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Concord Renters Form Union to Fight For Tenants' Rights  NBC Bay AreaBecause of the high cost of housing in the Bay Area, tenants in Concord have formed a union in what is being called a first for Contra Costa County.
Milpitas Creates Rent Review Board, Residents Still Concerned About Evictions  The Milpitas BeatMilpitas City Council voted to establish a rent review program at Tuesday's city council meeting, but the city is still stuck on how to proceed with just cause ...
Why California’s new rent control bill could bring relief to Butte County’s housing crisis  Chico Enterprise-RecordCHICO — A sweeping housing bill now on its way to Gov. Gavin Newsom offers stronger protections to millions of renters across the state. It could mean big ...
How San Francisco can fix a glaring loophole in California tenants rights legislation  San Francisco ExaminerState law gives new protections, but there's still more to be done.
Los Angeles County Supervisors To Pass Two Tenant Protection Initiatives  KHTS RadioPermanent rent control measures, known as stabilization ordinances were passed by the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors last week for eligible...
Tenants at Hilltop Apartments complain of construction displacement, reimbursement issues  Santa Cruz SentinelSANTA CRUZ — Tenants living at Hilltop Apartments are being displaced during construction for longer than expected and sometimes, they say, without ...
Santa Monica Moves to Tighten Strict Home Sharing Law  The Lookout NewsSeptember 3, 2019 -- The nation's strictest home sharing ordinance could be further tightened after the Santa Monica City Council directed staff to look for ways ...
After bruising Ghost Ship trial, attorneys, families brace for round 2  San Francisco ChronicleThough prosecutors have not said whether they will retry Derick Almena in the Ghost Ship warehouse fire case, defense attorneys and legal experts say a ...
Open letter to the Milpitas City Council: "Milpitas rents are NOT SUSTAINABLE."  The Milpitas BeatDear Mayor, Councilmembers, and Housing Subcommittee Staff,. “The cost of rental housing in Milpitas and the region has soared in recent years, as the pace ...
What Glendale's Not-Rent-Control Law Means For Affordable Housing in the City  Next CityOp-ed: Unsubsidized affordable housing is vanishing, but cities are advancing new programs for lower- and middle-income households.
Renters with Section 8 vouchers get some protection in East Bay city  The Mercury NewsALAMEDA — Tenants who receive government help to pay their rent are getting some protection from evictions amidst the Bay Area's hot real estate market.
Landlords Take Notice – New Sacramento Rent Control To Take Effect September 12  JD SupraOn August 13, 2019, the Sacramento City Council voted to adopt by a 7-1 margin a rent control and tenant protection measure known as the Sacramento Tenant ...
California Close to Adding 'Source of Income' as Newest Housing Discrimination Protection  California GlobeSection 8 housing vouchers can become one step closer to being a source of income for housing applicants if Senate Bill 329 passes the final Assembly.
Oaklanders With Disabilities Left Out of Rent Control Protections, Lawsuit Says  Next CityThe case could have ramifications beyond Oakland.
Supervisors approve permanent rent control in unincorporated L.A. County  OCRegister The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to reinstate rent control permanently in unincorporated parts of the county Tuesday, Sept. 10, capping rent ...
The road to gentrification might be paved with good intentions. And in the idea the city of Salinas had for a program to require landlords to register their rental properties and submit to annual inspections in order to protect tenants, I saw a lot of good intentions.The idea was first raised in January with the release of what’s known as “The Salinas Plan,” a consultant’s report creating a blueprint for fiscal sustainability and housing affordability.
Woman charged with staging home invasion to scare Mountain View tenants described plans on social media to “storm the house”  San Francisco ChronicleA woman who was arraigned Thursday on felony charges related to the staging of a home invasion to force out occupants of her Mountain View apartment had ...
O.C. extends contract with embattled homeless shelter operator  Los Angeles TimesThe Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a $1.7 million contract extension through June 2020 with Midnight Mission to operate an ...
‘Prosecution unit’ proposed for some rule-breakers in Alameda  East Bay TimesAn assistant city attorney would prosecute code violators and some suspected criminals.
Targets of Westminster City Council recall campaign accuse opponents of misleading tactics  Los Angeles TimesWestminster mayor and councilman accuse backers of recall campaign of "bait and switch" tactics.

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