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Merced Tenants Rights Issue Won't Go Away
Merced Sun-Star
July 31st, 2012
The editors of the Merced Sun-Star argue that the failure of Merced's referendum on "just cause" eviction doesn't solve the problem of the violation of tenants rights by lenders and realtors handling foreclosed properties.
New Report: One Million Tenants Directly Impacted by Home Foreclosures
by Aileen JoyBeyond Chron
July 20th, 2012
Tenants Together has released its fourth annual report on the impact on foreclosures on tenants in California.
Renters Fight Merced for Tenant Rights
by Lemor AbramsCBS47 TV
May 25th, 2012
Merced renters packed Merced City Chambers Monday, as council members reconsidered the "Just Cause For Eviction" law that protects renters from being evicted from their homes after foreclosure.
Merced Passes Tenant Protection Law to Stop Arbitrary Evictions After Foreclosure
by Dean PrestonBeyondChron
November 10th, 2011
TT Executive Director Dean Preston explains why Merced's recent passage of a just cause for eviction ordinance is important for tenants.
Our View: Ordinance protects renters
by Merced Sun-StarMerced Sun-Star
The Merced Sun-Star endorses the just cause for eviction ordinance that TT and our Merced activist members have been working for. The ordinance passed on first read November 7.
Parkmerced Residents Speak Out
February 10th, 2011
Tenants Together compiled the following video to counter allegations that "few residents" oppose the demolition of their homes.
Safe Family: Renters' Rights during foreclosure
by Ariel WeslerKSBY News
February 9th, 2011
Renter Sandra Pearson, caught deep in a foreclosure situation she did nothing to create, explains how California's statewide group for renter's rights, Tenants Together, helped her stay in her home.
No Relief In Sight For Tenants In ‘Heat-Less’ Home
CBS News
February 9th, 2011
New York tenants try to cope with freezing temperatures when landlords turn off heat after sunset. Tenants left with little choice turn to dangerous alternatives to stay warm.
Santa Maria landlord forced to pay $1 million for unsafe living conditions
by Monica QuinteroKSBY News
January 14th, 2011
California Rural Legal Assistance filed a lawsuit against a Santa Maria landlord on behalf of 62 tenants who lived in unsafe conditions.
Tenants Together Demands Apology from Tea Party Leader Over Voting Rights Comments
Beyond Chron
December 2nd, 2010
TT Demands Apology from "Tea Party Nation" President Judson Phillips.
Renters' troubles play out in court
by Merrill BalassoneThe Sacramento Bee
November 29th, 2010
The number of unlawful detainer lawsuits, court actions against tenants, has increased by 25 percent over the last five years.
Residents with overdue rent bills facing eviction
by Erin SherbertSF Examiner
November 28th, 2010
The SF Housing Authority's freeze on evictions has come to an end, just before the holidays. Housing Rights Committee Director Sara Shortt explains how this change will affect hundreds of the city's poorest residents.
Landlords face steep fines over nuisances
by Joshua SabatiniSF Examiner
November 17th, 2010
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved legislation that imposes a fine of $1,000 per day to non-compliant landlords who fail to correct nuisances.
Website Exposes Worst Landlords
October 27th, 2010
Sacramento-area news source KCRA investigates local suggested nominees to the Landlord Hall of Shame. TT member and tenants' rights advocate Alison Brennan is quoted.
Chinatown housing project goes green
by Erin SherbertSan Francisco Examiner
October 20th, 2010
Sara Shortt, executive director of the Housing Rights Committee of SF, comments on the San Francisco Housing Authority's energy-saving improvements.
Governor Schwarzenegger Signs Bill That Will Empower Tenants
News Blaze
October 2nd, 2010
Governor Schwarzenegger signed SB 1149, a bill that will protect tenants from negative credit impacts of post-foreclosure eviction cases.
Over 200,000 Renters Affected By Foreclosure
by Channel 3, KCRA NewsChannel 3, KCRA News
September 23rd, 2010
Sacramento renters learn their rights at a Tenants Together meet-up.
