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Alameda Landlord Who Evicted 33 Tenants Slams Councilmembers
by Steve TavaresEast Bay Express
December 8th, 2015
An Alameda landlord whose actions led the City Council to close a loophole he had exploited read out the Council in an email.

Fresno Leaders Committed to Fix "Third World" Conditions at Summerset Apartments if 'Slumlord' Doesn't Step Up
by Rory AppletonFresno Bee
November 30th, 2015
Frenso's City Council is looking at options to address code violations at an apartment complex where the tenants have been without heat, hot water and cooking facilities since November 12. Tenants Together's Fresno office is assisting the tenants.

Alameda Tenant Activists, Officials Meet Over Rent Crisis
by Peter HegartyContra Costa Times
November 25th, 2015
The Alameda Renters Coalition met with city officials there to discuss options for rent control and just cause eviction protections.

Berkeley Panel Urges Community Activism to Address Housing Crisis
by Judith ScherrDaily Democrat
November 24th, 2015
Community groups gathered in Berkeley to address the housing crisis there. Tenants Together was one of the sponsors of the meeting.

When Wall Street Owns Main Street
by Dan SmithThe Registry
November 17th, 2015
Tenants Together studies the effect of the landlord investors who purchased properties out of foreclosure.

Tension Builds in Alameda over Fast-Rising Rents
by Rachel SwanSan Francisco Chronicle
November 15th, 2015
Tenants in Alameda are being forced from their homes by exorbitant rent increases, and are demanding that the City Council take action. TT Executive Director Dean Preston was interviewed for the article.

Public Pensions Invest Big in Blackstone's Controversial Rental Properties
by Rebecca BurnsAljazeera America
October 16th, 2015
Public sector pension funds are investing in private equity real estate operations that have been accused of increasing rents and otherwise exploiting tenants. TT Executive Director Dean Preston was interviewed for the article.

Turning Houses into Hotels
by David BondGrahamEast Bay Express
September 16th, 2015
Oakland investors are purchasing housing units and turning them into short-term tourist rentals. TT Executive Director Dean Preston was interviewed for the article.

Anaheim Rental Inspections Program Nets $11,000 in Fines
by Erika AguilarKPCC
September 4th, 2015
One landlord is being sued and others have faced fines after Anaheim started a rental housing inspection program. TT's Legal Director Leah Simon-Weisberg was interviewed for the article.

S.F. Tenants' Groups Fight 'Gotcha' Evictions
by J.K. DineenSan Francisco Chronicle
July 29th, 2015
Tenant groups in San Francisco are fighting evictions of rent-controlled tenants for reasons that are often silly or petty.

Developer Matthew Jacobs: Demolition Man
by Lovell Estell IIICity Watch
July 24th, 2015
CalHFA chair Matthew Jacobs is evicting tenants under the Ellis Act to build a luxury development.

Tenants Renting From Wall Street Pay More
by Darwin BondGrahamEast Bay Express
May 12th, 2015
Tenants Together released a new report on a survey of tenants who rent from the Wall Street landlords, private equity firms that bought large numbers of properties out of foreclosure.

Richmond Fails to Pass Moratorium on Rent Increases
by Karina IoffeeContra Costa Times
April 22nd, 2015
Richmond failed to pass a moratorium on rent increases, even though rents there have increased 33% over the last five years. Tenants Together participated in the campaign for the moratorium.

Tenants, Advocates Rally Against Unsafe Conditions in Fresno Rentals
by Carmen GeorgeFresno Bee
April 9th, 2015
Local groups in Fresno, including Tenants Together, rallied to demand that the City force landlords to maintain their rental properties.

How East Bay Tenants Get Displaced
by Sam LevinEast Bay Express
March 11th, 2015
Oakland tenants are being displaced by steep rent increases.

New California Legislative Efforts to Mitigate Ellis Act Evictions
by Melanie NathanO-blog-dee-o-blog-da
February 24th, 2015
New legislation is being proposed that would limit Ellis Act evictions.

Tenant Legislation to Watch in 2015
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
January 12th, 2015
Tenant activists will be working on several issues over the next year, including allocating funds for the renter's rebate and prohibiting discrimination against Section 8 tenants.

Eviction of 83-Year-Old Woman Draws Protest
by Hudson SangreeSacramento Bee
December 23rd, 2014
Tenant advocates, including Tenants Together, demonstrated to protest the eviction of an 83-year-old woman from her apartment. Management claims to evict all tenants who receive Section 8 housing subsidies.

Allegedly Ignoring Bedbugs Bites Landlord; Judge Issues Arrest Warrant
by Lisa P. WhiteContra Costa Times
December 22nd, 2014
A landlord who failed to address a bedbug infestation in his rental property has been arrested. Tenants Together organized tenants to pass the law that led to the landlord's arrest.

San Francisco Group Fighting Eviction of 83-Year-Old Sacramento Woman
by Andy FurilloSacramento Bee
December 18th, 2014
Tenants Together is working to prevent the eviction of an 83-year-old woman from her apartment.

Judge Tosses SF Law Meant to Shield Evicted Tenants
by Bob EgelkoSan Francisco Chronicle
October 22nd, 2014
A San Francisco judge declared unconstitutional a law that would have required greater compensation for tenants evicted under the Ellis Act.

Renters Group Protests Eviction of Merced Member
by Thaddeus MillerMerced Sun-Star
September 29th, 2014
A Tenants Together member is facing eviction from his apartment in Merced after working to organize his building.

No Appetite for Rent Control among Council Candidates
by Daniel DeBoltMountain View Voice
September 29th, 2014
Candidates for City Council in Mountain View aren't interested in rent control, even though rents there are skyrocketing. TT Executive Director Dean Preston is interviewed for the article.

SF Tenants Rally for Support of Proposition G
by Jessica KwongSan Francisco Examiner
August 20th, 2014
Tenants rallied in support of Proposition G, the anti-speculation initiative on the November ballot.

San Francisco Democratic Party Decides on Endorsements for November Election
by Rebecca BoweSan Francisco Bay Guardian
August 14th, 2014
Tenants Together Executive Director Dean Preston asked the SF Democratic Party to support the anti-speculation initiative, Proposition G, on the November ballot.

