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Mobile-Home Owners Hit with Rent Control Fee
by Kathryn PoythressU-T San Diego
June 28th, 2012
Mobile-home owners in Oceanside will be forced to pay a yearly $60 fee for rent control services. Funds to support Oceanside's rent control program were previously paid from Redevelopment monies.
Oceanside: Mobile-Home Park Owners and Residents Clash over Rent Control
by Ray HuardNorth County Times
April 5th, 2012
Tenants and landlords debate the rent control referendum that would restore Oceanside's mobile home rent controls.
Will Loss Of Redevelopment Funds Hurt Affordable Housing In San Diego?
by Patty Lane, Alison St JohnKPBS
January 11th, 2012
KPBS Radio examines the effect on affordable housing of the State Supreme Court's decision to eliminate redevelopment.
Oceanside pulls $93k from reserve fund for rent control vote
by Nathan ScharnU-T San Diego
January 11th, 2012
The Oceanside City Council on Wednesday decided to take $93,000 from a reserve fund to pay to put to a public vote a plan to phase out rent control for mobile home parks in the city.
Oceanside can't reach decision on selling mobile home park
by Nathan ScharnSignOnSanDiego.com
August 25th, 2011
Unable to reach a majority decision to put the park up for sale, the city will continue to operate the park.
Rent Control To Go On Oceanside’s June Ballot
by Alison St. JohnKPBS
August 18th, 2011
The issue will be on next June’s ballot in Oceanside, thanks to a petition signed by 15,000 residents.
OCEANSIDE: Voters to decide fate of mobile-home rent control ordinance
by Ray HuardNorth County Times
August 17th, 2011
City council will let the voters decide whether to repeal the ordinance. Over 15,000 mobile-home and community residents signed petitions calling for the repeal.
Oceanside council forced to rethink ending rent control
by Nathan ScharnSign On San Diego
August 12th, 2011
Residents of mobile home parks and their supporters gathered far more than the necessary 7,670 signatures to make the city council repeal its 3-2 decision to end rent control when mobile homes change hands, or to put the issue to a public vote.
FORUM: The breaking of the mobile home park compact
by Al CiminoNorth County Times
August 4th, 2011
An Oceanside citizen speaks up for how rent control in mobile home parks protects seniors and people on fixed incomes.
Who is watching the Watchdog? The San Diego U-T “disappears” its own reporting by moving it
by Anna DanielsOB Rag
August 1st, 2011
An Ocean Beach paper questions the correction of a San Diego Union-Tribune story about mobile home park residents who were paid to attend a city council meeting and speak in favor of rent decontrol.
Evicted Holtville tenant wins settlement
by Roman FloresImperial Valley Press
July 28th, 2011
California Rural Legal Assistance wins a settlement in which the court order extends legal protection to all residents of the Klassy Kottages apartment complex.
'Activists' were paid to go to Chula Vista council
by Wendy FrySign On San Diego
July 25th, 2011
At least one third of the people who spoke out in favor of lifting rent control at mobile home parks were paid to attend the city council meeting.
OCEANSIDE: Petitions to repeal rent decontrol qualify for ballot
by Ray HuardNorth County Times
July 15th, 2011
The recently passed rent decontrol measure will go before voters if the council does not repeal it first.
Oceanside changing affordable housing rules to boost building
by Nathan ScharnSignOnSanDiego.com
July 8th, 2011
The decision changes how some fees will be calculated and how “affordable” is defined in the city and repeals a section of city code that says how much affordable housing should be included in some projects.
San Diego Affordable Housing Gets Solar
by Susan DeFreitasEarth Techling
June 24th, 2011
Tenants of a 108-unit building expect to see a 20 percent drop in their electric bills, for a savings of over $100 each year.
Oceanside residents fighting to keep rent control
by Nathan ScharnSign On San Diego
June 22nd, 2011
Mobile home park residents collect signatures to put a city law eliminating rent control to a public vote.
FORUM: Rent control keeps power in balance
by Charles (Chuck) McVayNorth County Times
June 22nd, 2011
An Oceanside resident makes the case for returning rent control to the city's mobile home parks.
OCEANSIDE: City grapples with affordable housing
by Ray HuardNorth County Times
May 28th, 2011
The city is trying to figure out how to meet state and federal affordable housing requirements and provide housing that people on low or moderate incomes can afford.
Oceanside lifts rent control on mobile homes
by James KohFox 5 San Diego
May 20th, 2011
One council member may try to gather signatures to force a special election where residents could vote to rescind the council's decision and save rent control.
