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Last week, a California Appellate court took a giant step toward eliminating affordable rental housing in communities across California. In Palmer/Sixth Street Properties v. City of Los Angeles, the Court ruled that a Los Angeles inclusionary housing law was preempted by the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act. As a result of this decision, inclusionary housing laws across the state are in jeopardy of being tossed out by over-zealous judges.
Last week, we wrote a post about a meeting in East Palo Alto to discuss whether or not area nonprofits should be accepting money from notorious predatory landlord, Page Mill Properties.  This week we had opportunity to attend the meeting.  It was very well attended with over a dozen local nonprofits represented as well as the office of San Mateo County Supervisor Rose Jacob Gibson.
In an ongoing battle over rent control in East Palo Alto, Page Mill Properties has obtained a restraining order to prevent the City from discussing revisions to it's Rent Stabilization Ordinance. The Fair Rent Coalition vowed to file a judicial complaint against the judge who issued the order.
  • San Mateo
Tenants in a San Bernardino neighborhood slated for redevelopment protest plans that may require them to move.
  • San Bernardino
The FBI has issued a consumer alert on rental homes listed on Craisglist at very low rates. Would-be renters in California and other states have been victims of this online rental scams.
A website called eRentalApplications.com may be luring renters in California into an indentity theft scam.
July 28, 2009
Last week, a California Appellate court took a giant step toward eliminating affordable rental housing in communities across California. The Court ruled that a Los Angeles inclusionary housing law was preempted by the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act.
  • Los Angeles
Joel Koury, who commanded the most votes in the November election, resigned from his post last week citing the desire to spend more time with his young family.
  • Los Angeles
In Sonoma County court-ordered evictions are up 25 percent over three years.
  • Sonoma
While everyone is talking about the foreclosure crisis and how it affects homeowners, no one seems to be addressing the crisis facing renters. This piece recommends that prospective renters go to the county recorder's office to learn about the status of the mortgage.
  • Stanislaus
Larry Gross of CES explains how tenants’ rights advocates were shocked when a bill that would cripple mobile-home rent control laws recently passed the Assembly due to support from a number of Los Angeles area progressive and liberal Democrats.
  • Los Angeles
Realty times says that the idea of allowing foreclosed homeowners to remain in their homes as renters is gaining increased attention. Dean Baker of the Center for Economic and Policy Research says that having foreclosed properties sitting vacant benefits no parties involved.
One of downtown’s biggest developers has won a court case challenging an affordable housing law in Los Angeles.
  • Los Angeles
On August 5, the Ridgcrest City Council will make its final decision on an eviction protection ordinance intended to protect tenants from displacement after foreclosure. Local realtors say the passage of this ordinance would discourage construction of new apartment complexes.
  • Kern
Hundreds of Valley families are paying their rent on time, and still getting evicted. It's all due to a foreclosure crisis they say they did nothing to create. Tenants Together is featured in this news piece. From KFSN TV in Fresno.
  • Fresno
Responding to pattern of banks and real estate agents violating Oakland's Just Cause for Eviction law, Oakland City Attorney John Russo took an important step when he sued JP Morgan Chase and other banks and real estate agents for illegally evicting Oakland tenants after foreclosure. For this he has received a great deal of well-deserved media attention and praise from tenant advocates.
The Obama administration is considering a proposal that would allow foreclosed on homeowners to remain in their homes as renters.
This week at Tenants Together we learned of a community meeting soon to be held in East Palo Alto titled "Page Mill Properties and Local Nonprofits: Is Partnering Worth It?" hosted by One East Palo Alto (OEPA). The goal of the meeting is to have a discussion about whether or not community organizations should be accepting money from Page Mill Properties. Page Mill Properties is, of course, the notorious landlord that has bought up more that 50% of the city's rent controlled housing and has been systematically undermining the EPA rent control ordinance.
The Guardian reports on a class action lawsuit filed against San Francisco's CitiApartments for illegally withholding tenants' security deposits.
In this Op-Ed piece, Sharon Kinlaw of San Fernando Fair Housing Council and Dean Preston of Tenants Together call for banks to stop evicting tenants after foreclosure.
  • Los Angeles
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  • San Francisco

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