East Palo Alto Residents Ask Council to Oust Manager
by Bonnie EslingerSan Jose Mercury News
July 15th, 2014
East Palo Alto residents asked the City Council there to find a new City Manager, charging that the present City Manager lacks a commitment to the City's rent law and local control of public safety, the two issues that led to residents forming the City 33 years ago.

East Palo Alto to Seek New City Manager
by Sue DremannPalo Alto Online
July 15th, 2014
East Palo Alto's City Council has decided to replace Magda Gonzalez as City Manager there. Tenants Together argued that she was too close to East Palo Alto's major landlord, and she advocated contracting out the City's police services.

Tenant Group Calls for EPA City Manager's Ouster
by Sue DremannPalo Alto Online
July 11th, 2014
Tenants Together is calling for the ouster of the City Manager in East Palo Alto, and has documented her bias in favor of that city's largest private landlord.

Tenant Group Says East Palo Alto's City Manager Cozies Up to Big Landlord
by Bonnie EslingerSan Jose Mercury News
July 11th, 2014
Tenants Together is asking that East Palo Alto's City Manager's contract not be renewed, as she has worked against enforcement of the City's rent control law.

Tenants Win Argument, Lose Vote
by Andrew SzetoBeyond Chron
June 19th, 2014
Democrats in the State Assembly failed to support a bill that would protect tenants from eviction by speculators.

Assembly Democrats Put Ellis Reform on Life Support
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
June 19th, 2014
Ellis Act reform was defeated because Assembly Democrats did not support it.

State Lawmakers Reject San Francisco's Bid for Ellis Act Exemption
by Doug SovernCBS (San Francisco)
June 18th, 2014
Assembly Democrats failed to support Ellis Act reform.

Ellis Act Reform Bill Stalls at State Assembly Hearing
by Kate CongerSan Francisco Examiner
June 18th, 2014
Two Democrats stopped a bill that would protect tenants in San Francisco from eviction by real estate speculators.

Assembly Committee Rejects Ellis Act Bill
by Melody GutierrezSan Francisco Chronicle
June 18th, 2014
Legislation to protect rent-contolled tenants from real estate speculators failed to pass an Assembly committee. Two Democrats voted against the reform.

Ellis Reform Bill Faces New Test
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
June 17th, 2014
Two Democratic legislators will determine whether a bill to reform the Ellis Act will proceed in the State Assembly.

At-Will Eviction Bill Moves Through CA Legislature
by Andrew SzetoBeyond Chron
June 10th, 2014
AB 1513, which would allow landlords to evict tenants without a court hearing, has been passed by the State Assembly and is now under consideration in the State Senate.

Airbnb Blurs Lines Between Visitors, Tenants
by Carolyn SaidSan Francisco Chronicle
June 7th, 2014
A tenant who rented a room for almost three months may have been illegally evicted by her landlord.

State Senate Passes Ellis Act Restrictions for San Francisco
May 30th, 2014
The State Senate passed legislation to limit Ellis Act evictions in San Francisco.

Ellis Act Legislation by State Senator Mark Leno Passes Senate
by Barbara TaylorCBS San Francisco
May 30th, 2014
The State Senate passed legislation to limit Ellis Act evictions. The bill now goes to the Assembly.

Proposed Bill to Limit California Ellis Act Has New Life
by Mark MatthewsNBC Bay Area
May 30th, 2014
Legislation to limit eviction of tenants by speculators passed the State Legislature.

Ellis Act Reform Bill Passes in State Senate
by Kate CongerSan Francisco Examiner
May 30th, 2014
The State Senate passed Ellis Act reform legislation by a 21-13 vote. The legislation would require that landlords hold a property for five years before invoking the Ellis Act to "go out of business."

S.F. Ellis Act Reform Bill Passes in State Senate
by Melody GutierrezSan Francisco Chronicle
May 30th, 2014
The State Senate passed legislation reforming the Ellis Act to help protect tenants in San Francisco from eviction by speculators.

City Stuck Paying Thousands for Abandoned Fresno Inn Residents
by Carmen GeorgeFresno Bee
May 22nd, 2014
The Silicon Valley owners of the Fresno Inn have failed to repair code violations there, and have also failed to provide relocation assistance to the tenants. The City, which condemned the property, has been forced to relocate the tenants.

Tenants' Rights' Group Demands East Palo Alto Records
by Sue DremannPalo Alto Online
May 9th, 2014
Tenants Together has filed a Public Records Act request to examine the documents relating to a controversial report on East Palo Alto's Rent Stabilization Board.

Concord Moving Forward with Bedbug Eradication Program
by Lisa P. WhiteContra Costa Times
May 7th, 2014
The Concord Police Department's Code Enforcement Unit updated the City Council there on the bedbug eradication program for rental housing there. Tenants Together helped to establish the program.

Bill to Limit Ellis Act Evictions Moves to Senate Floor
by Kate CongerSan Francisco Examiner
May 7th, 2014
The bill to limit Ellis Act evictions now goes to the Senate floor.

Ellis Reform Bill Wins Big Victory in Senate Judiciary
by Andrew SzetoBeyond Chron
May 7th, 2014
A coalition of tenant, labor and tech groups supported reform of the Ellis Act, to prevent speculators from using the act to evict rent-controlled tenants in San Francisco.

Little-Noticed AB 1513 Puts CA Tenants at Risk
by Andrew SzetoBeyond Chron
April 24th, 2014
AB 1513 would permit landlords to evict tenants without a court hearing. Ostensibly to enable property owners to evict squatters, the legislation would enable unscrupulous landlords to evict legal tenants without hearing.

Assemblyman Levine Crafts Marin Bill to Ease Pressure for Denser Development
by Richard HalsteadMarin Independent Journal
April 14th, 2014
Assemblymember Mel Levine has proposed legislation to make it more difficult to construct affordable housing in Marin County by reducing the density requirements for affordable housing projects. Because land is so expensive there, it would make it more difficult for developers to finance developments.