OCEANSIDE: Councilman wants to delay rent-control vote
by Ray HuardNorth County Times
May 17th, 2011
Councilman Gary Felien says he wants to give mobile-home park owners and renters time to work out a compromise.
Recession makes renting a nightmare
by Nisa Islam MuhammadThe Final Call
May 14th, 2011
According to a report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, American renters on average must earn over $20 an hour to afford a modest apartment, yet the average renter makes much less.
Erosion of rent control shows waning political power of mobile-home owners
by Logan JenkinsSign On San Diego
May 11th, 2011
A San Diego columnist says the political climate has turned against mobile-home owners and now rests with the park owners.
Approval of vacancy decontrol strikes fear in seniors
by Promise YeeThe Coast News
May 9th, 2011
Oceanside city council ignores the pleas of seniors, veterans, and working poor and votes to remove rent control from mobile home parks.
Councilman calls for rent control phaseout in Oceanside
by Sign On San DiegoSign On San Diego
April 30th, 2011
The battle over rent control in mobile home parks heats up in San Diego County.
Union-Tribune bill tracker: Recycling at apartments
by Lily LeungSan Diego Union-Tribune
April 20th, 2011
A San Frenando Valley assemblyperson wants to give renters access to recycling, but apartments owners say it can be a hardship to provide recycling to multi-unit buildings.
What's making San Diego County rents go up?
by Lily LeungSan Diego Union-Tribune
March 31st, 2011
A minor bump in the job market, along with an influx of former homeowners and recent college grads, all add up to higher rents.
After Downtown Boom, New Sounds Fill Nearby Neighborhoods
by Adrian FloridoVoice of San Diego
March 27th, 2011
Latinos are being pushed out of a traditional Mexican neighborhood in San Diego. Investors buy rental property and convert multi-unit buildings to single-family homes, which the locals cannot afford to buy.
OCEANSIDE: City looks at selling mobile home park
by Ray HuardNorth County Times
March 3rd, 2011
Tenants of the San Diego County mobile home park worry that their rents will rise if a private owner takes over.
Sen. Kehoe introduces bill to allow renters to post political campaign signs
by KFMB-TVKFMB-TV
February 15th, 2011
The legislation is similar to the bill the state senator from San Diego introduced in 2006, and which former Gov. Schwarzenegger vetoed.
Ending redevelopment would hit 16 local cities
by Matthew T. Hall and Roger ShowleySign On San Diego
January 21st, 2011
Some cities receive a majority of their property taxes as redevelopment funds.
The Struggle Ahead: Affordable Housing as a Human Right in San Diego
by Rocky NeptunIndyBay
September 19th, 2010
The United Nations recognizes affordable housing as a human right. Why doesn't the United States?
Calif. Initiative Lets Low-Income Homes Bask in Solar Power
by  Anne C. Mulkern, GreenwireThe New York Times
September 14th, 2010
The installation is good for the environment and gives tenants a break on utility costs.
Oceanside Council denies mobile home subdivision request
by Aaron BurginSan Diego Union-Tribune
September 1st, 2010
Council majority found the move to be an attempt to circumvent the city's rent-control ordinance
HOUSING: Apartment markets improving, for landlords
by Eric WolffNorth County Times
June 1st, 2010
"Tenants may have lost some bargaining power in the San Diego County apartment market, as vacancy rates and average rents leveled off in the latest survey from the San Diego County Apartment Association."
OCEANSIDE: Plan to convert mobile-home park up for debate
by Ray HuardNorth County Times
May 23rd, 2010
Oceanside city planners say a proposal by the owners of Cavalier Mobile Estates to convert their property from a rental park to a resident-owned community is a clear attempt by park owners to circumvent the city's rent control ordinance.
Apartment rents expected to rise in San Diego
by Staff WriterSan Diego News Network
April 7th, 2010
San Diego County has the lowest vacancy levels in the region due to high- priced homes and costly rents, and rents are expected to rise slightly this year, according a USC forecast released Wednesday.
San Diego tenants get no help fighting rats, mold
by Megan BurksHealthyCal
April 4th, 2010
Appalled by the substandard living conditions they found in the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego, community organizers told residents last year that they would take their concerns to the city—literally. Armed with storage-sized freezer bags full of roaches and rats from houses and rental units, healthy homes advocates presented their findings to the San Diego City Council and asked for better housing code enforcement.
Legal Clinic Freezes Foreclosure Eviction
by Anthony ShallatUniversity of San Diego News Center
March 16th, 2010
A recent case argued by students and faculty from the Landlord Tenant Clinic at University of San Diego’s School of Law has won a major battle for California renters fighting foreclosure.
