News across California:
California's Democratic Legislative Majority Betrays Tenants
Together Executive Director Dean Preston reports on the failure of
Democrats in the State Legislature to support protection of tenants'
'Landlords From Hell' Accept Prison Terms for Terrorizing Tenants
Two San Francisco landlords have agreed to four-year
prison terms for taking extreme measures to oust their tenants from
their property. The landlords, for instance, tried to cut a hole
through one tenant's floor and cut out the ceiling beams in another
tenant's unit, attempting to destabilize the entire building.
Berkeley Housing Authority Cuts Vouchers Due to Sequester
Some tenants are losing their Section 8 housing
vouchers, while applicants for the vouchers are being turned away, as a
result of the sequester cuts in federal programs. The sequester is
affecting many federal programs that provide services to low-income
families and seniors.
San Francisco Supervisors Approve Condo Legislation with Veto-Proof Majority
Eight members of the Board of Supervisors voted to
allows some TIC owners to convert their units to condominiums, but will
shut down the conversion lottery until 2024.
Notable Tenant News Nationwide:
Massachusetts: Meet the Nation's Toughest New Foreclosure Protection Law
Lynn MA has enacted legislation that requires banks
to maintain foreclosed properties, and allows both former homeowners and
former tenants to remain in the property after the foreclosure sale.
Parties Foreclosing on Chicago Rentals Face New Obligations
Foreclosing lenders in Chicago must either continue to rent to sitting tenants or pay them relocation fees of $10,600.
Wells Fargo Settles Fair Housing Complaint on Foreclosed Homes
Wells Fargo has agreed to pay $42 million to settle
claims that the bank failed to maintain their foreclosed properties in
minority communities, while taking better care of foreclosed properties
in majority white communities.