News and Views
May 22, 2009
The News Review reports on La Mirage tenants dealing with a condo investment scheme that has led to foreclosures of their homes.
May 21, 2009
A new law passed by Congress and signed yesterday by President Obama provides protections for tenants whose landlords fall into foreclosure. Under the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, tenants have the right to stay in their homes after foreclosure for 90 days or through the term of their lease, with limited exceptions. The bill also provides similar protections to housing voucher holders. The protections go into effect immediately and expire at the end of 2012.
May 21, 2009
VoiceofSanDiego.org follows the story of tenants dealing with a condo-investment scheme in Ridgecrest, Kern county.
May 20, 2009
The Department of Housing and Urban Development is giving out $100 million of federal stimulus money in grants to remove lead-based paint from low-income homes.
A hearing examiner has ruled in the favor of Page Mill tenants and against the landlord that rent increases charged by Page Mill Properties violate the city's rent control ordinance.
A group of Santa Cruz tenants are pleasantly surprised at the outcome of a foreclosure auction.
Page Mill Properties has a higher eviction rate against its tenants than the San Mateo County average.
Senator Leland Yee's bill, SB 782, protecting tenants from evictions based on the occurrence of domestic violence, was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The San Francisco Bay Guardian reports on the agreement of a San Francisco real estate investor and a Marin bank to purchase a rent-controlled building and use the Ellis Act to evict long-term tenants.
Senator Charles Schumer calls on the U.S. Treasury to protect renters occupying apartment buildings in foreclosure.
May 5, 2009
This New York Times article compares Fannie Mae's non-eviction policy for renters after foreclosures to the approach of other lenders that evict tenants who occupy foreclosed homes.
April 30, 2009
A federal judge ruled against closing a camp of farmworker housing on tribal land in Riverside county and has appointed a court receiver to oversee repairs to the park.
April 30, 2009
A 68 year-old resident of Santa Cruz county faces eviction as her rental home of 12 years is scheduled for a foreclosure sale.
April 28, 2009
Representatives of several banks met in New Haven to hear a proposal on stopping foreclosure evictions of tenants.
April 27, 2009
The city of East Palo Alto intends to put a revised rent control ordinance on the ballot this November.
April 24, 2009
A fourth condo complex in San Diego is linked to an investment scam that puts renters at risk of eviction.
Last week a very curious article and a very curious blog post appeared in the Bay Area online media. The article appeared on the San Francisco Sentinel and is credited to the website's founder Pat Murphy. The blog post by Zennie Abraham appeared on the San Francisco Chronicle's website SFGate.com under a new blog section called "City Brights."