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Plan to Shrink Minimum SF Apartment Size Hits Political Snag
by Chase NiesnerSF Public Press
August 6th, 2012
A developer group's plan to build 150 square foot units in San Francisco has raised objections from land use and affordable housing organizations.

Mobile Home Park Residents Seek Repeal of El Monte Ordinance Banning Rent Control
by Maritza VelazquezPasadena Star-News
August 6th, 2012
The El Monte City Council has placed a measure on the November ballot to repeal the city's ordinance banning rent control, passed in 1990.

California Renters Hit Hard by Foreclosures Fight Back
by Juan LopezPeople's World
August 6th, 2012
Tenants Together has issued its fourth annual report on California tenants in foreclosed properties.

Bill to Protect Rights of Pet-Owning Tenants Nears Final Vote
by Tim FucciVentura County Star
August 5th, 2012
SB 1229, which would prohibit landlords from demanding that pet owners declaw cats or devocalize dogs, is up for a vote in the State Senate.

Local Professor Owns Apartment Complex of Occupancy Dispute in California
by Joe LawlorNewport News Daily Press
August 4th, 2012
The owner of a Concord apartment complex, who lives in Virginia, claims that his dispute with the tenants is not about children, but "occupancy limits."

Roma Families at Imminent Risk of Forced Eviction
Amnesty International
August 3rd, 2012
Dozens of Roma families may be evicted on short notice, after the local government claimed that the buildings were unsuitable for habitation. However, the local government and the owner of the property caused the problem by not maintaining the sewer system.

In California Foreclosures, Tenants Should Have Rights Too
by Samantha JamesSan Jose Mercury News
August 2nd, 2012
Samantha James argues that California landlords should be required to notice existing and prospective tenants if their properties are threatened by foreclosure.

Lesbian Couple Win Battle with NYC Landlord
by Julie BolcerAdvocate
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
Merced Sun-Star
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.

Hassle-Free Housing
by N'Tanya LeeSan 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.

Community Pressure Can Change Banks' Mind on Foreclosure and Eviction
by Bill SoremThe Uptake
July 30th, 2012
OccupyHomesMN has found community pressure more effective than court action in stopping the eviction of residents there.

Renters' Rights Drive Fails
by Joshua Emerson SmithMerced Sun-Star
July 25th, 2012
Merced Registrar concludes that tenants failed to collect enough signatures for a referendum on a "just cause" eviction measure.

Concord Apartment Tenants Say Landlord Isn't Family Friendly
by David DeBoltContra Costa Times
July 25th, 2012
A Concord apartment manager wants tenants who have "too many" children to move to larger apartments, in violation of local occupancy restrictions.

Hundreds of Pre-Eviction Notices Sent to East Palo Alto Tenants by New Landlord
by Bonnie EslingerSan Jose Mercury News
July 25th, 2012
Equity Residential, the largest landlord in East Palo Alto, has issued more than 700 notices to pay rent or quit to tenants there. Many of the notices demand rent payments in excess of the amounts allowed under East Palo Alto's rent stabilization law.

Nine of NYC's Worst Apartment Buildings Reborn
by Daniel MasseyCrain's New York Business
July 23rd, 2012
A New York landlord has taken on $45 million in debt to purchase and rehabilitate nine apartment buildings in the Bronx. Housing advocates are concerned that the buildings cannot support that much debt.

Tenants to File Complaint Against Concord Apartment Complex on Detroit Avenue
sfgate.com
July 23rd, 2012
A Concord apartment complex has been evicting families with children, in violation of fair housing laws.

One Million Tenants Are Victims of Foreclosure Crisis
by Ken Broderallgov.com
July 20th, 2012
Tenants Together reports that more than a million tenants have been victims of the foreclosure crisis in California.

New Report: One Million Tenants Directly Impacted by Home Foreclosures
by Aileen JoyBeyond Chron
July 20th, 2012
Tenants Together has released its fourth annual report on the impact on foreclosures on tenants in California.

Salinas Tenants Protest Rent Hike
by Andy StinyThe Californian
July 19th, 2012
Salinas tenants claim that rent increases are retaliation for demanding repairs to their units.

Rent Control Charter Change on Ballot
by Ashley ArchibaldSanta Monica Daily Press
July 19th, 2012
Santa Monica's City Council is proposing a change in the computation of the general rent increase allowed under the Rent Stabilization law there.

Fountain Valley Mobile-Home Residents Seek Rent Relief
by Annie KimOrange County Register
July 18th, 2012
Fountain Valley mobile-home tenants are facing large rent increases after a financial group purchased their mobile-home park.

Second Bank is Sued Over Blight
by Jessica Garrison and Angel JenningsLos 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.

San Francisco Housing Market Booms Bigger Than Ever
by Dan SchreiberSan Francisco Examiner
July 17th, 2012
Both rents and house prices are increasing rapidly in the Bay Area.

Study Links Child Abuse to Home Foreclosures
by Maggie FoxNBC News
July 16th, 2012
Involuntary moves are a major stressor for families, and the stress is showing up in a study linking the rate of foreclosures to hospital admissions for child abuse.

Oakwood Apartments, Woodland Hills Tenant Battle over Smoking
by Susan AbramLos Angeles Daily News
July 16th, 2012
A Woodland Hills apartment complex is trying to evict a tenant who complained about smoking in the complex's common areas.

Some Buildings May Come Off Rent Control
by Steven LaMalcaHudson 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.

Editorial: Renters Rights Law Back on the Burner
by John MillerMerced County Times
July 12th, 2012
"Just cause" eviction is back on the political agenda in Merced, with the successful petition drive to put a referendum on the ballot there.

The Sins of the Father
by Isaiah ThompsonCity Paper
July 12th, 2012
As a landlord's empire falls, he ekes more money from his tenants in bogus rent-to-own agreements.

Mobile Home Fee Goes to Nov. 6 Vote
by Donna JonesSanta Cruz Sentinel
July 10th, 2012
Watsonville mobile home tenants will be asked to pay a $5 fee to provide a legal defense fund for mobile home rent control.

San Francisco Rule Would Encourage Building Student Housing
by Lee RomneyLos Angeles Times
July 9th, 2012
San Francisco's Planning Commission is seeking to protect rent-controlled units by giving incentives for the development of student housing in the City.

Central Valley Tenants Make History: Tenants Rights Referendum Saves Just Cause for Eviction Law
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
July 9th, 2012
Merced tenants turned in some 4,000 signatures on a referendum petition to save their "just cause" for eviction law. The law was first enacted, and then repealed, by the Merced City Council.

Court of No Return
by Eleanor BaderBrooklyn Rail
July 9th, 2012
Attorneys for tenants and social justice organizations are mobilizing to improve conditions at Brooklyn's housing court.

Council to Consider Apartment Smoking Ban
by Ashley ArchibaldSanta Monica Daily Press
July 7th, 2012
The Santa Monica City Council is considering a ban on smoking in apartment complexes and condominiums.

Major Rent Strike Against Millionaire Slumlord Catches Fire in Brooklyn
by Laura GottesdienerAlterNet
July 6th, 2012
Vulnerable tenants are being abused by slumlords as a result of the tight rental market.

Group Collects Signatures Needed to Revisit Renters' Rights Ordinance
by Yesenia AmaroMerced Sun-Star
July 6th, 2012
Merced renters have filed signatures for a referendum that would restore "just cause" eviction for tenants in foreclosed properties there.

Attorney General Announces Passage of Additional California Homeowner Bill of Rights Components
Lake County News
July 4th, 2012
New tenant protections for tenants in foreclosed properties are part of the Homeowners Bill of Rights passed in the Legislature.

In Nasty Surprise, Two Sarasota Tenants Face Eviction
by Michael BragaHerald-Tribune
July 2nd, 2012
Two tenants find that the landlord "bought" the properties, but wasn't paying the mortgages. When one tenant withheld rent, the landlord filed an eviction lawsuit.

Homeowner Bill of Rights Up for Final Vote in Sacramento
by Sharon BernsteinNBC Los Angeles
July 1st, 2012
The protections agreed in the State Attorneys General agreement with major US banks has been strengthened by legislating the agreement as a series of bills in California's State Legislature. The final bill will be voted on today.

