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U.S. State Officials Investigate After GMAC Halts Evictions
by BloombergBloomberg Businessweek
September 25th, 2010
While California's attorney general demands that Ally Financial prove its foreclosure evictions are legal, other state attorneys general investigate foreclosure practices at the company's GMAC Mortgage unit.

Brown Wants Ally Financial To Halt Foreclosures In California
by Kathy ShwiffFoxBusiness.com
September 24th, 2010
California's attorney general demands immediate proof that the mortgage lender is complying with state law in evicting homeowners and tenants from their homes.

New website features worst landlords ever
by Rebecca BoweSan Francisco Bay Guardian
September 24th, 2010
The San Francisco Bay Guardian reports on the launch of the Tenants Together Landlord Hall of Shame.

West Hollywood's Historic El Mirador Apartments Being Emptied
by WeHo News StaffWeHo News
September 23rd, 2010
The landmark building, built in 1929 by architect S. Charles Lee, may be left vacant for the next 10 years.

Over 200,000 Renters Affected By Foreclosure
by Channel 3, KCRA NewsChannel 3, KCRA News
September 23rd, 2010
Sacramento renters learn their rights at a Tenants Together meet-up.

Dorchester House tenants' fight highlights issues with D.C. rent-control law
by Derek KravitzThe 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.

Landlord withdraws Section 8 discrimination lawsuit against Antioch
by Paul BurgarinoMercury News
September 22nd, 2010
The Patras family, who own properties in Antioch, sued the city on the grounds that they were harassed for renting to tenants in the Section 8 housing program.

Santa Monica Story: Residents Vs. “The System”
by Dish Taylor and Titus WapatoSanta Monica Dispatch
September 20th, 2010
A groundswell of grassroots activism emerges to fight a proposed condominium complex set to replace demolished affordable housing.

The Struggle Ahead: Affordable Housing as a Human Right in San Diego
by Rocky NeptunIndyBay
September 19th, 2010
The United Nations recognizes affordable housing as a human right. Why doesn't the United States?

Renters caught in foreclosure crisis
by Richard BammerThe 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.

Legislature Passes Bill to Protect Innocent Tenants From Having their Credit Ruined by Banks
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
September 15th, 2010
The legislature passed SB 1149, a bill authored by state senator Ellen Corbett (D - San Leandro) that would protect renters from having their credit reports permanently damaged through bogus evictions. The bill currently awaits the governor's signature.

CalPERS must release documents detailing $100 million investment loss
by Thomas PeeleMercury News
September 14th, 2010
A judge ordered the California Public Employee Retirement System, CalPERS, to release documents about how it lost $100 million in a failed real estate project.

Calif. Initiative Lets Low-Income Homes Bask in Solar Power
by  Anne C. Mulkern, GreenwireThe New York Times
September 14th, 2010
The installation is good for the environment and gives tenants a break on utility costs.

Cambridge, MA, keeps affordable-housing formula
by Marc LevyCambridge Day
September 14th, 2010
City councillors debated how to spend affordable housing state matching funds, with a majority voting to continue to funnel 80 percent of state monies to affordable housing projects.

California, PA, set to evict Cal U. students from unsafe housing
by Scott BeveridgeObserver-Reporter
September 14th, 2010
Homeowners in the Pennsylvania borough are under investigation for shirking building inspection requirements and for renting rooms illegally.

Stuyvesant Town Tenants Are Offered Co-op Plan
by Charles V. BagliThe New York Times
September 13th, 2010
One of New York's biggest affordable housing complexes is on the verge of a possible "affordable noneviction conversion" of the apartments to co-ops.

Housing Authority not prioritizing Section 8 homes
by Erin SherbertThe 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."

Rent control law might be hard to sell
by Damian MannThe Mail Tribune
September 10th, 2010
Oregon mobile home industry would oppose rent control, but might favor mediation

A Dastardly Clever Scheme
by Greg Mankiw Greg Mankiw's Blog
September 10th, 2010
A Harvard economist explains how New York universities make money off the city's rent control ordinance.

Santa Monica Extends No Smoking Zone
by Jonathan LloydNBCLosAngeles.com
Opponents to the code say it pits non-smoker's rights against renters' rights.

Impact of Foreclosures Goes Far Beyond Economic Damage
by Caitlin VegaCalifornia 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.

California Bill To Ban Landlords From Declawing In Final Stages
by Daphne ReidPet Peoples Place
September 8th, 2010
AB 2743, which would impose a fine for each instance of declawing or devocalization of animals as a result of a rental agreement, was passed to Governor Schwarzenegger for his signature.

Landlord troubles needn't hurt you
by Kevin TurnerThe 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 CoteThe 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 CubbisonNBC 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.

Merced residents stick to renting
by Jonah Owen LambThe Sacramento Bee
September 7th, 2010
Nearly 60 percent of the population of Merced rent their homes, creating a rental market with more demand than supply.

Hope for a Bronx Tower of Hip-Hop Lore
by Sam DolnickThe 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.

Indoor marijuana grows in rentals put landlords, tenants in a tight spot
by Jennifer SquiresSanta Cruz Sentinel
September 5th, 2010
Santa Cruz tenant discovers that some landlords don't want even legal marijuana plants in their buildings.

Leases go to pot as L.A. closes Valley medical-marijuana collectives
by Dana BartholomewPasadena Star-News
Landlords decry the city-forced eviction of model tenants paying premium rent.

Wall of Shame
The Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC
September 3rd, 2010
NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio discusses his latest initiative to expose the city's worst landlords on the Brian Lehrer Show.

Foreclosures can make you sick, report says
by Victoria ColliverSan Francisco Chronicle
September 2nd, 2010
A report by the Alameda County Public Health Department and Causa Justa/Just Cause shows how people undergoing foreclosure are suffering higher rates of stress and other medical problems.

Oceanside Council denies mobile home subdivision request
by Aaron BurginSan Diego Union-Tribune
September 1st, 2010
Council majority found the move to be an attempt to circumvent the city's rent-control ordinance

Law requires New York landlords to tell tenants about bedbugs
by Jesse SolomonCNN
August 30th, 2010
The "right to know" measure would offer some protection to renters before moving into a new apartment against the pesky plague.

Tacoma group pushing for smoke-free apartments
by Rob CarsonThe News Tribune
August 30th, 2010
Tacoma is poised to follow eight California cities that have outlawed smoking in multi-unit apartment buildings.

When Your Landlord Fights a Foreclosure Sale
by Jennifer Saranow SchultzThe New York Times
August 26th, 2010
Author of Nolo's the Foreclosure Survival Guide, Stephen Elias, provides helpful tips about what to do when your landlord fights a foreclosure sale.

When Your Landlord Fights a Foreclosure Sale
by Jennifer Saranow SchultzThe New York Times
August 26th, 2010
Advice for New York renters when their buildings go into foreclosure.

Calif. passes bill barring forced pet declawing
by Associated PressSan Francisco Chronicle
August 25th, 2010
Bill that prevents landlords from insisting that tenants have their pets declawed or devocalized goes to the governor's desk.

Time to amend rent stabilization ordinance
by Weekly CalistoganWeekly Calistogan
August 25th, 2010
A call for more-equitable rent increases in Calistoga mobile home parks.

Massachusetts Bans Foreclosure Evictions of Tenants – Why Can’t California?
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
August 25th, 2010

Proposed rent increase upsets seniors at T.O. mobile home park
by Teresa RochesterVenturaCounyStar.com
August 24th, 2010
Fixed-income seniors at Thousand Oaks mobile home park could face 80 percent rent increases.

Senate Bill Guaranteeing Protections for Tenants of Foreclosed Buildings Signed into Law
by Andrea Stewart-CousinsOffice of NY State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins
August 23rd, 2010

Man involved in housing mess owes $395,000 in taxes
by Brittany LevineThe Orange County Register
August 19th, 2010
Property manager Leo Goldberg rented units out without telling future tenants that the property was going through foreclosure. Goldberg requested advance payments and walked away with them once the bank took over the property. Goldberg is one of California's top 250 delinquent taxpayers.

Golden Cockroach Awarded to "Worst Landlord"
by Steve KupfermanTorontoist
August 19th, 2010
Tenants gathered in Ontario for the presentation of the Golden Cockroach Award to MetCap Living, owner of thousands of apartment units in the Toronto area. The Parkdale Tenants Association presented the award to them with the title Worst Landlord of the Year.

City Council plays meeting games...
The Sacramento Bee
August 19th, 2010
Members of the Sacramento City Council moved the public comment period, where members of the public can comment on matters not on the agenda, from the beginning of the meeting to the end. Members of the public will have to wait until the entire meeting is almost over, which can be anywhere from two to six hours, to participate.

Walter Lembi dies - led real estate empire
by Andrew S. RossThe San Francisco Chronicle
August 19th, 2010
Infamous San Francisco mega-landlord Walter Lembi died of cancer on Tuesday.

State Bans Wholesale Evictions
by Stephanie KraftThe Valley Advocate
August 19th, 2010
A new Massachusetts law protects tenants caught in the foreclosure crisis through no fault of their own. Banks repossessing properties cannot evict tenants except for lease violations or nonpayment of rent.

Home Improvement
by Alyssa KatzNewsweek
August 17th, 2010
Approximately 30,000 tenants gathered in East Point, a suburb just outside of Atlanta, to stand in line for a Section 8 housing application. There are 455 newly available Section 8 vouchers, which renters can use anywhere in the country.

A renter's guide to eco-friendly living
by Tiffany HsuLos Angeles Times
August 15th, 2010
Renters can make low-cost home improvements that save the environment.

Feds offer aid to renters as well as homeowners
by Kathleen PenderThe San Francisco Chronicle
August 15th, 2010
Government programs have provided renters, who make up one-third of households in the US, with stronger protections when the landlord faces foreclosure. This article quotes Ted Gullicksen of the San Francisco Tenants Union, who believes the government should do more for renters in this economy.

Banks help clean up blight in Arlington
by Susan ShrockThe Star-Telegram
August 15th, 2010
After foreclosing on the owner, banks in Texas agree to renovate apartment complexes that had fallen into terrible disrepair under the previous owner.

