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Tenant Protection Bill Weakened, But Passes
by Kim MillerPalm Beach Post
April 27th, 2015
Tenants in Florida will have 30 days to move after a landlord's foreclosure with the passage of legislation there. Previously tenants faced immediate eviction after a foreclosure.
Richmond Mayor Butt Is Wrong on Rent Control
by Mike ParkerBeyond Chron
April 27th, 2015
The arguments made by Richmond's Mayor Tom Butt are wrong.
Neighborhood Comes Together in Hopes of Slowing Gentrification
by Jessica KwongSan Francisco Examiner
April 26th, 2015
Residents of San Francisco's Mission District are struggling to slow the gentrification of their neighborhood.
SoCal Landlords Call for Change in Water Bills Amid Historic Drought
by Gordon TokumatsuNBC Los Angeles
April 24th, 2015
Landlords of rent-controlled properties in Los Angeles want to pass the cost of water onto their tenants, but most haven't moved to install water-efficient landscaping or appliances at their properties.
Landlord's Plans Spur Fears of Displaced Residents
by Mark NoackMountain View Voice
April 24th, 2015
A landlord's plans will displace tenants from a Mountain View apartment complex, and tenants will not be able to find affordable housing there.
Richmond Fails to Pass Moratorium on Rent Increases
by Karina IoffeeContra Costa Times
April 22nd, 2015
Richmond failed to pass a moratorium on rent increases, even though rents there have increased 33% over the last five years. Tenants Together participated in the campaign for the moratorium.
Deadly Oakland Fire Ignites Tenant-Landlord Dispute
by Sam LevinEast Bay Express
April 22nd, 2015
Tenants at an Oakland live-work building where two tenants died in a fire are demanding that the landlord begin repairs at the property so that they can return to their homes.
Tenants Protest Eviction from Apartment Building
by Kimberly LeofflerAnnenberg TV News
April 21st, 2015
Tenants in a Los Angeles apartment building are being evicted under the Ellis Act so that the property can be converted to a hotel.
Despite 'Troubling' Fair-Housing Results, Portland to Cut Back on Testing
by Brad SchmidtThe Oregonian
April 21st, 2015
Portland's City Council will cut back on promised yearly fair housing testing, even though substantial discrimination in rental housing was discovered in previous testing.
Landlords Want Renters to Pay Their Own Water Bills
by Juliet Bennett RylahLAist
April 21st, 2015
Landlords in Los Angeles want tenants to pay their own water bills, but would simply divide the water bill by the number of units, rather than providing individual water meters.
Chief Justice Advocates for More Access to Legal Help
by Mark LaneDaytona Beach News-Journal
April 18th, 2015
The Chief Justice of Florida's State Supreme Court is advocating for legal help for Floridians in civil cases, including landlord-tenant.
The U.S. Spends Far More on Homeowner Subsidies Than It Does on Affordable Housing
by Richard Florida City Lab
April 17th, 2015
The US spends far more on subsidizing homeowners than on affordable housing for tenants.
Lots of New Housing in San Francisco, But It's Still Not Enough
by John WildermuthSan Francisco Chronicle
April 16th, 2015
Housing construction in San Francisco has not been for those who most need housing, and the City is losing housing to Airbnb rentals.
Apartment Rents Resume Upward March in Q1: Here's How Much
by Nathan Donato-WeinsteinSilicon Valley Business Journal
April 16th, 2015
Rents in Silicon Valley increased 12 percent over the last year, and local governments have taken no action to address the problem.
Rent Board Split on Water Fee Pass-Through
by David Mark SimpsonSanta Monica Daily Press
April 16th, 2015
The Santa Monica Rent Board discussed both water fee pass-throughs and tenant buyout proposals.
Sky-High Southern California Rent Keeps Getting Higher
by Maritza Moulite NBC Los Angeles
April 16th, 2015
Rents in Southern California have increased nearly eight percent in the last year, and building new housing will not alleviate the problem.
