Legislative victories/defeats

JOINT LETTER CONCERNING GOV BROWN'S BAD HOUSING PLAN

Today, Tenants Together, along with a majority of our member organizations, joined a broad coalition of housing rights activists concerned with the Governor's "By-right" development proposal. While we don't disagree with the need to build more housing in California, especially affordable housing, bypassing the community process for development means low-income tenants will get the short end of the stick.

2016 State Legislation to Watch

As California's only grassroots statewide tenant organization, Tenants Together plays a key role in monitoring state bills, stopping bad legislation, and advancing laws that are good for tenants. We prioritize movement-building work, but when there are key bills to kill or the movement wants to take on a policy fight, Tenants Together draws from years of experience engaging in the Capitol to make a difference. Here's our positions and analysis of key tenant bills for this year.

 

House Approves Renter Relief Measures as Clock Ticks on Wider Housing Deal

Legislation that would give Oregon tenants more time to navigate rent increases at a time of surging costs cleared the House with bipartisan support Tuesday — marking an important milestone on one of this session's top issues.

House Bill 4143, approved 48-11, keeps alive a wider agreement on housing and land-use issues. It would ban rent increases during a month-to-month tenant's first year. It also would require landlords give 90-day warnings when looking to raise rents after a tenant's first year.

Renee

Shown house by agent of hOmes of Bakersfield in the evening very dark out, House was nice on inside and pool was lit by pool light all other lights out, agent told us the house we had app. On down the street would not be ready when snyivipated but this house was available and ready to move in immediately and I have multiple medical conditions that the pool and spa could help according to my Dr. Do eevswitched our app to this house, Boy do i regret that decision. We moved into the home from hell. The day we moved in was first time we got a good look at the exterior of home.

Mike

THIS OLD DRACONIAN 3 DAY EVICTION NOTICE LAW MUST CHANGE.

PROPERTY OWNERS AND THE RICH HAVE BUILT EXTENSIVE WEALTH DURING THE PAST 20 YEARS.. WHILE THE POOR AND MIDDLE CLASS HAVE BEEN NEGLECTED BY THE TOP AND UNDERMINED FROM THE BOTTOM !!!!!!

SPREAD THE WORD TO CONNECT WITH STATE AND NATIONAL LEADERS INCLUDING LAW MAKERS AND TENANT ADVOCATES TO CHANGE THIS UNDERMINING AND HARMFUL LAW.

THIS LAW IS A TRUE SYMBOL OF GREED, SELFISHNESS, INEQUALITY, UNFAIRNESS AND WHAT IS WRONG WITH OUR STATE AND COUNTRY !!!!!

BE AN AMERICAN.. BE A PATRIOT.. CHANGE THIS LAW NOW.

Pearl

I volunteer to help homeless disabled find housing. In SLO County, all the subsidized housing projects have waiting lists years long, and the overwhelming majority of private landlords and property managemewnt companies refuse to accept Sec. 8, even thos who used to accept it a few years ago. Some states have a law requiring all landlords to accept Sec, 8, but CA does not. CA has a law requiring non-discrimination on the bais of income, but the state dept. ruled that "income" only includes income paid directly to the tenant, not Sec. 8, which is in-kind income paid to the landlord.

James

The new landlord at this residence is a slumlord. He does not maintain the premises, pool routinely shut down by health dept, he illegally mandates increases in both rent and security deposits, does illegal construction on premises, caught dumping caustic pool chemicals to the public street, implemented reduced tenant access to onsite resources, shuts off plumbing routinely without prior notice, and evicts tenants who cause him any form of problem when they stand up for their rights.

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