Roseville tenant: Bank ignoring foreclosure law
by George WarrenABC News
August 14th, 2010
Tenants Together member Christine Pierce stands up to the bank and exercises rights as a tenant in a foreclosure situation.

Number of the Week: Insults and Injury for Renters
by Mark WhitehouseThe Wall Street Journal
August 14th, 2010
Since 2006, the price of renting has increased by 12%. This increase, when combined with tax breaks on mortgage interest for homeowners, suggests that renters are effectively subsidizing homeownership in the U.S.

Bronx News Roundup
by Gina CilibertoBronx News Network
August 13th, 2010
Tenant activists rallied outside the offices of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to demand that they acknowledge their involvement in the displacement of hundreds of tenants in the Bronx.

Vacation Apartment Rentals: Lucrative and Largely Illegal
by Scott JamesThe Bay Citizen
August 12th, 2010
SFTU Director Ted Gullicksen is quoted in this article about the illegal rentals of apartments to tourists.

Mobile home park residents prevail in conversion dispute
by Kevin McCallumThe Press Democrat
August 12th, 2010
The Santa Rosa Planning Commission voted to protect mobile home residents by rejecting the owner's plan to sell rather than rent spaces. Members of the planning commission believed a goal of the conversion was to avoid rent control, thus eliminating much of the city's low-income housing for seniors.

Not all O.C. landlords can raise rents
by Jonathan LansnerThe Orange County Register
August 11th, 2010
Landlords in Orange County are still having a difficult time raising rents.

MetLife on the hook for $215 million in illegal rent at Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village
by Jose MartinezThe New York Daily News
August 6th, 2010
Predatory landlord MetLife, which sold its properties to Tishman Speyer during the 2006 real estate boom, owes millions of dollars to its tenants whose apartments were illegally taken out of the rent regulation program. The apartments were illegally marked up to market rate while the owners were receiving a J-51 tax abatement from the city.

East Palo Alto seeks community input on implementing new rent control law
by Bonnie EslingerDaily News
August 5th, 2010
City officials of East Palo Alto are holding a series of meetings in August to hear from community members about how Measure H, which passed in June, should be implemented.

Landlord spray paints 'deadbeat tenants' on home
by The Associated PressThe San Diego Union Tribune
August 5th, 2010
A landlord in North Carolina who is losing her home to foreclosure has a tenant who has not paid rent in two months. The tenant shares that she cannot afford to pay both rent and moving expenses.

Proposition 8, Judge Walker and our short memories
by Pat MorrisonLA Times
August 5th, 2010
In his ruling, Judge Walker cited the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. The same clause was also cited fifty years ago when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Proposition 14, a measure passed by California voters to overturn the Rumford Fair Housing Act which banned discrimination against 'colored' property renters or buyers.

Council votes to create rent control ordinance
by Justine FrederiksenThe Ukiah Daily Journal
August 5th, 2010
The Ukiah City Council voted to create an ordinance for rent control based on a Santa Rosa ordinance. A draft of the ordinance is expected to be ready for the council to review in the fall.

Pols Warn Foreclosed Buildings' Mystery Buyer
by Eileen MarkeyCity Limits
August 4th, 2010
A collection of ten distressed buildings in the Bronx have been purchased by an unidentified party. Tenants and advocates in New York make it known that the new owner should be committed to rehabilitating these homes and preserving them as affordable housing.

Never Underestimate
by Alison BrennanPeonInChief
August 4th, 2010
Blogger Alison Brennan writes about the state's latest budget proposal and its potential effect on California tenants.

Santa Cruz City Council passes rental inspection ordinance; utility tax increase headed for November's ballot
by J.M.BrownSanta Cruz Sentinel
August 3rd, 2010
The Santa Cruz City Council passed an ordinance that will require landlords to register units and open doors for inspections.

CAN THE NY STATE SENATE GET ANY FREAKIER? CAN IT???
by Celeste KatzThe New York Daily News
August 3rd, 2010
State Senator Pedro Espada threw money at tenant activists as they chanted for fair housing laws at the capitol on Tuesday.

Rental Scam Victim Gets Revenge Online
by Shoshana WalterThe Bay Citizen
August 2nd, 2010
Mathew Honan, one of many victims of a rental scam in San Francisco, created a Tumblr website to connect with others who had been cheated out of thousands of dollars by Rachael Smith, who was arrested on July 22. So far, Honan has calculated a total loss of approximately $100,000.

Tenant Advocates Push For 'Just Cause' Laws
by Steve MilneNational Public Radio
August 2nd, 2010
Sixteen cities in California have just cause for eviction protections, laws passed at the local level to strengthen tenants' rights. Dean Preston of Tenants Together explains how just cause laws are more than a short term fix to the foreclosure crisis. Click the link for audio clip.

Time to Make Fresno the Renters' Rights Capital of the Central Valley
by Dean PrestonCommunity Alliance
August 2nd, 2010
Although more than half of Fresno residents are renters, tenants lack basic protections that many other California cities have. Tenants Together director answers frequently asked questions for Fresno tenants and touches on the opportunity to strengthen tenants' rights in the Central Valley.

Awful: Bed Bugs Infest Entire Building In Arlington Heights
by J. Patrick CoolicanLA Weekly
August 2nd, 2010
The Coalition for Economic Survival is taking steps to demand that a landlord rid a building in Arlington Heights of bedbugs.

Is Chase Bank a Slumlord?
by Mary C. JonesWe The People
July 31st, 2010
Foreclosed properties across Chicago are deteriorating, with banks that have taken over the properties paying them little to no attention. Tenants of a building owned by Chase Bank rallied to demand assistance with relocation after the City ordered them to vacate the building.

Growing number of renters displaced
by Kara LaPointThe Reno Gazette-Journal
July 31st, 2010
Renter Stephanie Williamson is the victim of a series of sudden foreclosures in Nevada. This article addresses the effect of the foreclosure crisis on tenants and quotes Kent Qian of the National Housing Law Project.

Pressure increases on apartment owners
by Joe NaimanVillage News
July 29th, 2010
A new law requires landlords to enroll in a Crime Free Multi-Housing certification training program. County staff will work with the San Diego County Apartment Association to differentiate owners who have gone through certification trainings voluntarily from those who are required to participate in the process.

Bill to shield Mass. renters, elders on gov's desk
The Boston Globe
July 28th, 2010
The Massachusetts State Senate passed a bill that would increase tenant protections in foreclosure situations Governor Deval Patrick will soon review the bill.

SLO County wants more protection for mobile-home parks
by April CharltonSanta Maria Times
July 27th, 2010
San Luis Obispo County is working to create incentives for owners of mobile home parks to preserve affordable housing.

Tenants’ Convention Nominates Rent Board Candidates
by Steven FinacomThe Berkeley Daily Planet
July 26th, 2010
Berkeley tenants convened to nominate slate for the Rent Board.

Long time Black Vista Del Monte tenants fight eviction
by Marion MerriounsSan Francisco Bay View
July 26th, 2010
Marion Merriouns, president of the Vista Del Monte Tenants Association, reports on tenant harassment occurring at Vista Del Monte, a HUD-subsidized apartment complex local in Diamond Heights, San Francisco.

Rent may no longer be a four letter word
by Jenny BSan Francisco Chronicle
July 26th, 2010
This blog post discusses the pros and cons of owning a home and renting in today's market.

City won't modify rent control ordinance
by Philip RileyArgus-Courier
July 26th, 2010
The Petaluma City Council took steps to protect renters by refusing to make changes to the current ordinance.

Real Estate Agents Grab for Rental Listings as Sales Stagnate
by Vanessa RichardsonHousing Watch
July 26th, 2010
This article reports on the rental market in San Francisco, which is largely dominated by real estate brokers and agents. The author interviews Ted Gullicksen, director of the San Francisco Tenants Union, who addresses the contentious relationship between property managers and tenants.

SMRR endorsements done for dirt cheap
by Bill BauerSanta Monica Daily Press
July 26th, 2010
This Santa Monica Daily Press opinion piece addresses the upcoming convention, hosted by Santa Monicans for Renters Rights, and local election endorsements.

Many Bay Area homeowners in real estate limbo
by Sue McAllister and Eve MitchellMercury News
July 25th, 2010
Homeowners across the state are trying to figure out how to save their properties from foreclosure. One landlord in San Jose who had been wronged by the bank sued with the help of an attorney. He was able to stay in his triplex and keep his tenants there, too.

Philadelphia’s renegade sheriff faces office shutdown after stand for homeowners
by Linda S. WallaceTri State Defender Online
July 22nd, 2010
Since being elected in 1987, Philadelphia Sheriff John Green has taken some controversial steps to allow more time for owners to save their homes from foreclosure. The 'foreclosure intervention' model, which aims to facilitate a dialogue between homeowners, lenders, and housing activists, has received a lot of attention this year as a result of the foreclosure crisis.

For Bakersfield Builder, Rentals Are ‘Cutting-Edge’ Solution
by Dawn WotapkaThe Wall Street Journal
July 22nd, 2010
A WSJ blog post addresses the effect that the housing crash has had on a development in Kern County.

Dodd-Frank Reform Bill Extends Tenant Act through 2014
by Kerry CurryHousing Wire
July 21st, 2010
The federal Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act (PTFA) allows tenants living in foreclosed properties the right to remain in their home for 90 days or through the term of their lease. The PTFA was set to sunset in 2012. This morning, President Obama signed an extension of the PTFA through 2014.

Letter to the Editor
The Daily News
July 20th, 2010
A letter to the editor in response to Tenants Together director Dean Preston's Op-Ed on the impact of a massive Cargill development on nearby mobilehome residents in Redwood City.

Crowd packs council meeting to hear proposed rental inspection ordinance
by J.M. BrownMercury News
July 20th, 2010
The Santa Cruz City Council is taking steps to adopt a rental inspection ordinance. The ordinance would require owners to register properties and submit to city inspections. Previous version of the ordinance only affected owners of buildings with three or more units. Now, the ordinance would apply to all owners of rental properties.

Tenants can get stung in foreclosures, too
by Rick RadinContra Costa Times
July 20th, 2010
Contra Costa Time article profiles tenants in foreclosure situations and includes information about tenants' rights from an interview with Tenants Together Program Coordinator, Gabe Treves.