Tenants Are Left Out in the Cold with the End of a Law That Protected Them from Eviction
by Jackie CallawayWFTS
April 16th, 2015
A Florida mother faces a 3-days' eviction notice after her landlord's foreclosure, as tenants there are no longer protected by the federal Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act, and the State Legislature there has failed to act to protect tenants.
SF Apartment from Hell: Tenants Sue Landlords over Sewage in Sink, Blood-Stained Walls
CBS (San Francisco)
April 16th, 2015
Tenants in a San Francisco apartment building are suing their landlords for code violations and illegal rent increases.
San Francisco "In-Law" Housing May Add Hundreds of New Units
by Roland LiSan Francisco Business Times
April 14th, 2015
Supervisor Scott Wiener is advocating allowing in-law units to help alleviate San Francisco's housing shortage.
Confusion on the SF Housing Front
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
April 14th, 2015
The City may be changing the rules on some housing developers after their developments were approved, although the City claims that the developers are trying to evade affordable housing requirements.
Future of Renters' Rights Subject of Disagreement Between City, Advocacy Group
by Jason RuizLong Beach Post
April 14th, 2015
Slumlords in Long Beach will likely get a free pass, as the City is unwilling to allocate funds to inspect and cite substandard rental units.
Aldermen Make Changes to Chicago Foreclosure Ordinance
by Hal DardickChicago Tribune
April 13th, 2015
Chicago's City Council will discuss changes to foreclosure legislation there to protect tenants' rights in foreclosed properties.
East Palo Alto Residents March Against Gentrification
by Sue DremannPalo Alto Weekly
April 13th, 2015
East Palo Alto residents protested against the gentrification of their community, one of the few affordable cities in Silicon Valley.
San Diego Mayor Calls for Special Derelict Housing Enforcement Team
by Megan BurksKPBS
April 13th, 2015
Mayor Kevin Faulconer has proposed new funding to enforce housing codes in rental housing in San Diego. Code enforcement there has concentrated on marijuana dispensaries and foreclosed houses.
Soaring Bay Area Rents Spark Growing Calls for Rent Control
by Matthew ArtzSan Jose Mercury News
April 12th, 2015
Local government officials are avoiding discussion of rent control, even though there is little else they can do to alleviate the housing crisis.
Affordable Housing Loophole Ignites Fight over $2,000 a Month 'Co-Housing' Apartments
by Cory WeinbergSan Francisco Business Times
April 10th, 2015
A San Francisco developer is trying to evade the City's affordable housing requirements by claiming that his market-rate units do not qualify as dwellings.
Advocacy Group Wants Los Angeles City Hall to Lower Parking Fines
by Dakota SmithLos Angeles Daily News
April 10th, 2015
Local groups in Los Angeles want parking fines, particularly those for street cleaning, to be reduced. Tenants are often hit by these fines, as they often don't have garages or other off-street parking.
Berkeley Residents Grapple with Building Boom and Gentrification Issues
by Judith ScherrInside Bay Area
April 10th, 2015
The building boom in Berkeley has not resulted in the development of affordable housing, but has resulted in the construction of market-rate and luxury units.
Tenants, Advocates Rally Against Unsafe Conditions in Fresno Rentals
by Carmen GeorgeFresno Bee
April 9th, 2015
Local groups in Fresno, including Tenants Together, rallied to demand that the City force landlords to maintain their rental properties.
Renters Near Golf Course Evicted before US Open
by Jack BroomSeattle Times
April 8th, 2015
Tenants who aren't protected by "just cause" eviction laws can be evicted for any reason or no reason at all, including the landlord's decision to rent the place out for the US Open.
San Jose Affordable Housing Law Faces Key Legal Test
by Howard MintzSan Jose Mercury News
April 7th, 2015
Realtor groups are trying to stop local communities from requiring developers to include affordable housing in their projects.
