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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
ABC 7
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.
One Fire in a Real Estate Empire Rife with Issues
by Daniel Hirsch, Lydia Chavez, Andrea Valencia & Laura WenusMIssion Local
February 13th, 2015
The owner of a property where one tenant was killed and sixty-five others displaced has more than $15 million in San Francisco real estate. The low-income tenants have few options and have to tolerate substandard and dangerous conditions.
S.F. Supervisor Wants to Limit Mission Development, May Push Moratorium
by Cory WeinbergSan Francisco Business Times
February 13th, 2015
San Francisco Supervisor David Campos may push to stop development in the Mission District. Of the 500 units planned for near-term development, only 34 of them are affordable.
Push to Expand Your Right to an Attorney Gains Momentum
by Samar KhurshidGotham Gazette
February 12th, 2015
New York City legislators are hoping to fund legal assistance for tenants in eviction cases. Tenants are far less likely to be evicted when they have legal representation.
City Sues Landlord Under New Law
by David Mark SimpsonSanta Monica Daily Press
February 12th, 2015
A landlord is being sued for taking away a disabled tenant's close-in parking space and requiring her to park on the street.
Brooklyn Landlords Bribed City Housing Inspectors to Scare Tenants into Moving Out: Prosecutors
by Greg B. SmithNew York Daily News
February 12th, 2015
Brooklyn inspectors accepted bribes to help a landlord evict his tenants illegally.
Landlord Bribed Inspectors in Ruse to Evict Tenants, Prosecutors Say
by Mireya NavarroNew York Times
February 11th, 2015
A New York City landlord bribed building inspectors to help the landlord evict his tenants from their homes.
San Jose's Homeless Shuffled Along the Tracks
by Leslie GriffyKALW
February 11th, 2015
Having evicted the occupants of a homeless camp last month, the City of San Jose has continued to evict homeless campers at their new camps, even though the City admits they don't have enough shelter for all of the homeless campers.
Landlord Takes Away Disabled Tenant's Parking Space to Force Her to Leave $555 a Month Apartment
by Brenton GarenSanta Monica Mirror
February 11th, 2015
The City of Santa Monica is suing a landlord who took away a disabled tenant's parking space.
U.S. Firms Buy Housing in Spain, Raise Rent and Evict Tenants
by Juan GonzalezNew York Daily News
February 11th, 2015
The Spanish government is allowing private equity firms from the United States to buy housing there, and the firms are raising rents and evicting tenants.
Lack of Affordable Housing in L.A. County Linked to Health Problems
by City News ServiceMy News L.A.
February 10th, 2015
Not having access to safe and affordable housing causes health problems, particularly stress-related illnesses.
Landlord Sued by City for Tenant Harassment Loses Eviction Case
by David Mark SimpsonSanta Monica Daily Press
February 10th, 2015
A Santa Monica landlord who is being sued by the City for harassing her rent-controlled tenants lost her eviction case against one of the tenants.
Jury Rules for Mission District Tenants
by Tom DrohanBeyond Chron
February 9th, 2015
A San Francisco family will remain in their home after their landlord's attempt to evict them failed.
L.A.'s Small Lot Homes: Destroying Low-Rent Housing, Restoring the American Dream, or Both
by Chase ScheinbaumKCET
February 9th, 2015
Los Angeles is allowing rent-controlled units to be demolished, and the tenants evicted, to build small housing developments affordable to households making far above the median income there.
Will Handing Public Housing Projects to Private Developers Hurt the Poor?
by Rachel CohenPacific Standard
February 6th, 2015
Handing off public housing responsibilities and properties to private developers have reduced the number of affordable units, and often result in conversion to market-rate housing.
Landlords Hid Big Election Spending
by Daniel DeBoltMountain View Voice
February 6th, 2015
A landlord group contributed to candidates who opposed discussion of rent control in Mountain View, and hid their spending until after the election.
Jury Rules in Favor of Santa Monica Resident in Landmark Tenant Eviction Case
by Jennifer EdenSanta Monica Mirror
February 6th, 2015
A rent-controlled tenant stopped his landlord's attempt to evict him for bogus lease violations. The City is also investigating the landlord for harassing tenants at her properties.
Mission Fire Tenants: There Were No Smoke Alarms
by Daniel Hirsch, Lydia Chavez, Andrea Valencia & Laura WenusMIssion Local
February 6th, 2015
A Mission District building had no smoke alarms, according to the tenants. The fire displaced 65 people, and killed one person.
In 11-th Hour Move, D.C. Finds More Hotel Rooms for Homeless Families
by Aaron C. Davis and Mike DeBonisWashington Post
February 6th, 2015
Homeless families in the nation's capital will be housed in motel rooms and other facilities that allow for privacy, even though the city government claimed it was running out of space.
Tough Choices for Servicers after Tenant Foreclosure Law Expires
by Kate BerryNational Mortgage News
February 5th, 2015
The failure of Congress to renew the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act puts many tenants at risk of eviction on short notice. California tenants, however, are protected by California's version of the PTFA.