City Hall wants Supreme Court review
by Nick TaborekSanta Monica Daily Press
July 20th, 2010
Santa Monica City Hall lawyers will ask the California Supreme Court to review the Embassy Hotel Apartments case in an attempt to overturn a ruling that has hurt affordable housing in Santa Monica.

CalPERS sued for documents related to failed $100 million investment in Page Mill properties
by Bonnie EslingerMercury News
July 20th, 2010
"The First Amendment Coalition has sued CalPERS to obtain records on why the pension fund invested $100 million in Page Mill Properties, the biggest residential landlord in East Palo Alto."

Sites help struggling homeowners find tenants
by Ari Levy and Dan LevyThe San Francisco Chronicle
July 18th, 2010
Earlier this month, the New York State Legislature passed a bill that would ban rentals of less than 30 days in New York apartment buildings. The legislation is directed at larger multifamily dwellings where landlords evict tenants to develop illegal hotels and addresses concerns of unregulated rentals. Airbnb, a company that facilitates and promotes short-term vacation rentals across the world, is against the legislation. As illustrated by this article, homeowners facing foreclosure find relief through short-term vacation rentals that help them meet mortgage payments.

Rescued From Blight, Falling Back Into Decay
by Cara BuckleyThe New York Times
July 18th, 2010
This NYT article takes a look at the future of debt-ridden buildings located in central Brooklyn, the South Bronx, and Harlem. The author notes that the city is taking steps to foreclose on properties, but tenants are protected during any transfer of ownership.

PETRA, the death of public housing
by Lynda CarsonIndy Bay
July 16th, 2010
The author of this article addresses the potential conversion of public housing units in Berkeley and the Obama administration's PETRA (Preservation, Enhancement, and Transformation of Rental Assistance) proposal.

Mobile home parks are invisible pawns in battle over Saltworks project
by Dean PrestonMercury News
July 16th, 2010
Tenants Together director wrote this Op-Ed on the impact of a massive Cargill development on nearby mobilehome residents in Redwood City.

With public housing rent owed, evictions feared
by John CoteSan Francico Chronicle
July 16th, 2010
This article in the San Francisco Chronicle addresses evictions over back rent at SF public housing. The article quotes Sara Shortt, director of Housing Rights Committee of SF.

Renter protections may reach ballot
by Kevin HerreraSanta Monica Daily Press
July 15th, 2010
The Santa Monica City Council takes steps towards strengthening protections for renters by increasing the amount of time a tenant has to respond to minor violations before being served with a three-day notice to vacate. The Council will look at a draft ballot measure next week.

SF Board Says 'Yes' to Lennar
by Zusha ElinsonThe Bay Citizen
July 14th, 2010
San Francisco Supervisors Chris Daly, Eric Mar, and John Avalos were the only ones to vote against certifying the environmental impact report on the plans for the old Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. The report was approved 8-3 after a 10 hour hearing. The developer, Lennar, plans to build 10,000 homes on the contaminated superfund site.

13 Tenant Activists Arrested During Protest
by Lauren RahejaCity Limits
Tenant activists in NYC have been advocating for the passage of stronger rent laws since the Democrats regained control of the state senate in the November 2008 election. None of the bills have been passed. With the legislative session coming to a close and an election coming up in November, tenants have grown impatient. Thirteen activists were arrested Monday on charges of civil disobedience.

Jerry Brown Investigates Banks’ Treatment of Foreclosure Tenants
by Gabe TrevesBeyond Chron
July 13th, 2010
Gabe Treves, Program Coordinator at Tenants Together, reports on California Attorney General Jerry Brown's investigation to ensure compliance with tenant-protection laws by banks and private investors acquiring tenant-occupied, foreclosed properties.

Tenants' rights rally ends in arrests
by Betsy MoraisCapital New York
The New York State Senate has yet to take action on a package of bills that would protect and advance the rights of tenants in the state of New York. Tenants, advocates, and allies are growing increasingly impatient as the Senate, which currently holds a Democratic majority for the first time in nearly forty years, fails to take action. After decades of weakening tenant laws, tenants are growing increasingly impatient. Thirteen tenant activists of the Real Rent Reform Campaign and Housing Here and Now were arrested after a rally on charges of civil disobedience.

Mandelman Garners Tenants Union Endorsement
by Luke Thomas Fog City Journal
July 12th, 2010
The San Francisco Tenants Union recently announced that it has endorsed Rafael Mandelman for District 8 Supervisor.

Tenants have rights during foreclosures, Brown's office notes
Times Herald
July 6th, 2010
Attorney General Brown recently began investigating the illegal actions of banks, brokers, and lawyers towards innocent tenants who have become victims of the foreclosure crisis.

Some advice for renters
by Jennifer DaviesThe San Diego Union Tribune
July 5th, 2010
Tenants Together featured in San Diego Union Tribune piece on the rights of tenants in foreclosure situations.

City Hall still fighting Embassy court decision
by Nick TaborekSanta Monica Daily Press
July 5th, 2010
"CITY HALL — Santa Monica officials are challenging an appellate court decision issued last month that could mean the loss of 19 rent-controlled apartment units at the Embassy Hotel Apartments, a residential building in the Wilmont neighborhood near Downtown."

Public Housing Urgent Transfers Lag
by Zusha ElinsonThe New York Times
July 2nd, 2010
"After her apartment was repeatedly broken into, Georgina Jenkins thought she had found a ticket out of Alemany, the public housing project known to residents as the Black Hole. The San Francisco Housing Authority had placed her on its priority transfer list, reserved for tenants facing immediate danger or urgent medical need, according to Jenkins and her attorney."

Brokers’ Entrance Into Market Bodes Ill for Renters
by Scott JamesThe New York Times
July 1st, 2010
"In Armistead Maupin’s beloved novel “Tales of the City,” Anna Madrigal personified the archetypal San Francisco landlord — a caring, free-spirited matriarch to the colorful residents of a quirky, old building."

A voice for pets in Sacramento
by Shaunacy FerroVentura County Reporter
July 1st, 2010
"Local animal rights activists may soon gain traction in banning cat declawing and animal devocalization as the California State Senate reviews a new bill this month that would prohibit landlords from requiring their tenants to declaw or devocalize their animals or from preferring the application of a tenant with a declawed animal. Assembly Bill 2743, authored by Assemblymember Pedro Nava (D-Ventura, Santa Barbara), introduces a civil fine of as much as $2,500 for any instance of declawing or devocalization that occurs because of a landlord-tenant agreement."

Brown launches investigation into foreclosures that affect renters
by Jeb BingPleasanton Weekly
June 30th, 2010
Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. yesterday launched an investigation aimed at protecting the rights of the "forgotten victims" of the housing market collapse -- the tens of thousands of tenants facing eviction from buildings that have been foreclosed by banks.

California Investigates Forgotten Victims of Foreclosure Crisis
by Annie WuThe Epoch Times
June 30th, 2010
"California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced on Monday that he will be opening an investigation into foreclosed properties and the state’s possible infringement of tenants’ rights. As part of his investigation, he sent letters to 24 banks, law firms, loan servicers, and private investors requesting information on their policies and procedures to see if they are forcefully evicting tenants from buildings that have been foreclosed by banks."

California Senate panel kills bill limiting funds' rental investments
by Dale Kasler The Sacramento Bee
June 30th, 2010
"The Legislature has killed a bill that would have banned California's two public pension funds from investing in real estate deals that rely on freeing up rent-controlled housing."

Renters Rights Organization Says Senator Acted Against Renters and The State
Orange County News
June 30th, 2010
"Tenants Together, a California Renters’ Rights Organization today said California State Senator Lou Correa’s committee stopped the nation’s first anti “Predatory Equity” bill at the request of the California Association of Realtors and landlord groups."

Sen. Lou Correa Kills Nation’s First Anti-‘Predatory Equity’ Bill
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
June 29th, 2010
"Lou Correa, a Democratic State Senator from Orange County, has killed the nation’s first bill to stop predatory investments that displace renters from their homes. The bill, AB 2337, authored by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), sought to ban the state’s public employee pension funds from investing in “predatory equity” schemes."

En defensa de los inquilinos
by Roger LindoLa Opinion
June 29th, 2010
"La Procuraduría estatal dio a conocer ayer que emprenderá acciones para proteger a los miles de arrendatarios que podrían ser desahuciados cuando los inmuebles en que residen son ejecutados por el banco."

Kagan: Cal ruling on religious landlady 'outrageous'
by Bob EgelkoThe San Francisco Chronicle
June 26th, 2010
"When the California Supreme Court ruled in 1996 that a landlady had to rent an apartment to an unwed couple despite her religious objections to non-marital sex, civil rights groups and gay-rights advocates applauded the court's commitment to anti-discriminaiton laws. But a number of religious organizations, mostly conservative, saw the ruling as a threat to individual freedom and backed an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court."

Panel Backs Smaller Rent Increases Than Usual
by Cara BuckleyThe New York Times
June 25th, 2010
"Rents for New York City’s one million rent-stabilized apartments will rise less than in the past several years under increases set Thursday evening at a typically raucous public meeting."

Legislature Passes Bedbug-Notification Law
by Cara BuckleyThe New York Times
June 24th, 2010
"A bill passed by both houses of the State Legislature on Thursday would require New York City landlords to tell prospective tenants about a building’s recent bedbug history."

Goleta’s Rent-Control Case Gets Full-Panel Hearing
by Sonia FernandezNoozhawk
June 24th, 2010
"Goleta’s rent-control ordinance got another day in court on Tuesday, this time with the full panel of 11 judges."

El Diario Editorial on Dawnay Day Properties Features Community Voices Heard
News From Melissa
June 24th, 2010
"An editorial by El Diario yesterday on predatory equity features the work of El Barrio/East Harlem group Community Voices Heard (CVH) in trying to bring in a non-profit entity to preserve the troubled Dawnay Day properties as affordable for current residents."

MoCo renters' rights group formed
by Katherine ShaverThe Washington Post
June 24th, 2010
"A group of renters and community activists have established a Montgomery County Renters Alliance, saying it will be the first countywide organization to advocate for renters’ rights."

Buildings at risk
El Diario
June 23rd, 2010
"The foreclosure crisis has not spared tenants. And many will remain vulnerable to real estate speculators unless government, community groups, tenants and local leaders collaborate to preserve affordable housing."