Legislature Passes Bill to Protect Innocent Tenants From Having their Credit Ruined by Banks
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
September 15th, 2010
The legislature passed SB 1149, a bill authored by state senator Ellen Corbett (D - San Leandro) that would protect renters from having their credit reports permanently damaged through bogus evictions. The bill currently awaits the governor's signature.
CalPERS must release documents detailing $100 million investment loss
by Thomas PeeleMercury News
September 14th, 2010
A judge ordered the California Public Employee Retirement System, CalPERS, to release documents about how it lost $100 million in a failed real estate project.
Housing Authority not prioritizing Section 8 homes
by Erin SherbertThe Examiner
September 12th, 2010
The San Francisco Housing Authority has not properly inspected Section 8 rental housing units, resulting in hazardous living conditions. This article quotes Sarah Shortt, executive director of the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco, who believes the Housing Authority is setting a "horrifying precedent."
Man involved in housing mess owes $395,000 in taxes
by Brittany LevineThe Orange County Register
August 19th, 2010
Property manager Leo Goldberg rented units out without telling future tenants that the property was going through foreclosure. Goldberg requested advance payments and walked away with them once the bank took over the property. Goldberg is one of California's top 250 delinquent taxpayers.
City Council plays meeting games...
The Sacramento Bee
August 19th, 2010
Members of the Sacramento City Council moved the public comment period, where members of the public can comment on matters not on the agenda, from the beginning of the meeting to the end. Members of the public will have to wait until the entire meeting is almost over, which can be anywhere from two to six hours, to participate.
Walter Lembi dies - led real estate empire
by Andrew S. RossThe San Francisco Chronicle
August 19th, 2010
Infamous San Francisco mega-landlord Walter Lembi died of cancer on Tuesday.
State Bans Wholesale Evictions
by Stephanie KraftThe Valley Advocate
August 19th, 2010
A new Massachusetts law protects tenants caught in the foreclosure crisis through no fault of their own. Banks repossessing properties cannot evict tenants except for lease violations or nonpayment of rent.
Feds offer aid to renters as well as homeowners
by Kathleen PenderThe San Francisco Chronicle
August 15th, 2010
Government programs have provided renters, who make up one-third of households in the US, with stronger protections when the landlord faces foreclosure. This article quotes Ted Gullicksen of the San Francisco Tenants Union, who believes the government should do more for renters in this economy.
Banks help clean up blight in Arlington
by Susan ShrockThe Star-Telegram
August 15th, 2010
After foreclosing on the owner, banks in Texas agree to renovate apartment complexes that had fallen into terrible disrepair under the previous owner.
Roseville tenant: Bank ignoring foreclosure law
by George WarrenABC News
August 14th, 2010
Tenants Together member Christine Pierce stands up to the bank and exercises rights as a tenant in a foreclosure situation.
Number of the Week: Insults and Injury for Renters
by Mark WhitehouseThe Wall Street Journal
August 14th, 2010
Since 2006, the price of renting has increased by 12%. This increase, when combined with tax breaks on mortgage interest for homeowners, suggests that renters are effectively subsidizing homeownership in the U.S.
Bronx News Roundup
by Gina CilibertoBronx News Network
August 13th, 2010
Tenant activists rallied outside the offices of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to demand that they acknowledge their involvement in the displacement of hundreds of tenants in the Bronx.
Vacation Apartment Rentals: Lucrative and Largely Illegal
by Scott JamesThe Bay Citizen
August 12th, 2010
SFTU Director Ted Gullicksen is quoted in this article about the illegal rentals of apartments to tourists.
Mobile home park residents prevail in conversion dispute
by Kevin McCallumThe Press Democrat
August 12th, 2010
The Santa Rosa Planning Commission voted to protect mobile home residents by rejecting the owner's plan to sell rather than rent spaces. Members of the planning commission believed a goal of the conversion was to avoid rent control, thus eliminating much of the city's low-income housing for seniors.
