|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.
|Residents with overdue rent bills facing eviction|
by Erin Sherbert, SF Examiner
November 28th, 2010
The SF Housing Authority's freeze on evictions has come to an end, just before the holidays. Housing Rights Committee Director Sara Shortt explains how this change will affect hundreds of the city's poorest residents.
|New Tenants Together Report|
by Alison Brennan, PeonInChief
November 19th, 2010
A blogger reviews Tenants Together's most recent report "Without Justification: Banks Continue Mass Displacement of Innocent Tenants After Foreclosure."
|Pet proposal put on hold|
by Will Resiman, SF Examiner
November 13th, 2010
A proposal to help tenants with pets find homes in SF is put on hold until January. Ted Gullicksen of the San Francisco Tenants Union points out that such a proposal would give renters the same basic rights of those living in federal housing.
|Website Exposes Worst Landlords|
October 27th, 2010
Sacramento-area news source KCRA investigates local suggested nominees to the Landlord Hall of Shame. TT member and tenants' rights advocate Alison Brennan is quoted.
|Foreclosure moratorium sought|
by Dan Moran, Lake County News-Sun
October 19th, 2010
Following one Illinois sheriff's refusal to carry out bank-initiated evictions, activists call for another county to stop evicting tenants from foreclosed homes.
|Floor at Center Of Rent Dispute|
by Natalie Jarvey, LA Business Journal
October 11th, 2010
The Coalition for Economic Survival, an LA-based non-profit and TT member group, opposes the proposed changes to the city's Rent Stabilization Ordinance which would lower the rent floor. Tenants and advocates speak out and explain that tenants need more. CES executive director Larry Gross is quoted.
|Documents: CalPERS' $100 million Page Mill loss |
by Gennady Sheyner , Palo Alto Online
September 28th, 2010
San Francisco Superior Court Judge Charlotte Woolard recently ordered CalPERS to release documents describing its failed $100 million investment in a shady East Palo Alto real estate scheme. The First Amendment Coalition posted the documents. Click the article to read correspondence between Page Mill Properties and CalPERS.
|Dollars or sense?|
by Rebecca Bowe, San Francisco Bay Guardian
September 28th, 2010
Few San Franciscans can afford the market-rate homes developers plan to build — so why doesn't the city have a plan to house its workers and low-income residents?
|Dorchester House tenants' fight highlights issues with D.C. rent-control law|
by Derek Kravitz, The Washington Post
September 22nd, 2010
Dorchester House, once an affordable apartment complex, has been the source of landlord-tenant disputes in D.C. for decades. In addition to fighting off illegal rent increases, the complex has undergone submetering to pass the cost of utilities on to tenants, and has been purchased by speculators with the intent of converting the units from rent-control to market rate.
|Renters caught in foreclosure crisis|
by Richard Bammer, The Reporter
September 19th, 2010
The Ramos family refuses to "be another statistic" in the foreclosure crisis. This article walks through their experience with the U.S. Bank National Association and the bank's attorney, David Endres. Gabe Treves, program coordinator at TT, is quoted.
|Housing Authority not prioritizing Section 8 homes|
by Erin Sherbert, The Examiner
September 12th, 2010
The San Francisco Housing Authority has not properly inspected Section 8 rental housing units, resulting in hazardous living conditions. This article quotes Sarah Shortt, executive director of the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco, who believes the Housing Authority is setting a "horrifying precedent."
|Impact of Foreclosures Goes Far Beyond Economic Damage|
by Caitlin Vega, California Progress Report
September 8th, 2010
A report put out by the Alameda Country Health Department in partnership with Causa Justa::Just Cause shows how people undergoing foreclosure are suffering higher rates of stress and other medical problems. This article touches on the importance of protecting families during these times.
|Landlord troubles needn't hurt you|
by Kevin Turner, The Florida Times-Union
September 8th, 2010
The number of foreclosures in Jacksonville is increasing. April Charney, a foreclosure expert with Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, helps tenants understand their options if the landlord is going through a foreclosure proceeding.
|Rent collection harder than it sounds|
by John Cote, The San Francisco Chronicle
September 7th, 2010
The San Francisco Housing Authority failed to collect more than $2 million in rent from tenants and is currently working to reverse that error. Sara Shortt of the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco comments on the housing authority's lack of preparation as a computer glitch further complicates the process.
|Widespread Real Estate Scam Hits San Diego|
by Lindsay Hood and Gene Cubbison, NBC San Diego
September 7th, 2010
Two brothers have been charged with more than 100 felonies for participating in a real estate fraud ring in California and Nevada. The two men created false deeds and rented out foreclosed homes that they did not own.
|Hope for a Bronx Tower of Hip-Hop Lore|
by Sam Dolnick, The New York Times
September 6th, 2010
A building in the Bronx was sold to Workforce Housing Advisors, who pledged to address violations and improve conditions. The building, located at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, is known as the birthplace of hip hop. Senator Schumer recently referred to it as the birthplace of predatory equity. The building represents what is happening to hundreds of buildings across the country.