ACLU: One-Strike Eviction Law Unfair to Landlords, Tenants
by Michael Rubinkam and Maryclaire Dale
, Washington 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 Hart
, Santa 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.
Tenant Legislation to Watch in 2015
by Dean Preston
, Beyond 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.
Public Housing is Dead. Long Live Public Housing!
by Jake Blumgart
, Aljazeera 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.
Eviction of 83-Year-Old Woman Draws Protest
by Hudson Sangree
, Sacramento Bee
December 23rd, 2014
Tenant advocates, including Tenants Together, demonstrated to protest the eviction of an 83-year-old woman from her apartment. Management claims to evict all tenants who receive Section 8 housing subsidies.
Landlords Sue to Block Section 8 Renters
by Mary Tuma
, Austin Chronicle
December 19th, 2014
The City Council in Austin TX voted to prohibit landlords from discriminating against tenants with Section 8 housing vouchers. The local landlord group has sued to overturn the ordinance, and the State Legislature has been asked to pass pre-emption legislation.
Richmond Stumbles Through a Slow-Motion Public Housing Disaster
by Ken Broder
December 19th, 2014
The worst housing project in the nation, home to low-income senior and disabled tenants, is in Richmond CA. The Housing Authority has been accused of financial irregularities, including the disappearance of new appliances intended for the tenants.
Florida Tenant Protections Face Alarming Deadline
by Kim Miller
, Palm Beach Post
December 9th, 2014
The federal Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act will expire at the end of 2014, unless Congress votes to extend the legislation. While California tenants have those protections under state law, many other states have no legislation benefiting tenants in foreclosed properties.
Donald Sterling Sued Over Bedbugs
by Matt Reynolds
, Courthouse News Service
November 25th, 2014
Donald Sterling, named to TT's Landlord Hall of Shame in 2010 and banned for life from the NBA for racist conduct in 2014, is being sued by an African American tenant for refusing to treat the tenant's apartment for bedbugs.
Galt Motel Residents Fight Evictions
by Carlos Saucedo
, KXTV News10
November 12th, 2014
Tenants at a residential motel in Galt are fighting attempts by the City to evict them. The City cites conditions at the motel as the reason for eviction, but has not provided the tenants with sufficient time to find new housing.
Renters Overlooked Because of Race
by Jaclyn Kelley
, WWLTV (New Orleans)
November 6th, 2014
African American tenants in New Orleans face discrimination in rental housing. Landlords sometimes refuse to rent to them, but also demand more stringent background checks. These are illegal under fair housing laws.
Lainez Stops 4th Ellis Eviction
by Randy Shaw
, Beyond Chron
October 21st, 2014
A San Francisco family has stopped the fourth attempt to evict them from their apartment. They have lived in their apartment for more than twenty years.