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Man involved in housing mess owes $395,000 in taxes
by Brittany LevineThe Orange County Register
August 19th, 2010
Property manager Leo Goldberg rented units out without telling future tenants that the property was going through foreclosure. Goldberg requested advance payments and walked away with them once the bank took over the property. Goldberg is one of California's top 250 delinquent taxpayers.

Golden Cockroach Awarded to "Worst Landlord"
by Steve KupfermanTorontoist
August 19th, 2010
Tenants gathered in Ontario for the presentation of the Golden Cockroach Award to MetCap Living, owner of thousands of apartment units in the Toronto area. The Parkdale Tenants Association presented the award to them with the title Worst Landlord of the Year.

City Council plays meeting games...
The Sacramento Bee
August 19th, 2010
Members of the Sacramento City Council moved the public comment period, where members of the public can comment on matters not on the agenda, from the beginning of the meeting to the end. Members of the public will have to wait until the entire meeting is almost over, which can be anywhere from two to six hours, to participate.

Walter Lembi dies - led real estate empire
by Andrew S. RossThe San Francisco Chronicle
August 19th, 2010
Infamous San Francisco mega-landlord Walter Lembi died of cancer on Tuesday.

State Bans Wholesale Evictions
by Stephanie KraftThe Valley Advocate
August 19th, 2010
A new Massachusetts law protects tenants caught in the foreclosure crisis through no fault of their own. Banks repossessing properties cannot evict tenants except for lease violations or nonpayment of rent.

Home Improvement
by Alyssa KatzNewsweek
August 17th, 2010
Approximately 30,000 tenants gathered in East Point, a suburb just outside of Atlanta, to stand in line for a Section 8 housing application. There are 455 newly available Section 8 vouchers, which renters can use anywhere in the country.

A renter's guide to eco-friendly living
by Tiffany HsuLos Angeles Times
August 15th, 2010
Renters can make low-cost home improvements that save the environment.

Feds offer aid to renters as well as homeowners
by Kathleen PenderThe San Francisco Chronicle
August 15th, 2010
Government programs have provided renters, who make up one-third of households in the US, with stronger protections when the landlord faces foreclosure. This article quotes Ted Gullicksen of the San Francisco Tenants Union, who believes the government should do more for renters in this economy.

Banks help clean up blight in Arlington
by Susan ShrockThe Star-Telegram
August 15th, 2010
After foreclosing on the owner, banks in Texas agree to renovate apartment complexes that had fallen into terrible disrepair under the previous owner.

Roseville tenant: Bank ignoring foreclosure law
by George WarrenABC News
August 14th, 2010
Tenants Together member Christine Pierce stands up to the bank and exercises rights as a tenant in a foreclosure situation.

Number of the Week: Insults and Injury for Renters
by Mark WhitehouseThe Wall Street Journal
August 14th, 2010
Since 2006, the price of renting has increased by 12%. This increase, when combined with tax breaks on mortgage interest for homeowners, suggests that renters are effectively subsidizing homeownership in the U.S.

Bronx News Roundup
by Gina CilibertoBronx News Network
August 13th, 2010
Tenant activists rallied outside the offices of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to demand that they acknowledge their involvement in the displacement of hundreds of tenants in the Bronx.

Vacation Apartment Rentals: Lucrative and Largely Illegal
by Scott JamesThe Bay Citizen
August 12th, 2010
SFTU Director Ted Gullicksen is quoted in this article about the illegal rentals of apartments to tourists.

Mobile home park residents prevail in conversion dispute
by Kevin McCallumThe Press Democrat
August 12th, 2010
The Santa Rosa Planning Commission voted to protect mobile home residents by rejecting the owner's plan to sell rather than rent spaces. Members of the planning commission believed a goal of the conversion was to avoid rent control, thus eliminating much of the city's low-income housing for seniors.

Not all O.C. landlords can raise rents
by Jonathan LansnerThe Orange County Register
August 11th, 2010
Landlords in Orange County are still having a difficult time raising rents.

MetLife on the hook for $215 million in illegal rent at Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village
by Jose MartinezThe New York Daily News
August 6th, 2010
Predatory landlord MetLife, which sold its properties to Tishman Speyer during the 2006 real estate boom, owes millions of dollars to its tenants whose apartments were illegally taken out of the rent regulation program. The apartments were illegally marked up to market rate while the owners were receiving a J-51 tax abatement from the city.

East Palo Alto seeks community input on implementing new rent control law
by Bonnie EslingerDaily News
August 5th, 2010
City officials of East Palo Alto are holding a series of meetings in August to hear from community members about how Measure H, which passed in June, should be implemented.

Landlord spray paints 'deadbeat tenants' on home
by The Associated PressThe San Diego Union Tribune
August 5th, 2010
A landlord in North Carolina who is losing her home to foreclosure has a tenant who has not paid rent in two months. The tenant shares that she cannot afford to pay both rent and moving expenses.

Proposition 8, Judge Walker and our short memories
by Pat MorrisonLA Times
August 5th, 2010
In his ruling, Judge Walker cited the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. The same clause was also cited fifty years ago when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Proposition 14, a measure passed by California voters to overturn the Rumford Fair Housing Act which banned discrimination against 'colored' property renters or buyers.

Council votes to create rent control ordinance
by Justine FrederiksenThe Ukiah Daily Journal
August 5th, 2010
The Ukiah City Council voted to create an ordinance for rent control based on a Santa Rosa ordinance. A draft of the ordinance is expected to be ready for the council to review in the fall.

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