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"Montgomery County officials are resisting extensive changes to housing policies -- primarily rent control -- presented in a report Tuesday that outlines ways to keep renters from being priced out of the wealthy suburb."
The New York Observer responds to a New York Post article on elderly tenants in rent-controlled units.
San Francisco housing rights activists bring media attention to a building left empty while at least 6,000 San Franciscans go unhoused.
A new San Francisco law require sellers and purchasers to give tenants written disclosure of certain tenant rights before and after the sale of rental property.
Richmond, CA – Confirming thirty years of legal precedent, this Monday Hon. Judge Craddick denied the California Apartment Association's (CAA) motion for preliminary injunction to stall rent control and just cause for eviction in Richmond, Measure L. The implementation of Measure L will now continue with the appointment of a rent board.  Measure L passed with 65 percent support, but the CAA filed a lawsuit asking for an injunction against the implementation.  
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SB 290 would preserve the requirement for a 60-day notice to terminate tenancy in "no fault" evictions.
"WHITE PLAINS - Tenants in regulated apartments in Westchester will see no rent increases for both one- and two-year leases in the coming year under a decision tonight by the Westchester Rent Guidelines Board."
The Wall Street Journal zeroes in on statistics listed in a New York Post story about elders in rent-controlled apartments.
According to The Onion, aristocrats are moving in on nation's gentrified neighborhoods. Aristocrats, in turn, complain that they are being subject to "regification."
Proposal calls for banks to continue renting to tenants after foreclosure and to act as responsible landlords.
"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."
In the 35 years they have been protected by rent control, Washington, D.C. tenants have still had to fight for their rights.
Causa Justa :: Just Cause to participate in Occupy San Francisco, in support of housing justice.
A hearing will be held this Tuesday, July 1st at 2:00 PM with the LA City Council Planning and Land Use Management committee (PLUM) and Housing, Community Economic Development (HCED) committee. The hearing will address a proposal to reduce tenant relocation payments in "no-fault" evictions.
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."
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.

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