L.A.'s Biggest Apartment Complex Has Broken Elevators, Insect Infestations and a Waiting List
by Jonathan TolliverLA Weekly
April 7th, 2015
Owners of a large Los Angeles complex are failing to maintain their property. The building is infested with rats and roaches, and elderly tenants who cannot climb stairs are trapped in their apartments.
24 Residents Forced to Leave Uninhabitable Building in SF
by Leslie BrinkleyABC 7 News
April 6th, 2015
The City is trying to force tenants to leave a building after the landlord failed to correct habitability violations. However, the City has failed to find adequate replacement housing for the tenants being evicted.
Community Workshops to Discuss Richmond's Future Housing Policies, Including Renters' Rights
by Mike AldaxRichmond Standard
April 6th, 2015
Richmond will hold a series of workshops to discuss affordable housing. The links to the workshop sites are available on the Richmond Standard site.
Blumenthal Introduces the Permanently Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act of 2015
Political News
April 4th, 2015
Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn) has introduced legislation to protect tenants in foreclosed properties. Many tenants nationwide lost all protections when the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act expired at the end of 2014.
Upset over Water Waste, Castroville Residents Sue Landlord
by Tom Leyde Monterey Herald
April 3rd, 2015
Tenants of Sam Zell's Equity Lifestyle Properties are suing their landlord for wasting water at their mobile home park.
New Facebook, Apple, Google Campuses Expected to Exacerbate Silicon Valley's Housing Crisis
by Salvador RodriguezInternational Business Times
April 3rd, 2015
An influx of tech workers will exacerbate the Bay Area's housing crisis.
Florida Tenants Face Swift Eviction after Legal Lapse
by Kim MillerPalm Beach Post
April 2nd, 2015
With the expiration of the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act at the end of 2014, tenants in Florida face 24-hour eviction after a foreclosure. And Florida has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the US.
When Landlords Harass Tenants
by Sam LevinEast Bay Express
April 1st, 2015
Landlords in the Bay Area have been using a variety of tactics, ranging from the tacky to the inspired, to rid their properties of tenants who are protected under rent control laws.
Chinatown Hotel Next Up in S.F. Gentrification Wars
by J.K. DineenSan Francisco Chronicle
March 27th, 2015
Tenants in a Chinatown hotel are facing eviction on trivial grounds.
More SF Mid-Market Artists Are Fighting Eviction
by Chris RobertsSan Francisco Examiner
March 26th, 2015
Artists are being evicted from their live-work spaces to make way for commercial tenants.
San Francisco Artists Protest Eviction Notice from Market Street Space
CBS (San Francisco)
March 26th, 2015
San Francisco artists are fighting eviction from a building the landlord is converting to commercial use.
Dorchester Residents Fighting Fannie's Foreclosure Evictions
by Eliza DeweyBay State Banner
March 26th, 2015
Dorchester homeowners and tenants are fighting evictions in their community.
Just-Cause Eviction Policy Proposed as Alternative Solution
by Brendan P. BartholomewSan Francisco Examiner
March 26th, 2015
Seeking solutions to the housing crisis there, San Mateo County Supervisors are looking at just-cause eviction, even though that would not prevent landlords to evict tenants by raising rents.
Garcetti Says State Should Give Tax Breaks for Quake Retrofits
by Rosanna Xia and Rong-Gong Lin IILos Angeles Times
March 26th, 2015
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is calling on the state to help with the earthquake retrofits for vulnerable buildings there.
It's Time to Overturn the State Ban on Rent Control
by Robert GammonEast Bay Express
March 25th, 2015
State restrictions place severe limitations on the ability of local government to preserve affordable housing.
Growing Number of Oakland Seniors Are Homeless
by Laura McCamyOakland Local
March 25th, 2015
Older Oakland tenants are facing homelessness as rents increase there.
Tenant Advocates Push City Council, Mayor to Call Housing Loss a Crisis
by Rianna HidalgoReal Change
March 25th, 2015
Tenant advocates in Seattle are calling on local officials to declare a housing emergency to address the rapid increases in rents there.
