|Lesbian Couple Win Battle with NYC Landlord|
by Julie Bolcer, Advocate
August 1st, 2012
A married lesbian couple was allowed to put both their names on a lease for their rent-stabilized apartment, as required by state marriage equality and rent control laws there.
|Merced Tenants Rights Issue Won't Go Away|
July 31st, 2012
The editors of the Merced Sun-Star argue that the failure of Merced's referendum on "just cause" eviction doesn't solve the problem of the violation of tenants rights by lenders and realtors handling foreclosed properties.
by N'Tanya Lee, San Francisco Bay Guardian
July 30th, 2012
Tenant activists in San Francisco are campaigning to stop landlords from evicting tenants by harassing them until they move from their rent-controlled units.
|Renters' Rights Drive Fails|
by Joshua Emerson Smith, Merced Sun-Star
July 25th, 2012
Merced Registrar concludes that tenants failed to collect enough signatures for a referendum on a "just cause" eviction measure.
|Second Bank is Sued Over Blight|
by Jessica Garrison and Angel Jennings, Los Angeles Times
July 17th, 2012
The Los Angeles City Attorney has sued US bank over its failure to maintain foreclosed properties it owns, as well as illegal eviction of tenants in foreclosed properties. The City Attorney has already sued Deutsche Bank over the same issues.
|Some Buildings May Come Off Rent Control|
by Steven LaMalca, Hudson Reporter
July 15th, 2012
A landlord group seeks to eliminate rent control for some units in Hoboken, and enact vacancy decontrol for all rental units. The issue will go to the City Council there, or to the ballot on November 6.
|The Sins of the Father|
by Isaiah Thompson, City Paper
July 12th, 2012
As a landlord's empire falls, he ekes more money from his tenants in bogus rent-to-own agreements.
|Court of No Return|
by Eleanor Bader, Brooklyn Rail
July 9th, 2012
Attorneys for tenants and social justice organizations are mobilizing to improve conditions at Brooklyn's housing court.
|Mobile-Home Owners Hit with Rent Control Fee|
by Kathryn Poythress, U-T San Diego
June 28th, 2012
Mobile-home owners in Oceanside will be forced to pay a yearly $60 fee for rent control services. Funds to support Oceanside's rent control program were previously paid from Redevelopment monies.
|Is Cash for Keys a Good Idea for Renters?|
by Karen Aho, MSN Real Estate
June 25th, 2012
Tenants Together Executive Director Dean Preston discusses negotiating a "cash for keys" agreement with lenders who have taken over foreclosed properties. And Tenants Legal Center Director Steve Kellman discusses withholding rent in soon-to-be-foreclosed properties.
|Occupy Our Homes Faces Off with US Marshals in Washington|
by George Zornick, The Nation
June 5th, 2012
Occupy Our Homes attempted to prevent the eviction of a tenant who was trying to purchase the home she had rented since 2006. Washington D.C. law gives the tenant the right to purchase the home in the event of a landlord default, but JP Morgan Chase ignored her attempts to negotiate the purchase.
|Landlord in Jail, Tenants Evicted|
by Katie Collett, WAVY.com
June 5th, 2012
Tenants who are being evicted from a building in Suffolk VA for their landlords' failure to maintain the property cannot obtain any more help from the local government but an offer of shelter beds. The landlords are charged with fraud in the collapse of a local bank there.
|Renters Fight Merced for Tenant Rights|
by Lemor Abrams, CBS47 TV
May 25th, 2012
Merced renters packed Merced City Chambers Monday, as council members reconsidered the "Just Cause For Eviction" law that protects renters from being evicted from their homes after foreclosure.
|Protesters Picket Wells Fargo Meeting, 24 Arrested|
by Rick Rothaker and Malathi Nayak, Reuters
April 24th, 2012
Twenty-four protesters were arrested when they tried to disrupt a Wells Fargo shareholders meeting, protesting foreclosures, executive compensation and corporate tax breaks.
|Landlord Leaves Tenant in Messy Situation|
by Keisha Courtney, BakersfieldNow.com
April 16th, 2012
A landlord who does not arrange for repairs on weekends left the tenants in his complex with a broken sewer line for 48 hours. The reporter noted that some of the video was "graphic." State law may, in fact, allow the landlord two days to make even emergency repairs.
|City Life Expands to National Activities|
by Rebecca Oliveira, Jamaica Plain Gazette
March 30th, 2012
Boston's City Life/Vida Urbana (CLUV)developed a model to prevent both owner and tenant evictions in foreclosed properties. They have been expanding this model, through training and workshops, to other states.
|With Banks As Landlords, Some Tenants Neglected|
by Aarti Shahani, NPR
February 23rd, 2012
Across the country, big banks and other large investors are buying up tens of thousands of foreclosed rental properties. They're not always model landlords, according to tenants and regulators. Some banks leave tenants to live in squalor — without even a number to call in the most dire situations.
|I'm a Tenant and I Vote|
California's elected officials seem to forget that tenants are their constituents. Remind them to listen to tenant concerns. There's power in numbers. Sign today!
|Police arrest Occupy protesters in Mission|
by Victoria Colliver, SFGate
January 15th, 2012
The arrests come after protesters with Occupy SF Housing demand that the bank manager fax a letter to Wells Fargo's chief executive officer calling for a moratorium on home evictions and foreclosures.
|The New American Dream: Rent, Don’t Buy|
by Steve Yoder, The Fiscal Times
January 4th, 2012
America is headed toward a future in which fewer people own the spaces they call home. The effective homeownership rate, which excludes borrowers whose homes are underwater, stands at 62 percent, down from 69 percent in 2006, according to a 2010 report by the New York Federal Reserve.
