News and Views

Judith Liben, a Massachusetts housing attorney, and Tim H. Davis, an independent research consultant, make the argument that banks should be renting to tenants after a foreclosure.
The city of Visalia is considering passing a rent control ordinance for mobile home parks.
  • Tulare
The East Bay Express reports on the passage of the Richmond ordinance protecting renters from post-foreclosure evictions.
  • Contra Costa
This San Diego Union Tribune article discusses the argument that the $7,500 small claims limit in California should be raised.
Randy Shaw of BeyondChron.org looks at predatory lending practices of banks and the impact on tenants.
  • San Francisco
A group of North Hollywood tenants are being evicted after being told by bank representatives not to pay rent after the bank foreclosed on their homes.
This article discusses renter protections for military personnel who find themselves in foreclosure situations.
The San Jose Mercury News reports that an internal investigation is being conducting regarding allegations that a Palo Alto police lieutenant was hired by Page Mill Properties to harass a tenant activist.
  • San Mateo
June 10, 2009
The Sierra Sun reports on a homeless Truckee resident who was evicted by her landlord after she complained of mold growth in the home.
  • Nevada
AB 761, which jeopardizes rent control in mobile home parks, passed a vote in the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee.
  • Solano
June 7, 2009
The article from the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports on two tenants dealing with a foreclosure situation.
  • Sonoma
Helen Rippier Wheeler argues that the Berkeley Housing Authority should receive a subsidy from the City of Berkeley.
  • Alameda
At a town hall meeting in the San Fernando Valley this week, the LAPD warned homeowners and renters of common scams involving foreclosed properties.
  • Los Angeles
Tenants of a mobile home park in Ventura county and sponsors of a rent control initiative have filed complaints with the Secretary of State alleging that the park owner misled voters into signed an opposing initiative.
Tenants of a Page Mill Properties' four-plex were given eviction notices. The tenants feel that they are being targeted for their activism against the landlord.
  • San Mateo
The San Luis Obispo Tribune reports on the passage of new tenant protections in Helping Families Save Their Homes Act.
  • San Luis Obispo
Due to the high number of consumer complaints, the California Department of Real Estate has accused a Huntington Beach rental listing service of fraud.
Gavin Newsom accepted a $25,000 campaign contribution from a real estate investor, Thomas J. Coates, who last year contributed over $1 million to Proposition 98.
  • San Francisco
This Associated Press article looks at a Georgia company and the trend of an increase in lease-to-buy options for renters.

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