Study Finds Harsh Impacts of Family Evictions
by Matthew Desmond and Rachel Tolbert KimbroBeyond Chron
March 25th, 2015
Evictions have long-term negative consequences for women and children, including poorer health and increased poverty.
Tenants: Preserve Rent-Regulated Housing
by Michael Gould-WartofskyHuffington Post
March 23rd, 2015
Rent-regulated tenants in New York City are demanding that the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) ensure decent housing conditions.
Child Homelessness in New York City Hit an All-Time High. Here's How It Can Be Fixed
by Eleanor GoldbergHuffington Post
March 23rd, 2015
New York City needs to develop more affordable housing, as there are 25,000 homeless children there.
Renters Face Sharp Price Increases in Napa Market
by Jennifer HuffmanNapa Valley Register
March 23rd, 2015
Napa rents have increased 21% over the last four years.
Lennar Builds More Rentals as Slow Sales Pace Persists
by John GittelsohnBloomberg News
March 23rd, 2015
Corporate homebuilders are moving into rental construction as fewer people are buying homes.
Can Chiu, Ting Win Ellis Act Reform?
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
March 20th, 2015
San Francisco legislators will have to lead the effort to reform the Ellis Act and protect tenants there.
Advice Encouraging Landlords to 'Stalk' Potential Tenants Withdrawn
by Hannah FearnThe Independent
March 20th, 2015
A British landlord group withdrew a "tips" piece for landlords when critics noted that some of the suggestions amounted to stalking potential tenants.
How Activists in 3 Cities Are Fighting Evictions
by Alexis StephensNext City
March 20th, 2015
Activists in Detroit, San Francisco and Brooklyn are fighting evictions in their cities.
As Gentrification Persists in San Francisco, Evictions Take New Forms
by Adam HudsonTruthout
March 19th, 2015
Landlords are developing new ways to evade the law in evicting tenants in San Francisco.
Mobile Home Tenants Battle Landlords Over Rent Hikes
by Jennifer WadsworthSan Jose Inside
March 18th, 2015
Mobile home park owners in San Jose are trying to increase rents beyond the allowable rent increase.
Mass Rent-Control Evictions Are on the Rise in Santa Monica
Curbed Los Angeles
March 18th, 2015
San Francisco and Santa Monica are facing an increase in the eviction of rent-controlled tenants.
New Mass Ellis Evictions Hit Mission
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
March 18th, 2015
Long-time San Francisco landlord is evicting the tenants from one of his Mission District properties.
How Your Tax Dollars Are Wasted To Build Luxury Apartments
by Steve WishniaGothamist
March 18th, 2015
Tax subsidies allow developers to reap large profits for luxury units, and provide only a few very expensive affordable units.
A Housing Market Divided
by David DayenCapital and Main
March 16th, 2015
Housing developers concentrate on the luxury market in California, and little housing is built for the majority of Californians.
Longtime Rent-Control Tenant Shocked to Discover $6,700 Rent Hike is Totally Legal
by Lamar AndersonCurbed-San Francisco
March 16th, 2015
A San Francisco landlord took out a second unit to turn a rent-controlled unit to a single family rental. Single-family homes are exempt from rent control under state law.
Working Poor Grappling with Housing Crisis
by Bill SilverfarbSan Mateo Daily Journal
March 16th, 2015
Families are forced to live in overcrowded conditions as rents increase in the Bay Area.
SF Renter Says Landlord is Raising Her Rent 400 Percent with $12,500 Security Deposit
CBS (San Francisco)
March 15th, 2015
A San Francisco tenant reports that she is facing a 400% rent increase. Tenants who rent single-family homes cannot be protected by rent control legislation under the State's Costa-Hawkins law.
After 31 Years in Echo Park, Victims of Displacement by Gentrification
by Steve LopezLos Angeles Times
March 14th, 2015
A family is being evicted after 31 years in their flat for the construction of an "infill" development.
