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NYC Affordable Housing is Vanishing as Rents Skyrocket, Incomes Decline
by Corinne LestchNew York Daily News
April 23rd, 2014
Hundreds of thousands of affordable units have disappeared in New York City, even as the median income there has declined. One cause is the rise of "predatory equity" investing.

Airbnb Worsens City's Affordable Housing Crisis, Harlem Pols Say
by Jeff MaysDNAinfo New York
April 22nd, 2014
NYC politicians argue that Airbnb encourages landlords to hold their units off the rental market and rent them to short-stay tourists.

After Foreclosure Crisis, Renters Suffer Under Wall Street Landlords
by Elaisha StokesAljazeera America
April 20th, 2014
Wall Street investment firms are purchasing New York properties, but aren't willing to put in the money to maintain them properly.

Seattle Outlines Regulations for Micro-Housing
by Alison MorrowKING 5--Seattle
April 18th, 2014
The development of micro-housing units in Seattle has caused controversy there.

Tenants Sue Brooklyn Landlord Claiming Discrimination
by Michael R. SisakAssociated Press
April 15th, 2014
Tenants in a Brooklyn building have sued their landlord, claiming that the landlord has failed to maintain the property and illegally evicted African-American tenants in order to replace them with white and Asian tenants. New York's Tenant Protection Unit (a state agency) has subpoenaed documents from the landlord, asserting that they have been flagrant violations of landlord-tenant laws.

Tenants Ask City to Aid in Rescue of Troubled Apartments
by Claire MosesNew York World
March 19th, 2014
Tenants in 42 New York City apartment buildings want the City to force the properties into foreclosure. The investment groups that purchased the buildings tried to evict the rent-controlled tenants who live at the properties.

When a Rent Hike Is Really an Eviction
by Danny WestneatSeattle Times
March 18th, 2014
Elderly tenants are being forced from their homes in Seattle, as landlords increase rents beyond what they can pay. One tenant's rent increase will make her rent greater than her income.

NJ Justices Grant Christie More Time to Rebuild Affordable Housing Agency
by Salvador RizzoStar-Ledger
March 14th, 2014
New Jersey's Supreme Court will give Governor Chris Christie until November to write new regulations for affordable housing there. The Court found earlier that communities were evading their affordable housing responsibilities by prohibiting any development.

Bill Seeks to Change Louisiana's Landlord-Tenant Laws
by Richard A. WebsterThe Times-Picayune
March 7th, 2014
A bill has been introduced in Louisiana's Legislature to provide more rights to tenants in landlord-tenant disputes.

Social and Affordable Housing Measure Under Threat
Dublin People
March 3rd, 2014
Developers in Ireland want to eliminate the requirements that they either build or pay for affordable housing. They claim that the requirements limit their ability to build housing.

Tenants Claim Colonial Management Hindered Bid to Organize
by Julia StricklandThe Real Deal
February 25th, 2014
New York City tenants are suing the management of the properties where they live for attempting to stop them from organizing. The owners are a consortium of private equity firms that are facing foreclosure.

New York AG To Put Heat on Banks for Foreclosed Properties
by Andrew R. JohnsonWall Street Journal
February 10th, 2014
New York's Attorney General is supporting legislation that would require banks to maintain properties in foreclosure. This is particularly important in minority communities, where banks have been remiss in maintaining their properties.

Why Some Chicago Apartments Don't Need a Security Deposit
by Dennis RodkinChicagomag
February 5th, 2014
Some Chicago landlords, faced with security deposit regulations that protect tenants and punish landlords for illegally withholding deposits, have decided to switch to non-refundable "move-in fees." Non-refundable fees are illegal in California.

West End Senior Fights Eviction
by Jennifer ThuncherVancouver Courier
February 4th, 2014
A Vancouver senior is being evicted from her apartment, allegedly so that a manager can move into the property. However, there are several other vacant units in the building.

Bill Would Tighten Restrictions on Renters
by Tim LocketteAnniston Star
February 3rd, 2014
In Alabama, a bill sponsored by the local association of realtors would allow landlords to keep tenants' security deposits for 60 days after a tenant moves out.

The Housing Conundrum: To Own or Not to Own
by Philip Brasor and Masako TsubukuJapan Times
February 3rd, 2014
A couple in Japan discuss their decision to purchase a house. One reason for doing so is that the government there encourages homeownership by making renting a burden, particularly for the elderly.

Tenants of '3 Boro Pool' Say Private Equity Owners Are Keeping Them in the Dark
by Dennis SlatterlyNew York Daily News
January 28th, 2014
Tenants in New York City are concerned that the private equity group that owns their buildings may refinance their loans and keep the properties. The landlords have run up 2,700 code violations on the buildings.

Bill Would Ban Nuisance Laws, Allow Calls to Police
by Dennis OwensWTHM
January 16th, 2014
Legislators in Pennsylvania are moving to ban local nuisance ordinances, which require eviction of tenants after a limited number of police calls, after a young woman was attacked by her ex-boyfriend and then pleaded with neighbors not to call the police. Neighbors did call the police and the local government did try to evict the victim.

Castellan Real Estate Partners Will Agree to Pay Spanish-Speaking Tenants Forced Out of Apartments
by Juan GonzalezNew York Daily News
January 15th, 2014
Tenants with valid leases were forced from their apartments after the landlord demanded pay stubs and citizenship documents, in violation of New York state law. The tenants who were forced to move will be given cash compensation or allowed to return to their homes.

New Renter Rules Move Forward
by Ben BromleyNews Republic
January 14th, 2014
Tenants and landlords in Baraboo WI will be cited if police come to a property more than three times in a single year. Other communities are being sued for passing such ordinances because they do not provide equal protection (homeowners do not face similar restrictions), and the ordinances might prevent tenant victims of crime from calling police.

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