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Do Rents Really Rise Without Human Intervention?
by Pete DollackCounterPunch
November 21st, 2014
A report on the failure of Prop G and the decision overturning San Francisco's requirement for compensation for tenants evicted as a result of the Ellis Act.
A Push for Legal Aid in Civil Cases Finds Its Advocates
by Erik Eckholm and Ian LovettNew York Times
November 21st, 2014
A pilot project is providing legal services to some tenants in eviction cases.
SRO Tenants' Tales Tell Scary Story
by Jessica KwongSan Francisco Examiner
November 21st, 2014
Tenants in a "tech SRO" are complaining of illegal conditions at the property. The same landlords own another SRO where the former tenants are suing the landlords for illegal eviction.
Formerly Homeless Residents May Face Higher Eviction Rate than Other S.F. Tenants
by Paayal ZaveriSan Francisco Public Press
November 20th, 2014
Local housing groups and mental health service providers are seeking ways to keep formerly homeless tenants from being evicted from supportive housing facilities.
San Jose Enacts Affordable Housing Impact Fee
by Charisse Ma LeBronBeyond Chron
November 20th, 2014
The San Jose City Council has passed legislation that would require developers of market rate projects to provide affordable housing funding.
Ellis Eviction Protest at Rube Goldberg Building
by Eviction Free SFBeyond Chron
November 19th, 2014
Tenants of a San Francisco building are fighting their eviction under the Ellis Act.
New Era Estate: How US Pension Fund Manager Fuels London Rent Rises
by Amelia HillGuardian U.K.
November 19th, 2014
A US pension fund is fueling rent increases in London by purchasing affordable properties and increasing rents. Graphics are reproduced on the original site.
SJ City Council Approves Measure to Make Housing More Affordable in City
by David Louie ABC 7 News
November 18th, 2014
San Jose will impose a development fee to fund affordable housing there.
Ted Gullickson's Memorial Marks Evictions
by Joe Fitzgerald RodriguezSan Francisco Examiner
November 18th, 2014
The San Francisco Tenants Union's Ted Gullickson was remembered at a memorial service this week.
Big Real Estate Loses Key Anti-Tenant Democrats
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
November 18th, 2014
TT Executive Director Dean Preston reports on the defeat of anti-tenant Democrats in the November election.
State Among the Worst on Issue of Child Homelessness, Report Says
by Heather KnightSan Francisco Chronicle
November 17th, 2014
California is outranked only by Mississippi and Alabama in the percentage of children who are homeless.
New Report: Child Homelessness on the Rise in US
by David Crary and Lisa LeffAssociated Press
November 17th, 2014
Millions of children were homeless at some point during 2013, and one-fifth of those children live in California.
Renters Offer Their Stories at Community Forum
by Dave BoitanoThe Alamedan
November 13th, 2014
Tenants in Alameda reported on the high rents they are being forced to pay.
SRO Fire Displacees Sue "Tech Coop"
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
November 13th, 2014
Displaced tenants are suing a landlord who re-rented their units illegally.
HUD's Privatization Scheme May Herald End of Public Housing
by Rebecca BurnsAljazeera America
November 13th, 2014
The Department of Housing and Urban Development is allowing real estate developers to take over the best publicly-subsidized housing.
Former Tenants Sue After SRO Housing Made Into Group Apartments
by Jessica KwongSan Francisco Examiner
November 13th, 2014
Tenants of a single-room occupancy hotel in San Francisco are suing their former landlord, after he leased the rooms they were supposed to re-occupy were leased to a tech co-op. The landlord received a $100,000 loan from the City to make repairs to the building.
Mary Phillips, 98-Years Old, Stops Ellis Eviction
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
November 12th, 2014
Mary Phillips has won the right to stay in her rent-controlled apartment for the rest of her life.
Galt Motel Residents Fight Evictions
by Carlos SaucedoKXTV News10
November 12th, 2014
Tenants at a residential motel in Galt are fighting attempts by the City to evict them. The City cites conditions at the motel as the reason for eviction, but has not provided the tenants with sufficient time to find new housing.
