News and Views

A Fresno landlord was ordered to pay $16,000 for failing to disclose lead-based paint presence in his eight units.
  • Fresno
The city of San Diego is tasked with balancing the housing needs of low-income families after withdrawing from the federal low-income housing program.
This article looks at legislation in California intended to deal with the foreclosure crisis.
According to this San Diego Union Tribune article, apartment vacancy rates and rental rates have both increased over the past year. This article attributes both increases to the rising number of foreclosures.
  • San Diego
  • San Diego
Coalition for Economic Survival's Larry Gross sees a reinvigorated tenant rights movement in the light of Prop. 98's defeat.
  • Los Angeles
In this BeyondChron article, Randy Shaw analyzes the defeat of Prop. 98 and the opportunity for a statewide tenants' rights movement.
June 4, 2008
Dean Preston of Tenants Together responds to Matt Smith's article on Prop. 98 in the SF Weekly.
  • San Francisco
California voters overwhelmingly reject Prop. 98, which would have banned rent control.
The Whittier Daily exposes a rising level of homelessness among seniors who cannot afford to pay rents on their apartments.
LA Times reports on Mayor Villaraigosa's proposal to allow landlords to evict tenants who have been convicted of using and possessing illegal weapons and ammunition.
  • Los Angeles
The California Chronicle reports on the passage of Alberto Torrico's bill, AB 2585, in the state Assembly. The bill will aid tenants in foreclosures.
May 29, 2008
CNN profiles a single mom of eight in Palmdale who faces eviction from her rental after a foreclosure. A Laguna Hills family who has paid $30K in rent since last August also faces eviction because their landlord failed to make mortgage payments.
The Palo Alto Daily News covers a story of local residents organizing and proposing their own changes to the city rent control ordinance.
  • San Mateo
The Palo Alto Daily features an op-ed piece by Tenants Together director Dean Preston
  • San Mateo
Mike Coit of the Santa Rosa Democrat covers the story of a Santa Rosa family who lost their home in a foreclosure and are now competing in a tightening rental market.
  • Sonoma
A Bakersfield couple faced foreclosures in the last two homes they rented. According to this article, a rental company is under no legal obligation to inform renters whether a house is in default.
  • Kern
Housing Wire reports on a piece of legislation introduced by Raul M. Grijalva (D-Az) that would allow foreclosed homeowners to stay in their homes as renters.
Dean Baker critiques foreclosure legislation for not protecting renters.
May 20, 2008
CNN covers the plight of Santa Barbara residents who lost their homes when they could no longer afford to pay rent.

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