HUD Questions Air Conditioner Fees for Wyoming Apartment Complex
by Gary L. Smithpjstar.com
June 29th, 2012
A Wyoming landlord apparently collected illegal fees from HUD tenants for using window air conditioners. The fees are illegal under HUD leases, and far in excess of the cost of running the air conditioners.

Report: Investors Buying Up Oakland Foreclosures
by Matthew ArtzSan Jose Mercury News
June 28th, 2012
Investors are buying up properties in Oakland's flatland neighborhoods and converting them to rentals, which some see as "destabilizing" the those areas.

Mobile-Home Owners Hit with Rent Control Fee
by Kathryn PoythressU-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.

Park View Renters Shocked by Foreclosure Notices
by Michael BragaHerald-Tribune
June 28th, 2012
Two tenants are facing eviction from foreclosed units, and received no notice from the landlord that the property was going into foreclosure.

Another Change-Up in Trailer Park Plans
by Jenna ChandlerSanta Monica Patch
June 28th, 2012
A developer has withdrawn a plan to remove 109 trailer sites from one of Santa Monica's last remaining trailer parks.

Santa Monica Rent Control Board to Recommend Charter Change
by Jason IslasThe Look Out News
June 26th, 2012
Santa Monica's Rent Control Board will be asking the City Council to place a charter amendment on the November ballot there that would change the way in which rent increases are calculated. The annual General Adjustment would be 75% of the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

Is Cash for Keys a Good Idea for Renters?
by Karen AhoMSN 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.

Parkmerced Owners Say They'll Survive Loan Woes
by Andrew S. Ross with Tom AbateSan Francisco Chronicle
June 24th, 2012
Residents of a large San Francisco apartment complex will be protected if the lender forecloses on the property.

Real Estate Organization Warns Renters of New Scam
Palo Alto Patch
June 24th, 2012
Rental scams have been around for a long time, but a new variation has scammers advertising houses that are, in fact, for sale.

Mobile Home Rent Control Ordinance Nixed by Mendocino County
by Keely BrazilUkiah Daily Journal
June 21st, 2012
A proposal to institute mobile home rent control countywide was defeated by the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors.

Riverbank Seniors Steamed Over Patio Plant Limits
by Kevin ValineModesto Bee
June 19th, 2012
Tenants at a Riverbank apartment complex are opposing a rule by the landlord to restrict them to three potted plants on their apartment patios.

Board of Supervisors to Consider Rent-Control Ordinance
Ukiah Daily Journal
June 18th, 2012
The Mendocino Board of Supervisors will consider an ordinance establishing rent control for mobile home parks there. Several cities in the country already have local rent regulation.

Landlord "Paid" Biker Gang to Drive Brooklyn Tenants Out, Residents Say
by Dan MacLeod and Josh SaulNew York Post
June 18th, 2012
A Brooklyn, NY landlord allegedly has allowed a biker gang to live in his building in an effort to force tenants from the property.

Fighting Foreclosure in the Bay State
by Dan SchneiderBoston Occupier-Free Press
June 18th, 2012
Better tenant eviction protections are part of a series of bills to help communities deal with the foreclosure crisis in Massachusetts.

Rents to Rise As Much As $26 a Month, or 1.54%
by Kevin HerreraSanta Monica Daily Press
June 16th, 2012
Santa Monica's Rent Control Board will allow a 1.54% general increase for rent-controlled units there.

Cherry Hill Looks to Phase Out Rent Control
by James OsbornePhiladelphia Inquirer
June 12th, 2012
Phasing out rent control in Cherry Hill, NJ could force seniors to move.

Short Term Rentals Disrupting SF Housing Market
by Carolyn SaidSan Francisco Chronicle
June 12th, 2012
San Francisco tenant activists are concerned that short-term rentals have disrupted the rental market there.

London Housing Crisis: What is the Case for Rent Controls?
by Dave HillThe Guardian
June 12th, 2012
London Mayor Boris Johnson opposes rent control, even though rent payments take up more than half of London incomes, but alternatives may not solve the affordability problems there.

New REO-to-Rent Program Seeks Returns for Investors
by Paul HageyInman News
June 12th, 2012
A new public-private partnership is raising capital to turn REOs in Oakland into affordable rental housing.

Cherry Hill, NJ Set to Vote on Changing Its Rent Control Rules
by John OstapkovichCBS Philly
June 11th, 2012
Cherry Hill, New Jersey, is set to allow vacancy decontrol, eliminating protections that were first enacted in the 1970s.

SF Building Inspection Commission's Complaint Tracking is Unique in California
by Steve GompelBeyond Chron
June 11th, 2012
San Francisco's online tracking system for building inspection complaints is a helpful tool for tenants making Housing Code complaints. Unfortunately San Francisco is the only city in California using this system.

Landlord Imposes Smoking Ban on 2,000 California Apartments
by Roger VincentLos Angeles Times
June 10th, 2012
A major California landlord has imposed a smoking ban in all of his rental units.

Landlord Imposes Smoking Ban on 2,000 California Apartments
by Roger VincentLos Angeles Times
June 10th, 2012
A major California landlord has imposed a smoking ban in all of his rental units.

Board Eyes Fees in Condo Conversions
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
June 10th, 2012
San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell announced his plan to introduce legislation to allow increased condominium conversions in the City. Tenant advocates opposed the legislation.

First Tenants Rights Referendum in California's Central Valley Hits the Streets
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
June 8th, 2012
Tenants Together Executive Director Dean Preston reports on the battle to maintain "just cause" eviction protections for tenants in foreclosed properties in Merced.

National Rents Way Up: Will More Renters Become Buyers?
by Anne Marie HibbleSan Francisco Chronicle
June 7th, 2012
While house prices are down, rents have increased rapidly over the last year.

Tenants Group May Bypass Merced City Council
by Ameera ButtMerced Sun-Star
June 6th, 2012
Merced tenants are circulating a petition to overturn the repeal of legislation protecting tenants in foreclosed properties. Tenants Together is assisting the group.

Oceanside: Voters Opt to Keep Rent Control, Reject Election Changes
by Ray HuardNorth County Times
June 6th, 2012
Both Propositions E and F failed in the June 5 election. Voters rejected the end of rent control for Oceanside's mobile home parks.

Decontrol of Rent Goes Down in a Landslide; Prop F Trails
by Nathan ScharnU-T San Diego
June 6th, 2012
Proposition E was defeated by 65% of Oceanside voters.

Occupy Our Homes Faces Off with US Marshals in Washington
by George ZornickThe 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 CollettWAVY.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.

Oceanside's Props E and F Fail
by Nathan ScharnU-T San Diego
June 5th, 2012
Proposition E, which would have eliminated rent control for mobile home park tenants in Oceanside, was defeated in the June 5 election

SF Judge Blocks Rent Hikes on Low-Income Tenants
by Bob EgelcoSan Francisco Chronicle
June 5th, 2012
A San Francisco judge has blocked rent increases for low-income tenants while the City sues the building owner.

Appeals Court Rules Tenants Can't Be Evicted Without Just Cause
by Lynda CarsonPost News Group
June 5th, 2012
California Appeals Court has ruled that tenants in locally-subsidized housing in California cannot be evicted without "just cause."

France Set to Take First Step Towards New Rent Controls
PIE
June 4th, 2012
The newly-elected government in France is taking the first steps to a new system of rent controls there.

Prop E Political Camps Active on Eve of Election
by Nathan ScharnU-T San Diego
June 4th, 2012
Proposition E opponents continued their push to save mobile home rent control in Oceanside.

Funding for Affordable Housing Dries Up
by Robert DigitaleSanta Rosa Press Democrat
June 4th, 2012
The demise of California's redevelopment agencies, as well as cutbacks in state and federal funding, have reduced monies available for affordable housing.

Oceanside: Both Sides of Rent Control Fight Hope for High Voter Turnout
by Ray HuardNorth County Times
June 2nd, 2012
Proposition E, which would eliminate rent control in Oceanside's mobile home parks, is the most watched election issue there.

California Extends Tenant Act Protections to 2019
by Jon PriorHousing Wire
June 1st, 2012
Both the State Assembly and Senate have passed bills extending protections for tenants in foreclosed properties.

