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"A group of renters and community activists have established a Montgomery County Renters Alliance, saying it will be the first countywide organization to advocate for renters’ rights."
Baltimore blogger quotes stats that may indicate an end to the recent city trend of lower rents.
A billionaire who housing activists say displaced families in Oakland now has his sights on a project in Berkeley.
Alert from CES: As of July 1, 2008, the annual allowable automatic rent adjustment rate for rental units subject to Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) is 3%, and new relocation payment amounts have been set.
A group of tenants’ rights advocates gathered outside the Santa Barbara County Administration Building demanding that supervisors stiffen the rules governing how much relocation assistance landlords have to provide displaced renters and under what circumstances.
"A bill passed by both houses of the State Legislature on Thursday would require New York City landlords to tell prospective tenants about a building’s recent bedbug history."
GMAC Mortgage freezes foreclosures in 23 states due to improper practices.
Join the tenants of the California hotel and their supporters for a protest and rally to stop the eviction of 75 tenants by the nonprofit housing organization Oakland Community Housing, Inc., (OCHI).
Five families in San Francisco's Mission District are facing eviction from their non rent-controlled apartments after a dispute that began last year when a new landlord increased rents by as much as $800 a month.
"As the financial services industry awaits final language in the federal reform bill, housing advocates are wondering if tenant protections will be extended by the legislation. The Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act of 2009, mandates that renters be given 90 days notice before they must leave a property, and in many cases, provides that they may remain for the entire term of the lease."
Chicago organizations work to inform area renters how to assert their rights against banks trying to evict them following a landlord foreclosure.
2013 developments on state legislation relating to renters' rights.
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  • Legislative victories/defeats
Needing to stimulate the economy back to normal with a new "false sense of security," Washington analysts are debating which "bubble" to use.
L.A. police warn residents of a rental scam involving foreclosed properties. Police said the scam artists would pose as property owners, and then collect cash in exchange for a promise to rent homes to victims.
"As the financial services industry awaits final language in the federal reform bill, housing advocates are wondering if tenant protections will be extended by the legislation. The Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act of 2009, mandates that renters be given 90 days notice before they must leave a property, and in many cases, provides that they may remain for the entire term of the lease."
On February 18, 2014, renters and allies united in Sacramento for a march on the Capitol to demand a fair shake for California renters.
  • Renters Rebate
  • Ellis Act
  • Eviction
Assemblymember Hancock's bill would have strengthened protections for tenants against utility shutoffs in foreclosure situations.
East Palo Alto's biggest landlord, Page Mill Properties, suffered a legal setback Tuesday when a San Mateo County judge granted an injunction barring it from raising rents at its properties. Tenants claim Page Mill has set up sham companies to exploit an exemption to rent control for small property owners.

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