Report Claims Speculators are Behind Most Ellis Act Evictions in SF
by Jessica KwongSan Francisco Examiner
April 3rd, 2014
A report issued by Tenants Together and the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project shows that a majority of Ellis Act evictions are prosecuted by speculators who have owned the properties for a short period of time.

Can Oakland Afford Affordable Housing
by Jean TeppermanEast Bay Express
April 2nd, 2014
Mayor Jean Quan wants to develop 7,500 units of housing in Oakland, 25% of which would be affordable. TT Executive Director Dean Preston was interviewed for the article.

Momentum Builds for Ellis Act Reform
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
April 1st, 2014
Reform of the Ellis Act begins its journey in the State Legislature, but even a weak landlord response won't insure easy passage of the legislation.

Breaking: Ellis Act Report
The Speculator Loophole: Ellis Act Evictions in San Francisco A Report by Tenants Together & the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project

How the Media Protected Leland Yee
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
March 31st, 2014
Leland Yee is the third pro-landlord Democrat to land in serious legal trouble. But Yee's ethical problems should have been obvious to anyone who was paying attention.

Concord to Fine Landlords Who Don't Wipe Out Bedbugs
by Lisa P. WhiteContra Costa Times
March 28th, 2014
Concord landlords who fail to take steps to eradicate bedbugs at their properties will face penalties. Tenants Together helped to organize local tenants to address the issue.

Sacramento's Top Three Real Estate Democrats Indicted or Convicted
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
March 27th, 2014
TT Executive Director Dean Preston reports that the three Democratic State Senators indicted or convicted all support the real estate industry and oppose the extension of tenants' rights.

East Palo Alto Rent Board Slams Audit
by Sue DremannPalo Alto Weekly
March 27th, 2014
An audit of the East Palo Alto rent board has been criticized as "amateurish" by rent board members. Dean Preston of Tenants Together was interviewed for the article.

California Bills Seek to Protect Tenants from Condo Conversion Evictions
Capital Public Radio
March 21st, 2014
TT Executive Director, Dean Preston, is interviewed on the tenant protections bills introduced in the State Legislature. The full interview is available on the original website.

The War Brewing in the Streets of San Francisco
by Joe KlocNewsweek
March 8th, 2014
A single company may be behind most of the Ellis Act evictions in San Francisco.

Tenant Battle Brewing
by Joe Fitzgerald RodriguezSan Francisco Bay Guardian
January 21st, 2014
Tenants in San Francisco are working on both the state and local levels to deal with the housing crisis there.

Tenants Bring Class Action Lawsuit against Central Valley's Biggest Slumlord
by Mike RhodesIndyBay
January 9th, 2014
A class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of tenants in properties owned by JD Homes, claiming that the landlord is not maintaining the properties. In addition, the lawsuit claims that the landlord has purchased foreclosed properties in some Fresno neighborhoods, contributing to blight in those areas as well. Tenants Together and Bet Tzedek Legal Services filed the lawsuit.

Fresno Rental Company Sued for Alleged Poor Housing Conditions
by Carmen GeorgeFresno Bee
January 9th, 2014
A class action lawsuit has been filed against JD Homes, which owns 3,000 units in Fresno.

Lawsuit Filed Against JD Homes Rentals
by Toni TinocoKMJ
January 9th, 2014
Tenants in Fresno are suing JD Homes over conditions at their properties. The landlord owns some 3,000 units.

Fresno Tenants Sue Valley's Biggest Landlord
by Vic BedoianKPFA
January 9th, 2014
Tenants of JD Homes in Fresno are suing their landlord over conditions at the property. The full interview is on the original website.

Renters' Rights Group Files Lawsuit Against Prominent Fresno Lanldord
by Rebecca PlevinKVPR Radio
January 9th, 2014
A landlord in Fresno is being sued by Tenants Together and Bet Tzebek Legal Services over conditions at its properties.

Eyewitness News Investigates: Slumlord Allegations
Eyewitness News Fresno
January 9th, 2014
Tenants Together and Bet Tzedek Legal Services are assisting tenants in suing a landlord in Fresno over conditions in their properties. JD Homes, the defendant, owns about 3,000 homes in the Fresno area.

Tenant Advocates Seek Support for Reforming Ellis Act
by Jessica KwongSan Francisco Examiner
January 5th, 2014
Tenant advocacy organizations, including Tenants Together, are seeking reform of the Ellis Act, which is being used by real estate speculators to evict long-term tenants in communities with rent control protections.

Concord Landlord Faces Housing Discrimination Lawsuit
by Lisa P. White and Jennifer ModenessiContra Costa Times
December 26th, 2013
Both the State Department of Fair Employment and Housing and tenants at the Huntington Arms Apartments are suing the owners of the property for discrimination against families with children. Tenants Together has been helping the tenants at the property to organize.

Where Do San Francisco's Evicted Go?
by Julianne HingColorlines
December 13th, 2013
Many long-term tenants forced to move as a result of Ellis Act evictions are forced to leave San Francisco. A significant minority become homeless.

Security Deposit Rules in Leno Legislation
by Carolyn SaidSan Francisco Chronicle
May 23rd, 2013
State Senator Mark Leno has proposed legislation that would provide greater protections for tenants seeking the return of their security deposits. Landlords would be required to pay interest on deposits, and would face mandatory damages if they were found to have withheld security deposits wrongfully. TT Executive Director Dean Preston is quoted in the article.

New Report Shows Lack of Accountability for Improper Security Deposit Withholding
by Tenants TogetherBeyond Chron
May 3rd, 2013
A new report by Tenants Together finds that a majority of tenants lose some or all of their security deposits improperly. In addition, landlords are seldom held accountable for withholding deposits without cause.

State of the Tenant Movement--Why Do So Many Democrats Vote the Wrong Way?
by Dean PrestonDaily Kos
May 2nd, 2013
Even in states with strong Democratic control of state legislatures, getting legislation to protect tenants' rights passed is very difficult. Many Democrats receive substantial contributions from the real estate industry.

