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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A Seattle City Councilmember argues that the state law banning local rent controls should be repealed, and that Seattle should consider rent control to help preserve affordable housing.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.

Germany Running Low on Affordable Housing
Deutsche Welle
July 27th, 2015
Germany is losing affordable housing, as affordable housing is sold off to the private sector and the government fails to construct new affordable units.

Finally, Momentum for Greater Density and More Affordable Housing in Seattle
by Ansel HerzThe Stranger
July 22nd, 2015
Seattle's Housing Commission proposes higher density and more affordable housing construction, but none of the policies will have any effect for several years. Rent control was not considered, as real estate developers opposed it.

Tenants Share Landlord Horror Stories at Town-Hall Meeting
by Amanda WoodsThe Brooklyn Paper
July 22nd, 2015
Rent-stabilized tenants in New York shared their stories of their landlords' attempts to force them from their homes.

The Brooklyn Tenants Union That's Fighting Gentrification Through Collective Action
by Ethan CoreyIn These Times
July 22nd, 2015
The Crown Heights Tenants Union is using collective bargaining tactics to limit gentrification in their neighborhood.

Rent Control Proposed for Seattle's Affordable Housing Crisis
by Joel MorenoKOMO
July 21st, 2015
While rent control is banned by law in Washington State, Seattle is looking at rent control there, as rents have increased as much as 145% in some buildings there.

Blackstone Selling 1,300 Atlanta Houses in Strategy Shift
by Heather Perlberg and John GittelsohnBloomberg News
July 13th, 2015
Blackstone has started to sell some of the houses they acquired during the housing crisis, concentrating on lower-priced properties.

What We Can Learn From Berlin's New Rent Control Law
by Rowley AmatoCurbed New York
July 12th, 2015
Berlin's new rent control law may be a model for large cities in the United States, but the efficacy of many local laws are limited by State Legislatures.

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