News and Views
The Sacramento Bee looks at the business side of California's rental market. With more and more Californians becoming tenants, rents in California have been steadily increasing, as much as thirty percent over three years in some areas. According to the article, one exception is Sacramento, where availability of apartments is still keeping up with the demand. This is due, in part, to newly foreclosed homes being put on the rental market.
April 18, 2008
The Modesto Bee profiles an elderly tenant struggling to get her security deposit back from the new owner after losing her home during a foreclosure.
April 17, 2008
Mortgage News Daily reports on a study which found the no one earning minimum wage in California is able to afford a decent rental unit.
April 16, 2008
The San Francisco Examiner cites statistics on California's rising rents.
April 9, 2008
David Lazarus of the Los Angeles Times covers the plights of LA renters being priced out of their homes.
San Francisco and San Mateo have the fourth highest rents in the country, according to a new nation-wide study.
Rent Control Debate Looms Dueling Measures on the June Ballot set up a Fight Between Tenants and Landlords.
April 2, 2008
The Orange County Register covers the rent control battle on the June ballot. Tenants Together's director points out that Prop. 98 is an attack on all renters, not just those protected by rent control
A Santa Monica Chronicle article discusses the status of Assembly Member Alberto Torrico's bill that would help renters in foreclosure situations.
March 27, 2008
Giselle Acevedo and Paul Freese call on leaders to address the lack of affordable housing in Los Angeles by supporting rent control, regulating condo conversions, and creating permanent funds dedicated to affordable housing.
March 25, 2008
This Chronicle article covers efforts to protect tenants from utility shutoffs in foreclosure situations.
March 24, 2008
CBS5 reports on a federal court ruling on the constitutionality of a rent control ordinance in San Rafael.
Ventura county passes a law that would prohibit condo conversions for mobile parks, unless majority of tenants vote to approve plans for conversion.
Beyond Chron exposes the rhetoric of an apartment owner association.
March 16, 2008
The Oakland Tribune covers Saturday's rally in Oakland against Prop. 98.
March 14, 2008
In Los Angeles, a wide coalition of groups came together to call on Mayor Villaraigosa and the City Council to accept Housing LA's three-point affordable housing proposal, which includes taking measures to protect existing affordable housing at risk of demolitions and condo conversions.
March 12, 2008
This article in the L.A. Times describes lender harassment to evict tenants, including how a lender stopped paying the water bill in a bid to evict tenants from an Oakland duplex.
March 12, 2008
SF Chronicle publishes letter to the editor from Tenants Together
Attorney General Lets Down 14 Million Tenants: Refuses to Include “Rent Control” in the Title of Prop. 98.
March 10, 2008
March 5, 2008
Landlord Landmark Equities must pay $10 million in fines and restitution to tenants!