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Activists and tenants of 1049 Market Street hold signs as they stage a protest against the landlord's attempts to evict them from the building on March 8, 2016 in San Francisco. (Photo credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) I’ve long been curious about a Vietnamese coffee shop in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood.
Rents on controlled apartments in Los Angeles can now rise 4%. Blame inflation  Los Angeles TimesFor the first time in a decade, landlords of roughly 624000 rent-controlled units in Los Angeles can raise rent by 4% rather than 3%.
Concord fails to prepare for ripple of Bay Area housing crisis  SFBayIn the chaotic environment of the Bay Area's ongoing housing crisis, few suburban cities personify the region's rent woes more clearly than Concord, where ...
Vallejo City Council ratifies proclamation capping rent increases  Vallejo Times HeraldA short-handed Vallejo City Council met Wednesday to ratify a proclamation issued by City Manager Greg Nyhoff declaring a housing crisis in the city, and ...
Letter: Rent control is falsely vilified as discouraging building  The Mercury NewsBuilders haven't been building enough, even without rent control.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know there is a housing crisis – and even if you have been, your rent has probably gone up. Despite house prices having fallen slightly as a result of diminished consumer confidence, housing continues to devour outrageous amounts of income.
July 8, 2019
It's been a big month for tenants' rights.
  • Rent increases
  • Relocation payments
  • Rent control
  • Tenant organizing
Santa Cruz looking to collect rental lease, eviction and increase stats  Santa Cruz SentinelSANTA CRUZ — While not finalizing the program, the City Council began the process of building a city rental housing data collection system, overriding public ...
Vallejo renters get temporary increase reprieve  Vallejo Times HeraldWith hundreds of apartment dwellers facing nearly certain eviction and possible homelessness, the city of Vallejo officially adopted an emergency edict to put the ...
East Palo Altans form tenants union to fight housing crisis  Palo Alto OnlineMore than 60 East Palo Alto residents voted on Saturday to form a tenants union to combat rising housing costs that they say are harming the city's long-term ...
Culver City to Implement Rent Freeze, Consider Rent Control  Commercial Observer Culver City is the latest area of Los Angeles to seriously consider rent control, amid the city's deepening housing crisis.
  • Rent control
San Diego Tenants Union calls for rent strike in Linda Vista |...  LiberationOn June 28 tenants from the Astro Vista Apartments in San Diego neighborhood Linda Vista rallied against their landlord, Michael Contreras. The renters ...
The Real Reasons Why Landlords File for Eviction  CityLabMost of the time, a new study finds, landlords file for eviction because it tilts the power dynamic in their favor—not because they want to eject their tenants.
Will Immigrant Families Lose Housing Because of HUD Proposal?  Marguerite Casey FoundationA HUD proposal could separate immigrant families with citizen children by banning undocumented members from public housing. Advocates call it ...
North Hollywood apartment dwellers band together to stop rent hikes, demand repairs  LA Daily NewsTenants at a North Hollywood apartment complex, whose rents have been raised several times in recent months and years, say they are fed up and fighting back ...
Humboldt Grassroots offers tips on renters’ rights at local workshop  Eureka Times StandardLandlords that won't clean up carpets soaked with dog urine, property management companies charging questionable fees, deposits that are withheld for ...
Rent Control Controversy Brews in Concord  NBC Bay AreaDozens of rent control advocated gathered in Concord Wednesday to voice their concerns. Rents want both a cap on rent increases and laws on the books to ...
Culver City Votes To Seriously Explore Rent Freeze At Packed City Hall Meeting  LAistHousing costs continue to spiral upwards in Southern California. Wages aren't keeping pace. And that tension has many communities without rent control ...
Hayward tenants get some protection from steep rent hikes  East Bay Times HAYWARD — Tenants will enjoy some protections from steep rent hikes and possible displacement under rules approved by the City Council. The new ...
  • Rent control
June 20, 2019
Last Friday, when New York’s expanded rent regulations were signed into law, was not the first time I’d seen tenants cry at the state capital. For a very long time, the state capital building in Albany was the place where New York’s renters suffered crushing legislative defeats.

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