Tioga Apartment Tenants Dispute Eviction Amid Embezzlement Accusations
April 10th, 2013
Tenants at the Tioga Apartments in Merced are disputing their "pay or quit" notices, stating that they have receipts showing that they paid the rent. Merced police are investigating possible embezzlement by an employee of the building management company. Tenants Together is assisting the tenants.

Critics Question Investment Fund's Sacramento Rental Venture
by Hudson Sangree and Phillip ReeseSacramento Bee
April 8th, 2013
Critics are concerned that Blackstone, one of the large investment groups in the US, in Sacramento's single-family rental market will have negative consequences for the housing market there. TT Executive Director is interviewed for the article.

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Announces $1 Million Grant to Benefit CA Homeowners
by Attorney General Kamala D. Harris
March 28th, 2013
TT is part of statewide collaborative to implement new tenant and homeowner protections.

Renters Fight Merced for Tenant Rights
by Lemor AbramsCBS47 TV
May 25th, 2012
Merced renters packed Merced City Chambers Monday, as council members reconsidered the "Just Cause For Eviction" law that protects renters from being evicted from their homes after foreclosure.

Just Cause for Evictions Ordinance Passes in Merced
by Sal SandovalCommunity Alliance
December 1st, 2011
With help from TT, Merced becomes the first Central Valley city with just cause for eviction protections for tenants living in foreclosed homes.

Merced City Council Gives Final Approval to Anti-Eviction Law Protecting Tenants
by Dean PrestonBeyondChron
November 23rd, 2011
Thanks in part to the efforts of a TT Tenant Action Group, Merced renters win protection from eviction after foreclosure.

Merced strengthens rights of foreclosure renters
by Ameera ButtMerced Sun-Star
November 23rd, 2011
Merced City Council approves the Just Cause for Eviction ordinance -- a win for renters facing eviction after a foreclosure.

Merced Passes Tenant Protection Law to Stop Arbitrary Evictions After Foreclosure
by Dean PrestonBeyondChron
November 10th, 2011
TT Executive Director Dean Preston explains why Merced's recent passage of a just cause for eviction ordinance is important for tenants.

Our View: Ordinance protects renters
by Merced Sun-StarMerced Sun-Star
The Merced Sun-Star endorses the just cause for eviction ordinance that TT and our Merced activist members have been working for. The ordinance passed on first read November 7.

David Chiu Strikes Deal with Developer To Demolish Over 1,500 Rent Controlled Units at Parkmerced
by Dean PrestonBeyondChron
May 25th, 2011
TT Executive Director Dean Preston says that with this vote the Board of Supervisors president steps away from a formerly good record on tenant issues.

More thinking, better agreement to come for Parkmerced, Supes say
by Will KaneSF Gate
March 30th, 2011
San Francisco supervisors say they can save rent control in the proposed Parkmerced development, but ignore the impact of demolishing historic, well-loved garden apartments.

Renters snared in foreclosure crisis as well
by Ameera ButtMerced Sun-Star
March 9th, 2011
Merced renters whom real estate agents and bank representatives have harassed to leave their homes call for the city council to pass a just case for eviction ordinance.

A tale of two families: SLO County renters left adrift by foreclosures
by Bob
February 22nd, 2011
After their landlords get default notices, some residents are forced out of their homes, despite having done nothing wrong.

1,000 Stockton renters will get foreclosure warnings
by George WarrenNews 10 KXTV
February 17th, 2011
KXTV reports on TT's efforts to alert Stockton residents who are renting homes that may be in danger of going into foreclosure.

Parkmerced project will stress transit
by Will KaneSan Francisco Chronicle
February 10th, 2011
Residents of the historical San Francisco district speak out against the ill-planned plan to add over 10,000 housing units to the neighborhood.

Over 38% of Foreclosed Properties in California are Rentals
by Gabe TrevesBeyond Chron
January 27th, 2011
The foreclosure crisis hit home for over 200,000 tenants in 2010, causing unfair displacements and evictions, says a new report by Tenants Together.

More Than 38 Percent of Foreclosed Homes in California are Rentals: Over 200,000 Tenants Directly Affected
by Gabe TrevesCalifornia Progress Report
January 27th, 2011
Tenants Together's third annual report details how California renters are affected by the foreclosure crisis.

Weighing a landlord's promise
by Rebecca BoweSan Francisco Bay Guardian
December 21st, 2010
Parkmerced developer says rent control will be protected under new plan, but tenant advocates, including TT Executive Director Dean Preston, voice concerns.

Calif Tenants Group Demands Apology from Tea Party Leader
by CityWatchCityWatch
December 3rd, 2010
Los Angeles City Watch picks up TT's call for an apology from Judson Phillips for his suggestion that renters don't deserve to vote.

Tenants Together--Improving Rental Property Around the State
by PeonInChiefPeonInChief
December 2nd, 2010
TT member and blogger in Sacramento reports on landlord Hall of Shame.

Tea Party Leader Should Apologize Over Voting Rights Comments
by Dean PrestonCalifornia Progress Report
December 2nd, 2010
TT Executive Director Dean Preston calls on Judson Phillips to apologize for saying that renters should not be allowed to vote.

Merced renters fight tenant abuse
by Jonah Owen LambMerced Sun-Star
November 6th, 2010
Local coverage of the Tenants Together Action Group meeting in Merced.

California Foreclosure and Tenants Rights
by Kat Riverside
October 20th, 2010
Inland Empire real estate writer highlights Tenants Together's work to keep tenants in their homes after foreclosure.

Foreclosures leave renters in a quandary
by Mike PerraultThe Desert Sun
October 17th, 2010
A flurry of questions come up for tenants in Palm Springs whose landlord defaulted on his loan.

Radio interview on tenants in foreclosure
by Michael FinneyKGO Radio
October 16th, 2010
Tenants Together program coordinator Gabe Treves discusses how the foreclosure crisis affects tenants.

New website features California’s worst landlords ever
by Rebecca BoweYahoo! News
October 11th, 2010
Yahoo News features SF Bay Guardian article on TT’s new Landlord Hall of Shame.

