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Wall Street Has Made Everything About Our Housing Crisis Worse

This piece is co-published with investigative reporting outlet Capital & Main. Wall Street firms drove up housing and rent prices while depressing homeownership rates after the financial crisis, according to a new study of economic data. The analysis from researchers at the Philadelphia Federal Reserve found that after the collapse of the housing market a decade ago, [...]

2019-01-10T09:59:13+00:00January 10th, 2019|Advocacy|

On the Rise? the Central Valley Is Beating the Bay Area and L.A. in Key Measures

It may be time to stop thinking of the Central Valley as the downtrodden sibling to California’s coastal powers. By some measures, the Central Valley outperformed the Bay Area and Southern California in 2018, according to state population and economic figures. Population growth in the Valley outpaced gains in both the Bay Area and [...]

2019-01-07T16:25:21+00:00January 7th, 2019|Advocacy|

Marty Walsh to File Elderly Tenant Protection Bill to State Lawmakers

BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 2: Boston Mayor Martin Walsh speaks with reporters at the State House on January 2, 2019, in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Angela Rowlings/Boston Herald) If passed, the legislation prepared by Walsh would “limit rent increases to 5 percent per year to prevent landlords from using large rent increases to get [...]

2019-01-07T16:14:27+00:00January 7th, 2019|Advocacy|

Status Update: Hungry Apartment Investors Drive Inland Sales to New Record in Late 2018

Apartment sales in the Inland Empire hit a record in the fourth quarter of 2018 as eager investors jumped up to buy properties. Seen here is Town Center Garden Apartments in Riverside, CA, which sold for $6.05 million in late summer. (Courtesy of CBRE) Sales of apartment complexes in the Inland Empire soared in [...]

2019-01-07T15:47:26+00:00January 7th, 2019|Advocacy|

Appeals Court Strikes down Sf Law on Tenant Relocation Payments

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A state appeals court has struck down the city of San Francisco’s most recent law on how much relocation assistance landlords must pay to tenants evicted under the state’s Ellis Act. A three-judge panel of the Court of Appeal in San Francisco on Tuesday unanimously ruled that the 2015 law, which [...]

2019-01-07T15:37:50+00:00January 7th, 2019|Advocacy|

This Lawyer Found His Niche in Bedbugs, Turning ‘Ewwww!’ into Big-Dollar Jury Verdicts

Attorney Brian Virag specializes in suing hotels and apartments when guests and tenants are bitten by bedbugs. He has won a string of big-dollar verdicts and is considered an expert on bedbug cases. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times) Brian Virag, 49, is an Encino-based attorney who specializes in suing hotel and apartment owners [...]

2019-01-07T15:09:28+00:00January 7th, 2019|Advocacy|

Rent Controls Aren’t the Answer to More Affordable Housing

Re: The rising cost of rent in Waterloo Region — Dec. 22 In a 2012 survey of economists by the University of Chicago, only two percent agreed that rent control has a positive impact on the amount and quality of affordable rental housing; 81 percent disagreed or strongly disagreed. A study by Stanford University on [...]

2019-01-07T14:47:26+00:00January 7th, 2019|Advocacy|

Oregon Rent Increases Will Be Capped at 7 Percent Plus Inflation, Under the Concept for a New Tenant Protections Bill

Oregon rent increases could be capped at 7 percent, plus inflation, under landmark tenant legislation to be considered this session by the Legislature. A document obtained by WW, which includes concepts for the legislation, also contains what may be a more significant provision: Banning no-cause eviction notices after the first year a tenant lives in a unit. The [...]

2019-01-07T14:13:55+00:00January 7th, 2019|Advocacy|

Rental Costs Will Continue to Rise in 2019, Rentals.Ca Report Predicts

Rental costs in Windsor and across Canada will continue to rise in 2019, according to a new report. CARMINE MARINELLI /VANCOUVER SUN Murchison said there are almost no new social housing units being built, and the different levels of government aren’t doing enough to encourage developers to build apartment buildings. “The lack of infrastructure is causing drastic [...]

2019-01-07T11:43:14+00:00January 7th, 2019|Advocacy|

Fremont Approves 275 Market-Rate Apartments in Budding Downtown Area

Fremont has approved a plan to build 275 market-rate apartments on a vacant plot at the corner of Walnut Avenue and Liberty Street, a move meant to boost the city’s longtime effort to develop the area into a bustling downtown. The apartment complex at 3515 Walnut Ave. will feature 2,245 square feet of ground [...]

2019-01-07T11:16:34+00:00January 7th, 2019|Advocacy|