|State Bans Wholesale Evictions|
by Stephanie Kraft, The Valley Advocate
August 19th, 2010
A new Massachusetts law protects tenants caught in the foreclosure crisis through no fault of their own. Banks repossessing properties cannot evict tenants except for lease violations or nonpayment of rent.
|Feds offer aid to renters as well as homeowners|
by Kathleen Pender, The San Francisco Chronicle
August 15th, 2010
Government programs have provided renters, who make up one-third of households in the US, with stronger protections when the landlord faces foreclosure. This article quotes Ted Gullicksen of the San Francisco Tenants Union, who believes the government should do more for renters in this economy.
|Bronx News Roundup|
by Gina Ciliberto, Bronx News Network
August 13th, 2010
Tenant activists rallied outside the offices of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to demand that they acknowledge their involvement in the displacement of hundreds of tenants in the Bronx.
|Mobile home park residents prevail in conversion dispute|
by Kevin McCallum, The Press Democrat
August 12th, 2010
The Santa Rosa Planning Commission voted to protect mobile home residents by rejecting the owner's plan to sell rather than rent spaces. Members of the planning commission believed a goal of the conversion was to avoid rent control, thus eliminating much of the city's low-income housing for seniors.
|Pols Warn Foreclosed Buildings' Mystery Buyer |
by Eileen Markey, City Limits
August 4th, 2010
A collection of ten distressed buildings in the Bronx have been purchased by an unidentified party. Tenants and advocates in New York make it known that the new owner should be committed to rehabilitating these homes and preserving them as affordable housing.
|Rental Scam Victim Gets Revenge Online|
by Shoshana Walter, The Bay Citizen
August 2nd, 2010
Mathew Honan, one of many victims of a rental scam in San Francisco, created a Tumblr website to connect with others who had been cheated out of thousands of dollars by Rachael Smith, who was arrested on July 22. So far, Honan has calculated a total loss of approximately $100,000.
|The Hidden Eviction Victims|
by Sasha Abramsky, Daily Beast
February 9th, 2010
Law-abiding renters often lose their homes when landlords get into mortgage trouble. This report explains how banks, realtors, and courts gang up on families. Tenants Together Program Director, Gabe Treves, was interviewed at length for this piece.
|New Court Decision Jeopardizes Affordable Rental Housing |
by Dean Preston of Tenants Together, BeyondChron
July 28th, 2009
Last week, a California Appellate court took a giant step toward eliminating affordable rental housing in communities across California. The Court ruled that a Los Angeles inclusionary housing law was preempted by the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act.
|California Foreclosures Jeopardize Renters as Banks Seize Homes|
by Ari Levy and Dan Levy, Bloomberg.com
April 6th, 2009
Citing TT's recent report, this article discusses the impact of foreclosure on California renters. The stories of Laura Hecox (Chula Vista) and Genevieve Hilpert (San Francisco) are highlighted. The article also notes that banks are losing over $1 billion annually by not continuing to rent to California tenants after foreclosure.
|Man Pays $30K in Rent, Faces Eviction|
by Thelma Gutierrez and Wayne Grash, CNN
May 29th, 2008
CNN profiles a single mom of eight in Palmdale who faces eviction from her rental after a foreclosure. A Laguna Hills family who has paid $30K in rent since last August also faces eviction because their landlord failed to make mortgage payments.