Website exposes landlord blunders
by Chase S. KmecGolden Gate [X]press
October 5th, 2010
Californians respond to Tenants Together's Landlord Hall of Shame.

New website features worst landlords ever
by Rebecca BoweSan Francisco Bay Guardian
September 24th, 2010
The San Francisco Bay Guardian reports on the launch of the Tenants Together Landlord Hall of Shame.

Over 200,000 Renters Affected By Foreclosure
by Channel 3, KCRA NewsChannel 3, KCRA News
September 23rd, 2010
Sacramento renters learn their rights at a Tenants Together meet-up.

Legislature Passes Bill to Protect Innocent Tenants From Having their Credit Ruined by Banks
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
September 15th, 2010
The legislature passed SB 1149, a bill authored by state senator Ellen Corbett (D - San Leandro) that would protect renters from having their credit reports permanently damaged through bogus evictions. The bill currently awaits the governor's signature.

Foreclosures can make you sick, report says
by Victoria ColliverSan Francisco Chronicle
September 2nd, 2010
A report by the Alameda County Public Health Department and Causa Justa/Just Cause shows how people undergoing foreclosure are suffering higher rates of stress and other medical problems.

Tenant Advocates Push For 'Just Cause' Laws
by Steve MilneNational Public Radio
August 2nd, 2010
Sixteen cities in California have just cause for eviction protections, laws passed at the local level to strengthen tenants' rights. Dean Preston of Tenants Together explains how just cause laws are more than a short term fix to the foreclosure crisis. Click the link for audio clip.

Time to Make Fresno the Renters' Rights Capital of the Central Valley
by Dean PrestonCommunity Alliance
August 2nd, 2010
Although more than half of Fresno residents are renters, tenants lack basic protections that many other California cities have. Tenants Together director answers frequently asked questions for Fresno tenants and touches on the opportunity to strengthen tenants' rights in the Central Valley.

Tenants can get stung in foreclosures, too
by Rick RadinContra Costa Times
July 20th, 2010
Contra Costa Time article profiles tenants in foreclosure situations and includes information about tenants' rights from an interview with Tenants Together Program Coordinator, Gabe Treves.

Jerry Brown Investigates Banks’ Treatment of Foreclosure Tenants
by Gabe TrevesBeyond Chron
July 13th, 2010
Gabe Treves, Program Coordinator at Tenants Together, reports on California Attorney General Jerry Brown's investigation to ensure compliance with tenant-protection laws by banks and private investors acquiring tenant-occupied, foreclosed properties.

When Your Landlord's in Foreclosure
by Kelly BennettVoice of San Diego
July 6th, 2010
Voice of San Diego writes about the rights of tenants in foreclosure, citing a Q&A with Tenants Together Program Coordinator, Gabe Treves.

Some advice for renters
by Jennifer DaviesThe San Diego Union Tribune
July 5th, 2010
Tenants Together featured in San Diego Union Tribune piece on the rights of tenants in foreclosure situations.

Brown launches investigation into foreclosures that affect renters
by Jeb BingPleasanton Weekly
June 30th, 2010
Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. yesterday launched an investigation aimed at protecting the rights of the "forgotten victims" of the housing market collapse -- the tens of thousands of tenants facing eviction from buildings that have been foreclosed by banks.

California Investigates Forgotten Victims of Foreclosure Crisis
by Annie WuThe Epoch Times
June 30th, 2010
"California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced on Monday that he will be opening an investigation into foreclosed properties and the state’s possible infringement of tenants’ rights. As part of his investigation, he sent letters to 24 banks, law firms, loan servicers, and private investors requesting information on their policies and procedures to see if they are forcefully evicting tenants from buildings that have been foreclosed by banks."

California Senate panel kills bill limiting funds' rental investments
by Dale Kasler The Sacramento Bee
June 30th, 2010
"The Legislature has killed a bill that would have banned California's two public pension funds from investing in real estate deals that rely on freeing up rent-controlled housing."

Renters Rights Organization Says Senator Acted Against Renters and The State
Orange County News
June 30th, 2010
"Tenants Together, a California Renters’ Rights Organization today said California State Senator Lou Correa’s committee stopped the nation’s first anti “Predatory Equity” bill at the request of the California Association of Realtors and landlord groups."

Sen. Lou Correa Kills Nation’s First Anti-‘Predatory Equity’ Bill
by Dean PrestonCalifornia Progress Report
June 29th, 2010
"Lou Correa, a Democratic State Senator from Orange County, has killed the nation’s first bill to stop predatory investments that displace renters from their homes. The bill, AB 2337, authored by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), sought to ban the state’s public employee pension funds from investing in “predatory equity” schemes."

S.F. gives more time to weigh in on Parkmerced
by Will KaneThe San Francisco Chronicle
June 19th, 2010
"The public will have another two weeks to comment on an ambitious 30-year plan to remake the Parkmerced development after the city's Planning Commission extended the deadline for comment on the project."

Contact 17 Investigation: Renters' rights
June 16th, 2010
"There's no doubt there's a foreclosure crisis going on across the country and 37-percent of those foreclosures are rentals. Several renters contacted 17 News recently, saying the homes they were living in had been foreclosed on and the investors had tried to force them out."

Renters In Foreclosure – Innocent Victims
by Jon MadduxLoan Safe
May 20th, 2010
The California based non-profit organization Tenants Together put out a very interesting report this week talking about some of the least publicized victims of the foreclosure process – tenants.

200,000 California Tenants Suffer From Foreclosure
by Harmon LeonRented Spaces
May 19th, 2010
Here's a scary number: Over 200,000 California tenants are directly affected by the rise in foreclosures. A report released yesterday -- "California Tenants in the Foreclosure Crisis" -- says that at least 37% of residential units in foreclosure in California were rentals, while the largest percentage of foreclosures were single-family homes.

Foreclosures affect California tenants
by BoNhia LeeThe Fresno Bee
May 19th, 2010
More than 200,000 tenants were displaced last year as a result of residential foreclosures in California, according to a report released by Tenants Together, a statewide organization for renters' rights.