Rental Buyout Decision Continued to April
by Matthew Hall Santa Monica Daily Press
March 14th, 2015
Santa Monica's rent board has put off a decision on whether or not the board should collect buyout information for all rent-controlled tenants who are offered buyouts by their landlords.
Dems Offer Bill to Restore Renter Protections
by Cristina MarcosThe HIll
March 13th, 2015
Two legislators have introduced legislation that would restore the rights of tenants whose landlords face foreclosure.
Privatizing Public Housing: The "Genocide of Poor People"
by Toshio MeronekTruthout
March 13th, 2015
The privatizing of San Francisco's public housing may lead to improvements--or may lead to further reduction of San Francisco's affordable housing stock.
How East Bay Tenants Get Displaced
by Sam LevinEast Bay Express
March 11th, 2015
Oakland tenants are being displaced by steep rent increases.
Airbnb and Other Short-Term Rentals Worsen Housing Shortage, Critics Say
by Tim Logan, Emily Alpert Reyes and Ben PostonLos Angeles Times
March 11th, 2015
Short-term rentals are exacerbating the housing crisis in Los Angeles, as housing units are converted to tourist use.
Santa Monica Official Sees Pattern of Landlords Harassing Disabled Tenants
by Niki CervantesSanta Monica Lookout
March 11th, 2015
Several Santa Monica landlords are facing legal action for harassing their disabled tenants by taking away accessible parking, prohibiting support animals and the like.
California's Affordable Mobile Home Parks Vanishing
by Katie KramonPeninsula Press
March 11th, 2015
Mobile home parks in California are disappearing, to make way for higher-cost housing.
The Nine Neighborhoods That Make All the Airbnb Money in L.A.
by Adrian Glick KudlerCurbed-LA
March 11th, 2015
Most Airbnb rentals are in just a few neighborhoods, but they have a major impact on rental housing in those neighborhoods.
Santa Monica Rent Board Staff Opposes Collecting Buyout Offers
by Jonathan FriedmanSanta Monica Lookout
March 10th, 2015
The Santa Monica rent board staff opposes collecting tenant buyout information, citing privacy concerns.
Disabled Santa Monica Tenants Get Their Parking Revoked, Authorities Say
by Dennis RomeroLA Weekly
March 10th, 2015
Two disabled tenants in Santa Monica are fighting for their parking spaces.
Pols Call for Albany to End Vacancy Decontrol
by Gerald FlynnThe Villager
March 5th, 2015
New York City politicians are calling on the State Legislature there to end vacancy decontrol to protect rent-controlled units in the City.
Tenants at 1049 Market Street Can Keep their Homes--For Now
by David-Elijah NahmodHoodline
March 4th, 2015
The Board of Supervisors in San Francisco has passed legislation that will protect the tenants at 1049 Market Street from eviction for another year.
Equity Firms Are Lending to Landlords, Signaling a Shift
by Matthew GoldsteinNew York Times
March 3rd, 2015
Private equity firms are lending funds to landlords for purchase loans.
Middle Class Struggles to Find Affordable Housing
by Jeremy ThomasSanta Cruz Sentinel
February 26th, 2015
The housing crisis has spread up the economic ladder, as middle-income households can no longer find affordable housing.
St. Louis Passes Bill to Reduce Section 8 Concentration in Poor Neighborhoods
by Walker MoskopSt. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 26th, 2015
St. Louis has passed legislation that would ban landlords from rejecting tenants because they hold Section 8 vouchers.
Assembly Leader Backs $75 Fee to Expand Affordable Housing
February 25th, 2015
Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins has proposed a $75 fee for recording real estate transactions to pay for affordable housing.
San Mateo County to Study 'Rent Control': Supervisors Form Blue Ribbon Task Force on Housing
by Bill SilverfarbSan Mateo Daily Journal
February 25th, 2015
San Mateo County will form a commission to study the housing crisis there.
Germany Agrees New Home Rent Controls as Housing Remains Tight
by Dalia Fahmy & Arne DelfsBloomberg
February 24th, 2015
The German government has enacted new rent control legislation for large cities, where housing is becoming unaffordable.