S.F. Affordable Housing Advocates Dig In for Next Battle
by J.K. DineenSan Francisco Chronicle
November 7th, 2014
Supporters of Proposition G, the anti-speculation ordinance that was defeated in the November election, may bring a new ordinance to the ballot.
Oakland Officially Okays Tenant Protection Ordinance
by Jean TeppermanEast Bay Express
November 6th, 2014
An ordinance protecting some tenants from landlord harassment passed the City Council there.
Renters Overlooked Because of Race
by Jaclyn KelleyWWLTV (New Orleans)
November 6th, 2014
African American tenants in New Orleans face discrimination in rental housing. Landlords sometimes refuse to rent to them, but also demand more stringent background checks. These are illegal under fair housing laws.
Anti-Speculation Tax Rejected by SF Voters
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
November 5th, 2014
Proposition G was rejected by San Francisco voters.
Ballot Question Sinks Prop. G
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
November 5th, 2014
Prop G's ballot description didn't make clear that the ordinance would slow real estate speculation in the City.
Measure H Fails Hard, Measure FS Passes Narrowly
by David Mark SimpsonSanta Monica Daily Press
November 5th, 2014
A measure to increase fees for rent-controlled units passed, but a proposal to increase taxes on sales of expensive properties failed in Santa Monica.
Concord Seeks Arrest Warrant for Landlord Who Allegedly Ignored Bedbug Infestation
by Lisa P. WhiteContra Costa Times
November 4th, 2014
A Concord landlord is subject to arrest for failing to eradicate bedbugs in his rental units. Concord's bedbug ordinance was enacted with organizing help from Tenants Together.
Garcetti Announces Goals--But No Details--On Ending LA's Housing Crisis
by Alice WaltonKPCC
October 30th, 2014
Newly-elected Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti laid out his goals for improving the supply of rental housing in Los Angeles. One goal, building 100,000 units by 2021, would meet only twenty percent of the current need.
Marin Voucher Recipients Struggle to Find Housing
by Richard HalsteadMarin Independent Journal
October 26th, 2014
Section 8 recipients in Marin County often lose their vouchers because they can't find landlords willing to accept them. California law doesn't prohibit landlord discrimination against Section 8 recipients.
Why Madrid's Poor Fear Goldman Sachs and Blackstone
by Sonya DowsettReuters
October 24th, 2014
Spanish government officials have sold off public housing there at fire-sale prices, and tenants are being forced to pay higher rents.
Proposed Law Would Make All Housing Pet Friendly in One California City
by Arin GreenwoodHuffington Post
October 23rd, 2014
A Berkeley City Councilmember is proposing legislation that would make all rental housing in the City pet-friendly.
City Attorney to Appeal Ruling that Overturned Tenant Relocation Assistance Law
by Hannah Albarazi & Scott MorrisSan Francisco Appeal
October 23rd, 2014
The San Francisco City Attorney will appeal a ruling by a federal judge declaring the requirement that landlords who evict under the Ellis Act pay a rent differential to evicted tenants.
Supervisors Approve Airbnb Legislation in Final Vote after Further Debate
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
October 22nd, 2014
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed legislation to allow Airbnb rentals. Senator Dianne Feinstein had asked that Airbnb rentals not be permitted in single-family home neighborhoods.
Spot Will Cost You: Pet Rent Becoming Fad at Apartments, Taking Bite Out of Renter's Wallets
Fox Business
October 22nd, 2014
Landlords who allow pets are charging increased deposits, and "pet rent" for tenants with animals.
Judge Tosses SF Law Meant to Shield Evicted Tenants
by Bob EgelkoSan Francisco Chronicle
October 22nd, 2014
A San Francisco judge declared unconstitutional a law that would have required greater compensation for tenants evicted under the Ellis Act.
Judge Dismisses Coakley's Suit Against Federal Housing Agency over State Anti-Foreclosure Law
by Steve LeBlancDaily Journal
October 22nd, 2014
A suit challenging the policies of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac was dismissed by a federal judge. Massachusetts' law required that community groups be allowed to purchase homes out of foreclosure and re-sell the homes to the former homeowners.