Over 200,000 California Tenants Directly Affected By Foreclosure
by Gabe TrevesCalifornia Progress Report
May 18th, 2010
Tenants Together, California's statewide organization for renters' rights, released its new 2010 Report: California Tenants in the Foreclosure Crisis yesterday. The report, a follow-up to Tenants Together's 2009 tenant foreclosure report, highlights recent foreclosure-related developments affecting tenants, quantifies the impact of home foreclosures on tenants in 2009 at the state and county level, and makes recommendations to strengthen protections for tenants in foreclosure situations.

Assembly bill targets 'predatory equity' schemes
by Gennady Sheyner Palo Alto Online
April 26th, 2010
Spurred by the recent implosion of Page Mill Properties' East Palo Alto portfolio, California's elected officials are considering barring state pension funds from investing in companies that rely on displacing tenants to turn a profit.

CalPERS changes policy on real estate investing
by CATHY BUSSEWITZAssociated Press
The nation's largest pension fund on Monday changed its policy on investing in real estate to balance its socially responsible investment philosophy with its quest for profits.

CalPERS Bans Real Estate Investments that Displace Tenants
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
April 20th, 2010
CalPERS, the nation’s largest pension fund, has adopted a policy to ban investments in real estate deals that are premised on displacing tenants

Chamber of Commerce pushes anti-tax initiative
by Andrew RossSan Francisco Chronicle
Assemblymember Tom Ammiano's bill to prevent California public pension funds from investing in predatory equity schemes that evict tenants has received some surprising oppostion.

Renters Beware! Landlord Scams on the Rise in California
KSRO Radio
April 14th, 2010
KSRO radio interviews Tenants Together Executive Director, Dean Preston, on the issue of rental scams where tenants unsuspectingly rent vacant properties from scam artists who aren't actually the owners of the properties.

CalPERS to revise housing policy
by Dale Kasler Sacramento Bee
April 13th, 2010
CalPERS and CalSTRS are moving to prohibit controversial real estate investments that rely on raising rents on housing units that had been subject to rent-control laws.

CalPERS eyes ban on rent-control conversion investments
by Randy Diamond Pensions and Investments
April 12th, 2010
CalPERS' investment committee at its meeting next week will consider banning investments in real estate projects that eliminate rent-controlled apartments, according to the meeting's agenda.

Ruthless "Scamlords" Rip Off Would-Be Tenants
by Joan Quigley
In California, where vacant, foreclosed homes glut the marketplace, law-enforcement officials and legal aid clinics have seen a spike in landlord-impersonation cases over the past few years.

More scam artists posing as landlords
by Carolyn SaidSan Francisco Chronicle
April 11th, 2010
The glut of vacant foreclosed homes has inspired con artists to concoct a new scam: posing as landlords to swindle prospective tenants out of rent and deposit money. Cases of landlord impersonation have jumped throughout California in the past couple of years, according to sheriffs and legal aid clinics

Bill Introduced in Congress to Extend Federal Tenant Protection Law
by Dean Preston of Tenants TogetherBeyond Chron
March 24th, 2010
With the foreclosure crisis certain to continue for years, housing advocates are hoping to make permanent the new protections for tenants in foreclosed properties that became law in May 2009.

Panel to Review Torture Memo Author’s Anti-Rent Control Ruling
by Dean Preston, Executive Director of Tenants TogetherBeyond Chron
March 16th, 2010
Last week, the Chief Judge of the Ninth Circuit ordered review of Torture memo authoer Judge Bybee’s anti-rent control ruling from September 2009.

Census About to Hit the Mail: Renters Among Hardest to Count
by Dean Preston, Executive Director of Tenants TogetherBeyondChron
March 9th, 2010
the national census has huge implications. Hundreds of billions of dollars are allocated each year based on census data. Renters typically have lower return rates on census forms than homeowners and are undercounted in the census.

Evictions spark responsible investment legislation
by  Emily Holding San Diego New Room
February 25th, 2010
Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) has recently introduced the Socially Responsible Investment Act (AB 2337). The bill would prohibit the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) from investing in predatory schemes that evict tenants.

State lawmaker introduces bill inspired by E. Palo Alto evictions
by Jessica Bernstein-WaxSan Jose Mercury News
A state Assembly bill prompted by widespread tenant evictions in East Palo Alto would bar public pension funds from investing in businesses that force residents out of rent-controlled buildings.

It’s Time for CalPERS to be Socially Responsible
by Tom AmmianoCalifornia Progress Report
February 24th, 2010
Assemblymember Tom Ammiano explains why he has introduced AB 2337 which would prohibit the use of public pension funds in predatory equity investment schemes.

California’s Tenants Together Taking on Post-Foreclosure Eviction Notices
JD Journal
February 19th, 2010
JD Journal covers Tenants Together's call for California renters to contest foreclosure evictions on the basis that many post-foreclosure eviction notices are invalid under California law.

Renters caught up in foreclosure crisis
by Kendall WrightPatterson Irrigator
February 17th, 2010
Tenants in Stanislaus County become innocent victims of the foreclosure crisis.

The Hidden Eviction Victims
by Sasha AbramskyDaily Beast
February 9th, 2010
Law-abiding renters often lose their homes when landlords get into mortgage trouble. This report explains how banks, realtors, and courts gang up on families. Tenants Together Program Director, Gabe Treves, was interviewed at length for this piece.

Innocent victims of the subprime crisis
by Sasha AbramskyGuardian U.K.
February 6th, 2010
In spite of a law protecting tenants, people who rent across the US are being illegally evicted even if their finances are fine.

Auction of Page Mill's East Palo Alto properties delayed
by Jessica Bernstein-WaxSan Jose Mercury News
January 30th, 2010
The trustee sale of 1,800 rental units in East Palo Alto owned by Page Mill Properties won't take place Feb. 1 as planned, according to city officials. Meanwhile advocates including Tenants Together insist that the portfolio be sold to a responsible owner at a price reflecting its true value based on rents in compliance with the city's rent control laws.

