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Florida Tenant Protections Face Alarming Deadline
by Kim MillerPalm Beach Post
December 9th, 2014
The federal Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act will expire at the end of 2014, unless Congress votes to extend the legislation. While California tenants have those protections under state law, many other states have no legislation benefiting tenants in foreclosed properties.

New Era Estate: How US Pension Fund Manager Fuels London Rent Rises
by Amelia HillGuardian U.K.
November 19th, 2014
A US pension fund is fueling rent increases in London by purchasing affordable properties and increasing rents. Graphics are reproduced on the original site.

Renters Overlooked Because of Race
by Jaclyn KelleyWWLTV (New Orleans)
November 6th, 2014
African American tenants in New Orleans face discrimination in rental housing. Landlords sometimes refuse to rent to them, but also demand more stringent background checks. These are illegal under fair housing laws.

Why Madrid's Poor Fear Goldman Sachs and Blackstone
by Sonya DowsettReuters
October 24th, 2014
Spanish government officials have sold off public housing there at fire-sale prices, and tenants are being forced to pay higher rents.

Judge Dismisses Coakley's Suit Against Federal Housing Agency over State Anti-Foreclosure Law
by Steve LeBlancDaily Journal
October 22nd, 2014
A suit challenging the policies of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac was dismissed by a federal judge. Massachusetts' law required that community groups be allowed to purchase homes out of foreclosure and re-sell the homes to the former homeowners.

Some Oregon Landlords Still Turn Away Section 8
by Bennett HallCorvalis Gazette-Times
October 18th, 2014
A new Oregon law prohibits discrimination against tenants using housing subsidies, but some landlords are still refusing to rent to tenants who use Section 8 vouchers and other subsidies.

Toronto's Affordable Housing Shortage Sparks Growth of Illegal Suburban Rooming Houses
by Amanda KwanThe Globe and Mail
October 17th, 2014
Tenants who are forced out of Toronto's core are moving to rooming houses in suburban areas. The City Council has resisted setting standards for these accommodations, as local residents don't want rooming houses to be legalized.

New York City's Landlord Loan Program is a Mess, According to this Damning Audit
by Jon CampbellVillage Voice
September 23rd, 2014
A low-interest loan program to assist landlords of rent-controlled properties has been abused by landlords receiving the loans, who often take the money but fail to make the necessary repairs.

Asthmatic Tenant Evicted After 25 Years
Associated Press
September 14th, 2014
A New York public housing tenant is being evicted because her son, who did not live with her, was convicted of a drug crime.

Mentally Ill Tenants Served Notices of Eviction after Nonprofit Stops Paying Bills
by Greg B. SmithNew York Daily News
September 14th, 2014
Mentally ill tenants in New York are being evicted after the nonprofit that is supposed to pay their rent failed to do so. The nonprofit is funded by New York's Office of Mental Health.

Landlord Trying to Swap Renters for 'Rich, White Tenants': Suit
by Selim AlgarNew York Post
September 9th, 2014
Section 8 tenants are accusing their landlord of evicting them to gentrify the Brooklyn building in which they live.

March on the Slumlord: Portland Solidarity Network Brings Community Together to Stand Up to Landlords
libcom.org
August 27th, 2014
The Portland Solidarity Network is helping a tenant to recover her security deposit and rent overpayments from a local landlord.

Coalition Marches for New Affordable Housing Rules in Harlem
by Tobias SalingerCommercial Observer
August 20th, 2014
A coalition of housing activists and construction union members rallied in support of new affordable housing requirements in New York City.

How Ferguson Went from Middle Class to Poor in a Generation
by Denver NicksTime Magazine
August 18th, 2014
Poor people are being forced to suburbs as urban areas are gentrified and richer suburbs use zoning to avoid allowing affordable housing.

Nashville Rent Increases Have Residents Singing the Blues
by Chelsey DulaneyWall Street Journal
August 10th, 2014
Rents are increasing rapidly even in cities not known for high rents, even though incomes are stagnant.

Three Strikes Tenant Law Repealed by Norristown Council
by Carl RotenbergTimes Herald
August 6th, 2014
An ACLU lawsuit has led to the repeal of an ordinance in Norristown PA that would have required landlords to evict tenants after the police had been called to the property three times. An early victim of this legislation was a woman who called the police after her abusive ex-boyfriend came to her apartment.

After Foreclosure, Homeless Face Long Recovery
by Amy GreenWMFE-FM
August 6th, 2014
Homeowners who face foreclosure are often left homeless, but the most precarious are tenants who live in buildings where the landlord faces foreclosure.

In the Housing Crisis, Blue Carpet is a Symbol of the Landlord's Freedom to Channel Ebenezer Scrooge
by Eleanor MargolisNew Statesman
August 1st, 2014
Even in expensive rentals, the housing crisis has enabled landlords to provide ugly and outdated fixtures.

'Poor Doors' Show Why We Can't Rely on Developers for Affordable Housing
by Owen HatherleyGuardian U.K.
July 29th, 2014
Depending on developers to build affordable housing is not creating enough housing and leading to policies that allow for 'poor doors'.

Eviction Fears Trigger Increase in Calls to Legal Advice Line
by Allison BrayIrish Independent
July 28th, 2014
Irish tenants fear eviction, as they have few rights and landlords are increasing rents. Many tenants are facing eviction as a result of bank foreclosure actions against their landlords.

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