Monthly Archives: December 2018

Apartment Fire Started by Fish Left Cooking on Stove

An unattended stove started a blaze that destroyed an apartment and took nearly two hours to extinguish, according to the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety. The fire occurred in the early morning of Saturday, Dec. 8 at an apartment complex on Inverness Lane, according to a news release issued by the department. No one was [...]

2018-12-10T08:31:15+00:00December 10th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

NMHC / NAA Push Back on Proposed Source of Income Legislation

Senators Hatch (R-UT) and Kaine (D-VA) introduced the Fair Housing Improvement Act of 2018 on November 13 to amend the Fair Housing Act to prohibit discrimination based on source of income, which NMHC/NAA believe fundamentally changes the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program from an optional government program for private property owners to mandatory. Dating back to [...]

2018-12-07T15:15:51+00:00December 7th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

County and Glendale Freeze Rents While Both Craft Alternatives

Despite the defeat of a ballot measure that would have allowed communities to establish their own forms of rent control, rent freezes are being imposed on properties in Glendale, Altadena and other unincorporated parts of Los Angeles County amid a growing tenants’ rights movement in Glendale and Pasadena. Although Proposition 10 — which would have [...]

2018-12-07T14:55:40+00:00December 7th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

Legislation for Rent Register, Rent Controls and Notices to Quit to Come Before Cabinet

Legislation will be brought to Cabinet next Tuesday to better enforce rent pressure zone designations, double the notice to quit period and introduce a rent register, the Taoiseach has told the Dáil. Leo Varadkar said the Government would introduce a rent register as recommended by the housing charity Threshold in its annual report on Wednesday. It [...]

2018-12-07T14:44:15+00:00December 7th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

Should California Subsidize Housing with ‘Rent Stamps’?

It’s time for the California Legislature to take a totally new approach to meeting the critical human need for shelter. The Legislature should consider approaches that neither impose the costs of this societal need on a subset of the real estate industry nor give its benefits randomly to those in need. Shelter, like food, is [...]

2018-12-07T14:35:43+00:00December 7th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

Vancouver Rent Control Is Not the Advertised Win for Renters

The freshly adopted rent-control measures in Vancouver have been celebrated by advocates and politicians alike. The Vancouver Tenants Union even went as far as calling the new restrictions an “incredible win for literally half the population.” But the adopted measures are not what they seem. The additional measures scheduled for the spring are even worse. [...]

2018-12-07T14:25:27+00:00December 7th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

‘Til Death Do Us Part: When Rent Control Is a Bigger Commitment Than Marriage

We’d had a pretty incredible San Francisco night. It started at one of The City’s last underground art spaces for an event called Puppet Death Match. It’s exactly what it sounds like: a series of funny vignettes in which a bunch weird puppets battle to the death…obviously. Afterwards, we popped by the White Horse Tavern [...]

2018-12-07T14:17:29+00:00December 7th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

Rent Control’s Momentum

Rent control is back on the agenda. Its presence on the ballot recently in California and Chicago suggest that rent control has found new life amid a countrywide affordable housing crisis. While it will take years of struggle to win, both campaigns have awoken the real estate lobby, long ago convinced that rent control was a dead letter. Although the [...]

2018-12-07T14:11:29+00:00December 7th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

Does Rent Control Stifle Construction? Until There’s More Data, the Jury’s Still Out

Ontario has done yet another somersault on rent control regulations. Premier Doug Ford’s government recently reversed the stringent rent control regulations that were enforced last year by the Liberals. Under the revised regulations, new or previously unoccupied rental units will no longer be subject to rent control. Existing tenants in purpose-built or private rentals will [...]

2018-12-07T14:05:16+00:00December 7th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

Why Low-Income Earners Should Actually Welcome Ontario’s Reversal on Rent Control

The knee-jerk reaction to Ontario government's recent action on rent control — removing it as a policy for new units in the province — was largely one of despair. The move was called "regressive" and "short-sighted." Toronto City Councillor Kristyn Wong Tam tweeted that the new policy meant "class warfare," suggesting that the "removal of rent control [...]

2018-12-07T14:01:35+00:00December 7th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|