Developer fees forced to change
by Mike AldaxSan Francisco Examiner
January 13th, 2010
A court battle has forced San Francisco to alter how it will make developers pay for affordable rental units in new buildings. Under proposed legislation, developers would no longer have the option of providing affordable-housing units in San Francisco’s residential rental projects. Instead, it would require developers to pay a fee to The City

Judicial Bias Out of Control in SF Superior Court
by Dean
January 5th, 2010
The recent upholding by the Appellate Panel of the eviction of Susan Suval stands as the latest example of judicial bias against renters in San Francisco’s Superior Courts. Despite its progressive political climate, San Francisco continues to be one of the worst places in California when it comes to judicial bias against tenants.

Some Blame Firm On East Palo Alto Crime Spike (Watch video)
by Hank PlanteCBS-5 TV San Francisco
December 11th, 2009
This story covers the devastating impact that Page Mill Properties' (David Taran) predatory equity scheme has had on the community of East Palo Alto. The report includes an interview with Tenants Together Executive Director Dean Preston.

Rental-rate ruling could have ripple effect in SF
by Melissa GriffinSand Francisco Examiner
December 3rd, 2009
A recent court case — Palmer/Sixth Street Properties v. City of Los Angeles — likely invalidated certain below market rental requirements in more than 100 localities across the state, including San Francisco.

War of values
by Danelle MortonSan Francisco Magazine
December 2nd, 2009
An epic battle has been raging over who can afford to live in San Francisco. The paper trail reveals that the city’s dominant landlords, the Lembi family of CitiApartments fame, bought up every building they could get their hands on, from the Tenderloin’s rattiest dumps to Nob Hill’s ritziest penthouses, with an audacious plan to drive up everyone’s rent. And their money came from the same financial geniuses who brought the world economy to its knees.

The Donald Sterling Rule: All Bad Deeds Go Unpunished
by Jon WeinbachFanhouse
November 25th, 2009
Despite a long history of bad behavior including what the U.S. Department of Justice called "willful" mistreatment of African American and Latino tenants, the National Basketball Association has refused to discipline or comment on team owner Donald Sterling's misdeeds.

Some residents still struggle to afford a place to live
November 16th, 2009
For renters and former homeowners who lost homes dues to foreclosure, the cost of a place to live is still too high despite small decreases in average rents. Tenants Together's Executive Director was interviewed for this article.

CalPERS realty deals and image take a beating
by Dale KaslerSacramento Bee
November 16th, 2009
The Sacramento Bee covers the story of CalPERS' investments in predatory real estate schemes NYC and East Palo Alto. Included are remarks from tenants and advocates, including Tenants Together, explaining the devastating impact these investments have had on low and moderate income tenants.

NBA: Discipline Team Owner for Housing Discrimination
by Paul HogarthDean Preston
November 13th, 2009
Tenants Together Executive Director Dean Preston calls on the NBA to discipline Donald Sterling condemn racist housing discrimination.

Racist Landlords and the NBA
by Trina ChiassonYouthNoise Play City
November 12th, 2009
Trina Chiasson of the nonprofit organization YouthNoise Play City post a piece in support of the "NBA: Show You Care" campaign and highlights the insidious problem of racial housing discrimination.

The pension fund evictions: State retirement money went to predatory landlords
by Ryan Thomas RiddleSan Francisco Bay Guardian
November 4th, 2009
This article covers the story of CalPERS' involvement in predatory equity schemes, the impact they've had on tenants, and the fact that tenants and advocates are calling on the pension fund to adopt policies that will prevent it from every again involving itself in these devastating schemes.

Eviction Protections Rile Up Tenants and Landlords
by Nancy LópezMission Local
November 3rd, 2009
A reporter covers a San Francisco Land Use Committee meeting where tenants and advocates, including Tenants Together and several Tenants Together member organizations, spoke out on behalf of extending just cause eviction protections to tenants living in post rent-controlled units.

60-day Notice for Renters Made Permanent
by Tenants TogetherBeyondChron
October 14th, 2009

Renter claims rights are being violated
September 18th, 2009
A southwest Bakersfield family renting a foreclosed home claims the new owner is unfairly trying to kick them out just four days after he bought the home. This news piece includes an interview with Gabe Treves of Tenants Together.

Where would we be without rent control? The 30th anniversary of rent control in San Francisco
by SUSAN PRENTICESan Francisco Bay Guardian
September 15th, 2009
This opinion piece looks briefly at 30 years of rent control in San Francisco and argues that it has allowed many San Franciscans to live here who would have otherwise been priced out of the city. The San Francisco Tenants Union celebrates the anniversary of rent control this weekend.

You and the Law: When your landlord stops making the mortgage payment
by Dennis BeaverThe Lemoore Advance
September 10th, 2009
Executive Director of Tenants Together, Dean Preston is interviewed for this article on tenant rights in foreclosure situations.

How We Survive: Renters, Rights, and Resistance
by Pauline Bartolone, Andrew Stelzer, & Tena RubioNational Radio Project
September 9th, 2009
Tenants Together is featured in this National Radio Project program which looks at the impact of the "mortgage meltdown" on tenants and how communities are responding to help innocent tenants keep their homes. It includes interviews with callers to the Tenants Together foreclosure hotline and our director Dean Preston.

Ridgecrest ordinance to help renters in foreclosed property
by Courtenay
August 25th, 2009
The Bakersfield Californian covers Ridgecrest's passage of it's just cause eviction law for tenants in bank-owned properties after foreclosure.

Tenants of Bank Foreclosed Homes are Now Protected
by Danny
August 25th, 2009
The Ridgecrest City Council has approved an ordinance that will strengthen the rights of tenants and protect them from evictions after foreclosure.

New Court Decision Jeopardizes Affordable Rental Housing
by Dean Preston of Tenants TogetherBeyondChron
July 28th, 2009
Last week, a California Appellate court took a giant step toward eliminating affordable rental housing in communities across California. The Court ruled that a Los Angeles inclusionary housing law was preempted by the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act.

Will your rental home be foreclosed?
by Peggy GardinerModesto Bee
July 26th, 2009
While everyone is talking about the foreclosure crisis and how it affects homeowners, no one seems to be addressing the crisis facing renters. This piece recommends that prospective renters go to the county recorder's office to learn about the status of the mortgage.

