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Philadelphia’s renegade sheriff faces office shutdown after stand for homeowners
by Linda S. WallaceTri State Defender Online
July 22nd, 2010
Since being elected in 1987, Philadelphia Sheriff John Green has taken some controversial steps to allow more time for owners to save their homes from foreclosure. The 'foreclosure intervention' model, which aims to facilitate a dialogue between homeowners, lenders, and housing activists, has received a lot of attention this year as a result of the foreclosure crisis.

For Bakersfield Builder, Rentals Are ‘Cutting-Edge’ Solution
by Dawn WotapkaThe Wall Street Journal
July 22nd, 2010
A WSJ blog post addresses the effect that the housing crash has had on a development in Kern County.

Dodd-Frank Reform Bill Extends Tenant Act through 2014
by Kerry CurryHousing Wire
July 21st, 2010
The federal Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act (PTFA) allows tenants living in foreclosed properties the right to remain in their home for 90 days or through the term of their lease. The PTFA was set to sunset in 2012. This morning, President Obama signed an extension of the PTFA through 2014.

Letter to the Editor
The Daily News
July 20th, 2010
A letter to the editor in response to Tenants Together director Dean Preston's Op-Ed on the impact of a massive Cargill development on nearby mobilehome residents in Redwood City.

Crowd packs council meeting to hear proposed rental inspection ordinance
by J.M. BrownMercury News
July 20th, 2010
The Santa Cruz City Council is taking steps to adopt a rental inspection ordinance. The ordinance would require owners to register properties and submit to city inspections. Previous version of the ordinance only affected owners of buildings with three or more units. Now, the ordinance would apply to all owners of rental properties.

Tenants can get stung in foreclosures, too
by Rick RadinContra Costa Times
July 20th, 2010
Contra Costa Time article profiles tenants in foreclosure situations and includes information about tenants' rights from an interview with Tenants Together Program Coordinator, Gabe Treves.

City Hall wants Supreme Court review
by Nick TaborekSanta Monica Daily Press
July 20th, 2010
Santa Monica City Hall lawyers will ask the California Supreme Court to review the Embassy Hotel Apartments case in an attempt to overturn a ruling that has hurt affordable housing in Santa Monica.

CalPERS sued for documents related to failed $100 million investment in Page Mill properties
by Bonnie EslingerMercury News
July 20th, 2010
"The First Amendment Coalition has sued CalPERS to obtain records on why the pension fund invested $100 million in Page Mill Properties, the biggest residential landlord in East Palo Alto."

Sites help struggling homeowners find tenants
by Ari Levy and Dan LevyThe San Francisco Chronicle
July 18th, 2010
Earlier this month, the New York State Legislature passed a bill that would ban rentals of less than 30 days in New York apartment buildings. The legislation is directed at larger multifamily dwellings where landlords evict tenants to develop illegal hotels and addresses concerns of unregulated rentals. Airbnb, a company that facilitates and promotes short-term vacation rentals across the world, is against the legislation. As illustrated by this article, homeowners facing foreclosure find relief through short-term vacation rentals that help them meet mortgage payments.

Rescued From Blight, Falling Back Into Decay
by Cara BuckleyThe New York Times
July 18th, 2010
This NYT article takes a look at the future of debt-ridden buildings located in central Brooklyn, the South Bronx, and Harlem. The author notes that the city is taking steps to foreclose on properties, but tenants are protected during any transfer of ownership.

PETRA, the death of public housing
by Lynda CarsonIndy Bay
July 16th, 2010
The author of this article addresses the potential conversion of public housing units in Berkeley and the Obama administration's PETRA (Preservation, Enhancement, and Transformation of Rental Assistance) proposal.

Mobile home parks are invisible pawns in battle over Saltworks project
by Dean PrestonMercury News
July 16th, 2010
Tenants Together director wrote this Op-Ed on the impact of a massive Cargill development on nearby mobilehome residents in Redwood City.

With public housing rent owed, evictions feared
by John CoteSan Francico Chronicle
July 16th, 2010
This article in the San Francisco Chronicle addresses evictions over back rent at SF public housing. The article quotes Sara Shortt, director of Housing Rights Committee of SF.

Renter protections may reach ballot
by Kevin HerreraSanta Monica Daily Press
July 15th, 2010
The Santa Monica City Council takes steps towards strengthening protections for renters by increasing the amount of time a tenant has to respond to minor violations before being served with a three-day notice to vacate. The Council will look at a draft ballot measure next week.

SF Board Says 'Yes' to Lennar
by Zusha ElinsonThe Bay Citizen
July 14th, 2010
San Francisco Supervisors Chris Daly, Eric Mar, and John Avalos were the only ones to vote against certifying the environmental impact report on the plans for the old Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. The report was approved 8-3 after a 10 hour hearing. The developer, Lennar, plans to build 10,000 homes on the contaminated superfund site.

13 Tenant Activists Arrested During Protest
by Lauren RahejaCity Limits
Tenant activists in NYC have been advocating for the passage of stronger rent laws since the Democrats regained control of the state senate in the November 2008 election. None of the bills have been passed. With the legislative session coming to a close and an election coming up in November, tenants have grown impatient. Thirteen activists were arrested Monday on charges of civil disobedience.

Jerry Brown Investigates Banks’ Treatment of Foreclosure Tenants
by Gabe TrevesBeyond Chron
July 13th, 2010
Gabe Treves, Program Coordinator at Tenants Together, reports on California Attorney General Jerry Brown's investigation to ensure compliance with tenant-protection laws by banks and private investors acquiring tenant-occupied, foreclosed properties.

Tenants' rights rally ends in arrests
by Betsy MoraisCapital New York
The New York State Senate has yet to take action on a package of bills that would protect and advance the rights of tenants in the state of New York. Tenants, advocates, and allies are growing increasingly impatient as the Senate, which currently holds a Democratic majority for the first time in nearly forty years, fails to take action. After decades of weakening tenant laws, tenants are growing increasingly impatient. Thirteen tenant activists of the Real Rent Reform Campaign and Housing Here and Now were arrested after a rally on charges of civil disobedience.

Mandelman Garners Tenants Union Endorsement
by Luke Thomas Fog City Journal
July 12th, 2010
The San Francisco Tenants Union recently announced that it has endorsed Rafael Mandelman for District 8 Supervisor.

Tenants have rights during foreclosures, Brown's office notes
Times Herald
July 6th, 2010
Attorney General Brown recently began investigating the illegal actions of banks, brokers, and lawyers towards innocent tenants who have become victims of the foreclosure crisis.

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