Court rules rent hikes are illegal, refunds possible for tenants
by Adam LisbergNew York Daily News
June 23rd, 2010
"Minimum rent hikes for 300,000 rent-stabilized New Yorkers are illegal, an appeals court ruled Tuesday, raising the prospect of $100 million in refunds."

Judge advances sale of NYC's Stuyvesant Town
by Ilaina Jonas and Joan GrallaReuters
June 23rd, 2010
"(Reuters) - The purchase of Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village in New York City by its tenants or outside investors was advanced by a federal judge's ruling giving the green light to a sale."

Montgomery holds off on rent control, other housing proposals
by Brian HughesThe Examiner
June 23rd, 2010
"Montgomery County officials are resisting extensive changes to housing policies -- primarily rent control -- presented in a report Tuesday that outlines ways to keep renters from being priced out of the wealthy suburb."

Selling Out Tenants & Jail Health for 0.2% of the Budget
by Paul HogarthBeyond Chron
June 21st, 2010
"Today, the Board of Supervisors Budget Committee will vote on a proposal that everyone knows is dead on arrival – but Mayor Gavin Newsom insists that opponents are being too “ideological.” Blowing the cap on condo conversions of T.I.C.’s (tenancies-in-common) is something that real estate speculators have pushed for decades, and now they want to pit middle-class homeowners against tenants."

Judges Rewrite Ellis Act Without Legislative Approval
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
June 21st, 2010
"This week, appellate judges re-wrote California's Ellis Act to find that a landlord cannot waive its rights under the Ellis Act. The Case is Embassy LLC v. City of Santa Monica."

Carson mobile home residents see hope in ruling
by Sandy MazzaContra Costa Times
June 19th, 2010
"Residents of Carson's mobile home parks may now have a small glimmer of hope in their long, mostly unsuccessful battle to maintain low rents."

S.F. gives more time to weigh in on Parkmerced
by Will KaneThe San Francisco Chronicle
June 19th, 2010
"The public will have another two weeks to comment on an ambitious 30-year plan to remake the Parkmerced development after the city's Planning Commission extended the deadline for comment on the project."

Advocates pan Lauzon's rental ideas
by David DelcoreThe Times Argus
June 16th, 2010
"BARRE – City councilors had hoped to hear from tenants this week in their continuing effort to update local ordinances on rental properties in the city, But instead, with one exception, they heard from their advocates."

Developers' new plan: Rental homes
by Courtenay EdelhartThe Bakersfield Californian
June 16th, 2010
"Some land speculators who got stuck with a bunch of property after the real estate market crash have come up with a creative solution to the soft market for new homes."

Rent control activists sue, claiming injuries
The Daily Breeze
June 16th, 2010
"A half-dozen rent control activists filed $100,000 claims today, alleging they sustained physical and emotional injuries at the hands of Los Angeles police when forcibly evicted from the City Council chamber last month."

Kicked Out of Their Homes, Kicking and Screaming
by Steve LitzNBC Miami
June 16th, 2010
"Foreclosure crisis reaches boiling point in Miami's Liberty City"

Sacramento housing agency disputes HUD report of misspending
by Robert LewisThe Sacramento Bee
June 16th, 2010
"A federal watchdog says the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency misused millions of dollars intended to revitalize areas the foreclosure crisis had left as wastelands."

Contact 17 Investigation: Renters' rights
KGET
June 16th, 2010
"There's no doubt there's a foreclosure crisis going on across the country and 37-percent of those foreclosures are rentals. Several renters contacted 17 News recently, saying the homes they were living in had been foreclosed on and the investors had tried to force them out."

Court decision could pave way for 19 evictions
by Nick TaborekSanta Monica Daily Press
June 16th, 2010
"CITY HALL — The owners of an apartment and hotel property in the Wilmont district could be allowed to evict 19 tenants under the Ellis Act and turn the units into hotel rooms despite having previously waived their right to do so, a state appellate court ruled this week."

No rent hikes for regulated apts. with 1- and 2-year leases
by Elizabeth GangaLoHud
June 15th, 2010
"WHITE PLAINS - Tenants in regulated apartments in Westchester will see no rent increases for both one- and two-year leases in the coming year under a decision tonight by the Westchester Rent Guidelines Board."

Landlords Balk at Rental Registration Policy
by Dan O'BrienBusiness Journal Daily
June 15th, 2010
"YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Landlords that own multiple housing units for rent already pay a high price to do business in the city, say area real estate investors."

Elena Kagan – Friend of Renters?
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
June 15th, 2010
"In 1987, Elena Kagan, as clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, stood up for rent control, characterizing a challenge to its constitutionality as “absurd” and “outrageous.” In the mid-1990s, Kagan, as counsel to President Bill Clinton, authored a memo supporting a landlords’ right to discriminate based on marital status."

City Council moves ahead with expanded protections for SM renters
by Nick TaborekSanta Monica Daily Press
June 14th, 2010
"CITY HALL — A plan that would strengthen rules that protect against evictions and extend protections to tenants who live in non rent-controlled units got the City Council's initial approval last week, a step that could pave the way for the proposals to appear on a citywide ballot in November."

Lopez Bill Would Extend Rent Regulation Laws Seven Years
by Eliot BrownThe New York Observer
June 11th, 2010
"New York's rent regulations, set to expire June 2011, would be extended in their current form by seven years in a bill introduced Thursday in the State Assembly."

Laborers evicted over nitrates in drinking water still living in substandard Pescadero housing
by Julia ScottMercury News
June 11th, 2010
"As many as 60 farm laborers and their families are still living in substandard trailers and barracks in Pescadero, 29 days after they were evicted because of excessive nitrates in their drinking water. The county has no plan to find them new housing or seek a court order requiring the farm owner to make immediate repairs to the most serious health and safety hazards."

Fate of S.F.'s Parkmerced complex in limbo
by Robert Selna, Chronicle Staff WriterThe San Francisco Chronicle
June 11th, 2010
"The owners of San Francisco's massive Parkmerced apartment complex recently made what sounded like a surprising statement. They were in danger of defaulting on a $500 million mortgage, but planned to move forward with a $1.2 billion, multi-decade expansion project on the property."

Rental foreclosures: The new homelessness
by Andy DriscollTwin Cities Daily Planet
June 10th, 2010
"Record-breaking foreclosures continue apace across the country - and in Minnesota, but, despite laws designed to help tenants avoid premature eviction, renters are getting taken for a ride by banks and realtors who want them out of their homes and units so the properties can be turned over for a profit much sooner than the law allows."

New Lease On Life For Failed Condo Conversions
by David SuttaCBS Local
June 9th, 2010
"It appears real estate investors have a new competitor in the condo market. The city of Miami Beach. The city is now purchasing entire buildings and turning them into affordable housing. And wait to you hear how cheap they plan to rent the luxury units."

Measure H, East Palo Alto rent ordinance, passes
East Palo Alto Online
June 9th, 2010
"East Palo Alto's rent stabilization and eviction ordinance, Measure H, was approved in Tuesday's election by a wide margin, according to the San Mateo County Registrar."

East Palo Alto voters approve new rent law
by Jessica Bernstein-Wax and Bonnie EslingerMercury News
June 9th, 2010
"East Palo Alto voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a new rent control law that will strengthen and modernize an existing 22-year-old ordinance."

Another bloody budget
by Rebecca BoweSan Francisco Bay Guardian
June 8th, 2010
"In the days since June 1, when Mayor Gavin Newsom unveiled his proposal for San Francisco's $6.48 billion budget for the next fiscal year, public sector employees and community organizations have been poring over the hefty document to determine how their jobs, services, and programs survived cuts made to close a $483 million shortfall."

Vacant home causing problems? Code enforcement tries to help
by COURTENAY EDELHARTThe Bakersfield Californian
June 8th, 2010
This article assesses the foreclosure crisis in Kern county today and unveils a phenomenon where scam artists pose as landlords to collect rent from tenants for property they don't own.

Does Public Housing Have a Future?
by Peter DreierTalking Points Memo
June 8th, 2010
This post takes a look at the challenges and future direction of our nation's public housing system.

Mobile home park residents resigned to fate
by Katie Worth San Francisco Examiner
June 5th, 2010
"About 30 years ago, Gloria Luna’s mother was kicked out of her apartment in San Francisco because a developer was planning to build a much larger, more luxurious building there."

Illegal trailer park grows into a community
by David KellyLos Angeles Times
June 5th, 2010
"A year after a federal judge rejected government efforts to shut down the trailer park known as Duroville, this cramped warren of banged-up trailers and relentless poverty is experiencing something of a renaissance."

Two percent rent hike OK'd
Santa Monica Daily Press
June 5th, 2010
"The Rent Control Board on Tuesday approved a 2 percent rent increase for apartment units that fall under its jurisdiction."

Agency sides with Monrovia tenants over evictions
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
June 4th, 2010
"The state Department of Fair Employment and Housing announced settlements Tuesday of 13 complaints filed by disabled tenants evicted from an apartment complex last year."

Pro-tenant bill clears state Assembly
by Jessica Bernstein-WaxMercury News
June 4th, 2010
"A bill that would bar public pension funds from investing in businesses that force residents out of rent-controlled buildings has passed the state Assembly and will move on to the Senate for approval, an Assembly member's office said Friday."

Council delays rent control discussion
by JUSTINE FREDERIKSENThe Ukiah Daily Journal
June 4th, 2010
"The Ukiah City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to postpone discussions and further action on a proposed rent-stabilization ordinance for mobilehome parks."

Rent Control Preserves Affordabilty
by John PetroThe Huffington Post
June 3rd, 2010
"When Governor Paterson proposed changes to the city's rent regulation laws, criticism poured in from both tenants' groups and landlords."

Privatization of Public Housing Shelved - for Now
by George LakoffTruthout
June 3rd, 2010
"The Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) attempt to privatize all of America's public housing has been put on hold - for now. You played an important role. Thousands of you signed the petition and spread the word, so that those at the House Financial Services Committee hearing on May 25 understood what the stakes were."

