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On Tuesday night, the Mountain View City Council is poised to strengthen the city's tenant relocation ordinance, a policy that is a key component of Measure W. Revisions to the policy will determine how aggressively city leaders want to discourage evictions.
  • Relocation payments
  • Eviction
  • Santa Clara
Opponents of Santa Rosa’s new rent control law appear to have submitted enough signatures to suspend the law and put the issue before voters. A local property manager aligned with the California Apartment Association, which advocates for landlords statewide, turned in five boxes of petitions apparently bearing 12,543 signatures at City Hall Monday morning, Santa Rosa City Clerk Daisy Gomez said. Petition gatherers needed to submit 8,450 signatures of registered voters by Thursday to force the City Council to either repeal the law or send it to a citywide vote.
  • Rent control
  • Sonoma
Four seats are opening up on the Santa Rosa City Council this year, and with two incumbents bowing out, voters soon will have a significant say in the political priorities for the North Coast’s largest city. Housing, homelessness, roads and cannabis regulation are all on voters’ minds this year, but one issue is dominating the city’s political discourse: rent control. The controversial policy, passed Aug. 29 and set to go into effect Friday, has not only split the City Council down the middle, but it has sharply divided the six candidates, as well.
  • Rent control
  • Sonoma
Over 100 tenants of the Creekview condominium complex at 3535 El Portal Drive have 60 days to find a new home. They are being forced to move out as a result of a mass eviction by the complex owner, PMI Property, a Beverly Hills investment company. PMI gave tenants until October 15 to vacate the property so the apartments can be renovated due to extensive mold damage. But tenant Eric Hattrup believes Richmond’s November ballot Measure L, which would limit evictions and impose rent control, is the other reason he and other tenants are being thrown out now.
  • Rent control
  • Eviction
  • Contra Costa
The newest story in our occasional coverage of extraordinary cases of evictions and rent hikes in and around the Upper Haight is that of Kate Lust, who's been living at 544 Clayton St. (pictured above) for 22 years. On June 3rd, Lust received a notification from her landlord that her rent is being raised from $3,105 to $8,500 per month—a 174 percent increase over what she's been paying.
  • Rent control
  • Eviction
  • San Francisco
It was National Renter Day of Action on Thursday, and there were dueling rallies on the Peninsula, where the housing crisis has become politcial, with looming rent control initiatives on the November ballot. Measures Q and R would limit rent increases and no-cause evictions in San Mateo and Burlingame, respectively. On Thursday, Ruby Blake said she's not sleeping at night because of an eviction notice she received. Instead, she's up three or four times a night praying. "It can happen like that," Blake said. "If we don't find anything, we will be homeless."
  • Rent control
  • San Mateo
San Francisco officials are claiming victory in a dispute with federal housing officials regarding a city effort to combat gentrification. The city had aimed to help low-income residents secure preferences when applying for a new senior housing complex; this week the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced it will allow an "anti-displacement" preference for residents living in certain neighborhoods experiencing rapid gentrification.
  • Affordable housing
  • San Francisco
September 23, 2016
Advocates for the implementation of a rent control policy joined the like-minded in 45 other cities nationwide, taking to the streets of downtown as part of a national day of action on Thursday, September 22.
  • Rent control
  • San Diego
On Thursday, just days after city officials adopted Denver’s first dedicated affordable housing fund, community organizers marched to demand rent control from state lawmakers.
  • Rent control
  • Beyond California
Five Bay Area cities will be voting on whether to implement rent control in November, but a California law has long-restricted rent control statewide. Five cities, five ballot propositions all with the goal of stopping big rent increases and protecting tenants. The proposition in Burlingame says they’ve suffered from unreasonable rent increases, in San Mateo it says exorbitant rent increases, in Mountain View, excessive rental increases, in Richmond it says housing has reached a crisis level, and in Alameda, it says high rents are an immediate threat to the public.
  • Rent control
  • Costa Hawkins Act
Curtis Jeter recalls fearing for his future when his new landlord told him he must move from his South Los Angeles apartment because the building in the gentrifying neighborhood would no longer be for rent. In early August, when Los Angeles developer CIM Group offered the West Adams resident $8,000 if he left his rent-controlled unit within 30 days, Jeter quickly signed a buyout agreement.
  • Eviction
  • Los Angeles
September 23, 2016
Hundreds of tenants and advocates marched through several Boston neighborhoods Thursday afternoon as part of a nationwide rally calling for regulations to protect low- and middle-income residents from being forced out by rising rents. Across from City Hall, organizers from the Right 2 Remain Coalition delivered a symbolic human rights violation citation and eviction notice to the Greater Boston Real Estate Board, accusing the industry group of thwarting affordable housing efforts.
  • Tenant organizing
  • Beyond California
San Diegans marched to city hall to hand over 5,000 petitions calling for rent control and 200 code compliance complaints against slumlords. Renters and activists gathered at 4th and Broadway in downtown San Diego Thursday afternoon. They said they were fed up with slumlords and were demanding action. This rally is part of a national day of action, calling for a freeze on all rent increases and a national livable rent standard to keep rents to 30 percent of a families' income.
  • Rent increases
  • Housing conditions/habitability
  • Affordable housing
  • San Diego
September 22, 2016
The lack of affordable housing across the country has gained increasing attention in recent months. A report released earlier this year by the personal finance website SmartAsset found that in 12 of the top 15 US cities, rents had increased from 2015 to 2016. In some places, rent prices skyrocketed; San Francisco, Seattle and Miami all had increases of over 7 percent. In Los Angeles, average rental rates went up 17 percent.
  • Rent control
  • Tenant organizing
  • Eviction
  • Affordable housing
More than 110 million people in the United States are renters – a reflection of how the American dream of owning a home has increasingly become a fantasy. And many of those renters who cannot afford to buy a house are straining to pay rents that consume more and more of their incomes. According to Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, one-quarter of renters in the U.S. pay more than half of their earnings on housing.
  • Rent increases
  • Rent control
  • Tenant organizing
  • Eviction
  • Affordable housing
In a dramatic meeting in mid-September, the Richmond City Council rejected an emergency 45-day moratorium that would have stopped the evictions and high rent increases, a major force that is driving out of this Easy Bay city hundreds of medium and low income residents. The timid resolution proposed by councilwoman Gayle McLaughlin, was defeated with a vote of three against and four in favor. It needed a super majority.
  • Eviction
  • Contra Costa
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  • Tenant organizing
Protesters picketed the offices of the California Apartment Association in Santa Rosa on Thursday to call attention to what they say are fraudulent efforts by petition gatherers trying to overturn the city’s new rent control law.
  • Rent control
  • Sonoma
As housing costs increase across the state, a slim majority of Oregon voters support repealing the statewide ban on rent control — with the most support being in the Portland area. According to a new poll by DHM Research, 52 percent of statewide voters support eliminating the existing ban on rent control. Support is highest in the Portland area, where 58 percent support a change in Oregon laws to allow cities and counties to enact their own rent control policies.
  • Rent control
  • Beyond California
Seeking to protect Los Angeles renters from unscrupulous landlords, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday voted to require landlords to tell tenants of their rental rights during so-called “cash for keys” deals. Under the new law, landlords seeking to remove tenants from rent-controlled properties with cash offers must now draw up buyout agreements with those renters. A copy must be filed with the city. Additionally, tenants may back out of the agreement for any reason within 30 days.
  • Relocation payments
  • Los Angeles

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