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Germany Agrees New Home Rent Controls as Housing Remains Tight
by Dalia Fahmy & Arne DelfsBloomberg
The German government has enacted new rent control legislation for large cities, where housing is becoming unaffordable.

Ordinance Limits Rent on Seattle Micro-Housing Units
by Sara BernardKUOW
February 24th, 2015
Seattle's City Council has voted to reduce rents on some micro-housing units, as the developers are also receiving tax subsidies.

New York Rents Outpaced Inflation Over Three Years, Census Data Say
by Mireya NavarroNew York Times
February 24th, 2015
Rents in New York City have increased faster than the rate of inflation, and also faster than incomes over the past several years.

DA: Landlord Bribed Building Inspectors to Evict Bushwick Tenants
by Danielle Furfaro & Nathan TempeyThe Brooklyn Paper
February 14th, 2015
A landlord bribed building inspectors to evict tenants and erase building code violations at his properties.

Push to Expand Your Right to an Attorney Gains Momentum
by Samar KhurshidGotham Gazette
February 12th, 2015
New York City legislators are hoping to fund legal assistance for tenants in eviction cases. Tenants are far less likely to be evicted when they have legal representation.

Brooklyn Landlords Bribed City Housing Inspectors to Scare Tenants into Moving Out: Prosecutors
by Greg B. SmithNew York Daily News
February 12th, 2015
Brooklyn inspectors accepted bribes to help a landlord evict his tenants illegally.

Landlord Bribed Inspectors in Ruse to Evict Tenants, Prosecutors Say
by Mireya NavarroNew York Times
February 11th, 2015
A New York City landlord bribed building inspectors to help the landlord evict his tenants from their homes.

U.S. Firms Buy Housing in Spain, Raise Rent and Evict Tenants
by Juan GonzalezNew York Daily News
February 11th, 2015
The Spanish government is allowing private equity firms from the United States to buy housing there, and the firms are raising rents and evicting tenants.

In 11-th Hour Move, D.C. Finds More Hotel Rooms for Homeless Families
by Aaron C. Davis and Mike DeBonisWashington Post
February 6th, 2015
Homeless families in the nation's capital will be housed in motel rooms and other facilities that allow for privacy, even though the city government claimed it was running out of space.

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.

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