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ACLU: One-Strike Eviction Law Unfair to Landlords, Tenants
by Michael Rubinkam and Maryclaire DaleWashington Times
January 22nd, 2015
A Pennsylvania town is being sued to stop enforcement of an ordinance that requires tenants be evicted from their apartments for alleged illegal activities, even when the tenant had no knowledge of the activities. The law also bars landlords from re-renting the property in some circumstances.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Probes Landlord Accused of Harassing Tenants with 'Frivolous' Lawsuits
by Greg B. SmithNew York Daily News
January 13th, 2015
A Manhattan landlord is being investigated by New York's Attorney General for harassing rent-controlled tenants. Harassment of tenants in rent-controlled units is a nationwide problem.

New York City Activists Mobilize for Right to Counsel in Eviction
by Elizabeth J. BaderTruthout
January 5th, 2015
The City Council in New York City is discussing a pilot project that would provide lawyers for all tenants in eviction cases.

Until the UK Introduces Rent Controls, So Many of Us Will Continue to Face Lifetimes of Exploitation
by Alex HiltonThe Independent
January 4th, 2015
A new poll shows that nearly 60% of Britons support rent controls for tenants in private housing. Tenants there lost many rights with the "reforms" of the late 1970s that limited tenants' rights and abandoned construction of social housing.

After Four Decades of Fair Housing, Segregation Still Rules Milwaukee Streets
by Brendan O'BrienMilwaukee Neighborhood News Service
December 31st, 2014
Many communities use zoning and planning restrictions to avoid fair housing rules, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development has failed to prohibit such practices.

Want to Rent in Boston? Get a $50-An-Hour Job
by Katie JohnstonBoston Globe
December 25th, 2014
Boston tenants need to earn $100K a year to afford the median-priced apartment there. Rent control was ended by state initiative in Massachusetts in 1993.

Driven Out of Home for Christmas: Meet the Working Families Facing Eviction
by Hannah FearnThe Independent
December 22nd, 2014
Tenants in London are being evicted at a rate of 600 per day, as rents increase there.

After Suing, Tenant Comes Home to the Brooklyn Apartment She Was Made to Leave
by Julie SatowNew York Times
December 22nd, 2014
A Brooklyn landlord was required to allow a former tenant to move back into an apartment she was forced to vacate when the landlord renovated the property.

Landlords Sue to Block Section 8 Renters
by Mary TumaAustin Chronicle
December 19th, 2014
The City Council in Austin TX voted to prohibit landlords from discriminating against tenants with Section 8 housing vouchers. The local landlord group has sued to overturn the ordinance, and the State Legislature has been asked to pass pre-emption legislation.

How Landlords Harass Old People
by Steve WishniaThe Indypendent
December 16th, 2014
Older tenants in New York's rent-controlled properties face the same harassment as younger people, but are less able to fight back.

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.

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