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Council to Debate Options for Evicting Corporate Housing from the City

City Council will embark on a wide-ranging discussion of corporate housing in Santa Monica at their Tuesday meeting to eventually craft more specific rules that will prevent permanent housing from being used for temporary residences. According to City Staff, the corporate housing problem is still small compared to the broader housing market but there are [...]

2018-12-17T08:52:28+00:00December 17th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

As the Trumps Dodged Taxes, Their Tenants Paid a Price

They were collateral damage as Donald J. Trump and his siblings dodged inheritance taxes and gained control of their father’s fortune: thousands of renters in an empire of unassuming red-brick buildings scattered across Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. Those buildings have been home to generations of strivers, municipal workers and newly arrived immigrants. When their [...]

2018-12-17T08:49:54+00:00December 17th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

Sultan Begins Reign on Rent Control Board

The new member of the Rent Control Board sees a growing tenant harassment problem in Santa Monica and wants to strengthen the City’s power to address it. Veterans rights attorney Naomi Sultan was sworn in Tuesday, joining four other board members, three of whom are also attorneys. She said she wants to immediately start reevaluating [...]

2018-12-17T08:32:58+00:00December 17th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

Apartment Tenant Deals with Faulty Outlets, Dead CO Detector, Mold

A Suffolk County tenant says she is getting help with her complaints about her apartment thanks to News 12 Long Island. For almost four years, Alexa Avellino has lived at the Fairfield Village at Coram apartment complex without issue. Then a few months ago, she says there were some electrical outlet problems that forced her to [...]

2018-12-14T16:02:03+00:00December 14th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

L.A. City Council Passes Restrictions on Airbnb and Other Short-Term Rentals

after more than three years of debate — including an 11th hour plot twist — the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously in favor of new restrictions on Airbnb-style short-term rentals. The City Council stripped from the proposed new ordinance a controversial tweak that would have essentially allowed people to host short-term rentals in other [...]

2018-12-14T11:21:30+00:00December 14th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

Mountain View Council Sides with Developer, Votes to Demolish Rent-Controlled Units

City leaders in Mountain View voted early Wednesday morning to tear down dozens of rent-controlled apartments for market-rate townhomes. Just after midnight, the council voted 4-3 to demolish 20 rent-controlled units at the Royal Viking Apartments to make way for 15 market-rate townhomes at $1 million each on Rock Street. The council asked the developer [...]

2018-12-14T10:54:25+00:00December 14th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

Startup Fights to Protect Tenants

The fight to protect rent-controlled units in New York City is ongoing. Standing up to landlords who want to sell units at market price can be challenging. However, the free web-app JustFix.nyc is helping tenants build legal cases to fight evictions and pressure landlords to make necessary repairs in rent-regulated units. Sometimes, landlords need to be reminded [...]

2018-12-11T15:13:41+00:00December 11th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

London Mayor Performs U-Turn on Rent Controls

London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan has revealed that he wants to see rent controls introduced in London. The news was leaked yesterday by a national newspaper after a letter from Khan to London Labour MP Karen Buck went public. In the letter Khan says the case for introducing rent controls is overwhelming  to create a “strategic [...]

2018-12-11T15:06:36+00:00December 11th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

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|