Renters Won't Have to Shoulder Quake Retrofit Costs, LA Councilman Vows
by Rosanna XiiaLos Angeles Times
February 5th, 2015
Councilmember Gil Cedillo is seeking to avoid large rent increases for rent-controlled tenants as a result of the requirement that vulnerable properties be retrofitted to withstand earthquakes.
Amended Ellis Act Relocation Law Caps Landlord Payouts at $50K
by Jay BarmanSFist
February 4th, 2015
Under a new Ellis Act relocation scheme, landlords would have to pay only $50K to evicted tenants.
Encinitas Residents Want No Part in Affordable Housing Plans
by Vanessa Herrera & Heather CulverNBC San Diego
February 3rd, 2015
Encinitas residents are balking at the rezoning required to allow for affordable housing construction there.
Rent Limits Protect Child Who Was Original Tenant, Court Says
by Bob EgelkoSan Francisco Chronicle
January 26th, 2015
California's First District Court of Appeal has ruled that a child who moved into an apartment with his parents is protected by rent control as an "original tenant."
The Government Just Took a Step Toward Ending Mass Homelessness
by Bryce CovertThink Progress
January 22nd, 2015
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) will receive funds from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to develop affordable housing. The amount raised, however, will create only a small number of the 5.5 million units needed to house low-income tenants.
ACLU: One-Strike Eviction Law Unfair to Landlords, Tenants
by Michael Rubinkam and Maryclaire DaleWashington Times
January 22nd, 2015
A Pennsylvania town is being sued to stop enforcement of an ordinance that requires tenants be evicted from their apartments for alleged illegal activities, even when the tenant had no knowledge of the activities. The law also bars landlords from re-renting the property in some circumstances.
Families Forced to Vacate Santa Rosa Apartments
by Angela HartSanta Rosa Press Democrat
January 18th, 2015
Santa Rosa code enforcement officials are forcing tenants from an substandard apartment complex, but are providing no assistance to the tenants in securing replacement housing. Code enforcement officials knew about the conditions at the complex nearly ten years ago.
Who Gets to Live Where?: The Battle Over Affordable Housing
by Lawrence LanahanAljazeera America
January 18th, 2015
The US Supreme Court will hear a case that will decide whether communities can be required to accept affordable housing to prevent the segregation of low-income developments in low-income communities.
Trailers as Affordable Housing: Solution or Bane to the Poor?
by Lane AndersonDeseret News
January 18th, 2015
Large corporate landlords own many of the mobile home communities in the US, and tenants there often cannot move their homes when the rent is increased.
Feeling the Pinch? Local Rent Prices Hit a Record High
by Jeff CollinsOrange County Register
January 16th, 2015
Orange County rents are at a record high, and tenants are having to cut back on other necessities to pay their rent.
California State Treasurer John Chiang Tackles State's Affordable Housing Crisis
Sierra Sun Times
January 15th, 2015
State Treasurer John Chiang will convene a group to look at California's affordable housing crisis.
L.A. City Council Embraces Mayor Eric Garcetti's Quake Retrofit Plan
by Rosanna Xia and Rong-Gong Lin IILos Angeles Times
January 14th, 2015
The Coalition for Economic Survival (CES) is concerned that tenants will have to pay for Mayor Garcetti's earthquake retrofit program, even though the property appreciation will accrue only to landlords.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Probes Landlord Accused of Harassing Tenants with 'Frivolous' Lawsuits
by Greg B. SmithNew York Daily News
January 13th, 2015
A Manhattan landlord is being investigated by New York's Attorney General for harassing rent-controlled tenants. Harassment of tenants in rent-controlled units is a nationwide problem.
U.S. Mayors Fight Homelessness
by Bendix AndersonNational Real Estate Investor
January 13th, 2015
Homelessness increased from 2013 to 2014, and there was a larger increase in the number of homeless families. Three of the surveyed cities were in California.
Koreatown Development Stirs Parking Concerns
by David ZahniserLos Angeles Times
January 12th, 2015
A Koreatown development would increase parking problems there, and would destroy 44 units of rent-controlled housing.
Tenant Legislation to Watch in 2015
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
January 12th, 2015
Tenant activists will be working on several issues over the next year, including allocating funds for the renter's rebate and prohibiting discrimination against Section 8 tenants.
Mayor Garcetti's Quake Retrofit Plan Draws Cautious Early Support
by Rosanna Xia and Rong-Gong Lin IILos Angeles Times
January 12th, 2015
Tenant activists in Los Angeles are concerned that a earthquake retrofit plan for concrete buildings will unduly burden tenants.
Public Housing is Dead. Long Live Public Housing!
by Jake BlumgartAljazeera America
January 10th, 2015
Congress has tripled funding for the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, which would transfer public housing units to the private sector. RAD projects do not serve the poorest tenants, and the housing may not be permanently affordable. At the same time, Congress has cut other affordable housing funding.
The Challenge of 2015: Affordable Housing
by Jean TeppermanEast Bay Express
January 7th, 2015
Protecting and developing affordable housing is a critical issue in Oakland, as low-income residents are being forced out of the City.
City Looking at Housing Options: Burlingame Leaning Away from Rent Control Measures
by Angela SwartzThe Daily Journal
January 7th, 2015
City officials in Burlingame are looking for solutions to the problem of high rents there

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