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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.
In the Midst of Housing Crisis, Why is D.C. Selling Off Public Housing?
by Martin AustermuhleWAMU
October 2nd, 2015
Scattered site public housing units are being sold into the private market, and some housing activists there are opposed to losing the units, claiming that the Housing Authority is helping to displace the poor.
Oakland Hosts Meeting to Address Dire Housing Crisis
October 1st, 2015
Oakland's City Council is still discussing the housing crisis there, even though a staff report on the problem was issued in June.
Oakland City Council Discusses the Housing Crisis, but Action Still Awaits
by David BondGrahamEast Bay Express
October 1st, 2015
After a year of study and discussion, the Oakland City Council has done little to address the housing crisis there.
Alameda Tenants Protest Skyrocketing Rents
by Vince Cestone and Maureen KellyKRON
October 1st, 2015
Alameda tenants are protesting the rising rents that are forcing many from their homes.
Rezoning of Divisadero Sparks Controversy
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
October 1st, 2015
A proposed project will not provide any affordable housing for the neighborhood, and is triple the size of the original proposal.
Neighborhood Council Asks City to Crack Down on "Ellis Act" Abuse
by Allison B. Cohen, Ezekial Hernandez & Erin HickeyLos Feliz Ledger
October 1st, 2015
The Los Feliz Neighborhood Council voted to ask the City Council to take action to protect rent-controlled properties from speculators who use the Ellis Act to evict tenants.
South Seattle Tenants' Rents Double as Condition Remains Deplorable
by Natasha ChenKIRO (Seattle)
October 1st, 2015
A Seattle landlord is evading notice requirements, while doubling rents for a building with serious habitability problems.
Renters Rally Against Alleged Landlord Retaliation
by Andie AdamsNBC San Diego
October 1st, 2015
Chula Vista tenants are protesting their landlord's retaliatory eviction after they complained about conditions in their apartments.
Oakland Residents Plead for Action to Address Housing Crisis
by Mike BlaskyContra Costa Times
October 1st, 2015
Oakland residents asked the City Council to take action to address the housing crisis there.
Is It Time for a Tenants' Union?
by Louisa McGrathDublin Inquirer
September 30th, 2015
Dublin tenants are forming a citywide tenants' union to advocate for reform and assist tenants with their landlord problems. Rental rates have increased nearly 35% since 2011 there.
Fixing New York City's Broken Housing Courts
by Michael DillerHuffington Post
September 30th, 2015
Legal representation is essential for tenants who have cases in New York City's housing court. A new program will provide legal help for tenants who are facing eviction.
Councilman Khamis' Housing Proposal on Arrests, Evictions Called a 'Police State' Overreach
by Jennifer WadsworthSan Jose Inside
September 30th, 2015
A San Jose City Councilmember is proposing legislation which would make it easier for landlords to evict tenants who are accused of a crime, whether or not they are convicted.
Years After the Real Estate Crash, Renters are still on the Rise
by Laura KusistoWall Street Journal
September 17th, 2015
The percentage of Americans who rent their homes is still increasing, and many are overpaying for rent.
Legal Challenges Mount against Lafayette Development
by Jennifer ModenessiContra Costa Times
September 17th, 2015
A housing development in Lafayette is being challenged by two groups. One is opposing the development because the project was supposed to provide several hundred affordable housing units.
Land Trusts Offer Houses People with Lower Incomes Can Afford--And a Stepping Stone to Lasting Wealth
by Penn LohYes! Magaizine
September 17th, 2015
Community land trusts may offer another housing option, particularly for lower-income people.
Time Running Out for Some Affordable Housing Tenants in S.F.
by John WildermuthSan Francisco Chronicle
September 17th, 2015
San Francisco will probably have to pay to maintain affordable units as the contracts that kept the units affordable expire.
Historic, Affordable Bungalows Saved from Wrecking Ball
by Lovell Estell IIICapital and Main
September 16th, 2015
Former California Housing Finance Agency Chair Matthew Jacobs has been stopped from tearing down historic bungalows in a Los Angeles neighborhood.
As Advocates Push Displacement Fixes, Local Leaders are Awful Quiet
by Shelby R. KingPortland Mercury
September 16th, 2015
Portland's city government has failed to move to protect tenants from displacement.
L.A. Officials Present a Plan for Landlords and Tenants to Split the Cost of Quake Retrofitting
by Rosanna Xia Los Angeles Times
September 16th, 2015
Landlords and rent-controlled tenants would split the cost of earthquake retrofitting.
Silicon Valley's Low-Income Tenants Find Few Protections from Predatory Landlords
by Jennifer WadsworthSan Jose Inside
September 16th, 2015
Local officials took no action to force a slumlord to fix up his property and protect the tenants from illegal rent increases and retaliatory evictions.
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.
