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Housing Advocates, Long Beach Square Off Against Proposed Rent Escrow Program
by Eric BradleyLong Beach Press-Telegram
May 23rd, 2015
The Long Beach City Council is resisting the establishment of a rent escrow program that would allow tenants to place their rent payments with the City to force landlords to correct code violations in their units.
SF's Hottest Bootcamps are for Tenants
by Jenny ManriqueMIssion Local
May 22nd, 2015
TT Executive Director Dean Preston was a presenter at a tenants' rights bootcamp sponsored by the San Francisco Tenants Union.
Activists Hold Rally in Support of San Jose Renter Protections
KRON
May 13th, 2015
Local activists rallied in support of greater tenant protections, as tenants are forced from their homes by high rents.
S.F.'s Mission After the Moratorium
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
May 12th, 2015
The moratorium proposed for San Francisco's Mission District may provide some breathing room to protect the remaining affordable housing there.
San Francisco May Subsidize Middle-Class Apartments for First Time
by Cory WeinbergSan Francisco Business Times
May 12th, 2015
San Francisco's housing crisis may now require that the city provide subsidized housing for families making more than $100,000 a year.
Supervisor Jane Kim Takes Aim at 'Frivolous' Evictions
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
May 12th, 2015
Supervisor Jane Kim is proposing legislation that would limit frivolous evictions by landlords seeking to evict rent-controlled tenants.
Lafayette Fails to Enact Emergency Rent Hike Moratorium
by Jennifer ModenessiContra Costa Times
May 12th, 2015
Lafayette's City Council failed to pass an emergency rent moratorium there.
Rent Control Rising? San Jose Councilman Says It's Time to Expand Regulations, Add Teeth
by Nathan Donato-WeinsteinSilicon Valley Business Journal
May 12th, 2015
A San Jose City Councilmember wants to strengthen rent control legislation there, and to enact just cause eviction protections.
San Jose Mulls More Rent Control
by Ramona GirwargisSan Jose Mercury News
May 12th, 2015
The San Jose City Council may strengthen that city's weak rent control law and enact just cause eviction protections.
Tenants Renting From Wall Street Pay More
by Darwin BondGrahamEast Bay Express
May 12th, 2015
Tenants Together released a new report on a survey of tenants who rent from the Wall Street landlords, private equity firms that bought large numbers of properties out of foreclosure.
Could S.F. Supe's Bid to Halt Building Market-Rate Units Work?
by Emily GreenSan Francisco Chronicle
May 9th, 2015
Peter Dreier argues that the moratorium on new market-rate construction in San Francisco's Mission District might work.
Silicon Valley Giants Don't Just Build Offices Now. They're Also Responsible for Housing
by Biz CarsonBusiness Insider
May 8th, 2015
The Mountain View City Council is allowing tech companies to build huge office complexes without providing more than a thimble-full of affordable housing.
This Means War: Bedbugs Are Infesting California
by Dennis RomeroLA Weekly
May 8th, 2015
Legislation is being proposed to require that landlords eradicate bedbugs in rental units. The legislation would also prohibit tenants from moving bedbug-infested furniture to a rental unit.
Mission District Anti-Eviction Protesters Take Over City Hall
KTVU
May 8th, 2015
Tenant groups in San Francisco went to City Hall, demanding more affordable housing in the City.
How Can the City Kick-Start Affordable Housing
by Laura Wenus, Daniel Hirsch & Lydia ChavezMIssion Local
May 8th, 2015
Addressing the City's housing problems requires that City leaders establish affordable housing as a priority.
Orange County Supervisors Oppose Affordable Housing Bill, Citing Fee Increase
by Nick GerdaVoice of Orange County
May 8th, 2015
The Orange County Board of Supervisors is opposed to a bill sponsored by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, which would increase real estate recording fees to provide funds for affordable housing.
Tenants Triumph Over Google Attorney
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
May 8th, 2015
A Google attorney has been stopped from evicting tenants under the Ellis Act.
New Santa Monica Law to Prohibit Discrimination Against Section 8 Tenants
by Niki CervantesSanta Monica Lookout
May 8th, 2015
Santa Monica's City Council passed legislation that would prohibit landlords from discriminating against Section 8 tenants. Section 8 discrimination often prevents tenants from renting in wealthier neighborhoods.