Tenants at 1049 Market Street Again Threatened with Eviction
by David-Elijah NahmodHoodline
February 24th, 2015
Tenants at a mid-Market live-work building are facing eviction, as the legislation protecting them has expired.
Ordinance Limits Rent on Seattle Micro-Housing Units
by Sara BernardKUOW
February 24th, 2015
Seattle's City Council has voted to reduce rents on some micro-housing units, as the developers are also receiving tax subsidies.
New York Rents Outpaced Inflation Over Three Years, Census Data Say
by Mireya NavarroNew York Times
February 24th, 2015
Rents in New York City have increased faster than the rate of inflation, and also faster than incomes over the past several years.
New California Legislative Efforts to Mitigate Ellis Act Evictions
by Melanie NathanO-blog-dee-o-blog-da
February 24th, 2015
New legislation is being proposed that would limit Ellis Act evictions.
Whack-A-Mole City Enforcement Keeps Slumlords in Business
by Megan BurksVoice of San Diego
February 19th, 2015
San Diego slumlords face little threat from local code enforcement.
San Diego Mayor Pledges More Funds to Help Tenants with Problem Landlords
by Megan BurksKPBS
February 19th, 2015
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer will investigate ways to help tenants with landlords who allow substandard conditions at their properties. Local building inspectors have failed to investigate complaints and demand remediation.
Roseville Woman Says Landlord Kicking Her Out After She Complained About Fire Hazard
by Ron Jones CBS (Sacramento)
February 19th, 2015
A 77-year-old Roseville woman is being evicted from her apartment after she complained to the Fire Department about malfunctioning smoke detectors.
Media Misleads Public on SF Fires
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
February 19th, 2015
Local media has failed to hold the San Francisco Fire Department accountable for lax inspection practices that have allowed serious violations to remain uncorrected for years.
Palm Springs May Require Help for Displaced Renters
by Barrett NewkirkThe Desert Sun
February 18th, 2015
Palm Springs may require relocation assistance for tenants displaced when their apartments are converted to condominiums.
Santa Monica Rent Board Could Place Further Restrictions on Tenant Boyouts
by Jonathan FriedmanSanta Monica Lookout
February 17th, 2015
Tenants would have a longer time to consider buyout offers, and agreements would be submitted to the City, under proposed legislation in Santa Monica.
Rent Control Ordinance Urged: Affordable Housing Advocates March in Redwood City
by Dave NewlandsSan Mateo Daily Journal
February 17th, 2015
Activists in Redwood City are demanding action to deal with the rental housing affordability crisis there.
South L.A, Seniors Face Poor Conditions, Unfair Evictions
by Lauren DayIntersections South L.A,
February 16th, 2015
The Coalition for Economic Survival (CES) is organizing low-income tenants in South Los Angeles to fight evictions and force landlords to make needed repairs. Low-income seniors, in particular, often face homelessness if they are evicted.
DA: Landlord Bribed Building Inspectors to Evict Bushwick Tenants
by Danielle Furfaro & Nathan TempeyThe Brooklyn Paper
February 14th, 2015
A landlord bribed building inspectors to evict tenants and erase building code violations at his properties.
Landlord Ordered to Compensate Santa Rosa Tenants Displaced by Mold
by Angela HartSanta Rosa Press Democrat
February 14th, 2015
A group of Santa Rosa tenants has been awarded emergency rent assistance in a lawsuit against landlords who allowed deplorable conditions at their property.
Trouble on 24th Street
by Daniel HirschMIssion Local
February 13th, 2015
A tenant in a live-work space in the Mission was forced to contend with serious code violations.
Picket Held in Isla Vista Fighting Back against Evictions
by Senerey De Los SantosKEYT
February 13th, 2015
The Isla Vista Tenants Union is continuing its protest of the eviction of tenants from a property there, including relocation benefits for evicted tenants required under a Santa Barbara County ordinance.

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