S.D. could require multifamily water meters
by Mike LeeSan Diego Union-Tribune
March 8th, 2010
The San Diego City Council is expected to pass a proposed ordinance that would require separate water meters for each unit in multi-unit housing. According to the article, Studies indicate that renters cut their water use by 15 percent to 39 percent if their water charges aren't folded into their overall monthly bill.
Housing advocates settle suit for disabled renters
by GARANCE BURKSan Diego Source
January 13th, 2010
Thousands of renters with disabilities are poised to get extreme home makeovers thanks to a major settlement ending a federal lawsuit against a development company run by the sons of GOP donor and San Diego Chargers owner Alex Spanos.
WATER: Renters may get water meters, and bills to go with them
by BRADLEY J. FIKESNorth County Times
December 15th, 2009
New and substantially remodeled apartments, condos and other "multifamily" projects in San Diego would be required to have individual water meters, under an ordinance to be introduced early next year.
Very low-income housing hard to find, study shows
by Lori WeisbergSan Diego Union-Tribune
December 1st, 2009
As the economic downturn worsened last year, the nation’s poorest households found it increasingly difficult to find housing they could afford, according to a new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition. In 2007, there were 24 affordable units for every 100 extremely low-income California renters.
ESCONDIDO: Council tries to make rent increase hearings more peaceful New policy urges owners, residents to clear up issues in advance
by DAVID GARRICK North County Times
October 7th, 2009
Aiming to foster better relations between the owners of Escondido's 23 mobile-home parks and the roughly 7,000 residents living in those parks, the City Council adopted a new policy Wednesday that strongly urges park owners to meet with residents before raising rents.
The price is right
by Lori WeisbergSan Diego Union Tribune
September 20th, 2009
San Diego Housing Commission plans to borrow against its housing stock to produce 1,035 additional affordable units throughout the city. Once the $22.5 million project is completed next year, monthly rents will range from as low as $447 for a one-bedroom apartment to $594 to $1,159 for a three-bedroom unit.
Apartments may join recycling programs
Valley News
September 11th, 2009
Legislation that would make recycling available to millions of Californians living in apartment buildings cleared the state Senate last week.
Businesses voice fear of increase in fees for new affordable housing
by Lori Weisberg and Helen GaoSan Diego Union-Tribune
September 3rd, 2009
Some San Diego businesses are trying to prevent an increase in fees levied on commercial development to subsidize new affordable housing. But affordable housing advocates point out that even in good economic times businesses and developers are loathe to increase fees for housing needed to serve their lower-income workers.
ESCONDIDO: Proposed rule changes anger mobile-home park residents, landlords
by David GarrickNorth County Times
August 22nd, 2009
An effort by Escondido city officials to overhaul mobile-home park regulations for the first time since 1965 is opposed by both a group representing the roughly 7,000 residents living in the parks and by the landlords who own Escondido's 23 parks.
Total Recall
by Dorian HargroveSan Diego Reader
August 19th, 2009
Oceanside citizens have successfully reached the ballot in an effort to recall a city councilmember who has sided with mobile park owners looking to abolish rent control.
OCEANSIDE: Mobile home park owner escalates rent feud with city
by Craig TenbroeckNorth County Times
August 11th, 2009
The owners of Cavalier Mobile Estates, a large, rent-controlled mobile home park in Oceanside, have sued the city and its rent review commission for refusing a request to raise rates.
Evicted Tenants Want a Fair Deal
by Michael TurkoKUSI TV San Diego
August 6th, 2009
Reporter Michael Turko speaks with tenants in foreclosure situations who are asserting their rights and with San Diego's Tenants Legal Center.
Renters Left In Lurch When Landlord Defaults
KGTV, 10News.com
July 31st, 2009
10News reports that many renters across San Diego County are getting eviction notices because their landlords are upside down on their loans.
Local Developer Plagued by Fire, Lawsuits and Criminal Charges
by Will CarlessVoiceofSanDiego.org
June 29th, 2009
A San Diego housing developer, the Amerland Group, has been accused of various criminal conduct against its low-income tenants.
Resident to bring low-income housing complaints to Carlsbad City Council
by Stella DavisCurrent-Argus
June 22nd, 2009
Some low-income tenants in Carlsbad are planning to attend a city council meeting in order to bring attention to rent increases that would displace them from the city.
McConville Tenants Take to City Hall
by Kelly Bennettvoiceofsandiego.org
May 21st, 2009
VoiceofSanDiego.org follows the story of tenants dealing with a condo-investment scheme in Ridgecrest, Kern county.