Oakland: Tenant Protection Law Passed
by Matthew ArtzOakland Tribune
October 22nd, 2014
Oakland's City Council passed legislation to make it easier for tenants to defend themselves against illegal evictions.
San Francisco Regulates Buyouts--Backs Ted Gullickson's Legacy
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
October 22nd, 2014
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to regulate tenant buyouts, insuring that tenants know their rights in the buyout process.
San Mateo County Looking At Housing Options for Homeless
by Michelle DurandSan Mateo Daily Journal
October 21st, 2014
San Mateo is changing its homeless policy to take advantage of new federal funding for rapidly rehousing homeless residents. But options are limited, as low-income units rent for much more now than a few years ago.
Lainez Stops 4th Ellis Eviction
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
October 21st, 2014
A San Francisco family has stopped the fourth attempt to evict them from their apartment. They have lived in their apartment for more than twenty years.
Oakland Tenants Say Bully Landlords Taking Advantage of Market
by Will KaneSan Francisco Chronicle
October 21st, 2014
Oakland's City Council will consider legislation to allow the City to fine or sue landlords who harass tenants. Complaints of harassment have increased markedly over the last year.
Candidates Challenged on 'Rent Stabilization'
by Daniel DeBoltMountain View Voice
October 20th, 2014
Local residents challenged Mountain View's City Council candidates on their solutions, or lack thereof, to the rental housing crisis there.
How San Francisco is Forcing its Gay Population onto the Streets
by Sacha FeinmanThink Progress
October 20th, 2014
Ellis Act evictions are forcing LGBTQ tenants from homes they have lived in for decades.
Berkeley Considers Outlawing Pet Restrictions on Rentals
by Carolyn JonesSan Francisco Chronicle
October 19th, 2014
The City Council will consider legislation requiring landlords to accept pets.
Some Oregon Landlords Still Turn Away Section 8
by Bennett HallCorvalis Gazette-Times
October 18th, 2014
A new Oregon law prohibits discrimination against tenants using housing subsidies, but some landlords are still refusing to rent to tenants who use Section 8 vouchers and other subsidies.
Oakland: Report Says 1,300 Soft Story Apartments at Risk of Collapse in Earthquake
San Jose Mercury News
October 18th, 2014
The Oakland City Council will discuss the effect of seismic retrofits on rent-controlled tenants in Oakland.
Toronto's Affordable Housing Shortage Sparks Growth of Illegal Suburban Rooming Houses
by Amanda KwanThe Globe and Mail
October 17th, 2014
Tenants who are forced out of Toronto's core are moving to rooming houses in suburban areas. The City Council has resisted setting standards for these accommodations, as local residents don't want rooming houses to be legalized.
Ted Gullickson's Broader Legacy
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
October 16th, 2014
Ted Gullickson's influence spread far beyond the San Francisco Tenants Union.
On the List, and Not in a Good Way
by Julie SatowNew York Times
October 16th, 2014
Tenant-screening services collect information on tenants who are involved in disputes with their landlords, and this information enables landlords to blacklist tenants. In many cases tenants are blacklisted for going to court to enforce their rights.
East Palo Alto's Rent Control Office Needs Lots of Help and Guidance, New Report Says
by Bonnie EslingerSan Jose Mercury News
October 15th, 2014
A new report to the East Palo Alto City Council says that that city's rent stabilization board is underfunded and needs guidance from the Council.
Landlords Use Questionable Tactics to Evict Low-Income Tenants
by Melanie WoodrowKTVU
October 13th, 2014
Oakland landlords are using questionable tactics, including illegal notices, to evict low-income tenants.
Ordinance Regulating AirBnb-Type Rentals Approved
by David StevensonKTVU
October 7th, 2014
Over the objections of landlord and tenant groups in San Francisco, the Board of Supervisors voted to allow Airbnb rentals in the City. The limits imposed by the City may be unenforceable.
Federal Judge Asks SF to Show New Ellis Act Payouts Don't Take from Landlords
by Chris RobertsSan Francisco Examiner
October 7th, 2014
Judge Charles Breyer has told San Francisco's City Attorney to show that the increased Ellis Act payouts for evicted tenants are not an unconstitutional taking.