Vacancy Decontrol Supporters Raise Big Bucks
by Nathan ScharnU-T San Diego
May 31st, 2012
Supporters of Proposition E, which would decontrol rents in Oceanside's mobile home parks, have raised at least four times more in campaign contributions than the opponents.

Large OC Family, Including Child with Cancer, Blindsided by Eviction
CBS Local
May 31st, 2012
An Orange County family faced eviction because the lender never notified them that the property and been foreclosed, and they paid their rent to the former owners.

Bill Would Protect Pets in Rental Housing
Topanga Messenger
May 31st, 2012
Senator Fran Pavley's bill protecting pets in rental housing from declawing or devocalized passed the State Senate

Rhode Island House Passes Tenants' Rights Bill
by Rochelle LefebvreWPRI.com
May 29th, 2012
The Rhode Island House of Representatives passed legislation to require that tenants in foreclosed properties be evicted only for just cause.

Victory for Three Families Facing Eviction
Causa Justa :: Just Cause
May 27th, 2012
Causa Justa::Just Cause and the Housing Rights Committee in San Francisco spent several weeks just trying to find out who was responsible for a rental property, and to protect the rights of the tenants living there.

Oceanside: Rent-Control Supporters Outspent By Those Who Want to End It
by Ray HuardNorth County Times
May 25th, 2012
Supporters of maintaining Oceanside's mobile home rent controls have been outspent by the mobile home park owners and real estate interests.

Renters Fight Merced for Tenant Rights
by Lemor AbramsCBS47 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.

Rent Control Tenants Sue Landlord to Stop Alleged Harassment
by Ashley ArchibaldSanta Monica Daily Press
May 2nd, 2012
Tenants in Santa Monica are suing their landlord, who is trying to force them from their rent-controlled apartments by harassing them and not making needed repairs.

The Foreclosure from Hell
by Kevin KoeningerCourthouse News Service
May 2nd, 2012
Private security guards sought to evict tenants from a foreclosed property at 3 AM.

Woman, 90, Trying to Avoid Eviction
by Alex K.W. SchultzPorterville Recorder
April 24th, 2012
Bank of America is trying to evict an elderly Porterville woman, claiming that her lease, which doesn't expire for three and one-half years, is invalid.

Protesters Picket Wells Fargo Meeting, 24 Arrested
by Rick Rothaker and Malathi NayakReuters
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.

High Court Turns Aside Rent Case
by Brent Kendall and Jacob GershmanWall Street Journal
April 23rd, 2012
The Supreme Court refused a challenge to New York's Rent Stabilization Law, which was recently renewed for three years by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

US Supreme Court Declines to Hear Suit Challenging the Rent Stabilization Law
by Adam LiptakNew York Times
April 23rd, 2012
The Supreme Court will not hear a suit challenging New York City's Rent Stabilization Law.

Landlord Leaves Tenant in Messy Situation
by Keisha CourtneyBakersfieldNow.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.

Section 8 Voucher Opt Out Court Decision Favors Renters
by Lynda CarsonIndyBay
April 16th, 2012
Section 8 tenants are protected by local "just cause" eviction laws in communities that have passed these tenant protections

Merced's Buses Begin Displaying Renters' Rights Placards
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
April 16th, 2012
Tenants Together is helping a local tenants' rights group spread information on tenants' rights to renters in Merced.

Red Bank Council Proposes Raise in Rent Level Formula
by Kristen DaltonThe Hub
April 12th, 2012
Controlled rents in Red Bank NJ would rise by 100% of the Consumer Price Index each year under a City Council proposal.

Tenants Call on Bank, Property Manager to Improve "Deplorable" Conditions in Foreclosed Property
by Ellyn FortinoAustin Talks
April 10th, 2012
Chicago tenants are working with Occupy Chicago to force the owners of their home to maintain the property, which is located in a low-income Chicago neighborhood.

17 Investigation: What Are Renter's Rights During Foreclosure Process
KGET
April 10th, 2012
A Bakersfield tenant whose landlord is being foreclosed is concerned for the return of his security deposit.

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Passes Foreclosure Moratorium Resolution
by Raquel RedondiezSan Francisco Bay View
April 10th, 2012
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors expressed support for a moratorium on foreclosures there until state and federal protections for tenants and distressed homeowners are in place.

San Francisco May Finally Stop Illegal Apartment Rentals
by Randy ShawBeyond Chron
April 10th, 2012
Legislation has been proposed to crack down on illegal rentals--both tourist and corporate rentals, which may remove hundreds of units from the regular rental market.

Rental-Home Scams on the Rise in Central Florida
by Mary ShanklinOrlando Sentinel
April 7th, 2012
Scammers are breaking into Florida homes and renting them out to unsuspecting tenants. One tenant lost $1,800 to a scammer.

Oceanside: Mobile-Home Park Owners and Residents Clash over Rent Control
by Ray HuardNorth County Times
April 5th, 2012
Tenants and landlords debate the rent control referendum that would restore Oceanside's mobile home rent controls.

What Rights Do Renters Have During Evictions?
by Carol FergusonKBAK/KBFX
April 5th, 2012
A Bakersfield tenant was evicted with less than the required notice under the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act, and under state law as well.

West Hollywood's New Vision Could Spell Big Trouble for Affordable Housing and Rent Control
by Larry GrossOpEd News
March 31st, 2012
The newest member of West Hollywood's City Council has proposed raiding the city's affordable housing fund to help landlords make building repairs.

BHA Needs $400,000 to Privatize Berkeley's 75 Public Housing Units
by Lynda CarsonIndyBay
March 30th, 2012
The Berkeley Housing Authority needs to raise $400,000 in order to pay for tenant relocation prior to privatizing their public housing units.

Santa Cruz Mobile Home Park Resident Wins Appeal in Court in Rent Dispute Case
by Jessica M. PaskoSanta Cruz Sentinel
March 30th, 2012
A mobile home tenant won an appeal of her eviction against a landlord who tried to evict her when a neighbor paid her rent, a technical violation of her lease.

Foreclosures Leave Renters Facing Uncertainty
by Maria LockwoodSuperior Telegram
March 30th, 2012
Republicans in Wisconsin repealed various tenant protections in 2011, including foreclosure notifications for tenants in soon-to-be foreclosed properties.

City Life Expands to National Activities
by Rebecca OliveiraJamaica 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.

State Laws Leave Brookline Tenants Uninformed About Neighborhood Changes
by Teddy ApplebaumWicked Local
March 29th, 2012
Tenants often don't receive notice of planned changes that will affect their neighborhoods, as the notices for town meetings are sent to absentee landlords.

Determined West Farm Tenants Band Together to Fix Up Neglected Bronx Slum Building, Work to Form Co-op
by Daniel BeekmanNew York Daily News
March 27th, 2012
A group of tenants is working to fix up their home after the landlord quit maintaining the property and allowed it to go into foreclosure.

Rental Scams Can Target Either Landlords or Tenants
by Lew SichelmanLos Angeles Times
March 25th, 2012
Tenants need to be especially careful when seeking a rental to insure that the person renting the property does, in fact, own it, and that the property is not in foreclosure

BofA to Try Converting Foreclosures into Rentals
by E. Scott ReckardLos Angeles Times
March 24th, 2012
BofA has started a pilot program to keep former owners in their homes as renters.

Berkeley Housing Authority Agrees to Force Families from their Public Housing
by Lynda CarsonBerkeley Daily Planet
March 23rd, 2012
The BHA is forcing low-income families from public housing in order to sell the property to a private developer.

BofA Tests an Option to Foreclosure
by Nick TimiraosWall Street Journal
March 23rd, 2012
Bank of America has proposed a new program that would allow former owners to remain in their homes as tenants.

With Banks As Landlords, Some Tenants Neglected
by Aarti ShahaniNPR
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.

New Foreclosure Legislation Would Require Banks to be More Transparent
by kerri.e.whiteThe SurRealEstate
February 17th, 2012
New York City looks to secure protections for tenants in foreclosed homes.

