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The Obama mortgage plan is criticized for not doing enough to address the impact of foreclosures on renters.
The Santa Cruz Sentinel announces the Tenant Foreclosure Hotline.
  • Santa Cruz
The San Luis Obispo Tribune announces Tenant Foreclosure Hotline.
  • San Luis Obispo
Market Watch reports on the impact of foreclosures on renters across the country.
A new study shows that more than 70% of California's single senior renters are financially insecure and struggling to meet their basic needs.
Sacramento Capitol Radio announces the Tenant Foreclosure Hotline.
After defunding the renters' and homeowners' tax assistance program (known as the "renters' rebate") on grounds that the state could not afford to make any tax rebate payments to low-income senior, blind and disabled Californians, the Governor has signed new legislation to give $100 million in tax credits to people who buy homes between March 2009 and March 2010.
The Calaveras Enterprise reports that foreclosures in the County have increased the demand for rentals.
  • Calaveras
San Francisco landlords who tormented their tenants are back in jail.
  • San Francisco
On February 13, Tenants Together participated in a forum in Washington D.C. at the U.S. Capitol building to brief Congressional staffers and other advocates about the urgent national issues facing tenants in overleveraged properties.
Acorn is organizing neighborhoods across the country to stop evictions.
Tenants Together supports the efforts of the Partnership to Preserve Affordable Housing to make sure that tenants in apartment buildings are protected in the federal bailout plan. Here is the latest policy statement from PPAH: Dear Friends and Allies,
The article looks at the impact of foreclosures on Contra Costa County renters.
  • Contra Costa
Low-income tenants of Hotel Alexandria reach a nearly $1 million settlement with the hotel owner.
  • Los Angeles
February 12, 2009
Sacramento area families struggle with job loss and inability to pay rent.
East Palo Alto tenant activists asked Palo Alto officials to investigate the role of the Palo Alto Police Department in the dispute between Page Mill Properties and its tenants.
  • San Mateo
The Court of Appeal has decided to publish its decision in Clark v. Mazgani. Tenants Together, along with Bet Tzedek Legal Services, the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, and the Housing Rights Center, had successfully requested that the Court publish the opinion.
Chris Lund may be a thorn in the side of Page Mill Properties, but you've got to hand it to the guy: he's having an impact. Lund appears to be part pit-bull. He's clenched his teeth on this predatory landlord and isn't letting go. Page Mill has apparently decided that the best defense is a good offense. The company is smearing Lund in an obvious attempt to discredit one of their main opponents in this ongoing affordable housing battle in East Palo Alto.
February 9, 2009
We heard from a property owner in Burlingame, CA today who informed us that the city will begin mailing ballots this month to homeowners regarding a new flood control measure that would cause property owners to pay a fee of approximately $150 a year to fund the infrastructure for new storm drains, but that tenants will not be receiving ballots or have a right to vote on these increases. With no rent control in Burlingame, landlords will likely pass these costs onto their tenants. So basically, tenants who will feel the impact of this fee have no right to vote on whether to approve it.

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