Boom and Bust in the City of Gold
by Carl FinamoreCounterPunch
October 6th, 2014
San Francisco's low- and moderate-income residents are being forced from the City by high rents and often-illegal evictions.
Battle Over Increased Ellis Act Payouts in San Francisco to Enter Federal Court
by Chris RobertsSan Francisco Examiner
October 6th, 2014
Landlords are suing in federal court to stop the required compensation for long-term tenants evicted under the Ellis Act. San Francisco's ordinance requires evicting landlords to tenants the difference between their rent and the market rent in their neighborhood.
Tenants Get New Rights to Grow Food
Westside Today
October 4th, 2014
Tenants of one- and two-unit buildings can grow food in containers under a new law signed by the Governor.
As Housing Costs Soar, San Francisco Seeks Ballot Solution
by Ian LovettNew York Times
October 2nd, 2014
San Franciscans will be voting on Prop. G in November, to limit the speculation that is feeding the eviction crisis there.
Renters Group Protests Eviction of Merced Member
by Thaddeus MillerMerced Sun-Star
September 29th, 2014
A Tenants Together member is facing eviction from his apartment in Merced after working to organize his building.
No Appetite for Rent Control among Council Candidates
by Daniel DeBoltMountain View Voice
September 29th, 2014
Candidates for City Council in Mountain View aren't interested in rent control, even though rents there are skyrocketing. TT Executive Director Dean Preston is interviewed for the article.
A California Dream: Not Having to Settle for Just One Bedroom
by Jennifer MedinaNew York Times
September 23rd, 2014
Tenants in Southern California are having to double up, as rents have increased substantially while rents have remained flat. One of the tenants interviewed for the article, Abel Ruiz, is a Tenants Together member.
New York City's Landlord Loan Program is a Mess, According to this Damning Audit
by Jon CampbellVillage Voice
September 23rd, 2014
A low-interest loan program to assist landlords of rent-controlled properties has been abused by landlords receiving the loans, who often take the money but fail to make the necessary repairs.
Rate of Americans Starting Own Households 'Disturbingly Low'
by Nick TimiraosWall Street Journal
September 22nd, 2014
Young people are forming new households at a very low rate, and those who do are sharing rental homes with roommates, rather than buying houses.
Rising Rents and Opposition to Building Spur Discussion of Rent Control in Marin
by Richard HalsteadMarin Independent Journal
September 21st, 2014
The town of Fairfax, where rents increases are displacing long-term residents, has discussed implementing rent control, as residents there are opposed to the construction of new affordable housing.
Divide Between Homeowners and Renters is Growing
by Tim LoganLos Angeles Times
September 18th, 2014
Homeowners have benefited from the recovery in housing prices, while tenants are faced with higher rents.
Still Not Sharing
by Emily DugaleSan Francisco Bay Guardian
September 16th, 2014
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will discuss legislation to regulate Airbnb rentals in the City. In addition to limiting the number of days a unit could be rented, Airbnb rentals would be subject to the City's hotel tax.
Tenants Face Absurd Lawsuits as Low-Fault Evictions Increase
by Emily DugaleSan Francisco Bay Guardian
September 15th, 2014
San Francisco landlords are attempting to evict rent-controlled tenants for silly reasons, such as cooking late at night.
Mayor Lee's Small Sites Program Could Save Tenant's Home
by Andrew SzetoBeyond Chron
September 15th, 2014
A long-term San Francisco tenant's Ellis Act eviction has been rescinded, but the building is now for sale.
Asthmatic Tenant Evicted After 25 Years
Associated Press
September 14th, 2014
A New York public housing tenant is being evicted because her son, who did not live with her, was convicted of a drug crime.
Mentally Ill Tenants Served Notices of Eviction after Nonprofit Stops Paying Bills
by Greg B. SmithNew York Daily News
September 14th, 2014
Mentally ill tenants in New York are being evicted after the nonprofit that is supposed to pay their rent failed to do so. The nonprofit is funded by New York's Office of Mental Health.
