Monthly Archives: August 2019

Renters with Disabilities Sue Oakland for Housing Discrimination

Many of Ian Smith’s neighbors in Oakland go to bed each evening confident in the knowledge that while they may pay some of the highest rents in the country, those monthly bills aren’t going to skyrocket overnight. Smith, who works as a software engineer in San Francisco, isn’t so lucky. The 32-year-old uses a [...]

2019-08-28T16:32:48-07:00August 28th, 2019|Advocacy|

Reed Robertson: Bad Policy on Rent Control

An open letter to Assemblymember Grayson: I ask that you pull your sponsorship and support of both AB 1481 Just Cause and AB 1482 rent control. While the housing crisis is dire, the consequences of these bills would compound the problem. The negative effects of these bills is too lengthy to list here, one [...]

2019-08-28T16:24:57-07:00August 28th, 2019|Advocacy|

Rent Control Critics Warn About Eventual Destruction of New York City

If you have a rent-controlled apartment in New York City, it may come at a higher price than you realize. As Swedish economist, Assar Lindbeck once wrote, “In many cases, rent control appears to be the most efficient technique presently known to destroy a city — except for bombing.” NYC rent-control laws, expanded earlier [...]

2019-08-26T11:43:25-07:00August 26th, 2019|Advocacy|

Judge Blocks Eviction of SF Mom and Five Kids, Citing ‘Bad Faith’ of Property Manager

A San Francisco judge ruled Friday that a single mom and her five children can stay in their Mission District apartment following a lengthy eviction battle. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard Ulmer said in his ruling that the apartment’s property management firm, the John Stewart Co., was unfairly attempting to boot Shantel McClendon and [...]

2019-08-22T16:45:11-07:00August 22nd, 2019|Advocacy|

Five Questions for Split Roll Proponents

Proponents of an $11 billion statewide property tax increase re-filed their ballot initiative this week, claiming “notable improvements to implementation dates, expansive new small business tax relief, clarified education financing and stronger zoning language to ensure large corporations cannot avoid reassessment.” Breaking down the changes, one can’t help but conclude that proponents would not have thrown away $3.5 [...]

2019-08-22T16:32:21-07:00August 22nd, 2019|Advocacy|

The Choice Between Rent Control and Pest Control

The first time I saw a mouse in my apartment, I tweeted it. I caught the tiny creature in my dog’s food bowl, where it stood rigid, about as surprised to see me as I was to see it. I slid a plate over the top of the bowl and carried it outside, dumping the mouse and [...]

2019-08-22T16:05:04-07:00August 22nd, 2019|Advocacy|

Housing California Doesn’t Have to Be so Hard

When the first new home in the Centennial housing development goes on sale in 2021 it will have been 27 years since the project was submitted for local approval.  That’s over a quarter century, well more than two decades. It’s a full generation, or six college graduations. And, for many, it’s nearly half a [...]

2019-08-22T15:41:41-07:00August 22nd, 2019|Advocacy|

California Developers Claim They’re Scared to Build in Bay Area, Says Survey

Earlier this month, UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and law firm Allen Matkins released their most recent survey of California developers and found that those with a stake in building housing are feeling gun shy about the Bay Area. The report, titled a “Commercial Real Estate Survey” but focusing on multi-family home development as [...]

2019-08-22T16:52:25-07:00August 21st, 2019|Advocacy|

Feds Open Investigation into SF Affordable Housing Policies

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has opened an investigation into whether San Francisco’s housing policies violate federal nondiscrimination laws. The agency’s probe appears broad in scope, but according to documents obtained by The Chronicle, the investigation will focus on policies around affordable housing development. But in a letter sent to Mayor [...]

2019-08-21T16:39:34-07:00August 21st, 2019|Advocacy|

Newark Rent-Control Law Can Prohibit ‘Additional Rent’ Collected by Landlords

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) –  Late fees, attorney’s fees and other costs collected from tenants as “additional rent” can be barred in New Jersey's rent-controlled cities, according to a recently published superior court decision. In its 13-page decision written by Essex County Superior Court Judge Stephen L. Petrillo, the court ruled that collecting "additional rent" from [...]

2019-08-21T16:36:06-07:00August 21st, 2019|Advocacy|