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Citigroup, Fannie and Freddie suspend evictions for holidays
by Ronald D. OrolMarketWatch
December 18th, 2009
In a move that may help tenants in foreclosure situations, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Citigroup Inc. have announced that they will suspend evictions during the holidays.

StuyTown Market-Rate Units Return to Rent Control: Attorneys reach deal to return more than 4,000 apartments to rent stabilization beginning in January 2010.
by Chris WoodMultiFamily
December 16th, 2009
Tenants in a predatory equity battle in NYC will see some 4,400 units return to rent stabilization under a settlement with attorneys representing landlords Tishman Speyer/BlackRock. CalPERS invested $500 million in this predatory equity scheme that reports indicate is collapsing.

Tenant Troubles: Ant Infestation
by Dave CrowSF Appeal
December 16th, 2009
In this week's installment of the "Tenant Troubles" weekly advice column for tenants Dave Crow answers a renter's question about dealing with an apartment ant infestation.

Avalos Continues Appeal for Evictions Control
by Kimberly ChuaMision Local
December 16th, 2009
In a move to appease concerned property owners, San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos amended proposed legislation to extend just cause eviction protections to tenants living in units built after 1979.

WATER: Renters may get water meters, and bills to go with them
by BRADLEY J. FIKESNorth County Times
December 15th, 2009
New and substantially remodeled apartments, condos and other "multifamily" projects in San Diego would be required to have individual water meters, under an ordinance to be introduced early next year.

West Hollywood Loses Urgency Ordinance Lawsuit
by WeHo News Staff News
December 14th, 2009
A lawsuit brought by developers in the wake of the West Hollywood’s 2007 “urgency” residential building moratorium prevailed in a State Court of Appeals earlier this month.

Clinics help people represent themselves in court
by GREG RISLINGAssociated Press
December 14th, 2009
Legal clinics offer tenants and others unable to afford or otherwise obtain representation from attorneys, assistance with filing their own paperwork representing themselves in court.

Newsom plans foreclosure eviction bill
by John Upton San Francisco Examiner
December 13th, 2009
The mayor of San Francisco has said he will veto legislation passed by the Board of Supervisors that expands just cause for eviction protection to rental units built after 1979. In its place he says he will propose a similar ordinance that will apply only to rental units that go into foreclosure.

Making a plea on behalf of San Francisco renters
San Francisco Examiner
December 12th, 2009
San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu introduced a resolution “urging” the state legislation to act on behalf of low-income residents, not landlords by amending Costa Hawkins to exempt local affordable-housing ordinances.

In San Francisco’s North Beach, a Brewing Eviction Battle
by GERRY SHIHNew York Times
December 11th, 2009
A landlord in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood is attempting to use the Ellis Act to evict his tenants, all of whom have lived in the building for at least 20 years.

Some Blame Firm On East Palo Alto Crime Spike (Watch video)
by Hank PlanteCBS-5 TV San Francisco
December 11th, 2009
This story covers the devastating impact that Page Mill Properties' (David Taran) predatory equity scheme has had on the community of East Palo Alto. The report includes an interview with Tenants Together Executive Director Dean Preston.

New life may be breathed into eviction-protection plan
by Rachel GordonSFGate / San Francisco Chronicle
December 10th, 2009
After failing to secure a veto-proof majority vote at the Board of Supervisors to extend eviction protections in San Francisco, tenant advocates are contemplating a pared-back version of their proposal that could nail down the one extra vote they need.

Firm Takes Heat Over East Palo Alto Crime
by Bobby WhiteWall Street Journal
December 10th, 2009
Now that Page Mill Properties' predatory investment scheme with rental properties in East Palo Alto has begun to collapse, tenants blame the landlord's neglect for increased robberies and buglaries.

Dufty Votes Against Eviction Protection Law
by Paul HogarthBeyondChron
December 9th, 2009
San Francisco supervisors voted to expand just cause for evictions to all rental units built after 1979. Bevan Dufty – who plans to run for Mayor in 2011 – once again cast the fourth vote that would block the promised veto override by Mayor Gavin Newsom.

S.F. tenants' victory likely to be short-lived
by Rachel GordonSan Francisco Chronicle
December 9th, 2009
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance to expand just cause for eviction protections to rental units built after 1979. However, Mayor Gavin Newsom has stated that he will veto the measure.

Eviction Controls on the Horizon
by Nancy LópezMission Local
December 8th, 2009
Mission Local covers the legislative fight in San Francisco to extend just cause for eviction protections to post-1979 rental units. While the proposed ordinance was modified to address concerns by opponents, Mayor Gavin Newsom has nonetheless insisted he will veto the measure.

Tenants cry foul over Olympic eviction
CBC News
December 7th, 2009
Tenants in East Vancouver, Canada say their landlord is evicting them to rent out to Olympic tourists.

10% of NYC's low-cost housing seen deep in debt: Study finds that overleveraged buildings more likely to harass rent-regulated tenants as several are seen heading for financial defaults.
by Amanda FungCrains NY Business
December 7th, 2009
Nearly 10%, or 100,000 units, of the New York's affordable housing stock were overleveraged by predatory equity investors, and several of them are heading toward financial default, according to a recent report from a housing advocacy group. On list of properties at risk are Tishman Speyer's Peter Cooper Village & Stuyvesant Town, in which CalPERS invested $500 million.

Political History Of WeHo Part One
by Steve
December 3rd, 2009
Twenty-five years ago, skyrocketing rents and the resulting displacement of many residents was what inspired a drive to incorporate the The City of West Hollywood.

Eviction Threat Drives Man to Suicide, His Mother to Despair
by Ken HuSing Tao Daily
December 3rd, 2009
Facing an Ellis Act eviction a San Francisco man committed suicide last year. Now his mother faces eviction. Driven by the huge profits, the model of purchasing a building-turning it to TIC- evicting tenants using the Ellis Act is increasingly common in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco.

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