Monthly Archives: January 2019


The Rent Is Too Damn Low

Everybody knows about America’s housing affordability crisis, right? Thanks to rampant gentrification and a scarce housing supply, low-income families are being forced out of their neighborhoods in search of a place they can actually afford. But that’s only half of the story. In many places, the problem isn’t that housing costs are too high. It’s [...]

2019-01-31T13:32:56-07:00January 31st, 2019|Advocacy|

What You Need to Know About Tenant Rights in California

You may be a couple days late on making your rent payment. You may have lost hot water for the fourth time in two months, with your landlord now avoiding your phone calls. You may still be waiting on your security deposit long after you moved out of your last apartment. Whatever the issue may [...]

2019-01-31T13:29:33-07:00January 31st, 2019|Advocacy|

Three Oregon Lawmakers Introduce a Bill to Outlaw Pet Rent

Fido and Fluffy don't have money. Soon, they may not have to pay rent. Extra monthly fees for tenants with pets could be eradicated in Oregon under a new bill introduced in the Legislature. Three Oregon legislators—Reps. Rob Nosse (D-Portland), Karin Power (D-Milwaukie), and Tawna Sanchez (D-Portland)—filed a bill today that proposes to outlaw "pet [...]

2019-01-30T15:10:27-07:00January 30th, 2019|Advocacy|

Sadiq Khan Is Wrong About Rent Control

Rent control would worsen London’s housing crisis while hurting the poor, immigrants, and minorities. Yet Sadiq Khan wants to make it the central plank of his bid to win re-election as London Mayor. Khan has said the case for rent control is ‘overwhelming’ and that ‘Londoners overwhelmingly want it to happen’. But while some may see rent control as a [...]

2019-01-29T15:44:08-07:00January 29th, 2019|Advocacy|

Few Mayoral Candidates Support Rent Control

In two 2018 referendums, Chicago voters supported eliminating Illinois' statewide ban. But the movement has few friends among the candidates to replace Rahm Emanuel, according to a real estate group's survey and candidate forum. An effort to lift Illinois' ban on rent control has the support of only a small number of the Chicago mayoral candidates. [...]

2019-01-29T15:01:53-07:00January 29th, 2019|Advocacy|

Politicians, Tech Leaders Mull over Bay Area Housing Crisis at Forum

MOUNTAIN VIEW » With new options on the table to solve the Bay Area’s housing shortage, local elected officials and employers need to pick their favorites and make them happen. That was the message behind a gathering of 200 politicians, corporate leaders, developers and transit providers in Mountain View on Friday. Attendees heard from three panels [...]

2019-01-29T14:53:03-07:00January 29th, 2019|Advocacy|

Oakland’s Vacant-Property Tax Takes Effect, Sparking Hope — and Alarm

As San Francisco supervisors consider putting a vacant-property tax on the November ballot, Oakland is struggling with the reality of implementing one. Oakland voters in November approved a tax that applies to any privately owned property in the city — including residential, commercial and empty lots — that is not “in use” for more than 50 days [...]

2019-01-28T16:56:24-07:00January 28th, 2019|Advocacy|

Harris Rallies in Oakland, Newsom Sues ‘Surf City’ and CA Republicans Take on Privacy

Good morning, California. “Yes, we dated. It was more than 20 years ago. Yes, I may have influenced her career by appointing her to two state commissions when I was Assembly speaker. And I certainly helped with her first race for district attorney in San Francisco. … [Afterward she] sent word that I would be [...]

2019-01-28T16:52:52-07:00January 28th, 2019|Advocacy|

California Companies Look East for Affordable Housing

The other day I received a call from a small business owner in California who wants to relocate his business. He named five states that he’d like me to review with two stipulations: “I’ve got to know how friendly their business climates are, and I want you to look at the cost of housing.” The [...]

2019-01-28T16:49:33-07:00January 28th, 2019|Advocacy|

Unsuitable Premises and Tenant’s Rights

A TENANCY relation may come to an end due to unforeseen circumstances making the premises unsuitable for use for the purpose they were rented, having been destroyed by reason not attributable either to the tenant or the landlord. The cause may be force majeure, fire or any other catastrophic event which frustrates the tenancy [...]

2019-01-28T10:11:39-07:00January 28th, 2019|Advocacy|