Bed Bug Infestations on the Rise--Even in Clean Places
by Joe GoldeenStockton Record
September 13th, 2014
Bed bugs are difficult to eradicate, but landlords are responsible for doing so in California.
Audit Finds Flaws in State Affordable Housing Spending
by Patrick McGreevyLos Angeles Times
September 11th, 2014
The State Department of Housing and Community Development is overspending for affordable housing projects and using funds for projects that provide no affordable housing.
North Sacramento Woman, 4 Kids Face Eviction in Rent Dispute Due to Rodent Problem
by Phillip ReeseSacramento Bee
September 11th, 2014
The Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA) is trying to evict a tenant who is withholding rent because of a rodent infestation.
Alameda: Council to Consider Forming Rent Task Force
by Peter HegartyContra Costa Times
September 10th, 2014
The Alameda City Council will consider the formation of a task force to look at the increasingly high rents there.
North Beach Tenants Find Strength and Friendship as They Fight to Keep Their Homes
by Melanie YoungKALW
September 10th, 2014
North Beach tenants being threatened with eviction have banded together to support one another in fighting for their homes.
Santa Monica Affordable Units Protected Under State Law, Court Says
by Daniel LariosSanta Monica Lookout
September 9th, 2014
Santa Monica can enforce contracts that were entered into prior to 1996, that require landlords to maintain some units as permanent low-income housing.
Landlord Trying to Swap Renters for 'Rich, White Tenants': Suit
by Selim AlgarNew York Post
September 9th, 2014
Section 8 tenants are accusing their landlord of evicting them to gentrify the Brooklyn building in which they live.
More SF Landlords Evicting Tenants Without any Evidence, According to New Housing Report
CBS San Francisco
September 5th, 2014
San Francisco landlords are trying to evict their tenants for reasons ranging from silly to illegal. One faced eviction for cooking late at night, while another faced eviction for having a service animal. Disabled tenants are allowed to have service animals, and it is illegal for landlords to evict disabled tenants for have service animals.
Tenants File Class-Action Lawsuit Against East Palo Alto's Largest Landlord
by Sue DremannPalo Alto Online
September 4th, 2014
East Palo Alto tenants are suing their landlord, Equity Residential, for charging excessive fees for late payments and the like.
East Palo Alto's Biggest Landlord Hit with Class Action Suit for Allegedly Charging Late Rent Fees
by Bonnie EslingerSan Jose Mercury News
September 3rd, 2014
Tenants of Equity Residential are suing their landlord for charging illegal late fees.
Report: SF Sees Spike in Evictions Based on Low-Fault Issues
by Jessica KwongSan Francisco Examiner
September 3rd, 2014
San Francisco's Eviction Defense Collaborative has issued it's second eviction report, and has found that landlords are attempting to evict tenants for reasons such as cooking late at night or having a legal service animal.
Santa Monica Sues Landlord for Alleged Intimidation Tactics
by Daniel LariosSanta Monica Lookout
September 3rd, 2014
A Santa Monica landlord has been sued by the City for intimidating rent-controlled tenants, to force them to give up their units.
Santa Monica Sues Landlord for Intimidating Tenants
by Joanna ClayLos Angeles Register
September 2nd, 2014
Santa Monica is suing a local landlord for harassing and intimidating tenants in an effort to get the tenants to leave their rent-controlled units.
Aging Population Faces Housing Shortage
by Amy HoakMarket Watch
September 2nd, 2014
Adequate housing for seniors is a problem, as many units are unsuitable for the disabled, and affordable housing is in short supply. Younger boomers are at particular risk, as they are less likely to own homes and many don't have children to help them.
Can Working-Class Families Afford to Live in San Mateo County?
by Aaron KinneySan Jose Mercury News
August 28th, 2014
Families in San Mateo County are being evicted so that landlords can increase rents there. Local governments have taken little action to address the problem.
Evictions Soar in Hot Market; Renters Suffer
by Shaila DewanNew York Times
August 28th, 2014
Tenants are being evicted in large numbers, as landlords push rents above what many tenants can pay,
March on the Slumlord: Portland Solidarity Network Brings Community Together to Stand Up to Landlords
libcom.org
August 27th, 2014
The Portland Solidarity Network is helping a tenant to recover her security deposit and rent overpayments from a local landlord.