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America's Poorest People Running Out Of Places To Live: Study
by Alexander EichlerThe Huffington Post
February 16th, 2012
In every state in the country, there are people looking for cheap rental housing -- and in every state, there aren't enough units available, according to a report released Wednesday by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a nonprofit organization.

Lowest-Income Renters Left Behind in Housing Crisis
by Robbie WhelanThe Wall Street Journal
February 15th, 2012
For every 100 extremely low income families, there are only 30 affordable units available for rent nationwide, says a new report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

Tenant Troubles: Is My Rent Being Raised In Retaliation For My Repair Complaints (And Is That Legal?)
by Dave CrowCrow and Rose Blog
February 2nd, 2012
San Francisco attorney Dave Crow answers a tenant question about basic repairs in a rented condo.

Bank tries to evict dying quadriplegic from foreclosed home until mainstream media makes story public
by AnneHartAllvoices
January 17th, 2012
A bank grants a woman's last wish -- to die in the modest Fair Oaks house where she and her husband have lived since 1996.

Police arrest Occupy protesters in Mission
by Victoria ColliverSFGate
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.

L.A. Council offers $322,000 to tenants evicted from unsafe units
by Jessica Garrison and David ZahniserLos Angeles Times
January 14th, 2012
The L.A. City Council votes to provide up to $322,000 in relocation money to dozens of low-income tenants who must move from a South Los Angeles apartment building declared unsafe by inspectors.

Will Loss Of Redevelopment Funds Hurt Affordable Housing In San Diego?
by Patty Lane, Alison St JohnKPBS
January 11th, 2012
KPBS Radio examines the effect on affordable housing of the State Supreme Court's decision to eliminate redevelopment.

Oceanside pulls $93k from reserve fund for rent control vote
by Nathan ScharnU-T San Diego
January 11th, 2012
The Oceanside City Council on Wednesday decided to take $93,000 from a reserve fund to pay to put to a public vote a plan to phase out rent control for mobile home parks in the city.

Placer County challenged over eviction plans
by Gus ThomsonAuburn Journal
January 11th, 2012
Attorneys argue Placer proposal doesn’t go far enough to help tenants of Auburn's Bell Garden Apartments who face eviction because the city wants to demolish the residence.

OCEANSIDE: Affordable housing proposals go to Planning Commission
by Ray HuardNorth County Times
January 8th, 2012
Proposed zoning changes aimed at getting more housing built in Oceanside for low-income and very-low-income families are scheduled to go to the Planning Commission for review Monday.

With My Rent Increase, I Might Have to Leave San Ramon
by Julie KnightSan Ramon Patch
January 7th, 2012
A Patch columnist faces a steep rental increase and must decide whether or not to continue living in San Ramon.

The New American Dream: Rent, Don’t Buy
by Steve YoderThe 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.

OCEANSIDE: City to hold special election on rent control
by Ray HuardNorth County Times
January 4th, 2012

Fresno police warn about thefts from drop boxes
by Ezra RomeroThe Fresno Bee
December 28th, 2011
Thefts from apartment drop boxes are on the rise and residents need to take precautions to protect their checks and bank accounts, Fresno police say.

East Palo Alto seeks to bolster tenant protection
by Gennady SheynerPalo Alto Online News
December 27th, 2011
City considers a way to protect tenants against displacement and discrimination.

Santa Monica trailer park residents face uncertain future
by Martha GrovesThe Los Angeles Times
December 24th, 2011
The owner wants to redevelop the nearly 4-acre site with residential units, offices and shops. But tenants have urged the city to consider buying the property, valued at as much as $30 million.

Grant to help low-income families
by The Union staffThe 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.

Planning Commission clears the way for landlord
by Ashley ArchibaldSanta Monica Daily Press
December 22nd, 2011
The Santa Monica Planning Commission approves a mechanism to allow a landlord to put an addition on her unit without destroying three other homes and evicting her tenants.

Rental scam hits home in Martinez
by Greta MartMarinez News-Gazette
December 22nd, 2011
Impostor landlords fleece tenants then skip town. If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

East Palo Alto drafts law to protect tenants in case new landlord follows Page Mill's lead
by Bonnie EslingerPalo Alto Daily News
December 21st, 2011
In a pre-emptive strike, East Palo Alto is drafting a tenant protection ordinance to prevent the new landlord of 1,812 apartment units from repeating the actions that turned a community against the previous owner.

SEC charges former execs of Fannie, Freddie
by Aaron SmithCNN 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.

Merced council delays review of tenants' rights measure
by Ameera ButtMerced Sun-Star
December 20th, 2011
Merced's Just Cause for Eviction ordinance stands while the California Fair Political Practices Commission investigates whether the mayor and one councilmember have a conflict of interest in calling for its repeal.

Owner of Valencia Building at Odds With Tenants
by Rigoberto HernandezMission Loc@l
December 19th, 2011
San Francisco landlord Jack Knowles threatens to evict tenants using the Ellis Act, a state law that allows landlords to take rental units off the market.

Noah Lor, Bill Blake, Mary-Michal Rawling: 'Just Cause for Eviction' law strikes right balance
by Noah Lor, Bill Blake, Mary-Michal RawlingMerced Sun-Star
December 19th, 2011
Merced's mayor pro tem and two city council members speak out for the just cause for eviction ordinance that TT and several activist members worked to pass last month. Others on the council want to repeal the law.

Tenants ordered to relocate as officials investigate safety of converted home
by Jessica Garrison and David ZahniserLos Angeles Times
December 17th, 2011
The landlord turned a single-family house into more than 40 rental rooms, raising questions about how the project passed inspections and received permits.

Pot violator's eviction delayed; Redding family can stay at property through holidays
by Jim SchultzThe Record Searchlight
December 14th, 2011
A Redding man accused of violating the city's medical marijuana cultivation ordinance won't have to move from his rental home at least until after the Christmas holiday.

New lawyers jump in to aid poor tenants
by Frank MickadeitOrange County Register
December 14th, 2011
The Legal Aid Society of Orange County had to cut lawyers who represent tenants who may have been wrongfully evicted. Luckily, some lawyers are stepping in to help.

San Francisco tenants’ rights protect renters from bad landlords
by Cailie SkeltonGolden Gate XPress
December 13th, 2011
San Francisco State tenants learn the hard way how to assert and protect their rights.

S.F. to use concert cash for housing initiative
by Jill Tucker,Heather KnightSan Francisco Chronicle
December 13th, 2011
Heeding a call for help from San Francisco's record number of homeless families seeking shelter, the mayor's office says it will tap into $500,000 raised during a 2004 Dave Matthews Band charity concert for homeless programs.

Village Trailer Park Is Running Out Of Options
by Parimal M. RohitSanta Monica Mirror
December 13th, 2011
It appears the only remaining option to preserve Village Trailer Park in its current form would be for the City of Santa Monica to purchase the land on which it sits.

Selma subdivision creates rental homes
by Bonhia LeeMerced Sun-Star
December 12th, 2011
In the next six months, Valley View Village in Fresno County will have 67 new single-family rental homes and a neighborhood recreation center.

Code complaint leads to eviction notice; Redding pot cultivator says city forces ouster
by Sean LongoriaThe Record Searchlight
December 9th, 2011
A Redding medical marijuana patient says the city is forcing his eviction from his longtime home because he didn't follow the city's medical marijuana cultivation ordinance.

Foreclosure dilemma: To pay rent or not?
by Derek MooreThe Press Democrat
December 9th, 2011
Sonoma councilman Ken Brown finds out first-hand what happens to tenants in foreclosed homes.

WeHo smokers can breathe easy
by WeHo News StaffWeHo 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.

Dealing with WeHo’s aging housing stock
by WeHo News staffWeHo News
December 7th, 2011
West Hollywood looks at ways to protect rental housing that is deteriorating with age, under landlords who say they cannot afford upkeep.

Crucial Tenant Protections Won for Foreclosure Evictions in Los Angeles
by Organizing TimesOrganizing Times
December 7th, 2011
The new ordinance prohibits lenders from evicting any tenants in the City merely because of foreclosure on their landlords. Tenants living in rent controlled units already have these protections.

Next Line of Attack for Rent Protection Advocates: SINGING? [Video]
by Linda Federico-O'MurchuBloomfield Patch
December 7th, 2011
The struggle for tenants' rights in Bloomfield, N.J., includes an outdoor protest and a musical interlude.

