News and Views

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.
February 9, 2009
San Diego anti-tobacco groups are lobbying to pass rules and legislation that would restrict smoking in apartments and condominiums.
  • San Diego
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  • San Diego
This article reports on a day of evictions by San Diego County sheriff's deputies.
  • San Diego
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  • San Diego
A tenant activist who is a a resident of East Palo Alto's Page Mill Properties alleges that he was bribed with a money offer by the landlord to stop his activism.
  • San Mateo
February 6, 2009
ACORN is organizing neighborhoods to oppose evictions.
  • Alameda
A new study conducted by the University of Georgia found that calculators designed to show potential benefits of buying over renting are misleading.
Los Angeles commercial landlords are supplementing their rental income by posting advertising signs on their properties.
  • Los Angeles
The landlord of a victim of the Los Angeles Christmas eve massacre has attempted to collect rent and damages from the victims family because she provided "insufficient notice to vacate."
A Bakersfield family seeks answers to common questions around renters' rights in foreclosure situations.
  • Kern
Freddie Mac will allow borrowers who have had their homes foreclosed on to stay in the properties as tenants under negotiated rental agreements.
Despite falling rental prices in Ventura County, many families are unable to afford the rents.
  • Ventura
January 29, 2009
This Mother Jones article looks at the number of foreclosure and mortgage crisis related suicides and incidents of violence. In many cases, people were driven to desperate measures after receiving eviction notices.
The Wall Street Journal reports on a notorious San Francisco landlord's recent deal to deed 51 of its properties back to the lender.
  • San Francisco

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