|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.
|Reports Shows San Jose Rents Soar|
by KTVU News, KTVU.com
July 24th, 2011
San Jose metro area rents jumped 12.6 six percent from last year and the region has the highest average rent among the 43 metro areas surveyed, at more than $1,700.
|Tenant Groups Advise Wells to Tread Lightly in East Palo Alto|
by Sharon Simonson, The Registry
July 23rd, 2011
Housing advocates from San Francisco to New York City are warning banker Wells Fargo not to insist the winning bidder pay such a high price that the only financially viable business model is redevelopment and aggressive landlord efforts to push rents up as fast as possible.
|Solar: Now for renters, too|
by Ucilia Wang, GigaOM
July 15th, 2011
Tenants now have access to virtual net metering, which allows renters to get credits on their utility bills for the electricity produced by a communal solar system on their complex.
|Woman on the lam from tenant-scamming charges|
by Henry K. Lee, SF Gate
July 11th, 2011
The San Francisco woman who took thousands of dollars from more than a dozen would-be tenants is wanted for numerous charges of grand theft and obtaining money under false pretenses.
|Foreclosure and Renters: Banks Break the Law|
by Curtis Black, Truthout
July 9th, 2011
A new report from Lawyers Committee for Better Housing confirms that banks banks tend to ignore the rights guaranteed to renters in the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act.
|Parkmerced could go on November ballot|
by Will Kane, SF Gate
July 8th, 2011
If 14,300 of the 19,000 signatures are deemed valid, San Francisco voters will decide whether the Board of Supervisors should have narrowly approved the $1.2 billion plan to demolish Parkmerced.
|How Big Banks Displace Families Who Rent|
by Sally Ho, Progress Illinois
June 15th, 2011
Banks taking over foreclosed properties are considered the new homeowners, but what happens when the building is home to dozens of families who rent? An Illinois group says that should make the banks the landlords too -- at least temporarily.
|Advocates Fear Rent Destabilization|
by Jason Banrey, Queens Tribune
June 2nd, 2011
A tent city set up in Woodside is symbolic of the struggles rent-controlled and rent-stabilized Queens, New York, tenants would face if rent-protection laws are not renewed.
|Debunking the myth of Prop. 13|
by Steve Lopez, The Los Angeles Times
June 1st, 2011
A USC professor says young people who think the revered measure is a good thing really don't know much about it. 'Renters don't benefit and the majority of new home buyers don't benefit,' he points out.
|Vote your vote away|
by Carly Nairn, San Francisco Bay Guardian
May 31st, 2011
Key tenants protections could be at risk if San Francisco Sup. Wiener convinces voters to give the Board of Supervisors the authority to change or repeal voter-approved measures.
|S.F. Supes Elsbernd and Farrell get personal|
by John Cote, SF Gate
May 31st, 2011
This City Hall roundup includes a note about San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee's interest in creating a condominium-conversion fee -- which tenant advocates oppose. Mayor Lee is a former tenant advocate.
|Recession makes renting a nightmare|
by Nisa Islam Muhammad, The Final Call
May 14th, 2011
According to a report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, American renters on average must earn over $20 an hour to afford a modest apartment, yet the average renter makes much less.
|Fight the Power|
by Sam Harnett, The Bold Italic
May 2nd, 2011
A San Francisco renter details how a dream apartment is run by a nightmare landlord, and how the San Francisco Tenants Union helps tenants fight back.
|Housing woes help drive rents higher|
by Josh Dulaney, The Sun
April 30th, 2011
The average rent in Riverside and San Bernardino counties rises to $1,095. Foreclosed homes are fetching higher rents from former homeowners - who still pay less in rent than they paid for their mortgages.
|Seniors win first round in fight for Rollingwood|
by Scott Thomas Anderson, Ledger Dispatch
April 8th, 2011
The Jackson Planning Commission denies a mobile home park owner's request to subdivide his property, a move that would essentially eliminate rent control in the park and drive out seniors and low-income residents.
|City to rent out three houses|
by Michael Waterson, Napa Valley Register
April 7th, 2011
American Canyon plans to rent out three houses the city owns, possibly at below market rates. The city acquired the homes to add to its affordable housing stock.
|Oakland notorious slumlords nailed by the court|
by Lynda Carson, Indybay
March 29th, 2011
Hong Gardner and John J. Gardner must pay plaintiffs over $48,000. They are further ordered to stop collecting rent on their properties and pay relocation costs for any tenant who moves as a result of the injunction.
|Upkeep neglect bedevils tenants|
by Lisa Bernard-Kuhn, Cincinnati Enquirer
March 12th, 2011
Low-income renters in Cincinnati struggle in their uninhabitable homes. Their former Brooklyn-based landlords purchased the property during the real-estate boom but went into foreclosure in July 2010.
|Steps to preserving affordable housing|
by Joyce Howerton, Santa Maria Times
March 11th, 2011
Advocacy director Joyce Howerton of Santa Barbara County Action Network (SBCAN) highlights current issues in the field of affordable housing with a focus on the renter's perspective.
|The mold on the wall|
by Colin Rigley, New Times SLO
March 9th, 2011
A bump in storm-damage-related evictions and red tags has highlighted gaps in solving tenant-landlord disputes.
|Foreclosed homes draw illegal dumpers|
by Julia Landau, HealthyCal
March 4th, 2011
Foreclosed properties that are left vacant have become magnets for illegal dumping. This article highlights why it is better to keep rent-paying tenants in bank-owned properties, rather than evict them and leave homes empty.
|Safe Family: Renters' Rights during foreclosure|
by Ariel Wesler, KSBY News
February 9th, 2011
Renter Sandra Pearson, caught deep in a foreclosure situation she did nothing to create, explains how California's statewide group for renter's rights, Tenants Together, helped her stay in her home.