If your landlord is facing foreclosure, stay put
by Karen AhoMSN 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.

A closed bank put to good use
by Ian SteinmanSocialist Worker
December 6th, 2011
Occupy Santa Cruz members occupy a former bank for four days.

Tenants defy landlord's order to pay rent online
by Betty PleasantLos Angeles Wave
December 5th, 2011
Angry tenants at Woodlake Manor apartment complex in the Crenshaw District of Los Angeles were turned away Thursday when they tried to pay their monthly rent with checks, money orders or cash.

Building on 24th Street “Deemed Unsafe” Years Before Fire Left Two in Critical Condition
by Juan GomezMission Loc@l
December 5th, 2011
The building that caught fire Thursday morning, critically injuring two, has a long history of building code violations and a pending report in which it is “deemed unsafe,” public records show.

In Santa Cruz, protesters bring Occupy Movement to vacant spaces
by Judith ScherrFree Speech Radio News
December 5th, 2011
The Occupy movement turns its attention to housing issues. A radio report on actions in Santa Cruz.

Occupy San Francisco Targets Wells Fargo
by Paul HogarthBeyondChron
December 5th, 2011
OccupySF points its focus toward the housing crisis and how big banks cause displacement and evictions.

Occupy Movement Spreads to Neighborhoods
by Causa Justa :: Just CauseCausa Justa :: Just Cause
December 4th, 2011
OccupySF Housing, a coalition of the city's leading tenant, social justice, and housing rights organizations, including Causa Justa :: Just Cause, together with OCCUPYSF, makes their voices heard.

Ousted L.A. Housing Authority chief leaves with $1.2 million
by David Zahniser and Jessica GarrisonLos Angeles Times
December 4th, 2011
Critics see Rudolf Montiel's departure pay as a symbol of misplaced priorities and poor management at the agency. The authority's board chief says the deal was in the agency's best interests.

Another weekend protest by Occupy SF
by ABC7 NewsABC7 News
December 4th, 2011
OccupySF supporters come out to protest bank evictions and predatory lending.

Occupy SF Teams Up With Housing Rights Groups To Spread Message
by KCBSKCBS
December 3rd, 2011
Occupy San Francisco protesters team up with local legal and housing rights organizations to spread their message to local neighborhoods.

Occupy SF Protest March Targets Banks, Foreclosures
by KCBSKCBS
December 3rd, 2011
Occupy San Francisco protesters team up with legal and housing rights organizations to advocate for housing rights throughout the city.

Whistleblower: Minneapolis out to evict landlord
by Randy FurstStarTribune.com
December 3rd, 2011
Minneapolis wants to revoke Ronald Folger's 17 rental licenses, but what happens to the tenants in a tight rental market?

Berkeley building was site of earlier fire
by Carolyn JonesSFGate
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.

Grass Roots: Madison recognizes housing as a human right
by Pat SchneiderThe Cap Times
December 2nd, 2011
The city of Madison joins Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., New York City and Cook County, Ill., in recognizing housing as a human right.

Slumlords “Sell” Properties, Still Collect Rent
by Neena SatijaNew Haven Independent
December 2nd, 2011
Connecticut tenants suffer dismal living conditions while the owners they rent from collect rent and take out inflated mortgages.

Miami "Condo King" Wants Berkeley's Public Housing
by Lynda CarsonBay Area Indymedia
December 2nd, 2011
A Bay Area housing justice advocate reports that Berkeley is in talks to sell 75 occupied public housing units to a Florida real estate developer.

Just Cause for Evictions Ordinance Passes in Merced
by Sal SandovalCommunity Alliance
December 1st, 2011
With help from TT, Merced becomes the first Central Valley city with just cause for eviction protections for tenants living in foreclosed homes.

Disgruntled Rent-Payer
by Lucas KasanSanta Barbara Independent
December 1st, 2011
A Santa Barbara renter laments the choices the city offers tenants.

Florida's Forgotten Victims Of Foreclosure: Tenants
by Matt SledgeHuffPost Miami
December 1st, 2011
Florida sees a surge of tenants caught in the foreclosure crisis.

In SF's Tight Rental Market, Paying Just to Look
by Scott JamesThe Bay Citizen
December 1st, 2011
In San Francisco's tight rental market, application fees are the new reality.

As We See It: Rising cost of affordable housing
by Santa Cruz SentinelSanta Cruz Sentinel
November 30th, 2011
Providing, and supporting, affordable housing in high-priced Santa Cruz County is always challenging. For the folks living in mobile home parks, these challenges are ever more daunting.

Couple faces big rent hike, again
by Bill SilverfarbThe Daily Journal
November 30th, 2011
The latest increase the San Mateo couple has received will push their rent to 99 percent more than they paid five years ago.

Bottom Line: Inside the ‘Jungle,’ tenants are lining up to fight online demand
by Betty PleasantLos Angeles Wave
November 30th, 2011
A Los Angeles landlord tells her tenants they must pay rent online. LA City Housing Department officials say that's illegal.

City Council approves new fees for developers
by Ashley ArchibaldSanta Monica Daily Press
November 29th, 2011
The proposed monitoring fees would pay for the staff time needed to police the program, including annual audits, ongoing monitoring and review of reports submitted by property owners that have affordable units in their buildings.

Renting Out Government-Owned Homes is the Right Move - But Probably Wouldn't Make Any Difference to You
by Jed KolkoForbes
November 29th, 2011
An economist makes the case for renting out vacant, foreclosed and now government-owned homes.

Section 8 Oakland apartment ruling upheld
by Bob EgelkoSFGate
November 29th, 2011
Residents of Park Village Apartments win an appeal by the owner, who wanted to evict them to bring in higher-paying tenants.

Riverbank home occupied against illegal lockout and harassment from landlord
by Modesto Solidarity NetworkBay Area Indymedia
November 26th, 2011
James Dawes has to fight illegal lockouts by his landlord -- while battling cancer, too. Illegal lockouts are a rampant problem in the Modesto area.

East Palo Alto council strengthen tenant protection law
by Bonnie EslingerPalo Alto Daily News
November 24th, 2011
With the sale of more than half of the city's rental units to a big landlord seemingly imminent, East Palo Alto officials consider strengthening a law that compensates tenants evicted under the Ellis Act.

Merced City Council Gives Final Approval to Anti-Eviction Law Protecting Tenants
by Dean PrestonBeyondChron
November 23rd, 2011
Thanks in part to the efforts of a TT Tenant Action Group, Merced renters win protection from eviction after foreclosure.

Merced strengthens rights of foreclosure renters
by Ameera ButtMerced Sun-Star
November 23rd, 2011
Merced City Council approves the Just Cause for Eviction ordinance -- a win for renters facing eviction after a foreclosure.

Apartment construction surges as fewer buy homes
by Derek KravitzAssociated Press
November 18th, 2011
Many economists expect apartment construction to grow for at least the next 12 months, as long as the economy avoids another recession.

Study: Apartments Pose High Secondhand Smoke Hazards
by Christina HongAnnenberg TV News
November 16th, 2011
Research shows that smoke can spread through cracks in fixtures, pipes, shared ventilation systems and windows.

Oil boom raises rents in ND, pushes seniors out
by James MacPhersonAssociated Press
November 14th, 2011
The oil boom that made North Dakota immune to the recession is causing seniors to be pushed out of their hometowns and even out of the state.

San Francisco's Homeless Black Youth Invisible
by Peter SchurmannNew 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.

Landlord not liable in treadmill fall, court rules
by Bob EgelkoSan Francisco Chronicle
November 13th, 2011
A treadmill accident in a Riverside County apartment complex has led to a state appeals court ruling narrowing tenants' ability to sue landlords for negligence.

Equity prepares to buy East Palo Alto apartments
by Gennady SheynerPalo Alto Online
November 11th, 2011
Residential giant owned by a rent control opponent is set to purchase 1,812 units in Woodland Park before the end of the year.

Merced seeks to protect renters from foreclosures
by Sara SandrikKFSN TV
November 11th, 2011
Merced passes a just cause for eviction ordinance to protect tenants who are victims of their landlords' foreclosures.