Rent Control Board wants powers expanded
by Nick TaborekSanta Monica Daily Press
June 3rd, 2010
"CITY HALL — In a bid to significantly broaden the scope of tenant protections in Santa Monica, the Rent Control Board wants to bolster rules that protect against evictions and extend those protections to cover all tenants in the city, rather than just those who live in rent-controlled apartments."

E. Palo Alto voters could approve new rent control law Tuesday
by Jessica Bernstein-WaxMercury News
June 2nd, 2010
"At 22 years old, East Palo Alto's rent control law is no spring chicken — and city leaders, community groups and others are hoping voters will opt to strengthen and modernize it at the ballot box Tuesday."

HOUSING: Apartment markets improving, for landlords
by Eric WolffNorth County Times
June 1st, 2010
"Tenants may have lost some bargaining power in the San Diego County apartment market, as vacancy rates and average rents leveled off in the latest survey from the San Diego County Apartment Association."

Triumph of tenacity
by Rebecca BoweSan Francisco Bay Guardian
June 1st, 2010
"Nearly four years after City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed suit against Frank and Walter Lembi and their dizzying array of companies affiliated with CitiApartments for 'an outrageous pattern of corporate lawlessness,' the powerful and notorious San Francisco landlords have watched their empire crumble."

Tenant Lawsuit Against Mega-Landlord Gains Steam
by Samia ShafiCity Limits
June 1st, 2010
"When The Pinnacle Group purchased the building where Kim Powell and her family were living in 1997, she and her family hoped their 19 years of housing woes might finally come to an end. Their dispute with the building's former owner had ended with a victory: a judge ordered their rent reduced $53 per month until necessary repairs were made. All they needed now was for Pinnacle to comply with that order, which is exactly what Powell says the company didn't do."

Ohio foreclosure legislation shelved until fall
by Aaron MarshallThe Plain Dealer
June 1st, 2010
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Foreclosure legislation is headed back into the freezer until fall.

Prop. F offers S.F. renters 'hardship' break
by Rachel GordonThe San Francisco Chronicle
June 1st, 2010
Tenants in San Francisco who lose their jobs or whose wages plummet at least 20 percent could be temporarily exempt from rent hikes, under a ballot measure that city voters will consider next week.

Parkmerced in Default: What Now for Owners’ Plan to Bulldoze Over 1,500 Rent-Controlled Homes?
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
June 1st, 2010
The owners of San Francisco’s Parkmerced cannot pay their mortgage, yet they want permission from the city to demolish more than 1,500 rent controlled homes. While most of the public discussion about the proposed development project has been about environmental, transit and preservation issues, the planned demolition of so many rent-controlled housing units is reason alone to stop this project.

Renters aren’t roaches
by Adrienne BelzWorld Journalism Institute Times Observer
May 29th, 2010
NEW YORK CITY – The roaches, mold, mushrooms, and leaky, sunken corners of her apartment make up just part of the problem in Ingrid Hernandez’ home on the 400th block of Audubon Avenue in Washington Heights.

Owners Bet on Raising the Rent, and Lost
by Charles V. BagliThe New York Times
May 28th, 2010
The first signs of financial turmoil came at Riverton Houses in Harlem. Then came Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village on Manhattan’s East Side. Now a third complex built by Metropolitan Life in the 1940s for veterans and middle-class families has run into financial distress after being purchased by speculators during the recent real estate boom.

Another Affordable Housing Default
by Michael MechanicMother Jones
May 27th, 2010
In yet another blow to the nation's affordable-housing stock, Stellar Management, star of our July/August 2009 story "Mortage Default: Landlord Edition," announced that it will go into default on Parkmerced, a 3,000-unit San Francisco housing project that Stellar purchased a few years back with the goal of remodeling and building new market-rate units.

Parkmerced owners say they'll survive loan woes
by Andrew S. RossThe San Francisco Chronicle
May 27th, 2010
The commercial real estate meltdown has caught up with one of the largest apartment complexes in the country - San Francisco's Parkmerced.

Bank-owned properties alter character of East Bay neighborhoods
by Paul ThissenContra Costa Times
May 26th, 2010
In the East Bay, banks own more than 10,000 houses, and more than 20,000 are in the foreclosure process, according to RealtyTrac.com.

Higher Threshold Urged for Rent Destabilization
by CARA BUCKLEYThe New York Times
May 26th, 2010
Gov. David A. Paterson today released a package of proposed changes to New York rent laws today, including a measure that would make it harder for landlords to remove apartments from rent stabilization.

Parkmerced in default
by Andrew S. RossThe San Francisco Chronicle
May 25th, 2010
The commercial real estate meltdown has caught up with one of the largest apartment complexes in the country -- San Francisco's Parkmerced.

Will the Vacancy Control Provisions in Goleta's Rent Control Ordinance for Mobile Home Parks be Upheld in the Latest Court Battle?
by Dawn McIntoshThe Public Blawg
May 25th, 2010
The Ninth Circuit is poised to reconsider its controversial decision that a vacancy control provision in a rent control ordinance for mobile home parks in the City of Goleta caused a taking of private property under the Fifth Amendment.

Vanishing Treasure: The Rent-Regulated Apartment
by CHRISTINE HAUGHNEYThe New York Times
May 24th, 2010
Rent-controlled and rent-stabilized apartments carry mythic significance to New Yorkers starved for space. These are the high-ceiling homes featured in Woody Allen movies, the places secured by celebrities like Carly Simon, Cyndi Lauper and Ed Koch.

Fremont mobile home park residents again face major rent increase or park closure
by Matthew ArtzThe Oakland Tribune
May 24th, 2010
FREMONT — Residents of an over-55 mobile home park once again are being threatened with the park's closure unless the owners are granted a major rent increase.

Rent wars rage on
by Bill BauerSanta Monica Daily Press
May 24th, 2010
Santa Monica's gonzo Action Apartment Association is up to its old tricks. They've filed another lawsuit in Santa Monica Superior Court challenging Santa Monica's 31-year-old rent control laws. And, yes Virginia, it's an election year.

OCEANSIDE: Plan to convert mobile-home park up for debate
by Ray HuardNorth County Times
May 23rd, 2010
Oceanside city planners say a proposal by the owners of Cavalier Mobile Estates to convert their property from a rental park to a resident-owned community is a clear attempt by park owners to circumvent the city's rent control ordinance.

L.A. council blocks rent freeze, triggering protests
by Phil Willon and Joel RubinLos Angeles Times
May 22nd, 2010
Police clear unruly crowd after demonstrators disrupt meeting. Lawmakers' 10-5 vote cleared the way for a 3% increase on July 1.

Report: Public Housing Works, When You Invest In It
by Jamilah KingTruthout
May 22nd, 2010
Earlier this week housing rights advocates from eight different cities met with Reps. Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) in Washington, D.C. to voice their opposition to a bill that they say would privatize the nation’s public housing and push what they see as alternatives.

HUD Is Trying to Privatize and Mortgage Off All of America's Public Housing
by George LakoffThe Huffington Post
May 21st, 2010
The Obama Administration's move to the right is about to give conservatives a victory they could not have anticipated, even under Bush. HUD, under Obama, submitted legislation called PETRA to Congress that would result in the privatization of all public housing in America.

StuyTown, Liu meet
by KAJA WHITEHOUSENY Post
May 21st, 2010
Tenants of downtown apartment complex Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village have reached out to the city's $37.5 billion retirement fund for help in buying the troubled 80-acre apartment complex.

Foreclosure crisis hits home in Somerville
by Alix RoyThe Boston Globe
May 21st, 2010
When Susan Vallery and her 12-year-old daughter moved into a Marshall Street apartment in mid-January, they had no idea that the property was in the process of being foreclosed. An order of notice was served to the owner in December, but the issue was never mentioned to Vallery, who went through a real estate agent to secure the apartment.

East Harlem residents claim 'predator investor' is trying to drive up rent and expel them
by Juan GonzalezNY Daily News
May 21st, 2010
Like many New Yorkers, retired railroad engineer Hilary Saunders lived for decades in a rent-stabilized Mitchell-Lama apartment - a place a working-class guy like him could afford.

Realtors send deceptive mailer to SF renters
by Steven T. JonesSan Francisco Bay Guardian
May 20th, 2010
The San Francisco Association of Realtors, which has a long history of actively opposing the protection of tenants and rental housing, now wants tenants to believe it is on their side. The Realtors even recently formed and funded the Committee to Preserve Rental Housing to alert tenants about a ballot measure that they say favors dreaded rich people.

Renters In Foreclosure – Innocent Victims
by Jon MadduxLoan Safe
May 20th, 2010
The California based non-profit organization Tenants Together put out a very interesting report this week talking about some of the least publicized victims of the foreclosure process – tenants.

200,000 California Tenants Suffer From Foreclosure
by Harmon LeonRented Spaces
May 19th, 2010
Here's a scary number: Over 200,000 California tenants are directly affected by the rise in foreclosures. A report released yesterday -- "California Tenants in the Foreclosure Crisis" -- says that at least 37% of residential units in foreclosure in California were rentals, while the largest percentage of foreclosures were single-family homes.

Foreclosures affect California tenants
by BoNhia LeeThe Fresno Bee
May 19th, 2010
More than 200,000 tenants were displaced last year as a result of residential foreclosures in California, according to a report released by Tenants Together, a statewide organization for renters' rights.

Tenants facing 2 percent rent increase
by Nick TaborekSanta Monica Daily Press
May 19th, 2010
City Hall is recommending that owners of rent-controlled apartment buildings be allowed to raise rents by 2 percent this year, up from the 1 percent increase the Rent Control Board approved in 2009.

Lack of affordable housing disproportionately affects people with HIV/AIDS
by Roger BrighamEdge
May 19th, 2010
Nearly three decades into the AIDS epidemic, a lack of affordable housing for those who live with the virus leaves them increasingly vulnerable as cities struggle to balance their budgets.

Lawsuits over Petaluma rent control ordinance settled
by Lori A. CarterThe Press Democrat
May 18th, 2010
Petaluma has settled two lawsuits involving the city's mobile home rent control ordinance.

Over 200,000 California Tenants Directly Affected By Foreclosure
by Gabe TrevesCalifornia Progress Report
May 18th, 2010
Tenants Together, California's statewide organization for renters' rights, released its new 2010 Report: California Tenants in the Foreclosure Crisis yesterday. The report, a follow-up to Tenants Together's 2009 tenant foreclosure report, highlights recent foreclosure-related developments affecting tenants, quantifies the impact of home foreclosures on tenants in 2009 at the state and county level, and makes recommendations to strengthen protections for tenants in foreclosure situations.

