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East Palo Alto's biggest landlord, Page Mill Properties, suffered a legal setback Tuesday when a San Mateo County judge granted an injunction barring it from raising rents at its properties. Tenants claim Page Mill has set up sham companies to exploit an exemption to rent control for small property owners.
"A new law offers a stark choice for South Florida condo renters living in units owned by people who are behind on their maintenance fees: Fork over the rent money to the association, or face eviction."
SB 1137 increases notice period from 30 to 60 days for tenants in foreclosures.
This post on Progress Illinois discusses a "State of Chicago Renters" report and federal housing policies that could help alleviate problems facing renters in Chicago and across the country.
Voice of San Diego writes about the rights of tenants in foreclosure, citing a Q&A with Tenants Together Program Coordinator, Gabe Treves.
Massachusetts law firm is accused of sending unlawful eviction notices to tenants, in violation of a state law intended to keep tenants in their homes.
An Illinois sheriff orders his deputies to stop evicting tenants from foreclosed properties, declaring "we will no longer be party to something that's so unjust."
San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu introduced legislation Tuesday that would make it more difficult to use the Ellis Act to evict tenants and then build a car garage.
The City of Paris cracks down on illegal short-term rentals in an attempt to ensure that housing in Paris is made available for the city's tenants.
The St. Paul, MN, neighborhood is 55 percent rentals.
Boston students are organizing to help tenants in foreclosed properties.
City officials in Hemet hope to buy rental four-plexes that have gone into foreclosure and where the banks have evicted many of the tenants. Results of negotiations between the city attorney and property owners will be reported Monday.
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.
Cook County Sheriff Dart's month-long moratorium on evictions comes to an end.
Amid the jobless recovery, some landlords are showering flat-screen TVs, cash, rent cuts and other incentives on tenants to encourage them to renew their apartment leases and thus avoid the expense of filling empty units.
"Fueled by persistently high unemployment rates, completed foreclosures surged 56.7 percent over the first half of the year, placing foreclosures on pace to surpass their recent high in 2008, according to figures released Tuesday morning."
A Pennsylvania city considers charging property owners for building inspections, as a means to address both habitability issues and budget concerns.

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