Merced Passes Tenant Protection Law to Stop Arbitrary Evictions After Foreclosure
by Dean PrestonBeyondChron
November 10th, 2011
TT Executive Director Dean Preston explains why Merced's recent passage of a just cause for eviction ordinance is important for tenants.

Seaside trailer park residents allege unfair property management
by Kera AbrahamMonterey County Weekly
November 10th, 2011
Residents of Seaside Mobile Estates in Monterey hope the city will back a rent-control ordinance similar to the one Marina adopted last month.

Complaining About Your Landlord, the Social Media Way
by Jen DollThe Village Voice
November 10th, 2011
New Yorker tenants turn to Twitter to move a landlord to fix problems in the many East Village buildings it owns.

High court sides with Carson in ongoing battle over mobile home rent increases
by Sandy Mazzadailybreeze.com
November 10th, 2011
The U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear a suit attacking the city's rent control laws.

Our View: Ordinance protects renters
by Merced Sun-StarMerced Sun-Star
The Merced Sun-Star endorses the just cause for eviction ordinance that TT and our Merced activist members have been working for. The ordinance passed on first read November 7.

The odd evictions at Parkmerced
by Rebecca BoweSan Francsico Bay Guardian
November 8th, 2011
Suddenly, low-income tenants in the neighborhood slated for demolition and redevelopment could lose their homes over water, garbage fees that may not even be legitimate.

Christine Quinn, political bigwigs rally for rent-control tenants on brink of eviction; call for protections against greedy landlords
by Sam LevinNew York Daily News
November 7th, 2011
New York legislators want to change a loophole allowing landlords to evict tenants and move into vacant apartments.

Evictions over smoking specious
by Larry GrossWeHo 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.

Mobile home owners organizing to protect rent control
by Donna JonesSanta Cruz Sentinel
November 5th, 2011
Watsonville mobile home owners want to protect themselves and the rest of Santa Cruz County against rent control repeal, which recently passed in Capitola.

Larkspur tenant wins $1.1 million in negligence suit against landlord
by Gary KlienMarin Independent Journal
November 4th, 2011
The landlord failed to install and handrail and keep stairs clear of slippery algae, so tenant receives compensation for wages lost as a result of the fall.

The Hiring Hall and Home Defense: A Powerful Linkage
by Peter OlneyBeyondChron
November 4th, 2011
The Director of Organizing for Local 13 highlights the connection between job loss and home loss.

Split council walks away from affordable housing fee
by Daniel DeBoltMountain View Voice
November 3rd, 2011
Mountain View City Council is split over whether to pursue a new affordable housing fee for developers.

Official: Silicon Valley Apartment Deal ‘Scares This Community to Death’
by Dawn WotapkaThe Wall Street Journal
November 2nd, 2011
East Palo Alto residents and city officials worry that Equity Residential will demolish the rent-controlled housing it is buying from Wells Fargo, only to rebuild luxury apartments to attract high Silicon Valley rents.

Residents protest trailer home demolition
by Ashley ArchibaldSanta Monica Daily Press
November 1st, 2011
Residents of the Village Trailer Park rail against the demolition of 10 unoccupied trailers, which they see as the last truly affordable housing in Santa Monica.

Tenants: Foreclosure doesn't necessarily mean eviction
by George WarrenNews10/KXTV
November 1st, 2011

Renters affected when landlord faces foreclosure
by Jamie HansenPetaluma360.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.

S.F. woman sentenced for swindling renters
by Vivian HoSFGate
October 29th, 2011
A San Francisco woman who swindled 18 potential apartment renters out of $110,000 is sentenced to two years behind bars.

State housing agency temporarily suspends foreclosures on borrowers who rent out homes
by Rick DaysogSacramento Bee
October 28th, 2011
The California Housing Finance Agency says it will temporarily suspend any foreclosure actions it has initiated against borrowers who rent out their properties.

SF SRO residents lose individual mail lawsuit
by Bob EgelkoSFGate
October 27th, 2011
Judge dismisses tenants' claims that mail and government checks get lost in current system.

Bay Area rents are rising
by Eve MitchellInsideBayArea.com
October 20th, 2011
Rents are climbing sharply in the East Bay, Santa Clara and San Mateo as the number of renters increases, too.

Carson prevails on rent control ruling before U.S. Supreme Court
by OW StaffOurWeekly
October 20th, 2011
The High Court upholds a Ninth Circuit ruling that a mobile home park owner lacks the legal right to challenge Carson's rent control ordinance.

Calimesa Council amends mobile home rent ordinance
by Rachael M. GustusonYucaipa/Calamesa News Mirror
October 20th, 2011
One provision is that owners cannot charge a late fee of more than $1.79 per space per month.

Fillmore files motion to block mobile home park lawsuit
by James ZoltakVentura County Star
October 17th, 2011
The city of Fillmore files a motion in federal court to dismiss a lawsuit from a mobile home park owner who alleges her attempt to convert the facility to condominiums is being unfairly impeded.

Parkmerced accused of unfairly targeting residents for eviction
by Sarah GantzSan Francisco Examiner
October 14th, 2011
The eviction notices come as Parkmerced prepares a $1.2 billion redevelopment that the SF Board of Supervisors approved in May on the condition that management provide greater protection for current tenants.

Capitola ends rent control
by Tovin LapanSanta Cruz Sentinel
October 14th, 2011
After 32 years on the books, rent control for mobile home parks meets its demise as the City Council votes 3-2 to repeal the ordinance.

Hotel Hell: The Ford Hotel Is Given New Life
by Sam SlovickLA Weekly
October 13th, 2011
A young man who grew up on Los Angeles's rough streets returns to the nefarious Ford Hotel to revisit the scene of his boyhood nightmares.

California Dems blast Obama on foreclosure crisis
by Carolyn LochheadSan Francisco Chronicle
October 13th, 2011
California House Democrats say the president can pass all the jobs bills he wants but that won't fix the economy until the housing sector recovers.

Tim Lincecum Joins the Ranks of Blacklisted Tenants
by Dean PrestonBeyondChron
October 13th, 2011
The San Francisco Giants star pitcher joins the ranks of renters whose credit records are damaged by unsubstantiated landlord accusations.

L.A. City Council Committee Refuses to Support Equity for Tenants in Code Enforcement Fees
by Larry GrossOrganizing Times
October 12th, 2011
Currently, landlords can pass on the full SCEP fee to tenants. Tenant groups - including TT member organization Coalition for Economic Survival - want the SCEP fee to be split 50/50 between landlords and tenants, similar to the Rental Unit Registration fee.

East Palo Alto mayor, pastor oppose sale of low-income housing
by Valerie SchmalzCatholic San Francisco
October 12th, 2011
Wells Fargo Bank plans to sell half of East Palo Alto’s low-income housing to a real estate company whose founder is a billionaire opponent of rent control – and whose representatives reportedly told the city’s mayor it plans to gentrify in one to five years.

City Ignores Illegal In-Law Apartments
by Katrina SchwartzNeighborhood Newswire
October 11th, 2011
Some affordable housing advocates say that this underground market provides a critical source of affordable housing in a pricey city and reduces demand for city-sponsored housing.

Low-income tenants live in uncertainty
by John SakataLampoc Record
October 11th, 2011
Residents of a Santa Barbara complex designed for SSI patients wonder what will happen to their homes when the organization that owns them dissolves.

Homeless Activists Take Over Cathedral Hill Hotel
by Andrew DaltonSFist
October 11th, 2011
Housing rights activists are joined by Occupy SF protestors in the action, part of World Homeless Action Day.

Residents at Stockton Apartment Still Living with Bed Bugs
by Kimberly RankinFOX40 News
October 10th, 2011
At Doyle Gardens in Stockton, both the city and county have cited the complex for bedbugs but still nothing has been done to help the people living the apartments.

Low-income tenants face possible eviction at Parkmerced
by Rebecca BoweSan Francisco Bay Guardian
October 7th, 2011
The issue comes on the heels of SF Board of Supervisors approval for a controversial housing development project that TT and other groups opposed.

