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San Francisco Housing Market Booms Bigger Than Ever
by Dan SchreiberSan Francisco Examiner
July 17th, 2012
Both rents and house prices are increasing rapidly in the Bay Area.
Police arrest Occupy protesters in Mission
by Victoria ColliverSFGate
January 15th, 2012
The arrests come after protesters with Occupy SF Housing demand that the bank manager fax a letter to Wells Fargo's chief executive officer calling for a moratorium on home evictions and foreclosures.
With My Rent Increase, I Might Have to Leave San Ramon
by Julie KnightSan Ramon Patch
January 7th, 2012
A Patch columnist faces a steep rental increase and must decide whether or not to continue living in San Ramon.
East Palo Alto seeks to bolster tenant protection
by Gennady SheynerPalo Alto Online News
December 27th, 2011
City considers a way to protect tenants against displacement and discrimination.
Rental scam hits home in Martinez
by Greta MartMarinez News-Gazette
December 22nd, 2011
Impostor landlords fleece tenants then skip town. If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
East Palo Alto drafts law to protect tenants in case new landlord follows Page Mill's lead
by Bonnie EslingerPalo Alto Daily News
December 21st, 2011
In a pre-emptive strike, East Palo Alto is drafting a tenant protection ordinance to prevent the new landlord of 1,812 apartment units from repeating the actions that turned a community against the previous owner.
Owner of Valencia Building at Odds With Tenants
by Rigoberto HernandezMission Loc@l
December 19th, 2011
San Francisco landlord Jack Knowles threatens to evict tenants using the Ellis Act, a state law that allows landlords to take rental units off the market.
San Francisco tenants’ rights protect renters from bad landlords
by Cailie SkeltonGolden Gate XPress
December 13th, 2011
San Francisco State tenants learn the hard way how to assert and protect their rights.
S.F. to use concert cash for housing initiative
by Jill Tucker,Heather KnightSan Francisco Chronicle
December 13th, 2011
Heeding a call for help from San Francisco's record number of homeless families seeking shelter, the mayor's office says it will tap into $500,000 raised during a 2004 Dave Matthews Band charity concert for homeless programs.
Foreclosure dilemma: To pay rent or not?
by Derek MooreThe Press Democrat
December 9th, 2011
Sonoma councilman Ken Brown finds out first-hand what happens to tenants in foreclosed homes.
Building on 24th Street “Deemed Unsafe” Years Before Fire Left Two in Critical Condition
by Juan GomezMission Loc@l
December 5th, 2011
The building that caught fire Thursday morning, critically injuring two, has a long history of building code violations and a pending report in which it is “deemed unsafe,” public records show.
Occupy San Francisco Targets Wells Fargo
by Paul HogarthBeyondChron
December 5th, 2011
OccupySF points its focus toward the housing crisis and how big banks cause displacement and evictions.
Occupy Movement Spreads to Neighborhoods
by Causa Justa :: Just CauseCausa Justa :: Just Cause
December 4th, 2011
OccupySF Housing, a coalition of the city's leading tenant, social justice, and housing rights organizations, including Causa Justa :: Just Cause, together with OCCUPYSF, makes their voices heard.
Another weekend protest by Occupy SF
by ABC7 NewsABC7 News
December 4th, 2011
OccupySF supporters come out to protest bank evictions and predatory lending.
Occupy SF Teams Up With Housing Rights Groups To Spread Message
December 3rd, 2011
Occupy San Francisco protesters team up with local legal and housing rights organizations to spread their message to local neighborhoods.
Occupy SF Protest March Targets Banks, Foreclosures
December 3rd, 2011
Occupy San Francisco protesters team up with legal and housing rights organizations to advocate for housing rights throughout the city.
Berkeley building was site of earlier fire
by Carolyn JonesSFGate
December 2nd, 2011
Officials rule accidental the Nov. 18 fire at Berkeley's Sequoia Building. Many of the 70 residents who lost their homes in the blaze say there were problems at the building.
