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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Three Strikes Tenant Law Repealed by Norristown Council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.

Father Slams Brighton and Hove City Council over Bedbug Infestation
by Adrian ImmsThe Argus
July 26th, 2014
A UK tenant in social housing has complained that the local housing council has known about a bedbug infestation for years, and has failed to address the problem.

Lawmakers Vow to End 'Poor Door' Policy at Luxury Buildings
by Amber Jamieson and Yoav GonenNew York Post
July 26th, 2014
NYC lawmakers are seeking to end the 'poor door' policy, which allows developers to provide separate--and lesser--entrances to tenants who live in the properties as a result of inclusionary zoning. Developers are allowed additional luxury units in exchange for the low-income units.

Attorney General Goes After Ex-Cop Accused of Harassing Tenants in Rent-Stabilized Apartments
by Greg B. SmithNew York Daily News
July 25th, 2014
A former policeman in New York City is being investigated for helping a socially-prominent landlord to harass rent-stabilized tenants, and force them from their homes.

Eviction Attempts Rampant on Manhattan's Upper West Side
by Catherine YangEpoch Times
July 25th, 2014
Rent-stabilized tenants in Manhattan are facing threats and intimidation, as landlord try to force them to move from their units.

Bill De Blasio Seeks to End New York's 'Poor Doors'
by Lucy WestcottNewsweek
July 23rd, 2014
New York City's Mayor De Blasio wants to eliminate 'poor doors' from housing developments there. 'Poor doors' were permitted under a rule change enacted during the Bloomberg administration.

NYC Gives the Green Light to the Building of Apartments with a 'Poor Door' for Tenants Living in Affordable Housing
by Kirk MaltaisDaily Mail
July 20th, 2014
A developer in New York City has been allowed to establish a separate alley entrance for tenants in the building's affordable units. NYC allowed the developer additional market rate units in exchange for constructing the affordable housing.

Sequester a 'Tight Squeeze' for Section 8 Housing Residents
by Matthew TaubBrooklyn Eagle
July 18th, 2014
Section 8 tenants in New York City face higher rents or smaller quarters, as the federal budget sequester forces cuts in subsidized housing.

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