2009: Sacramento foreclosures touch nearly 20,000 renters
by Jim WassermanThe Sacramento Bee
May 18th, 2010
A new report says residential foreclosures touched the lives - and leases - of 19,791 Sacramento-area renters last year. They were among more than 200,000 renters statewide who had to move out after three months or at the end of their leases, according to a report by Tenants Together, a statewide renters' rights group.

Elderly trailer park residents lose battle against rent hike
by Wesley G. HughesContra Costa Times
May 18th, 2010
The aged residents of Grandview West Mobile Home Park here are likely feeling they should have stayed mum after a double whammy of rent hikes hit their rental controlled park.

L.A. Landlords Ready to Move?
by Daniel MillerLos Angeles Business Journal
May 17th, 2010
When landlord John Jones heard that the Los Angeles City Council was considering a moratorium on rent increases allowed under the city’s rent control ordinance, he put all capital improvement projects at his four rent control buildings on hold.

New York's Stuy Town Renters Try to Buy Their Buildings
by Patricia OrsiniHousing Watch
May 14th, 2010
The middle-class tenants of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village in New York City are trying once again to take ownership of their apartment complex. And they are asking for help from an institutional investor that once bet against them.

City taking second look at mobile home rent control
by TIFFANY REVELLEThe Ukiah Daily Journal
May 13th, 2010
Ukiah city council considers rent control for mobilehome parks

Sen. Patricia Jehlen votes to protect residents against foreclosures
by Medford TranscriptMedford Transcript
May 10th, 2010
With home foreclosures continuing to rise in Massachusetts in spite of the improving economy, Sen. Patricia D. Jehlen, D-Somerville, voted for legislation that protects residents from mortgage fraud, protects tenants in foreclosed properties from arbitrary evictions and helps people stay in their homes.

AZ Gov. signs law requiring landlords to tell renters about foreclosures
by Associated PressKVOA.com
May 10th, 2010
PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill requiring landlords to notify potential tenants if their rental property is in foreclosure.

Landlord Crybabies Forced To Ellis Because Landlording Became So Unpleasant
by Dave CrowCrow & Rose Tenant Rights Blog
May 9th, 2010
Last month the San Francisco Business Times published a reprehensible editorial, “Tenant activists exacerbate rental housing crisis.” I’m sorry, but if being a landlord is so unpleasant, why don’t you just sell your building without evicting the tenants?

Bill barring landlords requiring pet declawing, debarking moves forward
by C. JohnsonNews10.net
May 6th, 2010
A proposed law that would make it illegal for California landlords to make declawing and devocalizing of pets a condition of tenancy was approved by the Assembly Judiciary Committee Tuesday.

Chicago apartments: 125 foreclosures a week
by Mary Ellen PodmolikChicago Breaking Business
May 6th, 2010
More than 125 apartment buildings in Chicago went into foreclosure each week of 2009, affecting tenants in more than 20,000 rental units, according to a new report.

Wells Fargo reducing rents at 437 ex-Page Mill units
by Jessica Bernstein-Wax and will oremusMercuryNews.com
More than 400 East Palo Alto tenants living in Page Mill Properties' former buildings recently got good news in the mail from Wells Fargo Bank.

Chicago renters hit harder by foreclosures than home owners
by FRANCINE KNOWLESChicago Sun-Times
May 5th, 2010
More than 125 multi-family buildings in Chicago went into foreclosure each week last year, according to a new report that showed Chicago renters were hit harder by foreclosures than Chicago home owners.

Four-month freeze on apartment rents proposed by L.A. City Council committee
by David ZahniserLos Angeles Times
May 5th, 2010
A Los Angeles City Council committee called Wednesday for a four-month prohibition on rent increases at an estimated 630,000 apartments.

SMRR takes stand against office development
by Nick TaborekSanta Monica Daily Press
May 4th, 2010

Tenant Advocates Back One-Year Rent Freeze in Los Angeles
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
May 4th, 2010
Tenant advocates are taking aim at rent control provisions that allow rent increases during sharp economic downturns. In Los Angeles, City Council member Richard Alarcon has called for the passage of a one-year moratorium on rent increases for more than 600,000 apartments across the city.

Adding Eviction to Injury: When Did It Become OK to Blame Crime Victims?
by Katherine E. WalzThe Shriver Brief
May 3rd, 2010
Congress and several states take actions to stop evictions of victims of violence.

How CalPERS bet big on real estate and lost
by Ed MendelCalpensions
May 3rd, 2010
CalPERS has lost hundreds of millions of dollars recently in real estate investments, including ventures in predatory equity schemes in New York and East Palo Alto.

Lodi landlords must determine how to bill renters for water after meters have been installed
by Maggie CreamerLodi News-Sentinel
May 1st, 2010
As water meters start to come online over the next six years, landlords will have to discuss with renters how billing on the new system will work.

State Senate approves foreclosure legislation
by Matt MurphyLowell Sun
April 30th, 2010
For the first time, the Massachusetts bill also tries to protect renters from being evicted from their buildings if their landlords can't make payments. The legislation would prevent banks or other lenders from evicting tenants from foreclosed apartment buildings or condos without just cause until that building is sold.

City says rent control costs are necessary
by PHILIP RILEYARGUS-COURIER
April 30th, 2010
Petaluma city officials say legal defenses against mobile home park owners have been necessary to protect mobile home park residents from rent increases.

House Bill Would Allow Those Facing Foreclosure to Stay on as Renters
by Carrie BayDSNews.com
April 29th, 2010
Two House Democrats have introduced a bill to create a “right to rent” for homeowners facing foreclosure.

Chicago renters could get security deposits back in foreclosures
by Hal DardickChicago Tribune
April 27th, 2010
Thousands of apartment dwellers who stand to lose security deposits because of building foreclosures would get their money back under a proposed ordinance a Chicago City Council committee approved today.

Assembly bill targets 'predatory equity' schemes
by Gennady Sheyner Palo Alto Online
April 26th, 2010
Spurred by the recent implosion of Page Mill Properties' East Palo Alto portfolio, California's elected officials are considering barring state pension funds from investing in companies that rely on displacing tenants to turn a profit.

Recession's Silver Lining: Housing Slump Chilled Ellis Act Evictions
by Matt SmithSf Weekly
Evictions, particularly Ellis Act evictions, have decreased over the last year in San Francisco.

Scandals drive Democratic pension reforms
by Ed MendelCalpensions
April 26th, 2010
Scandals at CalPERS, including its investments in predatory equity schemes, have driven the call for reform.

Pushed out for profit revisted
by Ayla AlbayrakMission Loc@l
April 26th, 2010
Documentary film maker Charles Bolton caught the angst of renters in pre-rent control San Francisco in the 1978 film “Pushed Out For Profit.” In the interest of reminding readers of the Mission’s neighborhood's history, Mission Loc@l has edited seven short clips from “Pushed Out For Profit” that will appear over the next week.

Assemblyman Feuer introduces bill
by SAMANTHA YOUNGSan Jose Mercury News
April 25th, 2010
A bill introduced by Assemblyman Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles, would help dwellers in rent-controlled buildings whose landlords have defaulted on their mortgages. It would enable a public entity to postpone the property's sale by 60 days

Capital region rents rise after year of declines
by Jim WassermanSacramento Bee
April 23rd, 2010
Rents are rising again at apartment communities across Sacramento despite 13.1 percent unemployment.

Many Americans struggling with rising rental housing costs
by TONY PUGHMiami Herald
April 21st, 2010
The gap between the cost of renting a modest apartment and the wages of working families continues to widen, according to a new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

E. Palo Alto residents head to state capital for pro-tenant bill
by Jessica Bernstein-WaxSan Jose Mercury News
April 21st, 2010
East Palo Alto community organizers and rent board members headed to Sacramento on Wednesday to speak in support of a state Assembly bill that would bar public pension funds from investing in businesses that force residents out of rent-controlled buildings.

How renters get stuck in foreclosure mess
by BRITTANY LEVINEOrange County Register
April 21st, 2010
There's a federal law that's supposed to protect renters who get caught in a foreclosure battle between their landlord and the bank, but a conflict involving San Clemente renters highlights how the law can fall short when it comes to prepaid rent and other issues.

Tenants in 'Worst Landlords' Bronx Buildings Take Wall Street — Not Their Landlord — to Court
by Elizabeth DwoskinVillage Voice
April 21st, 2010
Tenants in 10 foreclosed buildings in the Bronx run into the ground by a notorius NYC landlord are going to court with a new strategy that directly targets Wall Street.

Calpers’ Board Approves Policy Shift to Protect Rent Control
by Michael B. MaroisBusiness Week
April 20th, 2010
The California Public Employees’ Retirement System, the largest U.S. public pension, said it will stop investing in real-estate projects that would eliminate rent-regulated apartments.

CalPERS changes policy on real estate investing
by CATHY BUSSEWITZAssociated Press
The nation's largest pension fund on Monday changed its policy on investing in real estate to balance its socially responsible investment philosophy with its quest for profits.

CalPERS adopts tenant-oriented rental policy
Central Valley Business Times
April 20th, 2010
The nation’s largest pension fund – the California Public Employees Retirement System – has adopted a new policy for its real estate investments that forbids “excessive” increases in rents and the involuntary displacement of low-income households.

CalPERS Bans Real Estate Investments that Displace Tenants
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
April 20th, 2010
CalPERS, the nation’s largest pension fund, has adopted a policy to ban investments in real estate deals that are premised on displacing tenants

California’s public pension funds: Is internal reform enough?
by Chris LundCapitol Weekly
April 19th, 2010
East Palo Alto tenant activist, Chris Lund, questions in this opinion piece whether or not CalPERS' internal reform will be enough to guarantee that the pension fund will not get entangled in future predatory equity schemes.

California Assemblyman Pedro Nava Introduces Bill to Protect Pets Who Rent
by Sonia Zjawinski Pawesome
April 19th, 2010
California assemblyman Pedro Nava, who introduced a new bill that would make it illegal for California landlords who allow animals in their properties to require renters to declaw or debark their pets.