Linda Vista Condos Tied to Alleged Scheme
by Mike Freeman and Lori WeisbergSan Diego Union Tribune
April 24th, 2009
A fourth condo complex in San Diego is linked to an investment scam that puts renters at risk of eviction.
Renters Become Unwitting Victims of the Foreclosure Scheme
by Lori Weisberg and Mike FreemanSan Diego Tribune
April 15th, 2009
This article deals with the tenants of a San Diego condo complex who are dealing with foreclosures.
BBB Says Beware of Local Rental Listing Agency
CBS 8
April 10th, 2009
CBS 8 News in San Diego has put out a consumer alert on a local rental listing company, Rent San Diego Properties.
California Foreclosures Jeopardize Renters as Banks Seize Homes
by Ari Levy and Dan LevyBloomberg.com
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.
Smoke-Free Effort is Honing in on Apartments, Condominiums
by Jeff McDonaldSignOnSanDiego.com
February 9th, 2009
San Diego anti-tobacco groups are lobbying to pass rules and legislation that would restrict smoking in apartments and condominiums.
With Evictions on the Rise, Deputies Make the Rounds to Clear Residents out of Homes
by Teri FigueroaNorth County Times
February 7th, 2009
This article reports on a day of evictions by San Diego County sheriff's deputies.
Men Get Jail for Scamming Renters
by Teri FigueroaNorth County Times
January 26th, 2009
Two men who scammed renters into renting foreclosed homes they did not own were each sentenced to 90 days in jail.
San Diego County Apartment Rentals are Slow, Steady
by Emmett PierceThe San Diego Union Tribune
December 10th, 2008
This San Diego Union-Tribune article examines the current San Diego rental market.
Condo Calamity
by Mike FreemanSan Diego Union Tribune
December 7th, 2008
This article examines the effects of speculators on a San Diego neighborhood that seems particularly affected by the mortgage crisis.
Cuts to Housing Benefits for Elderly Criticized
SignOnSanDiego.com
November 20th, 2008
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports on a press conference by advocates for San Diego's low-income seniors and disabled persons on the Governor's elimination of the renters' rebate.
Low-Income Seniors Feel Squeeze of Higher Rent
by Ronald W. PowellUnion-Tribune Staff Writer
October 8th, 2008
Tenants of several San Diego non-profit and low-income housing developments worry about being able to afford their rent increases. Operators of these non-profit housing developments say that rent increases are necessary to cover rising operations costs.
Rents Climb in Vacancy Squeeze Linked to Foreclosures
by Roger ShowleySignOnSanDiego.com
September 28th, 2008
Vacancy rates in San Diego have dropped, while rents have increased. This article attributes these developments to a rise in San Diego foreclosures.
Will Renters Benefit As Developers Pull Projects From Sales Market?
by Ned RandolphSan Diego Business Journal
September 15th, 2008
This San Diego Business Journal article looks at the possible effects of foreclosures on the San Diego rental market.
Playing the Foreclosure Market
by Michael CorkeryThe Wall Street Journal
August 6th, 2008
This Wall Street Journal article is about a San Diego real estate investment bank which is buying foreclosed properties in San Diego and planning to rent them out until the housing market recovers.
Renter's Caught When Banks Foreclose on Landlords
by Kelly Bennettkelly.bennett@voiceofsandiego.org
August 5th, 2008
Voice of San Diego offers a local account of a family who unknowingly rented a home that had been purchased using fraudulent information and ended up in foreclosure.
Infamous Landlord Hit by First "Boycott"
by Bill AinsworthSignOnSanDiego.com
July 28th, 2008
According to this article, the term "boycott" originated in Ireland when laborers and merchants protested Charles Boycott's evictions of tenants who had complained that their rent was too high.
Two Arrested in Scam Using Vacant Homes
by Kristina DavisSignOnSanDiego.com
July 14th, 2008
Police arrested two Orange County men for fraud, burglary, and illegal use of the Internet when a potential renter alerted them to a Craigslist scheme involving foreclosed properties.
Sober-Living Tenants Caught Off-Guard When Forced To Find New Homes
by Marty GrahamSignOnSanDiego.com
July 12th, 2008
After paying more than $30,000 in rent, tenants of a sober-living complex in San Diego county are forced to find new housing when they lose their home to a foreclosure.
Uptick in County Rental, Vacancy Rates
by Emett PierceSan Diego Union Tribune
June 6th, 2008
According to this San Diego Union Tribune article, apartment vacancy rates and rental rates have both increased over the past year. This article attributes both increases to the rising number of foreclosures.


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