The Ellis Act was passed in 1985 to provide landlords with alternate means to get out of the rental business. However, the Act is primarily used by real estate speculators, which uses a loophole in the act to evict tenants and make windfall profits. The Ellis Act allows landlords to evict all the... continue reading
Tenants Together has been organizing buildings in Concord, Contra Costa County, where landlords have been allowing bed bug infestations to persist. In the summer of 2013, TT began helping Concord tenants make formal complaints. In October, tenants testified at a city council meeting about the... continue reading
In 2012 Tenants Together conducted a survey of our members, finding that 60% experienced unfair withholding of some or all of their deposit.The report recommended two reforms to ensure that tenants are not unfairly deprived of their deposits. First, it is recommended that tenant deposits be kept in... continue reading
Landlord Hall of Shame is designed to expose the worst landlords in California and to make sure that their actions do not go unnoticed.
Although the renters' rebate remains on the books as a program, it has been unfunded for several years. If you want to see this critical program restored, contact your legislators today and let them know how you feel. We will let our members know if funding is restored, so if you are not on our... continue reading
We lost the legislative battle but won the fight to get CalPERS to divest from predatory equity schemes like Page Mill's evictions in East Palo Alto.
Tenants Together formed on the heels of the fight to defend rent control and tenant protections by defeating Prop 98. We were a part of a broad coalition that WON.
We passed just-cause ordinances in Merced and Ridgecrest, succeeded in including tenant protections in the Homeowner's Bill of Rights, and protecting tenants statewide from unfair evictions after ownership changes.