News and Views

Page Mill Properties, currently the subject of a class action suit by a group of East Palo Alto tenants due to the imposition of rent increases past the allowable amount of the local rent control ordinance, has refused to submit records of rent increases to city attorneys.
  • Santa Clara
This Los Angeles Daily News article focuses on efforts of Los Angeles tenant advocates to preserve low-income housing stock, which stands to be lost as many current contracts with low-income housing developers are expiring.
  • Los Angeles
According to this Contra Costa Times article, due to a weak buyers market, more and more single family homes are being rented.
  • Contra Costa
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  • San Joaquin
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  • Alameda
Managers and owners of a southern California apartment complex have agreed to pay $618,000 as part of a settlement to nine tenant families who were fined and threatened with eviction when their children were seen alone in the apartment complex.
  • Los Angeles
A front page San Francisco Chronicle article covers the plight of San Francisco renters affected by foreclosures and efforts to get utility companies to work with renters to maintain utility service after foreclosure.
  • San Francisco
August 12, 2008
A San Fernando jury convicted a Mission Hills man, James Anthony Rojas, of multiple criminal charges dealing with real estate, including scamming renters by renting them properties he had no connection to.
  • Los Angeles
August 9, 2008
One San Bernardino family describes their foreclosure experience.
  • Riverside
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  • San Bernardino
This CBS news piece addresses the impact of foreclosures on the rental market in Coachella Valley.
  • Riverside
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  • San Bernardino
A National Multi Housing Council study finds that only a small percentage of apartment rental applicants are former homeowners who lost their homes to foreclosures.
  • Orange
A Citrus Heights apartment complex has agreed to pay $70,000 as a settlement in a housing discrimination case. The apartment complex failed to accommodate a disabled tenant's disability by not providing available ground floor units.
  • Sacramento
New York landlords, anticipating a Democrat takeover of the Senate and pro-tenant fights, have begun making contributions to Senate Democrats.
Tenants of the California Hotel, a low-income residential hotel in Oakland, have filed a $53 million lawsuit against the city of Oakland for being part of a scheme to evict the tenants and shut down the hotel.
  • Alameda
Homelessness is a problem for the working poor in Tuolomne who cannot afford to rent and maintain other living costs despite being employed.
  • Tuolumne
This Wall Street Journal article is about a San Diego real estate investment bank which is buying foreclosed properties in San Diego and planning to rent them out until the housing market recovers.
  • San Diego
Voice of San Diego offers a local account of a family who unknowingly rented a home that had been purchased using fraudulent information and ended up in foreclosure.
  • San Diego
Due to a shortage of affordable housing, Amador County struggles to keep farm workers who can no longer afford to commute from the Central Valley due to the rising costs of gas.
  • Amador
August 4, 2008
The residents of East Palo Alto continue their struggle against Page Mill Properties, which is displacing more and more tenants by enforcing a third round of illegal rent increases.
  • Santa Clara
A new study conducted by ECHO, the Eden Council for Hope and Opportunity, concluded that in 32 out of 101 cases, East Bay landlords discriminated against racial minorities in the rental process.
  • Contra Costa
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  • Alameda
August 2, 2008
A Delaware landlord drove his Hummer into the rental property he owns because he was upset with the tenants for being behind on their rent.
One Merced woman struggles with being a renter in a foreclosed apartment building.
  • Merced

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