeth
by Nathan Donato-WeinsteinSilicon Valley Business Journal
May 12th, 2015
A San Jose City Councilmember wants to strengthen rent control legislation there, and to enact just cause eviction protections.
San Jose Mulls More Rent Control
by Ramona GirwargisSan Jose Mercury News
May 12th, 2015
The San Jose City Council may strengthen that city's weak rent control law and enact just cause eviction protections.
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.
Could S.F. Supe's Bid to Halt Building Market-Rate Units Work?
by Emily GreenSan Francisco Chronicle
May 9th, 2015
Peter Dreier argues that the moratorium on new market-rate construction in San Francisco's Mission District might work.
Silicon Valley Giants Don't Just Build Offices Now. They're Also Responsible for Housing
by Biz CarsonBusiness Insider
May 8th, 2015
The Mountain View City Council is allowing tech companies to build huge office complexes without providing more than a thimble-full of affordable housing.

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