Not all O.C. landlords can raise rents
by Jonathan LansnerThe Orange County Register
August 11th, 2010
Landlords in Orange County are still having a difficult time raising rents.
MetLife on the hook for $215 million in illegal rent at Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village
by Jose MartinezThe New York Daily News
August 6th, 2010
Predatory landlord MetLife, which sold its properties to Tishman Speyer during the 2006 real estate boom, owes millions of dollars to its tenants whose apartments were illegally taken out of the rent regulation program. The apartments were illegally marked up to market rate while the owners were receiving a J-51 tax abatement from the city.
Pols Warn Foreclosed Buildings' Mystery Buyer
by Eileen MarkeyCity Limits
August 4th, 2010
A collection of ten distressed buildings in the Bronx have been purchased by an unidentified party. Tenants and advocates in New York make it known that the new owner should be committed to rehabilitating these homes and preserving them as affordable housing.
Santa Cruz City Council passes rental inspection ordinance; utility tax increase headed for November's ballot
by J.M.BrownSanta Cruz Sentinel
August 3rd, 2010
The Santa Cruz City Council passed an ordinance that will require landlords to register units and open doors for inspections.
Rental Scam Victim Gets Revenge Online
by Shoshana WalterThe Bay Citizen
August 2nd, 2010
Mathew Honan, one of many victims of a rental scam in San Francisco, created a Tumblr website to connect with others who had been cheated out of thousands of dollars by Rachael Smith, who was arrested on July 22. So far, Honan has calculated a total loss of approximately $100,000.
The Hidden Eviction Victims
by Sasha AbramskyDaily Beast
February 9th, 2010
Law-abiding renters often lose their homes when landlords get into mortgage trouble. This report explains how banks, realtors, and courts gang up on families. Tenants Together Program Director, Gabe Treves, was interviewed at length for this piece.
New Court Decision Jeopardizes Affordable Rental Housing
by Dean Preston of Tenants TogetherBeyondChron
July 28th, 2009
Last week, a California Appellate court took a giant step toward eliminating affordable rental housing in communities across California. The Court ruled that a Los Angeles inclusionary housing law was preempted by the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act.
Tenants are the Forgotten Victims of Foreclosure Crisis
by Dean Preston and Sharon KinlawLos Angeles Daily News
July 15th, 2009
In this Op-Ed piece, Sharon Kinlaw of San Fernando Fair Housing Council and Dean Preston of Tenants Together call for banks to stop evicting tenants after foreclosure.
California Foreclosures Jeopardize Renters as Banks Seize Homes
by Ari Levy and Dan
April 6th, 2009
Citing TT's recent report, this article discusses the impact of foreclosure on California renters. The stories of Laura Hecox (Chula Vista) and Genevieve Hilpert (San Francisco) are highlighted. The article also notes that banks are losing over $1 billion annually by not continuing to rent to California tenants after foreclosure.
Rise in Renters Erasing Gains for Ownership
by Rachel L.SwarnsThe New York Times
June 21st, 2008
Front page New York Times article reports that the number of renters is on the rise, while homeownership rates saw the largest decline in twenty years.
Senior Renters Face Lack of Protection, Fewer Options
by Bethania PalmaWhittier Daily News
June 1st, 2008
The Whittier Daily exposes a rising level of homelessness among seniors who cannot afford to pay rents on their apartments.
Man Pays $30K in Rent, Faces Eviction
by Thelma Gutierrez and Wayne GrashCNN
May 29th, 2008
CNN profiles a single mom of eight in Palmdale who faces eviction from her rental after a foreclosure. A Laguna Hills family who has paid $30K in rent since last August also faces eviction because their landlord failed to make mortgage payments.
Mom Forced to Live in Car With Dogs
by Thelma Gutierrez and Wayne GrashCNN
May 20th, 2008
CNN covers the plight of Santa Barbara residents who lost their homes when they could no longer afford to pay rent.

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