Salinas Seniors Face Housing Crisis
by Dennis L. Taylor
, The 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.
Tenants Say Property Manager Stole Their Rent
by Joe Rivano Barros
, MIssion 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.
Three Strikes Tenant Law Repealed by Norristown Council
by Carl Rotenberg
, Times Herald
August 6th, 2014
An ACLU lawsuit has led to the repeal of an ordinance in Norristown PA that would have required landlords to evict tenants after the police had been called to the property three times. An early victim of this legislation was a woman who called the police after her abusive ex-boyfriend came to her apartment.
Lawmakers Vow to End 'Poor Door' Policy at Luxury Buildings
by Amber Jamieson and Yoav Gonen
, New York Post
July 26th, 2014
NYC lawmakers are seeking to end the 'poor door' policy, which allows developers to provide separate--and lesser--entrances to tenants who live in the properties as a result of inclusionary zoning. Developers are allowed additional luxury units in exchange for the low-income units.
East Palo Alto Residents Ask Council to Oust Manager
by Bonnie Eslinger
, San Jose Mercury News
July 15th, 2014
East Palo Alto residents asked the City Council there to find a new City Manager, charging that the present City Manager lacks a commitment to the City's rent law and local control of public safety, the two issues that led to residents forming the City 33 years ago.
East Palo Alto to Seek New City Manager
by Sue Dremann
, Palo Alto Online
July 15th, 2014
East Palo Alto's City Council has decided to replace Magda Gonzalez as City Manager there. Tenants Together argued that she was too close to East Palo Alto's major landlord, and she advocated contracting out the City's police services.
Council Approves Three Housing Measures for November Ballot
by Jonathan Friedman
, Santa Monica Lookout
July 11th, 2014
Three measures on the ballot in Santa Monica will address housing issues. One would allow rent board fees to rise, and another would increase the real estate transfer fee. The third, an advisory vote, would use money from the real estate transfer fee to fund affordable housing.
Linkage Fees Proposed to Double
by Roger Showley
, U-T San Diego
July 9th, 2014
A proposed "compromise" on commercial development fees would produce fewer than 100 units of affordable housing in San Diego, where some 46,000 households lack affordable housing. Housing activists there oppose the proposal.
Goldman Sachs is my Landlord
by Carmen Perez-Lanzac and Elisa Silio
, El Pais
July 4th, 2014
Spain's government is requiring that local authorities sell off public housing there, and the investment groups purchasing them are taking action to maximize their profits.
Panel Backs Increase of One Percent
by Mireya Navarro
, New York Times
June 23rd, 2014
New York City's Rent Board allowed a rent increase of one percent for rent-stabilized units, even though the Board's own analysis showed that previous rent increases had allowed landlords excess profits for several years.