Miami "Condo King" Wants Berkeley's Public Housing
by Lynda CarsonBay Area Indymedia
December 2nd, 2011
A Bay Area housing justice advocate reports that Berkeley is in talks to sell 75 occupied public housing units to a Florida real estate developer.
In SF's Tight Rental Market, Paying Just to Look
by Scott JamesThe Bay Citizen
December 1st, 2011
In San Francisco's tight rental market, application fees are the new reality.
Couple faces big rent hike, again
by Bill SilverfarbThe Daily Journal
November 30th, 2011
The latest increase the San Mateo couple has received will push their rent to 99 percent more than they paid five years ago.
Section 8 Oakland apartment ruling upheld
by Bob EgelkoSFGate
November 29th, 2011
Residents of Park Village Apartments win an appeal by the owner, who wanted to evict them to bring in higher-paying tenants.
East Palo Alto council strengthen tenant protection law
by Bonnie EslingerPalo Alto Daily News
November 24th, 2011
With the sale of more than half of the city's rental units to a big landlord seemingly imminent, East Palo Alto officials consider strengthening a law that compensates tenants evicted under the Ellis Act.
San Francisco's Homeless Black Youth Invisible
by Peter SchurmannNew America Media
November 14th, 2011
San Francisco's advocates for homeless people a growing number of young African Americans are becoming homeless as the ongoing recession and nationwide trend of urban black flight erodes access to traditional safety nets.
Equity prepares to buy East Palo Alto apartments
by Gennady SheynerPalo Alto Online
November 11th, 2011
Residential giant owned by a rent control opponent is set to purchase 1,812 units in Woodland Park before the end of the year.
The odd evictions at Parkmerced
by Rebecca BoweSan Francsico Bay Guardian
November 8th, 2011
Suddenly, low-income tenants in the neighborhood slated for demolition and redevelopment could lose their homes over water, garbage fees that may not even be legitimate.
Larkspur tenant wins $1.1 million in negligence suit against landlord
by Gary KlienMarin Independent Journal
November 4th, 2011
The landlord failed to install and handrail and keep stairs clear of slippery algae, so tenant receives compensation for wages lost as a result of the fall.
The Hiring Hall and Home Defense: A Powerful Linkage
by Peter OlneyBeyondChron
November 4th, 2011
The Director of Organizing for Local 13 highlights the connection between job loss and home loss.
Split council walks away from affordable housing fee
by Daniel DeBoltMountain View Voice
November 3rd, 2011
Mountain View City Council is split over whether to pursue a new affordable housing fee for developers.
Official: Silicon Valley Apartment Deal ‘Scares This Community to Death’
by Dawn WotapkaThe Wall Street Journal
November 2nd, 2011
East Palo Alto residents and city officials worry that Equity Residential will demolish the rent-controlled housing it is buying from Wells Fargo, only to rebuild luxury apartments to attract high Silicon Valley rents.
Renters affected when landlord faces foreclosure
by Jamie
October 31st, 2011
From being asked to leave a home in foreclosure to falling victim to scams on online rental markets like Craigslist, to trying to find affordable rent in a market glutted with renters, tenants find themselves negotiating a whole new landscape.
S.F. woman sentenced for swindling renters
by Vivian HoSFGate
October 29th, 2011
A San Francisco woman who swindled 18 potential apartment renters out of $110,000 is sentenced to two years behind bars.
SF SRO residents lose individual mail lawsuit
by Bob EgelkoSFGate
October 27th, 2011
Judge dismisses tenants' claims that mail and government checks get lost in current system.
Bay Area rents are rising
by Eve
October 20th, 2011
Rents are climbing sharply in the East Bay, Santa Clara and San Mateo as the number of renters increases, too.
Parkmerced accused of unfairly targeting residents for eviction
by Sarah GantzSan Francisco Examiner
October 14th, 2011
The eviction notices come as Parkmerced prepares a $1.2 billion redevelopment that the SF Board of Supervisors approved in May on the condition that management provide greater protection for current tenants.
Tim Lincecum Joins the Ranks of Blacklisted Tenants
by Dean PrestonBeyondChron
October 13th, 2011
The San Francisco Giants star pitcher joins the ranks of renters whose credit records are damaged by unsubstantiated landlord accusations.