No decision yet on Telegraph Hill project
by Tony K. LeTigre Bay Area Reporter
October 6th, 2011
Two San Francisco tenants have the backing of neighborhood preservationists as they fight a construction eviction.

CALIMESA: Appointments made to rent-control board
by Erin WaldnerThe Press-Enterprise
October 4th, 2011
Council names two new members who had applied for the positions.

Tenant buyouts making a comeback
by John C. OsbornMission Loc@l
October 2nd, 2011
Buyouts sound good on the surface, but may not cover all the costs of finding and renting a new apartment.

New law OKs posting political signs on apartments
by Bob EgelkoSan Francsico Chronicle
October 1st, 2011
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday that will allow California apartment-dwellers to post political signs on their windows, doors and balconies, a measure his predecessor had vetoed.

Landlord gets six months in jail, community control in carbon monoxide deaths
by Erica BlakeToledoBlade.com
September 30th, 2011
The man installed a gas-powered generator to run space heaters, not knowing the carbon monoxide it produced would be deadly.

Wells Fargo will sell 1,800 East Palo Alto rental units despite city's plea to wait
by Bonnie EslingerMercuryNews.com
September 30th, 2011
The sale goes through despite tenant and city council pleas not to sell to rent-control opponent Samuel Zell.

Gov. signs tenant rights bill
by Christopher CadelagoSignOnSanDiego.com
September 30th, 2011
Renters will be permitted to display political signs in their apartments and homes, under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Former tenants sue Marchi Farms
by Mark NoackHalf Moon Bay Review
September 29th, 2011
Migrant workers who live in farm-owned rental housing allege a litany of health violations.

Residents Sue Apartment Manager Over Bed Bugs
by Kimberly RankinFox40 News
September 29th, 2011
Residents fight back against a slum lord that refuses to kill the bed bugs that infest the Doyle Gardens Apartment Complex.

Residents forced out by Marysville bar fire salvage few belongings
by Nancy PasternackAppeal-Democrat
September 28th, 2011
The fire displaced 27 residents and left many of them with little more than what they escaped with.

Mendocino County to consider mobile home park rent control
by Glenda AndersonThe Press Democrat
September 27th, 2011
County supervisors invite mobile home park owners and residents to work on the proposal.

Roseville resident struggles to find pet-friendly housing
by Sena ChristianThe Press Tribune
September 27th, 2011
Placer SPCA says economic recession and foreclosure crisis has led to a sharp rise in tenants surrendering pets.

East Palo Alto seeks to halt apartment sale
by Gennady SheynerPalo Alto Online
September 23rd, 2011
City protests Wells Fargo's plan to sell 1,800 units to a single buyer.

Marina rent-control measure wins approval
by Larry ParsonsThe Herald
September 22nd, 2011
Some mobile home residents have been fighting for the measure since the early 1990s.

Calimesa City Council revisits Mobile Home Rent Control Stabilization program with capacity crowd
by Rachael M. GustusonYucaipa/Calamesa News Mirror
September 22nd, 2011
The council passes a mobile home park rent control fee and moves forward proposed amendments to the city's mobile home rent stabilization ordinance.

Councilwoman angered by conditions, rent prices at El Monte mobile home park
by Daniel TedfordSan Gabriel Valley Tribune
September 22nd, 2011
Councilwoman Norma Macias is speaking out against what she calls "shameful" conditions at a local mobile-home park.

Robo-signing California Attorney Should be Disbarred, Not Suspended, For Illegal Evictions after Foreclosure
by Dean PrestonCalifornia Progress Report
September 22nd, 2011
TT Executive Director says the punishment is too light for attorney David Endres, who illegally evicted countless tenants after foreclosure.

Wells Fargo Now "Zells Fargo"? E. Palo Alto Residents Rally to Protect Affordable Housing
by Alison MorenoBay Area Indy Media
September 21st, 2011
East Palo Alto residents demonstrate at city hall and at Wells Fargo's San Francisco headquarters, calling for the bank to stop the sale of rent-controlled units to a company run by a rent control opponent.

Santa Monica City Council considers changes to relocation assistance, tenant harassment ordinances
by Vince EchavariaThe Argonaut
September 21st, 2011
Santa Monica City Council votes unanimously to increase the permanent relocation benefits for renters, and to extend the tenant harassment protections to tenants covered by just cause eviction rules.

East Palo Alto asks Wells Fargo to rethink selling 1,800 rental units to equity firm
by Bonnie EslingerMercuryNews.com
September 21st, 2011
EPA city council joins the movement to prevent Wells Fargo from selling 1,800 rent-controlled apartments to a company owned by rent control opponent Samuel Zell.

City Halls vaults ahead on renters' rights
by Ashley ArchibaldSanta Monica Daily Press
September 20th, 2011
Santa Monica considers giving all tenants the same protections guaranteed tenants in rent-controlled apartments, and increasing the relocation fees paid to those forced to relocate from their homes.

Knowing tenants’ rights: Be aware of screening fees
by Ancy DowThe Daily Californian
September 20th, 2011
State law governs how apartment application fees can be collected, and Berkeley has even stronger protections.

Affordable seniors housing effort wins $5.6 million boost in Elk Grove
by Loretta Kalb The Sacramento Bee
September 20th, 2011
Thanks to a flagging economy and a growing number of retirees on fixed incomes, there are waiting lists for senior housing projects in the region.

Davis attorney suspended in foreclosure evictions probe
by George WarrenKXTV News10
David Endres, who has illegally evicted thousands of tenants throughout California, is ordered not to practice law for six months and to reimburse the State Bar $4,000 for the cost of the investigation and suspension proceedings.

Craigslist Apartment Scams Target Renters Seeking Deals
by Matt LiebowitzSecurityNewsDaily
September 19th, 2011
A common craigslist scam offers apartments at unbelievably low prices, and asks unsuspecting renters to pay a deposit online, because the alleged landlord is out of town. Don't fall for it!

Irvine OKs 1,750 apartments at Wild Rivers
by Jon LansnerOrange County Register
September 16th, 2011
The city's planning commission votes unanimously to allow the construction of 1,750 apartments at what is now a theme park.

Squatting with a cause
by KALWSFGate
September 15th, 2011
San Francisco collective Homes Not Jails pairs abandoned buildings with people who need housing.

Mobile-home rent hike request rouses Santee
by Karen PearlmanSignOnSanDiego.com
September 15th, 2011
The city of Santee in San Diego County will decide whether the park owner can raise rents at Cameron’s Mobile Estates.

After year's lull, Sacramento-area foreclosures roared back in August
by Rick DaysogSacramento Bee
September 15th, 2011
After a yearlong lull, foreclosure filings in the Sacramento region soared 76 percent in August, reflecting a new wave of activity by Bank of America, the nation's largest lender.

“Defunding HRC Is Not Politically Possible” – Mayor’s Housing Director to SFHA Executive Director
by Larry BushCitiReport
September 13th, 2011
The director of San Francisco's Housing Authority takes issue with tenant advocacy group Housing Rights Committee for requesting SFHA documentation about the condition of the agency's housing units.

Rental complaints up, so town council reacts
by Judy PetersonMercuryNews.com
September 13th, 2011
Housing rights group Project Sentinel says rental complaints are up dramatically in Los Gatos.

Calif Gov Jerry Brown Vetoes Affordable Housing Preservation Bill
by Larry GrossOrganizing 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.

American Canyon council adopts mobile home rent control ordinance
by Rachel Raskin-ZrihenTimes-Herald
September 9th, 2011
Mobile home residents win rent control in this Napa County town.

Calif. Gives Apartment Renters ‘Right to Recycle’
by Alexis PetruEarth911.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.

Capitola City Council Postpones Rent Control Vote in Meeting Dedicated to Celestial Cassman
by Jacob BourneCapitola-Soquel Patch
September 9th, 2011
Residents of Surf and Sand Mobile Home Park pack city council chambers for the meeting, but the vote on whether they will retain rent control is put off indefinitely.

Rancho residents can’t afford rent hike appeal
by Sean ScullyThe Weekly Calistogan
September 8th, 2011
Residents of the Rancho de Calistoga mobile home park say they want to appeal a recent decision hiking their rents $60 per month, but they cannot afford to do so without help.

