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City Councilman Richard Alarcón wants a freeze on rent increases
by Rick OrlovDaily News Los Angeles
Citing high employment and the weak economy, City Councilman Richard Alarcón called Wednesday for a one-year moratorium on increases for rent-controlled units.

Chamber of Commerce pushes anti-tax initiative
by Andrew RossSan Francisco Chronicle
Assemblymember Tom Ammiano's bill to prevent California public pension funds from investing in predatory equity schemes that evict tenants has received some surprising oppostion.

Tenant Groups Demand that the LA City Council Adopt Human Right to Housing Policy
by Larry GrossCoalition for Economic Survival
April 14th, 2010
Hundreds of tenants streamed in, filling the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center to overflow capacity, as a special meeting of the LA City Council Housing, Community and Economic Development Committee (HCED) was held to discuss the Report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing.

Renters Beware! Landlord Scams on the Rise in California
KSRO Radio
April 14th, 2010
KSRO radio interviews Tenants Together Executive Director, Dean Preston, on the issue of rental scams where tenants unsuspectingly rent vacant properties from scam artists who aren't actually the owners of the properties.

Renters bullied by owners facing foreclosure
April 13th, 2010
Since the onset of the foreclosure crisis, tens of thousands of renters in South Florida have been tossed out by banks and landlords essentially overnight with no mercy, and without any protection from the state of Florida.

'Count Me IV' Draws Crowds
Cross-Country Census Tour Stops in Isla Vista

by Emily NelsonSanta Barbara Independent
The Isla Vista Tenants Union sponsored an event to highlight the need for Isla Vista residents to respond to the US Census.

CalPERS to revise housing policy
by Dale Kasler Sacramento Bee
April 13th, 2010
CalPERS and CalSTRS are moving to prohibit controversial real estate investments that rely on raising rents on housing units that had been subject to rent-control laws.

California Court Okays Discrimination Against Section 8 Tenants
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
April 13th, 2010
A California Court of Appeal held that the Fair Employment and Housing Act’s “source of income” discrimination provision does not protect Section 8 tenants from discrimination based on their participation in the section 8 program.

CalPERS eyes ban on rent-control conversion investments
by Randy Diamond Pensions and Investments
April 12th, 2010
CalPERS' investment committee at its meeting next week will consider banning investments in real estate projects that eliminate rent-controlled apartments, according to the meeting's agenda.

Ruthless "Scamlords" Rip Off Would-Be Tenants
by Joan Quigley
In California, where vacant, foreclosed homes glut the marketplace, law-enforcement officials and legal aid clinics have seen a spike in landlord-impersonation cases over the past few years.

Ruling: Landlords don't have to accept Section 8 tenants
by Kevin HerreraSanta Monica Daily Press
April 12th, 2010
A state appellate court ruled recently that property owners have the right to not accept Section 8 vouchers from low-income tenants.

More scam artists posing as landlords
by Carolyn SaidSan Francisco Chronicle
April 11th, 2010
The glut of vacant foreclosed homes has inspired con artists to concoct a new scam: posing as landlords to swindle prospective tenants out of rent and deposit money. Cases of landlord impersonation have jumped throughout California in the past couple of years, according to sheriffs and legal aid clinics

Rents decreased, but affordability concerns remain
by Nick TaborekSanta Monica Daily Press
April 10th, 2010
The cost for a new tenant to lease a rent-controlled apartment decreased last year for the first time in 11 years, City Hall said in a report released this week, but the number of affordable units for those earning less than the median income continued to dwindle.

FBI probes L.A. Housing Dept.'s actions in affordable housing project
by Jessica GarrisonLos Angeles Times
April 9th, 2010
The FBI is investigating an affordable-housing deal in which Los Angeles officials channeled $26 million to a development company officer who they knew was under criminal investigation for alleged misuse of public funds, city officials said Thursday.

SF State student arrested in occupation
by Andrew PalmaGolden Gate [X} Press
April 8th, 2010
community activists, students and protesters gathered in San Francisco on Easter Sunday to protest the eviction of Jose Morales, a former tenant who lived at the house for 43 years. The rally was organized by Homes Not Jails, a group affiliated with the San Francisco Tenants Union.

Apartment rents expected to rise in San Diego
by Staff WriterSan Diego News Network
April 7th, 2010
San Diego County has the lowest vacancy levels in the region due to high- priced homes and costly rents, and rents are expected to rise slightly this year, according a USC forecast released Wednesday.

Renters be damned!
by Harry MorozHuffington Post
April 7th, 2010
According to the Congressional Budget Office, the federal government devotes four times as many budgetary resources to homeownership as it does to rental affordability.

Tenant Troubles: How Do I Get My Landlord To Pay For Property Damage They Caused?
by Dave CrowSF Appeal
April 7th, 2010
Tenant Lawyer Dave Crow answers questions about how to get a landlord to pay for property damage s/he has caused.

Housing protest leads to takeover of duplex
by James TempleSan Francisco Chronicle
April 5th, 2010
A group of homeless people and housing activists took over a privately owned Mission District duplex on Sunday in what served as the climax of a protest designed to promote use of San Francisco's vacant buildings as shelters for the needy.

San Diego tenants get no help fighting rats, mold
by Megan BurksHealthyCal
April 4th, 2010
Appalled by the substandard living conditions they found in the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego, community organizers told residents last year that they would take their concerns to the city—literally. Armed with storage-sized freezer bags full of roaches and rats from houses and rental units, healthy homes advocates presented their findings to the San Diego City Council and asked for better housing code enforcement.

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