East Palo Alto mayor, pastor oppose sale of low-income housing
by Valerie SchmalzCatholic San Francisco
October 12th, 2011
Wells Fargo Bank plans to sell half of East Palo Alto’s low-income housing to a real estate company whose founder is a billionaire opponent of rent control – and whose representatives reportedly told the city’s mayor it plans to gentrify in one to five years.
City Ignores Illegal In-Law Apartments
by Katrina SchwartzNeighborhood Newswire
October 11th, 2011
Some affordable housing advocates say that this underground market provides a critical source of affordable housing in a pricey city and reduces demand for city-sponsored housing.
Homeless Activists Take Over Cathedral Hill Hotel
by Andrew DaltonSFist
October 11th, 2011
Housing rights activists are joined by Occupy SF protestors in the action, part of World Homeless Action Day.
Low-income tenants face possible eviction at Parkmerced
by Rebecca BoweSan Francisco Bay Guardian
October 7th, 2011
The issue comes on the heels of SF Board of Supervisors approval for a controversial housing development project that TT and other groups opposed.
No decision yet on Telegraph Hill project
by Tony K. LeTigre Bay Area Reporter
October 6th, 2011
Two San Francisco tenants have the backing of neighborhood preservationists as they fight a construction eviction.
Tenant buyouts making a comeback
by John C. OsbornMission Loc@l
October 2nd, 2011
Buyouts sound good on the surface, but may not cover all the costs of finding and renting a new apartment.
Wells Fargo will sell 1,800 East Palo Alto rental units despite city's plea to wait
by Bonnie
September 30th, 2011
The sale goes through despite tenant and city council pleas not to sell to rent-control opponent Samuel Zell.
Former tenants sue Marchi Farms
by Mark NoackHalf Moon Bay Review
September 29th, 2011
Migrant workers who live in farm-owned rental housing allege a litany of health violations.
East Palo Alto seeks to halt apartment sale
by Gennady SheynerPalo Alto Online
September 23rd, 2011
City protests Wells Fargo's plan to sell 1,800 units to a single buyer.
Wells Fargo Now "Zells Fargo"? E. Palo Alto Residents Rally to Protect Affordable Housing
by Alison MorenoBay Area Indy Media
September 21st, 2011
East Palo Alto residents demonstrate at city hall and at Wells Fargo's San Francisco headquarters, calling for the bank to stop the sale of rent-controlled units to a company run by a rent control opponent.
East Palo Alto asks Wells Fargo to rethink selling 1,800 rental units to equity firm
by Bonnie
September 21st, 2011
EPA city council joins the movement to prevent Wells Fargo from selling 1,800 rent-controlled apartments to a company owned by rent control opponent Samuel Zell.
Squatting with a cause
September 15th, 2011
San Francisco collective Homes Not Jails pairs abandoned buildings with people who need housing.
“Defunding HRC Is Not Politically Possible” – Mayor’s Housing Director to SFHA Executive Director
by Larry BushCitiReport
September 13th, 2011
The director of San Francisco's Housing Authority takes issue with tenant advocacy group Housing Rights Committee for requesting SFHA documentation about the condition of the agency's housing units.
Rental complaints up, so town council reacts
by Judy
September 13th, 2011
Housing rights group Project Sentinel says rental complaints are up dramatically in Los Gatos.
American Canyon council adopts mobile home rent control ordinance
by Rachel Raskin-ZrihenTimes-Herald
September 9th, 2011
Mobile home residents win rent control in this Napa County town.
Rancho residents can’t afford rent hike appeal
by Sean ScullyThe Weekly Calistogan
September 8th, 2011
Residents of the Rancho de Calistoga mobile home park say they want to appeal a recent decision hiking their rents $60 per month, but they cannot afford to do so without help.
Oakland landlord gets prison for soliciting arson
by Henry K. LeeSFGate
September 1st, 2011
Richard Earl Singer gets just over two years in federal prison after pleading guilty to trying to hire someone to burn down Hotel Menlo.