How Oakland Landlords Fight Rent Control
by Sam LevinEast Bay Express
August 27th, 2014
The procedures of Oakland's rent board, as well as the make-up of the board, favor landlords over tenants, particularly in complex cases.
East Palo Alto Hires Third Rent Control Chief in Three Months
by Bonnie EslingerSan Jose Mercury News
August 26th, 2014
East Palo Alto has hired a new director for its Rent Control Board. The last director left after two weeks, when the City Manager's contract was not renewed.
Surprise, Surprise: SF Falling Far Short on Affordable Housing for Low-Income Residents
by Heather KnightSan Francisco Chronicle
August 25th, 2014
The California Housing Partnership reports that San Francisco needs to construct more than 40,000 units for low-income residents.
You Thought the Mortgage Crisis was Over? It's About to Flare Up Again
by David DayenNew Republic
August 24th, 2014
Mortgage re-sets may lead to a new wave of foreclosures, particularly in communities hard-hit by the collapse of the housing bubble.
Salinas Seniors Face Housing Crisis
by Dennis L. TaylorThe Californian
August 23rd, 2014
Low-income Salinas elders face high housing costs, as there is little housing available, and the government has cut funding for affordable housing construction.
October Trial Set for Challenge by Landlords to SF Eviction Law
by Bob EgelkoSan Francisco Chronicle
August 22nd, 2014
A landlord lawsuit against the increased relocation payments to tenants required under a new San Francisco ordinance will be heard in October.
Judge Denies Restraining Order in San Francisco Rent Case
by Joaquin PalominoReuters
August 22nd, 2014
A judge has refused to issue a restraining order that would put a hold on the San Francisco law requiring larger relocation payments to tenants evicted under the Ellis Act.
Housing Bill to Reduce Marin's Densities Awaits Governor's Approval
by Megan HansenMarin Independent Journal
August 22nd, 2014
A bill that would allow lower densities for affordable housing projects in Marin County has been passed by the Legislature. The bill would make affordable housing production there more expensive.
L.A. Nation's Most Expensive Housing Market
by Gregory J. WilcoxLos Angeles Daily News
August 21st, 2014
Los Angeles has the nation's highest housing costs for tenants.
20 Tenants Protest Eviction from Mission Building Where Shady Manager and Landlord Were Scheming
SFist
August 21st, 2014
Tenants are protesting an eviction, claiming that the building manager has taken rent from tenants, but failed to forward it to the landlord. Some tenants have cancelled checks proving that they paid the rent.
For Low-Income Families, Challenges Keep Growing
by Sally TullyOrange County Register
August 21st, 2014
Low-income families are overpaying for rent, and the government has cut funding for affordable housing construction by 76%.
Tenants Say Property Manager Stole Their Rent
by Joe Rivano BarrosMIssion Local
August 20th, 2014
Tenants are being evicted from their apartments for non-payment of rent even though they claim that the property manager stole their rent payments. Some tenants have canceled checks proving that they paid rent.
Coalition Marches for New Affordable Housing Rules in Harlem
by Tobias SalingerCommercial Observer
August 20th, 2014
A coalition of housing activists and construction union members rallied in support of new affordable housing requirements in New York City.
SF Tenants Rally for Support of Proposition G
by Jessica KwongSan Francisco Examiner
August 20th, 2014
Tenants rallied in support of Proposition G, the anti-speculation initiative on the November ballot.
Study: Orange County Has Shortfall of 118,895 Affordable Homes
by Ben BergmanKPCC
August 19th, 2014
A new study reports that Orange County needs nearly 119,000 affordable homes. However, state and federal funds for affordable housing have largely disappeared.
Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors Ditches Controversial Housing Fees
by Jason HoppinSanta Cruz Sentinel
August 19th, 2014
The Santa Cruz Board of Supervisors has made changes to affordable housing funding and requirements there. However, neither plan has developed much affordable housing in the County.

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