News and Views

January 22, 2009
Welcome to Rents and Rants, a blog for tenants, organizers and advocates to share their opinions and updates on tenant issues in California.
January 22, 2009
January 22, 2009
A San Francisco judge has temporarily blocked certain sections of Proposition M, a voter-approved anti-harassment law.
  • San Francisco
Page Mill Properties has filed another suit against the City of East Palo Alto. This suit alleges that the City failed to provide the landlord with copies of a review of the East Palo Alto rent stabilization ordinance by the city of Berkeley.
  • San Mateo
For all of those who have stood up to the abusive tactics of one notorious San Francisco landlord, there is a measure of satisfaction in the news that the CitiApartments/Skyline conglomerate has been forced to give up 51 of its buildings.
This Chronicle article looks at projections for rents and vacancy rates in San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose for 2009.
  • San Francisco
The California Court of Appeal recently published a decision in favor of tenants in an eviction case, Espinoza v. Calva. The Court ruled that because the premises was "untenantable" under state law, the trial judge was incorrect in entering judgment for the landlord in the eviction case. California law clearly called for this result and the Court of Appeal was correct in its ruling.
This blog examines the practice by homeowners associations to ban rentals.
January 20, 2009
The City of Sparks, Nevada, is purchasing foreclosed properties that have been on the market for at least six months and using them as rentals.
To avoid foreclosure, San Francisco's second biggest landlord, the Lembi Group, deeds 51 apartment buildings back to the lender.
  • San Francisco
January 15, 2009
Tenants of a Pasadena rental complex agreed to vacate their homes despite having no place to go out of the fear that an eviction would appear on their credit report.
  • Los Angeles
January 14, 2009
The LA Weekly examines the state of affordable housing in Los Angeles.
  • Los Angeles
Fannie Mae announces its new policy regarding renters who occupy foreclosed properties.
According to the Sacramento Bee, high rents are one of the reasons that more people are moving out of California than any other state.
Tenants Together's Dean Preston reports on anti-tenant bias in San Francisco superior court.
  • San Francisco
Randy Shaw of BeyondChron comments on a trial eviction case in San Francisco.
  • San Francisco
Carnegie Hall is attempting to evict a 96-year-old tenant who has lived in her apartment since 1949.
January 11, 2009
Tenants of a a NYC rent-controlled apartment complex will file a $40 million class action law suit against the property owners, alleging that the owners attempted to evict them illegally.
January 8, 2009
Tenants of an Altadena apartment complex are suing their landlord for failing to provide habitable premises.
  • Los Angeles

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