Elder-Care Home Foreclosures, Without Warning
by LAURIE UDESKYNew York Times
Senior residents of single-family homes that are used as lucrative care facilities for the elderly are often learning of foreclosures only when sheriff’s deputies arrive to evict them.

AFT 2121 endorses a change to a split-roll tax
by Liska KoenigThe Guardsman
April 15th, 2010
American Federation of teachers 2121 endorses a change to a split-roll tax, which would apply different taxes to residential and commercial properties, with special consideration for rental properties.

City Councilman Richard Alarcón wants a freeze on rent increases
by Rick OrlovDaily News Los Angeles
Citing high employment and the weak economy, City Councilman Richard Alarcón called Wednesday for a one-year moratorium on increases for rent-controlled units.

Chamber of Commerce pushes anti-tax initiative
by Andrew RossSan Francisco Chronicle
Assemblymember Tom Ammiano's bill to prevent California public pension funds from investing in predatory equity schemes that evict tenants has received some surprising oppostion.

Tenant Groups Demand that the LA City Council Adopt Human Right to Housing Policy
by Larry GrossCoalition for Economic Survival
April 14th, 2010
Hundreds of tenants streamed in, filling the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center to overflow capacity, as a special meeting of the LA City Council Housing, Community and Economic Development Committee (HCED) was held to discuss the Report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing.

Renters Beware! Landlord Scams on the Rise in California
KSRO Radio
April 14th, 2010
KSRO radio interviews Tenants Together Executive Director, Dean Preston, on the issue of rental scams where tenants unsuspectingly rent vacant properties from scam artists who aren't actually the owners of the properties.

Renters bullied by owners facing foreclosure
by DANIEL SHOER ROTHBradenton.com
April 13th, 2010
Since the onset of the foreclosure crisis, tens of thousands of renters in South Florida have been tossed out by banks and landlords essentially overnight with no mercy, and without any protection from the state of Florida.

'Count Me IV' Draws Crowds
Cross-Country Census Tour Stops in Isla Vista

by Emily NelsonSanta Barbara Independent
The Isla Vista Tenants Union sponsored an event to highlight the need for Isla Vista residents to respond to the US Census.

CalPERS to revise housing policy
by Dale Kasler Sacramento Bee
April 13th, 2010
CalPERS and CalSTRS are moving to prohibit controversial real estate investments that rely on raising rents on housing units that had been subject to rent-control laws.

California Court Okays Discrimination Against Section 8 Tenants
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
April 13th, 2010
A California Court of Appeal held that the Fair Employment and Housing Act’s “source of income” discrimination provision does not protect Section 8 tenants from discrimination based on their participation in the section 8 program.

CalPERS eyes ban on rent-control conversion investments
by Randy Diamond Pensions and Investments
April 12th, 2010
CalPERS' investment committee at its meeting next week will consider banning investments in real estate projects that eliminate rent-controlled apartments, according to the meeting's agenda.

Ruthless "Scamlords" Rip Off Would-Be Tenants
by Joan Quigley Change.org
In California, where vacant, foreclosed homes glut the marketplace, law-enforcement officials and legal aid clinics have seen a spike in landlord-impersonation cases over the past few years.

Ruling: Landlords don't have to accept Section 8 tenants
by Kevin HerreraSanta Monica Daily Press
April 12th, 2010
A state appellate court ruled recently that property owners have the right to not accept Section 8 vouchers from low-income tenants.

More scam artists posing as landlords
by Carolyn SaidSan Francisco Chronicle
April 11th, 2010
The glut of vacant foreclosed homes has inspired con artists to concoct a new scam: posing as landlords to swindle prospective tenants out of rent and deposit money. Cases of landlord impersonation have jumped throughout California in the past couple of years, according to sheriffs and legal aid clinics

Rents decreased, but affordability concerns remain
by Nick TaborekSanta Monica Daily Press
April 10th, 2010
The cost for a new tenant to lease a rent-controlled apartment decreased last year for the first time in 11 years, City Hall said in a report released this week, but the number of affordable units for those earning less than the median income continued to dwindle.

FBI probes L.A. Housing Dept.'s actions in affordable housing project
by Jessica GarrisonLos Angeles Times
April 9th, 2010
The FBI is investigating an affordable-housing deal in which Los Angeles officials channeled $26 million to a development company officer who they knew was under criminal investigation for alleged misuse of public funds, city officials said Thursday.

SF State student arrested in occupation
by Andrew PalmaGolden Gate [X} Press
April 8th, 2010
community activists, students and protesters gathered in San Francisco on Easter Sunday to protest the eviction of Jose Morales, a former tenant who lived at the house for 43 years. The rally was organized by Homes Not Jails, a group affiliated with the San Francisco Tenants Union.

Apartment rents expected to rise in San Diego
by Staff WriterSan Diego News Network
April 7th, 2010
San Diego County has the lowest vacancy levels in the region due to high- priced homes and costly rents, and rents are expected to rise slightly this year, according a USC forecast released Wednesday.

Renters be damned!
by Harry MorozHuffington Post
April 7th, 2010
According to the Congressional Budget Office, the federal government devotes four times as many budgetary resources to homeownership as it does to rental affordability.

Tenant Troubles: How Do I Get My Landlord To Pay For Property Damage They Caused?
by Dave CrowSF Appeal
April 7th, 2010
Tenant Lawyer Dave Crow answers questions about how to get a landlord to pay for property damage s/he has caused.

Housing protest leads to takeover of duplex
by James TempleSan Francisco Chronicle
April 5th, 2010
A group of homeless people and housing activists took over a privately owned Mission District duplex on Sunday in what served as the climax of a protest designed to promote use of San Francisco's vacant buildings as shelters for the needy.

San Diego tenants get no help fighting rats, mold
by Megan BurksHealthyCal
April 4th, 2010
Appalled by the substandard living conditions they found in the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego, community organizers told residents last year that they would take their concerns to the city—literally. Armed with storage-sized freezer bags full of roaches and rats from houses and rental units, healthy homes advocates presented their findings to the San Diego City Council and asked for better housing code enforcement.

Page Mill investors sue firm over millions:
Investors claim Palo Alto company committed fraud, misled them in East Palo Alto 'scheme'

by Gennady Sheyner Palo Alto Online
April 2nd, 2010
Former East Palo Alto landlord, Page Mill Properties (David Taran), committed securities fraud, misled its investors and engaged in an illegal and "morally offensive" plan to gentrify a portion of East Palo Alto, a group of Page Mill's investors is alleging in a lawsuit against the beleaguered real-estate company.

In New York, Breaking a Law on Roommates
by CARA BUCKLEYThe New York Times
March 29th, 2010
in New York City it is illegal for more than three unrelated people to live in an apartment or a house.The law is little known, widely broken and infrequently enforced.

SoCal court case throws a wrench into the works for Minton's Lumber project
by  Diana SamuelsSan Jose Mercury News
March 27th, 2010
Just as the Mountain View City Council is set to end a long-running debate by voting April 6 on a major apartment complex proposed for downtown, the outcome of Palmer/Sixth Street Properties v. City of Los Angeles lawsuit has thrown a last-minute wrinkle into the saga.

Renters Face Eviction after Landlord Stops Paying Mortgage
KCOY 12
March 26th, 2010
Tenants on the Central Coast are unwittingly renting homes that are already in default and on the verge of foreclosure.

Page Mill investors sue developer, others
by Eli SegallBusiness Journal
March 26th, 2010
The collapse of predatory landlord Page Mill Properties’ plans for 1,800 rental units it owned in East Palo Alto has left in its wake a contentious lawsuit pitting several high-profile investors against the developer and others.

Investors in Page Mill's East Palo Alto apartments sue landlord
by Jessica Bernstein-WaxSan Jose Mercury News
March 25th, 2010
Piles of papers filed in two Santa Clara County lawsuits suggest Predatory Landlord Page Mill Properties (David Tarin) planned to convert some of its 1,800 East Palo Alto rental units to condominiums and capitalize on "gentrification" under way in the city to yield hefty profits for itself and investors.

Final vote soon on bill to protect tenants in foreclosures
by Nick DiMarcoMaryland Reporter
March 25th, 2010
The Maryland House of Delegates tentatively passed a bill Thursday The measure that establishes the definition of a “bona fide” tenant, increases the length of time to notify a tenant of foreclosure and mandates more open disclosure of foreclosure proceedings.

Decision 2010: Peninsula residents to weigh in on several measures in June
by Mike Aldax San Francisco Examiner
March 24th, 2010
Measure H on the June ballot in East Palo Alto would repeal the city’s existing rent-stabilization ordinance regarding residential tenancies other than those in mobile home park spaces.

Bill Introduced in Congress to Extend Federal Tenant Protection Law
by Dean Preston of Tenants TogetherBeyond Chron
March 24th, 2010
With the foreclosure crisis certain to continue for years, housing advocates are hoping to make permanent the new protections for tenants in foreclosed properties that became law in May 2009.

Senator Leno Introduces Bill to Protect Elderly Tenants During Foreclosur
California Senate Majority Caucus
March 23rd, 2010
Legislation that increases protections for senior renters living in residential care facilities has passed the Senate Human Services Committee.

How landlords get away with it
by  Karen AhoMSN Real Estate
March 23rd, 2010
Just because the law says that your rental home must be up to par doesn't mean it will be. Renters may be surprised to learn that no one's really checking up on the landlord or the apartment. In the end, tenants to understand and fight for their legal rights.

Nonprofit to hold community meetings on Page Mill buildings' future
by Jessica Bernstein-WaxSan Jose Mercury News
March 22nd, 2010
Bridge Housing, a San Francisco nonprofit tasked with devising a plan for 1,800 East Palo Alto rental units that reverted to bank ownership earlier this month, will hold two community meetings in the next week.

1,200 tenants meet to fight for their homes
by Paddy Colligan Workers.org
March 21st, 2010
Twelve hundred tenants from Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village in New York City, the victims of a predatory equity scheme invested in by CalPERS, met in March to prepare a housing battle that can impact on tenants of all incomes throughout city.

