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As Advocates Push Displacement Fixes, Local Leaders are Awful Quiet
by Shelby R. KingPortland Mercury
September 16th, 2015
Portland's city government has failed to move to protect tenants from displacement.

Welcome to the Courtroom That is Every Tenant's Nightmare
by Rachel M. CohenNext City
September 14th, 2015
A Baltimore court that was originally intended to insure that landlords were maintaining their properties has become a fast, easy way for landlords to evict tenants, and does nothing to force landlords to make repairs to their properties.

Social Housing Children are Told They Can Only Play Outside if They Keep Out of Sight of Private Homes in their Cul-de-Sac
by Steph CockroftDaily Mail
September 14th, 2015
Homeowners are complaining that children from a local social housing development are playing within sight of their homes.

Future of Cabrini-Green Row Houses May Be Settled after 19 Years in Limbo
by Mina BloomDNAinfo Chicago
September 11th, 2015
To enable developers to proceed with other local projects, the Chicago Housing Authority has agreed to rebuild affordable housing units on the Near North Side.

What Neighbourhood and Gentrification Mean for Berlin Immigrants
by Defne Kadioglu PolatOpen Democracy
September 10th, 2015
While tenants in Berlin have more protections than in many other cities, landlords still try to encourage immigrant tenants to move so that their units can be leased to rent-sharing students. Often immigrants who want to remain in familiar communities live in overcrowded housing to do so.

A Summer of Evictions
by Shelby R. KingPortland Mercury
September 9th, 2015
Portland tenants are facing evictions in large numbers, as landlords evict tenants, make cosmetic repairs, and re-rent the apartments. African American tenants have been particularly victimized.

Seattle Landlords Give Discounts to Tech Workers
by Ray TakeoKING 5--Seattle
September 1st, 2015
Some Seattle landlords are offering discounts to tech workers. The City is looking at whether the discounts constitute improper discrimination.

Banks May Face Duty of Care Over Evictions in Buy-to-Lets
by Kitty HollandIrish Times
August 24th, 2015
The Irish Legislature may provide greater protects to tenants in foreclosures there to prevent tenants becoming homeless.

Fine Gael and Labour Negotiating Over Rent Controls
by Mary MinihanIrish Times
August 24th, 2015
Legislators in Ireland are negotiating to protect security deposits and limit rent increases there. A quarter of Irish households rent their homes in the private market.

Generation Rent v the Landlords: 'They Can't Evict Millions of Us'
by Rhiannon Lucy CosslettGuardian U.K.
August 22nd, 2015
Tenants in private rentals in Britain are organizing to force landlords to maintain their properties and to prevent retaliatory evictions.

Pitfalls of Rent Restraints: Why Stockholm's Model Has Failed Many
by David CrouchGuardian U.K.
August 19th, 2015
Many tenants are protected by Stockholm's rent control laws, and the problems in the housing market there are caused by the failure to construct more rent-controlled units.

Tenant Advocates Lost Political Muscle Over Last 18 Years: Report
by Rich BochmannThe Real Deal
August 13th, 2015
Tenants in New York City have less influence as the number of rent-stabilized units there falls.

NYC Cracks Down on Landlords Using Buyout Offers to Get Tenants Out of Rent-Stabilized Apartments
by Erin Durkin New York Daily News
August 13th, 2015
The NYC City Council voted to prohibit landlords from harassing tenants in an attempt to get them to take buyouts and move out of their rent-stabilized apartments.

State Lawmakers Prepare for Seattle Rent Control Debate
by John LangelerKING 5--Seattle
August 12th, 2015
Some Seattle lawmakers are hoping to end a statewide ban on rent control in Washington state.

Airbnb and Its Hosts Hung Out to Dry in Barcelona
Wolf Street
August 10th, 2015
Barcelona's city government is allowing landlords to avoid fines for illegally renting their units to tourists by maintaining the units as rent-controlled social housing for three years.

It's Time to Regulate Rents in Seattle
by Nick LicataSeattle Times
August 9th, 2015
A Seattle City Councilmember argues that the state law banning local rent controls should be repealed, and that Seattle should consider rent control to help preserve affordable housing.

Lender Turns Back on Tenants
by Adrian WalkerBoston Globe
August 9th, 2015
Fannie Mae is still not dealing fairly with tenants in foreclosed properties, and has been less than helpful to affordable housing groups seeking to purchase the foreclosures and protect tenants' rights.

Paris Makes Rent Cap Regulations a Reality
France 24
August 1st, 2015
Fulfilling a campaign pledge, the Socialist government has passed rent control legislation for Paris, as well as allowing the option for other French cities.

Award in Lead Paint Lawsuit Can't Be Tied to Ethnicity, Judge Rules
by Ashley SouthallNew York Times
July 29th, 2015
A New York court has rejected the argument that a jury verdict for lead paint poisoning should be reduced because, as an Hispanic child, the plaintiff would be statistically unlikely to attend college.

Fed-Up Portland Rents Assemble to Strike Back
by Max DenningPortland Tribune
July 28th, 2015
Portland tenants are meeting to decide what to do about rapidly rising rents and evictions there.

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