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Landlords renting property in unincorporated Marin are now prohibited from discriminating against people using Section 8 housing vouchers and other third-party housing subsidies. The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted unanimously to adopt a “fair housing” ordinance after conducting a second reading and public hearing on the new law.
  • Section 8 Discrimination
  • Marin
November 9, 2016
A Trump presidency is alarming to California as a whole, and to California renters in particular. The majority of California tenants are women and from communities of color.
  • Rent control
  • Eviction
Tenants of an apartment complex in Redwood City, California, sued its new owner in Federal Court this week, claiming the company bought the property with the intent of kicking out Latinos and appealing to young white and Asian workers in the tech industry. The Buckingham Apartments Tenants' Association sued 180 Buckingham Property and its parent company, Trion Properties, claiming they violated the Fair Housing Act by buying a Latino-dominated apartment complex intending to evict them to make way for white tech workers.
  • Eviction
  • San Mateo
Blanca Retano is one of many Richmond tenants to experience a significant shake-up in their monthly rent this year. This past April, her landlord bumped it up $300-a-month, which jumped the price of her two bedroom to $1,400. She wants to move, but she says it's difficult to find a place for her husband and four kids for less than $2,000 a month. "It's unjust," she told the Express in Spanish, via a translator. She said the landlord doesn't pay attention or fix things, either, which makes it worse. "Hay cosas destruidas, ratones, cucarachas — tenemos muchos problemas con animales."
  • Rent control
Leketha Williams was out of options. When the Oakland, California, mother was evicted and became homeless in May of 2010, she had just enough money to book a hotel for her and her two sons, then aged seven and 12. In the following weeks, she worked to get her children to school on time each morning before carrying all of their belongings from one temporary home to the next, often forced to make dinners for the family out of hotel microwaves.
  • Eviction
  • Alameda
The Sebastopol City Council, worried about pre-emptive rent hikes as it embarks on a study of tenant protection measures expected to last weeks or months, will consider adopting an emergency moratorium Tuesday that would temporarily cap rent increases at about 3 percent a year. The emergency proposal would require four of five council members to vote for approval. If adopted, it would take effect immediately for 45 days, with the possibility of successive time extensions totaling two years altogether.
  • Rent increases
  • Rent control
  • Sonoma
San Mateo and Burlingame residents are boasting some pretty valuable votes this election as more than $1 million has been raised and spent to win them over in a heated battle regarding rent control. Thursday marked the deadline for advocates on both sides to submit campaign finance forms that revealed large amounts of money are being funneled into these two relatively small-city elections. San Mateo’s Measure Q and Burlingame’s Measure R have garnered significant attention from donors across the country and at home.
  • Rent control
  • San Mateo
Since 1986, about 5% of West Hollywood’s rent-stabilized apartment units have been removed from the rental market through the Ellis Act. One in ten units was ultimately returned to the market. The rest were converted into or replaced by a larger number of owner-occupied, market-rate and low-income affordable-housing units. That is according to a new analysis by WeHo by the Numbers based on a recent city report.
  • Ellis Act
  • Eviction
  • Los Angeles
Bay Area resident Joseph Dougherty landed a new job in Los Angeles and needed an apartment fast. A small company out of West Covina called Prime Source Solutions said it had him covered. For $200, Dougherty said the rental agency promised him a sweet deal: It would act like a broker, giving him lists of apartments for rent and then setting up appointments to view them. If he didn’t find a home through Prime, Dougherty said the company vowed to refund most of the money. If he did, that amount would go toward his security deposit.
  • Consumer protections
  • Finding/applying for rental housing
  • Los Angeles
With less than two weeks to go until Election Day, Oakland-based housing activist group Causa Justa :: Just Cause has spent more than $140,000 in support of the measure, city campaign finance records show. Though advocates for the measure expect counter-spending from rental real estate interests, the politically powerful California Apartment Association and affiliated groups have yet to report any spending in Oakland, instead funneling more than $1.5 million into other Bay Area rent control races.
  • Rent control
  • Eviction
  • Alameda
October 19, 2016
The November 2016 election ballot is daunting, to say the least, but there are some real gems at the city and county levels that renters and those who want to fight against gentrification and displacement don't want to miss. We've put together a simple flyer to use when you vote. This year, when you vote, you can help keep tenants in their homes! 5 cities are going to the ballot to pass rent control, which would collectively protect at least 125,000 people from displacement.
  • Rent increases
  • Rent control
  • Eviction
  • Affordable housing
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 13, 2016    **MEDIA ADVISORY** California Apartment Association Lies About Government Agency Position in Anti-Rent Control Mailer, Tenants Protest Tenants protest CAA’s deceptive campaign and will file complaint with the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC)  
  • Rent control
  • Tenant organizing
  • Affordable housing
A bill that could significantly limit the upfront costs of moving into many apartments in Seattle was voted out of a City Council committee Tuesday.
  • Security deposits
  • Beyond California
Record numbers of families are becoming homeless after being evicted by private landlords and finding themselves unable to afford a suitable alternative place to live, government figures show. The end of an assured shorthold tenancy (AST) was cited by nearly a third of the 15,170 households in England who were classed as homeless in the three months to June – a number that was up 10% on the same period last year.
  • Beyond California
  • Eviction
A growing trend in home rentals is leaving some Tampa Bay area tenants with a headache. They say it's nearly impossible to get big company landlords to fix any problems. "It's unbelievable. Unbelievable," said renter Rey Gonzalez. That's how he describes what it's like to deal with his landlord American Homes 4 Rent. He's had troubles from the day he moved into his Brandon home. "I'm not confident in their response to help, address themselves and fix it," Gonzalez said.
  • Beyond California
  • Housing conditions/habitability
Tenant rights advocates in Oakland have joined in a nationwide campaign for affordable housing that would toughen rent controls in Oakland. Promoting Measure JJ on the November city ballot, Oakland demonstrators converged on City Hall as part of a national “Renter’s Day of Action” on September 22. The demonstrators said the city’s character was at stake. They held banners and chanted slogans proclaiming housing as a “human right.” “Oakland is a melting pot, but it won’t be if rent keeps rising,” lifelong Oakland resident Zane Burton said.
  • Rent control
  • Eviction
  • Alameda
Political fervor is boiling over with nearly $1 million being shoveled into fiery campaigns regarding measures Q and R — controversial ballot measures seeking to institute tenant protections. The debate over the merits of rent control has created a deep divide in San Mateo and Burlingame where opposition groups have a steady stream of campaign financing, while proponents are contrasted by a slower trickle of donations.
  • Rent control
  • San Mateo
Outside Housing Court in the Bronx, the line invariably winds down the block, snaking past the vendors at tables hawking cellphone plans and by a man selling moving boxes. Inside, tenants clutching folders of documents, or lugging toddlers on their hips, stagger through the hallways.
  • Civil Gideon
  • Beyond California
  • Eviction
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

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