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Kimberly Dominique lived in her car for months before she finally found a landlord who accepted her Section 8 voucher.
Landlord Kip Macy poured ammonia on his tenant’s bed and clothes and directed a contractor to cut the support beams below the tenant’s unit. He later pleaded guilty to criminal charges. After his prison term, he’s free to buy rental property and start harassing tenants again.
Mountain View Passes Partial Ban on RV Street Parking  NBC Bay AreaFollowing a marathon meeting, the Mountain View City Council on Wednesday passed a partial ban on RV parking on city streets — an issue for cities across ...
L.A. councilman wants to ban short-term leases in rent-controlled buildings  Los Angeles TimesA Los Angeles councilman, concerned about the housing crisis, is trying to stop landlords from turning rent-controlled apartments into pricey furnished units for ...
Inglewood caps rent increases at 5 percent, backtracks on relocation fees  The Daily BreezeAttempting to strike a balance between the interests of renters and property owners, Inglewood approved a rent control ordinance this week that caps increases ...
Marin supervisors hear calls for rent control  Marin Independent JournalTenants of a 225-unit apartment building in Marin City and a mobile home park in Larkspur ask Marin County supervisors for their help in implementing rent ...
Is rent control the only realistic hope for Southern California tenants?  OCRegisterIs rent control the only realistic fix for nearly half of Southern Californians who don't own a home? I know rent control is not perfect. In fact, it's got plenty of ...
LA Renters Fight Rent Hikes in Court to Avoid Life on the Streets  Courthouse News ServiceLOS ANGELES (CN) – Nearly a third of Los Angeles renters spend over half their income on rent. It's a startling figure that housing advocates say is directly ...
Pasadena’s expanded tenant protections not enough, advocates say  The Pasadena Star-NewsExpanded protections for Pasadena renters will kick in next month after the City Council voted to plug holes in the city's existing rules last week. But advocates ...
Why are so many leftist plans going under in California?  Patch.comBy Ben Christopher and Laurel Rosenhall, CALmatters. An unprecedented haul of tax dollars generated by a roaring economy. A governor who campaigned on ...
City's 'Talk on the Block' concludes  Atascadero NewsATASCADERO - By the third outing in their tour of Atascadero North, South, East and West, City Manager Rachelle Rickard had the original 15-minute staff ...
Lack Of Rent Control Blamed For LA Homeless Crisis  Patch.comLack Of Rent Control Blamed For LA Homeless Crisis - Highland Park-Mount Washington, CA - A report titled "Pushed Out, Priced Out, Locked Out," cites a lack ...
Alameda’s new ban on ‘no-cause’ evictions praised  The Mercury NewsALAMEDA — Alameda renters now have an extra safeguard to help them stay in their homes after the City Council voted that landlords cannot evict tenants ...
Survey Shows Housing Costs Cause Financial Strain on San Diegans  NBC 7 San DiegoMore than half of adults polled by the Public Policy Institute of California last month said housing costs cause financial strain, especially for those living in San ...
Oakland 'Closes the Loophole' on Tenant Inequality  SF Bay Area Indymedia At a late-night session, on Tuesday June 4, 2019, the Oakland City Council by a unanimous 6-0 vote (1 excused; 1 recused), adopted an ordinance to “Eliminate ...
  • Rent control
June 4, 2019
On Wednesday, May 29, 2019, Senate Bill 529 (María Elena Durazo, D-Los Angeles), which aimed to prevent landlord retaliation against tenants who form tenant associations, failed to pass the California Senate by one vote. The measure, sponsored by Tenants Together, required 21 votes to pass the Senate.  
  • Tenant organizing
  • Legislative victories/defeats
On Tuesday, April 23, 2019, the State Senate Judiciary Committee in a 6-2 vote approved Senate Bill 529 (Durazo). The bill would prevent retaliatory evictions of tenants participating in a tenant association or rent strike. SB 529 will now head to the State Senate Appropriations Committee. The hearing date has yet to be determined.  
  • Retaliation/harassment
  • Tenant organizing
  • Legislative victories/defeats
Today, Tenants Together, California’s statewide organization for renters’ rights, announced its sponsorship of Senate Bill 529, which aims to protect California tenants from retaliation by their landlord for organizing collectively. The bill would prevent evictions of tenants participating in a tenant association or rent strike.
  • Retaliation/harassment
  • Tenant organizing
In 2011, Tenants Together organized a network of tenants’ rights lawyers from across California. Today, the Tenant Lawyer Network (TLN) consists of over 150 attorneys statewide, who pledge to represent tenants, not landlords, in residential housing matters. Last week, over 70 tenant attorneys gathered in Berkeley for the seventh annual TLN Conference, hosted by Tenants Together.  

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