S.F. apartment rental scam nets guilty plea
by Henry K. LeeSFGate
August 30th, 2011
Rachael Marie Smith, who authorities say bilked would-be apartment renters of $110,000, is ordered to pay full restitution and spend time behind bars.
Residents Protest Sale of Apartments to "Vulture Capitalist"
by Bay Area IndymediaBay Area Indymedia
August 28th, 2011
East Palo Alto tenants and supporters speak out against Wells Fargo's plan to sell their homes to Sam Zell, an opponent of rent control.
VIDEO: East Palo Alto residents protest sale of apartments
by Gennady SheynerPalo Alto Online
August 23rd, 2011
Residents and activists riled by Wells Fargo's plan to sell about 1,800 units to Equity Residential rally in East Palo Alto.
East Palo Alto Residents Tell Equity to Take A Hike
by Sharon SimonsonThe Registry
August 22nd, 2011
Residents of East Palo Alto are seeking to overthrow a plan by Wells Fargo & Co. to sell more than 1,800 rent-controlled apartments to Equity Residential, a national multifamily landlord that owns and manages more than 120,000 apartments nationwide.
EPA tenants rally against proposed apartment sale
by Gennady SheynerPalo Alto Online
August 22nd, 2011
East Palo Alto residents and tenant advocates will take it to the streets this afternoon to protest Wells Fargo Bank's potential sale of about 1,800 units in the Woodland Park neighborhood to the investment fund Equity Residential.
East Palo Alto tenants fear they may get new landlord worse than Page Mill
by Bonnie
August 20th, 2011
Tenants who thought they had it bad under former landlord Page Mill Properties are worried that things may get worse if their East Palo Alto apartments are sold to a Chicago-based company whose controversial chairman is an outspoken foe of rent control.
Rent ordinance approved in American Canyon
by Rachel Raskin-ZrihenTimes-Herald
August 18th, 2011
City Council gives preliminary approval to the Mobile Home Rent Stabilization Ordinance. Final approval is expected Sept. 6.
Rent Hike for Mobile Home Park?
by Adelaide ChenMilpitas Patch
August 17th, 2011
Friendly Village in Milpitas doesn't sound so friendly when the property owner proposes to raise the rent. The move would alter the current rent control ordinance enforced by the city.
Unemployed and low-income East Bay renters teeter on the edge
by Rick RadinContra Costa Times
August 15th, 2011
Bay Area Legal Aid of Oakland says it handled 46 percent more eviction cases for non-payment of rent in 2010 than the year before.
S.F. apartment rent rises as vacancy rates fall
by Carolyn SaidSFGate
August 11th, 2011
Two-thirds of San Francisco residents are renters, and those looking for a new place face fierce competition. Eighteen people recently showed up to an open house for a $1,400 studio.
Tenants falsely accused are threatened with eviction by EBALDC
by Lynda CarsonBay Area Indymedia
August 10th, 2011
One of Oakland's largest non profit developers is threatening to evict tenants, saying they denied the building manager entry into their rental units.
Will Wells Fargo Sell East Palo Alto to Vultures?
by Dean PrestonBeyondChron
August 10th, 2011
TT Executive Director Dean Preston explains the danger to renters if Wells Fargo sells rent-controlled housing in East Palo Alto to another predatory lender. Sign our online petition.
Offenders must move from Vacaville complex
by Catherine BowenThe Reporter
August 7th, 2011
When a school moves into the neighborhood, registered sex offenders have to move out, even if they have nowhere to go.
Red tagged and homeless
by Michael MooreMorgan Hill Times
August 5th, 2011
When a city declares a home uninhabitable, a family becomes homeless.
Parkmerced issue won't make it on November ballot
by Will KaneSF Gate
July 30th, 2011
Housing justice activists fall 1,500 signatures short of giving San Francisco voters the chance to vote on the controversial development project.
Civil Grand Jury: Parkmerced tenant protections 'just talk'
by Rebecca BoweSan Francsico Bay Guardian
July 28th, 2011
The SF Civil Grand Jury report to the Board of Supervisors says "Tenants will live under a cloud of uncertainty, possibly for years."