|Grant to help low-income families|
by The Union staff, The Union
December 23rd, 2011
Nevada County receives a $700,000 grant designed to provide low income housing assistance. Approximately 40 low-income residents will receive rental deposit assistance.
|SEC charges former execs of Fannie, Freddie|
by Aaron Smith, CNN Money
December 21st, 2011
The Securities and Exchange Commission charges six former executives of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with securities fraud on for misrepresenting their holdings of high-risk mortgage loans.
|WeHo smokers can breathe easy|
by WeHo News Staff, WeHo News
December 8th, 2011
WeHo rent stabilization law prohibits changes to a renter’s lease without their consent. A new state law allowing landlords to prohibit smoking does not change this.
|If your landlord is facing foreclosure, stay put|
by Karen Aho, MSN Real Estate
December 7th, 2011
Being uprooted is frightening for anyone. But renters endure added stress: They often are the last to know that a foreclosure is in the works, having paid their rent faithfully each month; and they typically are the most misinformed about their own rights, through no fault of their own.
|Berkeley building was site of earlier fire|
by Carolyn Jones, SFGate
December 2nd, 2011
Officials rule accidental the Nov. 18 fire at Berkeley's Sequoia Building. Many of the 70 residents who lost their homes in the blaze say there were problems at the building.
|San Francisco's Homeless Black Youth Invisible|
by Peter Schurmann, New America Media
November 14th, 2011
San Francisco's advocates for homeless people a growing number of young African Americans are becoming homeless as the ongoing recession and nationwide trend of urban black flight erodes access to traditional safety nets.
|Evictions over smoking specious|
by Larry Gross, WeHo News
November 7th, 2011
Coalition for Economic Survival Executive Director Larry Gross refutes claims that a new state law gives landlords the power to evict tenants for smoking in their apartments.
|Renters affected when landlord faces foreclosure|
by Jamie Hansen, Petaluma360.com
October 31st, 2011
From being asked to leave a home in foreclosure to falling victim to scams on online rental markets like Craigslist, to trying to find affordable rent in a market glutted with renters, tenants find themselves negotiating a whole new landscape.
|Squatting with a cause|
by KALW, SFGate
September 15th, 2011
San Francisco collective Homes Not Jails pairs abandoned buildings with people who need housing.
|Calif Gov Jerry Brown Vetoes Affordable Housing Preservation Bill|
by Larry Gross, Organizing Times
September 12th, 2011
AB 1216, would have given tenants and affected public entities the right to enforce provisions in state law that require owners of government-assisted affordable units to entertain a purchase offer to preserve its affordability when the owner does not intend to extend or renew participation in a subsidy program.
|Calif. Gives Apartment Renters ‘Right to Recycle’|
by Alexis Petru, Earth911.com
September 9th, 2011
Governor Jerry Brown signs into law the Renter’s Right to Recycle Act, which requires owners of multifamily housing with five or more units to provide paper, plastic and can and bottle recycling programs to their tenants starting next year.
|Solar Shines On California Public Housing|
by Lauren Craig, EarthTechling
August 24th, 2011
The Santa Barbara County installation is expected to offset the energy consumption of 863 units of affordable housing and trim power costs for more than 1,000 low-income families.
|East Palo Alto Residents Tell Equity to Take A Hike|
by Sharon Simonson, The Registry
August 22nd, 2011
Residents of East Palo Alto are seeking to overthrow a plan by Wells Fargo & Co. to sell more than 1,800 rent-controlled apartments to Equity Residential, a national multifamily landlord that owns and manages more than 120,000 apartments nationwide.
|EPA tenants rally against proposed apartment sale|
by Gennady Sheyner, Palo Alto Online
August 22nd, 2011
East Palo Alto residents and tenant advocates will take it to the streets this afternoon to protest Wells Fargo Bank's potential sale of about 1,800 units in the Woodland Park neighborhood to the investment fund Equity Residential.
|Evicted tenants expected to return|
by Nathan Baker, AuburnPub.com
August 18th, 2011
The eviction, however temporary, has left the residents of the Auburn apartment building homeless and searching for a place to stay for at least two nights.
|Rent Hike for Mobile Home Park?|
by Adelaide Chen, Milpitas Patch
August 17th, 2011
Friendly Village in Milpitas doesn't sound so friendly when the property owner proposes to raise the rent. The move would alter the current rent control ordinance enforced by the city.
|Capitola repeals rent control|
by Tovin Lapan, Santa Cruz Sentinel
August 12th, 2011
The move, which still must go through a second reading and vote before taking effect, will end 32 years of rent control in Capitola and has residents of Surf and Sand mobile home park in particular worried about their futures.
|S.F. apartment rent rises as vacancy rates fall|
by Carolyn Said, SFGate
August 11th, 2011
Two-thirds of San Francisco residents are renters, and those looking for a new place face fierce competition. Eighteen people recently showed up to an open house for a $1,400 studio.
|Subsidies and Suspicion|
by Jennifer Medina, The New York Times
August 10th, 2011
Civil rights groups say Latino and black residents of Lancaster and neighboring Palmdale who use Section 8 vouchers face face harassment from law enforcement and aggressive surveillance from neighbors.
|Republicans Look To Kill Legal Aid|
by Jessica P., Care2.com
August 10th, 2011
A former legal aid attorney says legal aid organizations are in trouble - at a time when disadvantaged and marginalized people need them most.