Proposal to Expand Rent Control, Tenant Protections Advances
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
September 15th, 2015
The Board of Supervisors will vote next week on legislation to tighten rent control and eviction protections, including prohibitions against attempts to evict for petty lease violations.
More Than 2,500 Groups Ask Congress to #Raise the Caps
National Low Income Housing Coalition
September 14th, 2015
The sequester may result in the loss of 85,000 Section 8 housing subsidies.
Santa Ana Council Weighing Affordable Housing Measures
by Jessica KwongOrange County Register
September 14th, 2015
Santa Ana may provide incentives to encourage developers to include affordable housing in their projects.
Welcome to the Courtroom That is Every Tenant's Nightmare
by Rachel M. CohenNext City
September 14th, 2015
A Baltimore court that was originally intended to insure that landlords were maintaining their properties has become a fast, easy way for landlords to evict tenants, and does nothing to force landlords to make repairs to their properties.
Social Housing Children are Told They Can Only Play Outside if They Keep Out of Sight of Private Homes in their Cul-de-Sac
by Steph CockroftDaily Mail
September 14th, 2015
Homeowners are complaining that children from a local social housing development are playing within sight of their homes.
Will Solar Energy Shine on Poor Communities?
by Morgan LeeSan Diego Union-Tribune
September 14th, 2015
Legislation may help some low-income communities to benefit from solar power. Most solar energy installations benefit upper-income homeowners.
Richmond Progressives Respond to CAA Petitions Blocking Renter Protections
by Lynda CarsonIndy Bay News Wire
September 14th, 2015
Richmond activists have condemned the attack on rent control legislation by the California Apartment Association.
Landlords Organize Petition Campaign against Rent Control
by Spencer WellsNonprofit Quarterly
September 14th, 2015
The California Apartment Association (CAA) organized and paid for the petition campaign against Richmond's rent control law.
View from SF Mission Hacker Hotel
by Laura WenusMIssion Local
September 11th, 2015
Rents are so high in San Francisco that people are renting a bunk space for nearly $2,000 a month. This is the first part of a series.
SF Mission Hacker Hostel Navigates Housing Law
by Laura WenusMIssion Local
September 11th, 2015
Housing is so expensive in San Francisco that interns at the tech companies located here spend $1,900 a month for a bunk in a six-person room. But using apartments in this way may violate occupancy laws. This is the second part of a series.
Future of Cabrini-Green Row Houses May Be Settled after 19 Years in Limbo
by Mina BloomDNAinfo Chicago
September 11th, 2015
To enable developers to proceed with other local projects, the Chicago Housing Authority has agreed to rebuild affordable housing units on the Near North Side.
Suit Filed Against Neighborhood Blitz Program
by Joe GoldeenStockton Record
September 10th, 2015
Tenants in Stockton are suing the City and their landlord over the City's Neighborhood Blitz program, which is advertised as a code enforcement program, but tenants say violates their right to privacy.
What Neighbourhood and Gentrification Mean for Berlin Immigrants
by Defne Kadioglu PolatOpen Democracy
September 10th, 2015
While tenants in Berlin have more protections than in many other cities, landlords still try to encourage immigrant tenants to move so that their units can be leased to rent-sharing students. Often immigrants who want to remain in familiar communities live in overcrowded housing to do so.
S.F. Mission Gentrification at 'Advanced Stage'
by Emma NeimanMIssion Local
September 10th, 2015
Gentrification in San Francisco's Mission District is at an advanced stage.
City Stalls on Renter Protection
by Samantha WeigelSan Mateo Daily Journal
September 10th, 2015
The San Mateo City Council failed to take action to protect tenants facing huge rent increases and evictions.
Housing Shift: Big Investors Snap Up New Homes as Rentals
by Diana OlickNBC
September 10th, 2015
Investor groups are buying new homes as rental units.
In Boyle Heights, Affordable Housing Developer Seen as Gentrifier
by Josie HuangKPCC
September 10th, 2015
Tenants in Boyle Heights are concerned that they will have to give up their rent-controlled units for construction of an affordable housing project, and that not all of them will be allowed to return.
San Francisco Landlords Jump on the Bandwagon to Build 'Hacker' Hostels
by Mark KellyCBS (San Francisco)
September 10th, 2015
Landlords are converting apartments to hostels for tech workers who come to the City for internships or short-term projects, often evicting long-term tenants to do so. These conversions allow landlords to make up to $60,000 a month.
How Big Money Stole Richmond Renters' Protections in Less Than a Month, Part III
by Lynda CarsonSan Francisco Bay View
September 10th, 2015
The California Apartment Association collected 7,000 signatures to require a referendum on Richmond's rent control ordinance. Parts I and II of the series, originally published by Indy Bay News Wire, are included on this site.
How Big Money Stole Richmond Renters' Protections in Less Than a Month, Part II
by Lynda CarsonSan Francisco Bay View
September 10th, 2015
The California Apartment Association collected 7,000 signatures to require a referendum on Richmond's rent control ordinance. Parts I and III of the series, originally published by Indy Bay News Wire, are included on this site.