Federal Protections Seek To Help Tenants In Foreclosed Homes
by KENNETH R. GOSSELINHartford Courant
March 21st, 2010
Despite federal laws passed to provide protections for tenants in foreclosure, some banks, law firms and real estate agents are still not following the new provisions.

Minnesota Senate Contemplating Two-Year Moratorium on Foreclosures
by Matt DrewesFollow MPH
March 19th, 2010
A bill has passed out of committee in the Minnesota state Senate that would allow renters of residential property to stop a mortgage foreclosure for up to two years.

Villaraigosa calls on L.A. residents to complete census forms
by Phil WillonLA Times
March 18th, 2010
The mayor of Los Angeles encourages residents to complete census forms noting that renters are one of the most undercounted demographic groups.

Pasadena's affordable-housing search site popular with landlords, tenants
by Janette WilliamsPasadena Star-News
March 18th, 2010
A free city-sponsored Web site connecting landlords and renters looking for affordable housing, is receiving heavy traffic.

Dufty Compromise Moves Measure Protecting Tenants
by Paul HogarthBeyond Chron
March 17th, 2010
A San Francisco supervisor's proposed ordinance to curb Ellis Act evictions in the city's North Beach neighborhood by regulating parking garages, is headed for passage – after a compromise was brokered.

New complex opens doors to farmworkers
by Mike HarrisVentura County Star
March 17th, 2010
A new low-income rental housing development that offers special subsidies to farmworkers has opened in the city of Fillmore.

Legal Clinic Freezes Foreclosure Eviction
by Anthony ShallatUniversity of San Diego News Center
March 16th, 2010
A recent case argued by students and faculty from the Landlord Tenant Clinic at University of San Diego’s School of Law has won a major battle for California renters fighting foreclosure.

Foundation gives $525K for foreclosure prevention
Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal
March 16th, 2010
Seven housing counseling and legal services organizations will receive $525,000 in grants from Silicon Valley Community Foundation to help homeowners and renters facing foreclosure.

Fake landlords could be sent to state prison
by John Upton San Francisco Examiner:
March 16th, 2010
Imposter landlords could be found guilty of a felony and sent to state prison, under a bill that was introduced by Assemblywoman Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco) and one other lawmaker.

Panel to Review Torture Memo Author’s Anti-Rent Control Ruling
by Dean Preston, Executive Director of Tenants TogetherBeyond Chron
March 16th, 2010
Last week, the Chief Judge of the Ninth Circuit ordered review of Torture memo authoer Judge Bybee’s anti-rent control ruling from September 2009.

Sometimes, good legal help is the best medicine
by Anna GormanLA Times
March 12th, 2010
Ten medical-legal partnerships in California bring doctors and lawyers together to improve patient/tenant living conditions.

SF Planning Commission eliminating project reviews
by Conor GallagherGolden Gate [X} Press
March 11th, 2010
Tenants and other residents are concerned about the future ability of a San Francisco citizen to challenge the installation of cell phone antennas as the San Francisco Planning Commission is proposing to do away with the ability of an individual to file for a discretionary review of a proposed construction project near their residence.

East Palo Alto council approves revised rent law
by Jessica Bernstein-WaxSan Jose Mercury News
March 10th, 2010
The East Palo Alto City Council voted last night to put a proposed ordinance on the ballot that would make changes to the city's rent control law.

SMRR says LUCE will exacerbate jobs-housing imbalance
by Nick TaborekSanta Monica Daily Press
Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights has weighed in on City Hall's long-term planning blueprint, saying it favors job creation over housing.

Supes Move on Pro-Tenant Measures; Garage Legislation Postponed
by Paul HogarthBeyohdChron
March 10th, 2010
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed two pro-tenant ordinances yesterday, but a measure to block Ellis Act evictions still sits in limbo.

Supes approve eviction protections for foreclosed rental properties
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner:
March 10th, 2010
Legislation that extends just-cause eviction protections to tenants in buildings built post-1979 and have gone into foreclosure was unanimously approved Tuesday by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Census About to Hit the Mail: Renters Among Hardest to Count
by Dean Preston, Executive Director of Tenants TogetherBeyondChron
March 9th, 2010
the national census has huge implications. Hundreds of billions of dollars are allocated each year based on census data. Renters typically have lower return rates on census forms than homeowners and are undercounted in the census.

East Palo Alto seeks to revise its rent-control law
by Gennady SheynerPalo Alto Online
City to host meeting tonight to discuss new ordinance, which is headed for June 8 ballot

S.D. could require multifamily water meters
by Mike LeeSan Diego Union-Tribune
March 8th, 2010
The San Diego City Council is expected to pass a proposed ordinance that would require separate water meters for each unit in multi-unit housing. According to the article, Studies indicate that renters cut their water use by 15 percent to 39 percent if their water charges aren't folded into their overall monthly bill.

Page Mill Properties Go Back To Bank
by Sharon SimonsonThe Registry
March 5th, 2010
A bold redevelopment play in East Palo Alto spearheaded by Bay Area developer David Taran and funded by CalPERS, has reached its anticipated end: The bank has foreclosed on the 101-property portfolio.

Future of E. Palo Alto settlement talks uncertain
by Jessica Bernstein-WaxSan Jose Mercury News
March 4th, 2010
Settlement talks aimed at resolving about 10 active lawsuits between East Palo Alto and predatory landlord, Page Mill Properties are now in limbo after Wells Fargo Bank assumed ownership of the company's roughly 1,800 rental units in the city, officials said Wednesday.

Where landlords, developers, and cars are king
San Francisco Bay Guardian
March 3rd, 2010
According to the editors of the Guardian, the Ellis Act has been responsible for thousands of San Franciscans losing their homes — and a new twist has been developing in the city's Chinatown-North Beach neighborhood.

Census seeks the 'hard to count'
by Kendall WrightPatterson Irrigator
March 3rd, 2010
The U.S. Census Bureau considers renters among the hardest groups to accurately count.

Wells Fargo aquires half of East Palo Alto rentals
KGO-TV San Francisco
March 3rd, 2010
About half the rental housing in East Palo Alto - some 1,800 units formerly owned by Page Mill Properties - has moved into the hands of Wells Fargo as a result of a foreclosure auction Tuesday.

Wells takes over East Palo Alto portfolio
San Francisco Business Times
March 3rd, 2010
Wells Fargo & Co. took title to 101 properties in East Palo Alto through trustee sales on Tuesday. The previous owner was Page Mill Properties, which bought the complex for just under $270 million. Wells Fargo has bid the property at $142 million.

Disaster loans available for Laguna Woods residents
by CLAIRE WEBBOrange County Register
March 2nd, 2010
Renters affected by recent flooding due to winter storms can take advantage of federal disaster loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration. Renters are eligible to apply for loans to replace a loss of personal property including cars.

Wells Fargo now biggest East Palo Alto landlord:
Bank becomes city's biggest landlord after foreclosure auction attracts no bids

by Gennady Sheyner Palo Alto Online
March 2nd, 2010
Wells Fargo took ownership of more than 1,800 housing units in East Palo Alto's Woodland Park neighborhood Tuesday afternoon, officially becoming the city's largest landlord.

Wells Fargo becomes East Palo Alto's largest landlord
by Shaun BishopSan Jose Mercury News
March 2nd, 2010
Wells Fargo became East Palo Alto's largest landlord on Tuesday, assuming ownership of about 1,800 rental housing units after no one bid on any of the properties at a foreclosure auction.

Newsom Criticizes Rent Measure on Ballot
by Barbara TaylorKCBS Radio
March 2nd, 2010
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is launching an early campaign against a rent control measure on the June 8 ballot that would prevent landlords from raising rents in cases where the tenant is experiencing economic hardship.

Newsom can't win them all
by Heather KnightSan Francisco Chronicle
March 2nd, 2010
San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom has sent a letter to the Board of Supervisors asking them to remove a ballot measure that would make it easier for tenants to defer rent increases if they've seen their wages cut or experienced other financial hardship.

Daly Pens Letter Urging Support of Tenant Financial Hardship Measure
by Luke Thomas Fog City Journal
March 2nd, 2010
In a letter addressed to his colleagues on the San Francisco Board of Superviosrs, Chris Daly today urged continued support of a June ballot measure proposal that aims to provide tenants most impacted by the recession temporary relief from rent increases.

A real fix for the poorest victims of the foreclosure crisis: reauthorization of the Legal Services Corporation
by Emily Savner, research associate at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of LawThe HIll
March 1st, 2010
Legislation recently introduced in Congress would reauthorize and revitalize the Legal Services Corporation, the federal body charged with distributing federal dollars to local, non-profit civil legal services programs nationwide.

Appellate court: E. Palo Alto won't have to pay $472K
by Jessica Bernstein-WaxSan Jose Mercury News
March 1st, 2010
East Palo Alto won't have to pay its biggest former landlord, Page Mill Properties, nearly $500,000 in attorneys' fees after the California Court of Appeal reversed a trial judge's 2009 ruling.

Fannie’s Lawyers Falsely Certify Compliance With PTAF in eviction context
by Robert Doggett, Texas RioGrande Legal AidForeclosureBuzz.org
February 28th, 2010
This article is another detailing Fannie Mae’s refusal to adequately implement the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act.

Fannie itself won’t certify compliance with PTAF – slows program to stabilize neighborhoods
by Robert Doggett, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid ForeclosureBuzz.org
February 26th, 2010
According to Legal Aid lawyer, Robert Doggett, Fannie Mae is not complying with the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act.

A brutal 2 years for those in CalPERS
by Andrew RossSan Francisco Chronicle
February 26th, 2010
The SF Chronicle covers the story of CalPERS' failed predatory equity investments with Page Mill Properties in East Palo Alto and Tishman Speyer / BlackRock in New York. Assemblyman Tom Ammiano has introduced a bill to prevent future such investments with public pension funds.

Evictions spark responsible investment legislation
by  Emily Holding San Diego New Room
February 25th, 2010
Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) has recently introduced the Socially Responsible Investment Act (AB 2337). The bill would prohibit the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) from investing in predatory schemes that evict tenants.

California bill targets pension fund investments in rent-controlled apartments
by Dale KaslerSacramento Bee
February 25th, 2010
California's two big public pension funds would be barred from investing in real estate deals that depend on bumping tenants out of rent-controlled housing under a bill recently introduced in the Legislature.

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