Oakland tenants harassed over $2.5 million renovation scheme
by Lynda CarsonIndy Bay
July 28th, 2011
Oakland non profit housing developer continues to harass tenants with bogus notices over a $2.5 million renovation scheme at a 21 unit residential building.
Hotel Petaluma developer defaults on loan
by Lori A. CarterThe Press Democrat
July 28th, 2011
Tenants in a residential hotel face an uncertain future when the landlord is sued by his lender.
Miguel Wooding, Founder and Executive Director of Eviction Defense Collaborative, Dies
by Paul HogarthBeyondChron
July 26th, 2011
San Francisco housing rights advocates and activists mourn the loss of a great leader and good friend.
Reports Shows San Jose Rents Soar
July 24th, 2011
San Jose metro area rents jumped 12.6 six percent from last year and the region has the highest average rent among the 43 metro areas surveyed, at more than $1,700.
Influx of workers drives up rental rates in San Francisco and San Mateo County
by Dan SchreiberSan Francisco Examiner
July 24th, 2011
The Bay Area appears to be heading back to a dot-com-era housing shortage, with high-paid workers having the advantage in a scarce apartment market.
Tenant Groups Advise Wells to Tread Lightly in East Palo Alto
by Sharon SimonsonThe Registry
July 23rd, 2011
Housing advocates from San Francisco to New York City are warning banker Wells Fargo not to insist the winning bidder pay such a high price that the only financially viable business model is redevelopment and aggressive landlord efforts to push rents up as fast as possible.
Sale close on 1,800 former Page Mill properties in East Palo Alto
by Bonnie EslingerContra Costa Times
July 23rd, 2011
Tenant activists fear anew wave of evictions and subsequent rent hikes.
Tenderloin Unites to Take Back Lower Turk
by Jonathan NathanBeyondChron
July 14th, 2011
Residents of a tough San Francisco neighborhood call for police to crack down on violence and drugs and make their home more livable.
Parkmerced Tenants File Suit Against City Over Redevelopment Plan
by Dan McMenamin, Bay City NewsSF Appeal
July 12th, 2011
The move comes just days after housing advocates deliver 19,000 signatures to City Hall to put a referendum on the November ballot to repeal the Parkmerced redevelopment.
Oakland hotel owner pleads guilty in arson plot
by Associated PressSF Gate
July 12th, 2011
Federal investigators said Richard Earl Singer told an informant that he wanted the seven-story Hotel Menlo destroyed in order to get the maximum insurance payout.
San Francisco's Human Rights Commission Seeks To Designate Ex-Cons A Protected Class
by Aaron SankinSF Appeal
July 11th, 2011
Protection means that landlords would be prohibited from asking about conviction records on rental applications.
Woman on the lam from tenant-scamming charges
by Henry K. LeeSF Gate
July 11th, 2011
The San Francisco woman who took thousands of dollars from more than a dozen would-be tenants is wanted for numerous charges of grand theft and obtaining money under false pretenses.
Tenants Drop Off Referendum On Parkmerced At City's Dept Of Elections
by Bay City
July 8th, 2011
Tenants and advocates collect over 19,000 signatures to stop the demolition of a historical, diverse, working class neighborhood.
Dispute pits LGBT seniors vs. low-income renters
by Matthew S. BajkoBay Area Reporter
July 7th, 2011
Changes in a development agreement mean senior housing could come at the cost of affordable apartments for people living with HIV, LGBT youth, or low-income queers.
Takeover of Abandoned SRO at 20th and Mission Leads to Scuffle, One Arrest
by Heather SmithMission Loc@l
July 4th, 2011
Homes Not Jails occupies an building, vacant for 19 years, to illustrate how state and local laws can clash with affordable housing needs.
Demolition ban on November ballot, Parkmerced could be impacted
by Will KaneSF Gate
June 22nd, 2011
San Francisco supervisors put an initiative on the November ballot that would ban the demolition of sound rental housing. The ban may also reverse the planned demolition of Parkmerced.