Condo conversions back on WeHo’s table
by WeHo News staffWeHo News
September 7th, 2011
West Hollywood to consider converting old rental stock that landlords say they can't afford to refurbish into condos.

Calif. Governor Signs Senator Padilla’s Smoke-Free Rental Housing Bill
by Valerie GottenCalifornia Newswire
September 7th, 2011
With some exceptions, starting Jan. 1, 2012, landlords can prohibit smoking in rental units.

High court in Massachusetts upholds law aimed at blocking certain evictions from foreclosed homes
by Dan RingThe Republican
September 6th, 2011
The Massachusetts high court says the state's just cause law applies to tenants who were in the process of being evicted before the law went into effect.

MT AG Warns Renters: Wire Scam Targeting For-Rent Ads on Craigslist in Montana
by Better Business BureauBetter Business Bureau
September 5th, 2011
Renters beware: This Montana rent scam could be repeated anywhere.

Unlicensed trailer parks: Unsafe to stay, but nowhere else to go
by Marcel HonoréMyDesert.com
September 4th, 2011
Residents of one Thermal mobile home park demand action after suffering through unsafe living conditions.

Oakland landlord gets prison for soliciting arson
by Henry K. LeeSFGate
September 1st, 2011
Richard Earl Singer gets just over two years in federal prison after pleading guilty to trying to hire someone to burn down Hotel Menlo.

Garden Grove Residents Act to Stop Eviction Over Proposed Water Park
by Public Counsel Law FirmPublic Counsel Law Firm
August 31st, 2011

Court rules against Surf and Sand mobile home residents in Capitola rent control case
by Jessica M. PaskoOakland Tribune
August 31st, 2011
Many park residents worry they will not be able to afford their rents once the increases go into effect.

S.F. apartment rental scam nets guilty plea
by Henry K. LeeSFGate
August 30th, 2011
Rachael Marie Smith, who authorities say bilked would-be apartment renters of $110,000, is ordered to pay full restitution and spend time behind bars.

Marchers protest the pending sale of East Palo Alto apartments
by Madeline DraceEast Palo Alto Today
August 29th, 2011
Youth United for Community Action leads a group of protestors to Wells Fargo, to oppose the sale of rent controlled housing to known rent control opponent Sam Zell.

Residents Protest Sale of Apartments to "Vulture Capitalist"
by Bay Area IndymediaBay Area Indymedia
August 28th, 2011
East Palo Alto tenants and supporters speak out against Wells Fargo's plan to sell their homes to Sam Zell, an opponent of rent control.

Jaws Drop as City Council Motions to Postpone Rent Control
by Corinne SpeckertCapitola-Soquel Patch
August 26th, 2011
Capitola City Council votes to postpone the issue of rent control until its Sept. 8 meeting because one council member - a rent control supporter - is absent.

Rent a Little High For You? You're Not Alone: Rents Have Gone up For 11th Straight Month in Southern California
by Dennis RomeroLA Weekly
August 25th, 2011
Rent in SoCal went up 1.4 percent for the average non-home-owner in July, according to the latest Consumer Price Index figures.

Oceanside can't reach decision on selling mobile home park
by Nathan ScharnSignOnSanDiego.com
August 25th, 2011
Unable to reach a majority decision to put the park up for sale, the city will continue to operate the park.

Blumenfield, Supporters to Urge Brown to Sign Apartment Recycling Bill
by Lauren RosenblumEncino Patch
August 24th, 2011
AB 818 - the Renter’s Right to Recycle Act - would require apartment building owners to make paper, plastic and can recycling available to more than 7 million Californians who rent apartments.

Tenants demand fairness in face of pending rent hikes
by Ian BauerMercuryNews.com
August 24th, 2011
Milpitas mobile home residents come out in force to oppose rent increases that could cause financial hardship for people on fixed and limited incomes and force some residents from their homes.

Solar Shines On California Public Housing
by Lauren CraigEarthTechling
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.

VIDEO: East Palo Alto residents protest sale of apartments
by Gennady SheynerPalo Alto Online
August 23rd, 2011
Residents and activists riled by Wells Fargo's plan to sell about 1,800 units to Equity Residential rally in East Palo Alto.

East Palo Alto Residents Tell Equity to Take A Hike
by Sharon SimonsonThe 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 SheynerPalo 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.

East Palo Alto tenants fear they may get new landlord worse than Page Mill
by Bonnie EslingerMercuryNews.com
August 20th, 2011
Tenants who thought they had it bad under former landlord Page Mill Properties are worried that things may get worse if their East Palo Alto apartments are sold to a Chicago-based company whose controversial chairman is an outspoken foe of rent control.

HOUSING: Cleaning up after smokers costs landlords
by Eric WolffNorth County Times
August 18th, 2011
A UCLA study tallies the cost of cleaning up after smokers when they vacate an apartment. The statistics may inform Gov. Brown's decision whether to sign legislation that would allow landlords or cities to ban smoking in rental units.

Rent Control To Go On Oceanside’s June Ballot
by Alison St. JohnKPBS
August 18th, 2011
The issue will be on next June’s ballot in Oceanside, thanks to a petition signed by 15,000 residents.

Calimesa rent control issue is a hot topic: Compromise pleases all
by Noelle Kiely and Rachael GustusonYucaipa/Calamesa News Mirror
August 18th, 2011
Over 400 people turn out to a public hearing on changing the rent control ordinance. A consensus amendment passes unanimously.

Rent ordinance approved in American Canyon
by Rachel Raskin-ZrihenTimes-Herald
August 18th, 2011
City Council gives preliminary approval to the Mobile Home Rent Stabilization Ordinance. Final approval is expected Sept. 6.

Evicted tenants expected to return
by Nathan BakerAuburnPub.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.

Grover Street tenants evicted because of unpaid utility bills
by Nate RobsonAuburnPub.com
August 17th, 2011
Auburn code enforcement officials tell residents they have 24 hours to leave the property because the property owner failed to pay utility bills.

OCEANSIDE: Voters to decide fate of mobile-home rent control ordinance
by Ray HuardNorth County Times
August 17th, 2011
City council will let the voters decide whether to repeal the ordinance. Over 15,000 mobile-home and community residents signed petitions calling for the repeal.

Rent Hike for Mobile Home Park?
by Adelaide ChenMilpitas 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 Mobile home park residents protest rent control repeal
by Tovin LapanSanta Cruz Sentinel
August 17th, 2011
Mobile Home Park residents and others protest the City Council's recent decision to repeal its rent stabilization ordinance and vow to collect signatures for a referendum.

City of Merced will take a closer look at renter rights
by Ameera ButtMerced Sun-Star
August 16th, 2011
Merced city council votes 6 to 1 to move forward with a just cause for eviction ordinance.

Unemployed and low-income East Bay renters teeter on the edge
by Rick RadinContra Costa Times
August 15th, 2011
Bay Area Legal Aid of Oakland says it handled 46 percent more eviction cases for non-payment of rent in 2010 than the year before.

Oceanside council forced to rethink ending rent control
by Nathan ScharnSign On San Diego
August 12th, 2011
Residents of mobile home parks and their supporters gathered far more than the necessary 7,670 signatures to make the city council repeal its 3-2 decision to end rent control when mobile homes change hands, or to put the issue to a public vote.

Capitola repeals rent control
by Tovin LapanSanta 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.

Will the Landmark El Mirador Apartment Building in West Hollywood Be Demolished?
by Patrick Range McDonaldLA Weekly
August 11th, 2011
A landlord says since he can't afford to rehabilitate the historic building he may have to tear it down.

S.F. apartment rent rises as vacancy rates fall
by Carolyn SaidSFGate
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 MedinaThe 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.

Tenants falsely accused are threatened with eviction by EBALDC
by Lynda CarsonBay Area Indymedia
August 10th, 2011
One of Oakland's largest non profit developers is threatening to evict tenants, saying they denied the building manager entry into their rental units.

Will Wells Fargo Sell East Palo Alto to Vultures?
by Dean PrestonBeyondChron
August 10th, 2011
TT Executive Director Dean Preston explains the danger to renters if Wells Fargo sells rent-controlled housing in East Palo Alto to another predatory lender. Sign our online petition.

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