Monthly Archives: February 2019

Anna Eskamani, Victor Torres Push to Allow Rent Controls

Democratic state Rep. Anna Eskamani and Democratic state Sen. Victor Torres want Florida to lift a statewide preemption and allow local cities and counties more freedom to consider implementing long-term rent control. Eskamani is characterizing her proposal as a tool for local communities such as Orlando to address shortages of affordable housing, a crisis in some places where rents [...]

2019-02-27T15:52:04-07:00February 27th, 2019|Advocacy, Florida|

Oregon to Become First State to Impose Statewide Rent Control

Oregon is poised to become the first state in the nation to impose statewide limits on how much landlords can raise rents after state lawmakers passed a sweeping measure on Tuesday. The legislation would generally limit rent increases to 7 percent annually plus the change in the Consumer Price Index, a measure of inflation. Some smaller and [...]

2019-02-27T15:45:13-07:00February 27th, 2019|Advocacy|

California Legislators Propose Bill Package to Address State Housing Crisis

State Assemblymember Buffy Wicks, D-Oakland, is proposing and co-authoring a package of bills that plans to address the housing crisis in California by protecting renters, promoting affordable housing and developing sustainable living for all income levels. Wicks, who was elected to the state Assembly in November 2018, authored AB 724, which, if passed, would create [...]

2019-02-25T16:27:01-07:00February 25th, 2019|Advocacy|

More Notice May Be Required If Landlords Want to Raise Rent

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Landlords in California will need to give renters more notice if they raise rents more than 10%, if a new bill becomes law. Assembly Bill 1110 would require landlords to give tenants of month-to-month units 90 days notice if the rent increases 10%-15%. If the rent goes up more than 15% then landlords [...]

2019-02-25T16:06:20-07:00February 25th, 2019|Advocacy|

This California City Now Guarantees All Tenants a ‘Right-To-Lease’

Rents are rising so erratically in Glendale, California, that in the last few years, Peter Zovak, the assistant director of community development for the city, has talked to tenants who’ve been hit with three and four rent increases in the course of just six months, and others whose rent was raised as much as $800-a-month [...]

2019-02-25T16:01:43-07:00February 25th, 2019|Advocacy|

New Tenancy Act Kicks In, Registration of Rental Agreements Must in Tamil Nadu

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu government on Friday introduced the new tenancy Act, which is aimed at balancing the rights of the tenants and owners. Modelled on the Centre's Tenancy Act, the Tamil Nadu Regulations of Rights and Responsibilities of Landlords and Tenants Act 2017 will replace the Act repeals the Tamil Nadu Buildings (Lease and [...]

2019-02-25T09:08:13-07:00February 25th, 2019|Advocacy|

Could Rent Control Solve the Housing Crisis in Western Washington?

SEATTLE -- With Oregon set to pass a state-wide rental control, some hope. The state of Oregon is set to become the first state with mandatory rent controls. In Washington, rent control has been illegal since 1981, but many hope to see that change. Rent controls regulate how much landlords can charge their tenants. [...]

2019-02-22T16:26:12-07:00February 22nd, 2019|Advocacy|

Readers Respond: Rent Control Is Un-American

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2018, file photo "For Rent" sign is posted outside an apartment building in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File) The Oregon Legislature is considering rent control, an un-American concept. Our economy is built on free trade and competition. Limiting rent increases will discourage investors and limit the supply [...]

2019-02-20T16:05:02-07:00February 20th, 2019|Uncategorized|

House Bill Would Give Way to Rent Control in Illinois

Illinois has prohibited local rent control ordinances since 1997. A bill in the Illinois House would establish six regional rent control bureaucracies across the state. A bill in the Illinois House of Representatives would reverse the state’s decades-long ban on rent control and create a new state bureaucracy to dictate rent rates. Many policymakers recognize [...]

2019-02-20T15:57:38-07:00February 20th, 2019|Advocacy|

Santa Monica Celebrates Section 8 Protections

David Van Court has lived in his apartment off Pico Boulevard for almost 19 years. He has furnished it with armchairs and rugs inherited from his parents, trailing houseplants and teddy bears. Last year, he almost lost his home when his landlord refused to accept his Section 8 voucher. Van Court has a severe disability [...]

2019-02-20T10:41:25-07:00February 20th, 2019|Advocacy|