New Report Finds Marin is the Most Unaffordable County in the Nation for Renters
by Tina DuongIndyBay
June 20th, 2011
Marin County tops the list of the nation’s least affordable rental markets with over 60 percent of its renters unable to afford a two-bedroom apartment, according to a report.
New Report Finds Marin is the Most Unaffordable County in the Nation for Renters
by Tina DuongIndy Bay
June 20th, 2011
Over 60 percent of Marin County renters are unable to afford a two-bedroom apartment, according to a nationwide comparison of how much money a household must earn to afford to rent a modest home.
Matter of Mail Delivery at S.R.O. Hotels Is Stuck in Court
by Aaron GlantzThe New York Times
June 17th, 2011
The City of San Francisco takes on the U.S. Postal Service for refusing to deliver mail to mailboxes in single room occupancy hotels.
PG&E holds renter responsible for big bill
by Michael FinneyKGO-TV San Francisco
June 14th, 2011
Some renters are surprised to find themselves on the hook for other tenants' utility charges.
Mayor signs Parkmerced, opponents ready to get out the vote
by Will KaneSF Gate
June 13th, 2011
Tenants advocates launch a petition drive for a ballot measure to block the Parkmerced redevelopment plan, which would destroy sound rental housing.
Editorial: Mayor Ed Lee should veto the Parkmerced development agreement
by Bruce BrugmanSan Francisco Bay Guardian
June 7th, 2011
The Parkmerced project is flawed not just because it amounts to the planned demolition of working-class family housing, but also for the other impacts it will have on the neighborhood.
Did Supervisors Violate the Brown Act in Rush to Approve Parkmerced?
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
June 7th, 2011
San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu may face legal challenges for a backroom deal he made with developers to push through the flawed Parkmerced project.
Victims of rental scam in San Francisco may see cash from woman who bilked them
by Mike AldaxSan Francisco Examiner
June 6th, 2011
Rachael Marie Smith, who bilked four people out of thousands of dollars, is expected to strike a plea bargain that involves returning money to her victims.
Vote your vote away
by Carly NairnSan Francisco Bay Guardian
May 31st, 2011
Key tenants protections could be at risk if San Francisco Sup. Wiener convinces voters to give the Board of Supervisors the authority to change or repeal voter-approved measures.
S.F. Supes Elsbernd and Farrell get personal
by John CoteSF Gate
May 31st, 2011
This City Hall roundup includes a note about San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee's interest in creating a condominium-conversion fee -- which tenant advocates oppose. Mayor Lee is a former tenant advocate.
Oakland's Marin Way Court tenants are targeted by Arroyo & Coates for displacement
by Lynda CarsonIndyBay
May 25th, 2011
Residents of the housing complex protest its sale to a real estate firm the residents say is trying to frighten them out of their homes.
David Chiu Strikes Deal with Developer To Demolish Over 1,500 Rent Controlled Units at Parkmerced
by Dean PrestonBeyondChron
May 25th, 2011
TT Executive Director Dean Preston says that with this vote the Board of Supervisors president steps away from a formerly good record on tenant issues.
Parkmerced Plans Approved; Tenants Threaten to Sue
by Zusha ElinsonThe Bay Citizen
May 25th, 2011
San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu cuts a deal with developers to win the votes needed to demolish 1,500 homes.
S.F. supervisors should delay vote on Parkmerced
by Michele MagarSan Francisco Chronicle
May 23rd, 2011
Parkmerced Action Coalition attorney Michele Magar explains why many residents oppose the development plan that is up for a vote May 24.
Right path on San Francisco's Parkmerced
by San Francisco ChronicleSan Francisco Chronicle
May 23rd, 2011
A San Francisco Chronicle editorial about the Parkmerced development plan.
San Francisco supervisors set to make call on Parkmerced project
by Dan SchreiberSan Francisco Examiner
May 23rd, 2011
The vote follows the release of a Civil Grand Jury report that found the project's rent controlled units are not protected by any law, just the developer's word.

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