Florida Tenant Protections Face Alarming Deadline
by Kim Miller
, Palm Beach Post
December 9th, 2014
The federal Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act will expire at the end of 2014, unless Congress votes to extend the legislation. While California tenants have those protections under state law, many other states have no legislation benefiting tenants in foreclosed properties.
Donald Sterling Sued Over Bedbugs
by Matt Reynolds
, Courthouse News Service
November 25th, 2014
Donald Sterling, named to TT's Landlord Hall of Shame in 2010 and banned for life from the NBA for racist conduct in 2014, is being sued by an African American tenant for refusing to treat the tenant's apartment for bedbugs.
Galt Motel Residents Fight Evictions
by Carlos Saucedo
, KXTV 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.
Renters Overlooked Because of Race
by Jaclyn Kelley
, WWLTV (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.
Lainez Stops 4th Ellis Eviction
by Randy Shaw
, Beyond 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.
On the List, and Not in a Good Way
by Julie Satow
, New 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.
Ordinance Regulating AirBnb-Type Rentals Approved
by David Stevenson
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.
Still Not Sharing
by Emily Dugale
, San 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.
Aging Population Faces Housing Shortage
by Amy Hoak
, Market 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.
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.