Displaced Tenants of Troubled Hotel Await Water Test Results
by Eric RasmussenKTVU
May 8th, 2015
Tenants of an Oakland residential hotel have been forced to leave their homes while the source of water contamination there is determined. The hotel has been cited numerous times for code violations.
Class Action Suit Settlement Renews Warning for Renters
by Lolita LopezNBC Los Angeles
May 8th, 2015
A SoCal landlord is being required to refund deposit monies that were wrongfully withheld for maintenance and repairs that were properly the landlord's responsibility.
Can One Oakland Law Slow Gentrification?
by Will HuntsberryKQED
May 8th, 2015
Oakland's law prohibiting landlords from harassing their tenants may--or may not--slow gentrification there.
Peninsula Renters Priced Out of Homes Face Tough Rental Market
ABC 7 News
May 8th, 2015
Skyrocketing rents in the Bay Area are forcing tenants out of their communities.
Landlord Discrimination Against Section 8 Vouchers Outlawed
by David Mark SimpsonSanta Monica Daily Press
May 7th, 2015
Landlords in Santa Monica will no longer be allowed to discriminate against tenants who rent using Section 8 vouchers.
Rules to Strengthen Alameda's Rent Mediation Process Stall
by Michele EllsonThe Alamedan
May 6th, 2015
Alameda's City Council has failed to enact tenant protections in the face of spiraling rents, even though the City contributed to the crisis by failing to construct rental housing after 1972.
Campos Wants Moratorium on New Housing in the Mission
by Emily GreenSan Francisco Chronicle
May 5th, 2015
Supervisor David Campos is calling for a moratorium on new market-rate housing in San Francisco's Mission District.
Bill de Blasio to Propose Sweeping Changes to Rein In NYC Rents
by Juan GonzalezNew York Daily News
May 5th, 2015
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is asking the State Legislature there to allow the City to end vacancy decontrol for rent-stabilized properties there.
Mission District Housing Moratorium May Head for November Ballot
by Cory WeinbergSan Francisco Business Times
May 4th, 2015
A ballot initiative that would impose a moratorium on new market-rate housing in the Mission District is being readied for the November ballot.
Republicans in Congress Take Aim at the National Housing Trust Fund
by Shiv RawalThink Progress
May 4th, 2015
Republicans in Congress want to transfer National Housing Trust Fund monies to another affordable housing program. NHTF monies provide housing for those most at risk of becoming homeless.
America's Poorest Renters Are Finally Catching a Break
by Lydia DePillisWashington Post
May 4th, 2015
Fewer tenants are paying more than half their incomes for rent than in 2011, but the number of tenants who cannot find affordable housing is still far higher than in 2003. Tenants in the West are most likely to have trouble finding affordable housing.
Some Richmond Property Owners Agree to Limits on Rent Increases, But Face Skepticism
by Fabian GraberRichmond Confidential
May 4th, 2015
Some Richmond landlords are willing to limit rent increases, apparently to forestall calls for rent control, but tenants are skeptical that voluntary agreements will protect them.
Council Cracks Down on Full-Unit Rentals, Legalizes Home-Shares
by David Mark SimpsonSanta Monica Daily Press
April 29th, 2015
The City Council in Santa Monica will legalize short-term rentals, but will prohibit the use of residential units as full-time vacation rentals.
State High Court Rejects S.F. Landlord's Bid to Raise Rents
by Bob EgelkoSan Francisco Chronicle
April 29th, 2015
A tenant who moved into a rent-controlled unit as a child is an original tenant and is protected by San Francisco's rent control ordiance.
Lafayette City Leaders Considering Rent-Increase Moratorium in Possible First Step Toward Rent Control
CBS (San Francisco)
April 29th, 2015
Large rent increases are leading Lafayette city leaders to consider rent control legislation.
As L.A.'s Rents Rise: Crenshaw Tenants Battle Eviction
by Lovell Estell IIIBeyond Chron
April 29th, 2015
Ellis Act evictions are spreading to Los Angeles, where rent-controlled tenants are being displaced.
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.

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