How Big Money Stole Richmond Renters' Protections in Less Than a Month, Part I
by Lynda CarsonSan Francisco Bay View
September 10th, 2015
The California Apartment Association collected 7,000 signatures to require a referendum on Richmond's rent control ordinance. Parts II and III of the series, originally published by Indy Bay News Wire, are above.
A Summer of Evictions
by Shelby R. KingPortland Mercury
September 9th, 2015
Portland tenants are facing evictions in large numbers, as landlords evict tenants, make cosmetic repairs, and re-rent the apartments. African American tenants have been particularly victimized.
City Official Rules in Favor of El Nido Mobile Home Residents
by Erin DonnellyOrange County Register
September 9th, 2015
An El Nido hearing officer has determined that the owner of a mobile home park there did not justify his requested rent increase.
San Mateo's Rising Rent Forces Families from Housing
by Mandy EricksonNational Catholic Reporter
September 9th, 2015
Investors are forcing tenants from their homes through large rent increases and evictions.
Big Crowd Rallies City Council for Housing Crisis Relief
by Mark NoackMountain View Voice
September 9th, 2015
The Mountain View City Council will study the housing crisis there.
S.F. Landlord Charged $4K/Month for Rodent-Infested "Death Trap" Apartments
by Chris MorranConsumerist
September 8th, 2015
A San Francisco court has found against a building manager who charged exorbitant rent and failed to pass the rent payments on to the property owner. The tenants were evicted for allegedly not paying the rent.
S.F. Mayor Lee Rolls Out Affordable Housing Plan
by Emily GreenSan Francisco Chronicle
September 8th, 2015
San Francisco's Mayor Ed Lee announced his plan to confront the affordable housing crisis.
L.A. Superior Court Doesn't Have to Reopen Shuttered Courts, Appeals Panel Rules
by Maura DolanLos Angeles Times
September 8th, 2015
Los Angeles will not have to reopen courts that hear eviction actions.
Huge Landlord under Legal Fire over Units Used as Tourist Rentals
by J.K. Dineen and John WildermuthSan Francisco Chronicle
September 8th, 2015
San Francisco's City Attorney is suing landlord Angelo Sangiacomo for leasing rent-controlled units to tourists.
Berkeley: Court Finds Property Owner Made False Claim, Raised Rent
by Tom LochnerContra Costa Times
September 8th, 2015
A Berkeley landlord cannot increase the rent to market rate after the previous tenant moved when the landlord claimed that he was moving into the property and then did not do so.
"Nuisance" Evictions Target Domestic Violence Survivors
by Eleanor J. BaderTruthout
September 6th, 2015
Cities that pass laws to force the eviction of tenants for calling the police are failing to protect women who call for protection against domestic abusers.
City to Explore Eviction Limits
by Samantha WeigelSan Mateo Daily Journal
September 5th, 2015
The San Mateo City Council may discuss rent control and just cause eviction protections for tenants there,
Healdsburg Rent Advisory Polarizing
by Clark MasonSanta Rosa Press Democrat
September 5th, 2015
Healdburg's City Council has addressed the housing crisis there by asking landlords to increase rents no more than ten percent a year.
Stuck with a Terrible Landlord? As If Tenants Have Any Other Choice
by Dawn FosterGuardian U.K.
September 4th, 2015
Tenants put up with uninhabitable conditions and abusive landlords because they have no other options.
Landlords in L.A. Push for Tenants to Bear Costs of Earthquake Retrofits
by Daniel RossTruthout
September 4th, 2015
While landlords want rent-controlled tenants to bear the full cost of earthquake retrofits, the City Council is leaning toward sharing the costs between landlords and tenants.
Rising Rents and Evictions in Alameda Get Attention of City Council
by Steven TavaresEast Bay Express
September 4th, 2015
Tenants in Alameda are complaining that the rent mediation system set up by the City Council has had little effect in preventing evictions and limiting rent increases there.
Apartment Association Files Petition to Repeal Rent Control in Richmond
by Autumn JohnsonPatch
September 4th, 2015
A California Apartment Association sponsored petition to repeal Richmond's rent control law was filed with Richmond's City Clerk.
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.
The Role of Public Investment in Gentrification
by Richard Florida City Lab
September 2nd, 2015
Public investment in transportation and amenities help to bring about gentrification.
Is Gentrification a Human Rights Violation?
by Saki KnafoThe Atlantic
September 2nd, 2015
Right to the City argues that gentrification can be a human rights violation if residents can't remain in their communities.
San Jose City Council Votes to Explore Expanding, Toughening Its Rent Control Ordinance
by Gina HallSilicon Valley Business Journal
September 2nd, 2015
The San Jose City Council will discuss reforming the City's rent control legislation.

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