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Sen. Patricia Jehlen votes to protect residents against foreclosures
by Medford TranscriptMedford Transcript
May 10th, 2010
With home foreclosures continuing to rise in Massachusetts in spite of the improving economy, Sen. Patricia D. Jehlen, D-Somerville, voted for legislation that protects residents from mortgage fraud, protects tenants in foreclosed properties from arbitrary evictions and helps people stay in their homes.

AZ Gov. signs law requiring landlords to tell renters about foreclosures
by Associated PressKVOA.com
May 10th, 2010
PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill requiring landlords to notify potential tenants if their rental property is in foreclosure.

Landlord Crybabies Forced To Ellis Because Landlording Became So Unpleasant
by Dave CrowCrow & Rose Tenant Rights Blog
May 9th, 2010
Last month the San Francisco Business Times published a reprehensible editorial, “Tenant activists exacerbate rental housing crisis.” I’m sorry, but if being a landlord is so unpleasant, why don’t you just sell your building without evicting the tenants?

Bill barring landlords requiring pet declawing, debarking moves forward
by C. JohnsonNews10.net
May 6th, 2010
A proposed law that would make it illegal for California landlords to make declawing and devocalizing of pets a condition of tenancy was approved by the Assembly Judiciary Committee Tuesday.

Chicago apartments: 125 foreclosures a week
by Mary Ellen PodmolikChicago Breaking Business
May 6th, 2010
More than 125 apartment buildings in Chicago went into foreclosure each week of 2009, affecting tenants in more than 20,000 rental units, according to a new report.

Wells Fargo reducing rents at 437 ex-Page Mill units
by Jessica Bernstein-Wax and will oremusMercuryNews.com
More than 400 East Palo Alto tenants living in Page Mill Properties' former buildings recently got good news in the mail from Wells Fargo Bank.

Chicago renters hit harder by foreclosures than home owners
by FRANCINE KNOWLESChicago Sun-Times
May 5th, 2010
More than 125 multi-family buildings in Chicago went into foreclosure each week last year, according to a new report that showed Chicago renters were hit harder by foreclosures than Chicago home owners.

Four-month freeze on apartment rents proposed by L.A. City Council committee
by David ZahniserLos Angeles Times
May 5th, 2010
A Los Angeles City Council committee called Wednesday for a four-month prohibition on rent increases at an estimated 630,000 apartments.

SMRR takes stand against office development
by Nick TaborekSanta Monica Daily Press
May 4th, 2010

Tenant Advocates Back One-Year Rent Freeze in Los Angeles
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
May 4th, 2010
Tenant advocates are taking aim at rent control provisions that allow rent increases during sharp economic downturns. In Los Angeles, City Council member Richard Alarcon has called for the passage of a one-year moratorium on rent increases for more than 600,000 apartments across the city.

Adding Eviction to Injury: When Did It Become OK to Blame Crime Victims?
by Katherine E. WalzThe Shriver Brief
May 3rd, 2010
Congress and several states take actions to stop evictions of victims of violence.

How CalPERS bet big on real estate and lost
by Ed MendelCalpensions
May 3rd, 2010
CalPERS has lost hundreds of millions of dollars recently in real estate investments, including ventures in predatory equity schemes in New York and East Palo Alto.

Lodi landlords must determine how to bill renters for water after meters have been installed
by Maggie CreamerLodi News-Sentinel
May 1st, 2010
As water meters start to come online over the next six years, landlords will have to discuss with renters how billing on the new system will work.

State Senate approves foreclosure legislation
by Matt MurphyLowell Sun
April 30th, 2010
For the first time, the Massachusetts bill also tries to protect renters from being evicted from their buildings if their landlords can't make payments. The legislation would prevent banks or other lenders from evicting tenants from foreclosed apartment buildings or condos without just cause until that building is sold.

City says rent control costs are necessary
by PHILIP RILEYARGUS-COURIER
April 30th, 2010
Petaluma city officials say legal defenses against mobile home park owners have been necessary to protect mobile home park residents from rent increases.

House Bill Would Allow Those Facing Foreclosure to Stay on as Renters
by Carrie BayDSNews.com
April 29th, 2010
Two House Democrats have introduced a bill to create a “right to rent” for homeowners facing foreclosure.

Chicago renters could get security deposits back in foreclosures
by Hal DardickChicago Tribune
April 27th, 2010
Thousands of apartment dwellers who stand to lose security deposits because of building foreclosures would get their money back under a proposed ordinance a Chicago City Council committee approved today.

Assembly bill targets 'predatory equity' schemes
by Gennady Sheyner Palo Alto Online
April 26th, 2010
Spurred by the recent implosion of Page Mill Properties' East Palo Alto portfolio, California's elected officials are considering barring state pension funds from investing in companies that rely on displacing tenants to turn a profit.

Recession's Silver Lining: Housing Slump Chilled Ellis Act Evictions
by Matt SmithSf Weekly
Evictions, particularly Ellis Act evictions, have decreased over the last year in San Francisco.

Scandals drive Democratic pension reforms
by Ed MendelCalpensions
April 26th, 2010
Scandals at CalPERS, including its investments in predatory equity schemes, have driven the call for reform.

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