VIDEO: Hidden Victims of the Foreclosure Crisis
by Christine ParkKFSN TV
July 22nd, 2009
Hundreds of Valley families are paying their rent on time, and still getting evicted. It's all due to a foreclosure crisis they say they did nothing to create. Tenants Together is featured in this news piece. From KFSN TV in Fresno.

Tenants are the Forgotten Victims of Foreclosure Crisis
by Dean Preston and Sharon KinlawLos Angeles Daily News
July 15th, 2009
In this Op-Ed piece, Sharon Kinlaw of San Fernando Fair Housing Council and Dean Preston of Tenants Together call for banks to stop evicting tenants after foreclosure.

More Than 200 SLO County Tenants whose Rental Homes Have Been Foreclosed Helped by New Law
by Bob CuddyThe Tribune
June 2nd, 2009
The San Luis Obispo Tribune reports on the passage of new tenant protections in Helping Families Save Their Homes Act.

Children of the Recession: CBS Reports Makes Sure Children are Seen and Heard
by Barbara Bryn KlareSF Women and Money Examiner
May 29th, 2009
A blog of San Francisco's Examiner promotes Tenants Together's Tenant Foreclosure Hotline.

La Mirage Tenants Told to Get Out
by Adam L.R. SummersThe News Review
May 22nd, 2009
The News Review reports on La Mirage tenants dealing with a condo investment scheme that has led to foreclosures of their homes.

Obama Signs New Federal Law Protecting Renters after Foreclosure
News Blaze
May 22nd, 2009
The Daily Blaze publishes Tenants Together's press release on the new federal law protecting tenants in foreclosure situations.

Council Addresses Concern of La Mirage Tenants
by Ruth JustisThe Daily Independent
May 22nd, 2009
The Daily Independent reports on the efforts of La Mirage tenants to bring attention to their plight.

McConville Tenants Take to City Hall
by Kelly
May 21st, 2009 follows the story of tenants dealing with a condo-investment scheme in Ridgecrest, Kern county.

Scotts Valley Renter, 68, Faces Heartbreak of Foreclosure
by Jondi GumzSanta Cruz Sentinel
April 30th, 2009
A 68 year-old resident of Santa Cruz county faces eviction as her rental home of 12 years is scheduled for a foreclosure sale.

Renters Likely Last to Know Before Eviction
by Shannon StarrValley News
April 10th, 2009
The Valley News reports on Tenants Together's Tenant Foreclosure Hotline.

California Foreclosures Jeopardize Renters as Banks Seize Homes
by Ari Levy and Dan
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.

Tenant Foreclosure Hotline Launches
Santa Cruz Sentinel
February 26th, 2009
The Santa Cruz Sentinel announces the Tenant Foreclosure Hotline.

New Hotline Will Help Renters Affected by Foreclosures
by Bob CuddySLO Times
February 25th, 2009
The San Luis Obispo Tribune announces Tenant Foreclosure Hotline.

New Tenant Foreclosure Hotline Unveiled
by Steve MilneSacramento Capitol Radio
February 24th, 2009
Sacramento Capitol Radio announces the Tenant Foreclosure Hotline.

Tenants Lash Out Against Police Investigation
by Gennany SheynerPalo Alto Online
February 10th, 2009
East Palo Alto tenant activists asked Palo Alto officials to investigate the role of the Palo Alto Police Department in the dispute between Page Mill Properties and its tenants.

Low-Income Residents in SLO County Lose Housing Rebate
by Nick WilsonThe Tribune
November 25th, 2008
The San Luis Obispo reports on the local impact of losing the renters' rebate, as well as Tenants Together's efforts to reinstate funding.

Renters from Across the State to Protest Loss of Credit
by Steven HarmonContra Costa TimesTimes
November 19th, 2008
The Contra Costa Times covers a day of action around the renters' rebate.

Housing Cuts Hurt Seniors, PWAs
by Heather GilliganBay Area Reporter
November 13th, 2008
The Bay Area Reporter looks at the impact of the Renters' Rebate elimination on low-income senior and disabled LGBT renters.

Stop Spreading Prop(98)aganda
by Dean PrestonSF Weekly
June 4th, 2008
Dean Preston of Tenants Together responds to Matt Smith's article on Prop. 98 in the SF Weekly.

Proposition 98 an attack on tenants
by Dean PrestonPalo Alto Daily
May 28th, 2008
The Palo Alto Daily features an op-ed piece by Tenants Together director Dean Preston

Differing Views on Measure to End Rent Control
by James TempleSan Francisco Chronicle
May 7th, 2008
Executive Director of Tenants Together is interviewed in this front page San Francisco Chronicle article on the rent control aspects of Proposition 98.

What To Make of Props 98 and 99
by George SkeltonLos Angeles Times
May 1st, 2008
L.A. Times provides an overview of these competing measures. Dean Preston of Tenants Together explains that Proposition 98 would strip tenants of basic protections, including rent control.

Competing Eminent Domain Measures on June Ballot
April 28th, 2008
Dean Preston of Tenants Together explains to KCBS that Proposition 98 would eliminate basic renter protections in California.

Rent Control Debate Looms Dueling Measures on the June Ballot set up a Fight Between Tenants and Landlords.
by Mary Ann MilbournThe Orange County Register
April 2nd, 2008
The Orange County Register covers the rent control battle on the June ballot. Tenants Together's director points out that Prop. 98 is an attack on all renters, not just those protected by rent control

Protestors call Proposition 98 threat to rent control
by Kamika Dunlap, STAFF WRITEROakland Tribune
March 16th, 2008
The Oakland Tribune covers Saturday's rally in Oakland against Prop. 98.

Letter to the Editor re Prop. 98
by Tenants TogetherSan Francisco Chronicle
March 12th, 2008
SF Chronicle publishes letter to the editor from Tenants Together

California Tenants Fight to Save Rent Control
by Joe CatronTenant/Inquilino
February 1st, 2008
This New York publication covers California tenants' effort to save rent control, and quotes Tenants Together Executive Director Dean Preston and board member Larry Gross.

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