|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.
|Don’t Let Eviction Kill More Elders|
by Tiny aka Lisa Gray-Garcia/PNN, Poor Magazine
January 19th, 2011
Poor Magazine finds common ground with senior tenants in San Francisco's North Beach who face eviction by a developer who wants to build condos.
|Housing: New day, new plan|
by Lompoc Record, Lompoc Record
January 18th, 2011
Santa Barbara County needs more affordable housing, but homeowners don't want it in their neighborhood, so the Lompoc Record suggests approaching the issue from a different angle.
|Court upholds mobile home rent controls|
by Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
December 23rd, 2010
Ruling in a Goleta case, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals says park owners' property rights are not infringed on by laws controlling how much they can charge for monthly site rentals.