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San Francisco housing rights activists bring media attention to a building left empty while at least 6,000 San Franciscans go unhoused.
According to The Onion, aristocrats are moving in on nation's gentrified neighborhoods. Aristocrats, in turn, complain that they are being subject to "regification."
Proposal calls for banks to continue renting to tenants after foreclosure and to act as responsible landlords.
"WHITE PLAINS - Tenants in regulated apartments in Westchester will see no rent increases for both one- and two-year leases in the coming year under a decision tonight by the Westchester Rent Guidelines Board."
The Wall Street Journal zeroes in on statistics listed in a New York Post story about elders in rent-controlled apartments.
A hearing will be held this Tuesday, July 1st at 2:00 PM with the LA City Council Planning and Land Use Management committee (PLUM) and Housing, Community Economic Development (HCED) committee. The hearing will address a proposal to reduce tenant relocation payments in "no-fault" evictions.
A group of tenants’ rights advocates gathered outside the Santa Barbara County Administration Building demanding that supervisors stiffen the rules governing how much relocation assistance landlords have to provide displaced renters and under what circumstances.
"A group of renters and community activists have established a Montgomery County Renters Alliance, saying it will be the first countywide organization to advocate for renters’ rights."
In the 35 years they have been protected by rent control, Washington, D.C. tenants have still had to fight for their rights.
Causa Justa :: Just Cause to participate in Occupy San Francisco, in support of housing justice.
Alert from CES: As of July 1, 2008, the annual allowable automatic rent adjustment rate for rental units subject to Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) is 3%, and new relocation payment amounts have been set.
A group of tenants’ rights advocates gathered outside the Santa Barbara County Administration Building demanding that supervisors stiffen the rules governing how much relocation assistance landlords have to provide displaced renters and under what circumstances.
"A bill passed by both houses of the State Legislature on Thursday would require New York City landlords to tell prospective tenants about a building’s recent bedbug history."
Baltimore blogger quotes stats that may indicate an end to the recent city trend of lower rents.
A billionaire who housing activists say displaced families in Oakland now has his sights on a project in Berkeley.
Join the tenants of the California hotel and their supporters for a protest and rally to stop the eviction of 75 tenants by the nonprofit housing organization Oakland Community Housing, Inc., (OCHI).
Five families in San Francisco's Mission District are facing eviction from their non rent-controlled apartments after a dispute that began last year when a new landlord increased rents by as much as $800 a month.
"As the financial services industry awaits final language in the federal reform bill, housing advocates are wondering if tenant protections will be extended by the legislation. The Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act of 2009, mandates that renters be given 90 days notice before they must leave a property, and in many cases, provides that they may remain for the entire term of the lease."
GMAC Mortgage freezes foreclosures in 23 states due to improper practices.

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