Julia Salazar calls legal challenge to rent law “hypocritical and unethical”

Real estate attorneys and lobbyists believe two landlord groups’ constitutional challenge to New York’s rent regulations could ultimately eliminate the practice of rent stabilization altogether. To that, tenant groups say: fat chance. Senator Julia Salazar, who led the push for Universal Rent Control in the new Democratic Senate, was unfazed by the legal challenge, filed on Monday by [...]

2019-07-19T10:43:16-07:00July 19th, 2019|Advocacy|

Reno City Council Passes Rent Control

This week celebrates anniversaries of impossibilities. Man on the moon in 1969. The great New York City blackout of 1977 (and the huge spike in the northeastern birthrate nine months later). And the election of Reno Mayor Barbara Bennett in 1979 after she convinced the city council to vote for rent control. Last week [...]

2019-07-19T09:40:57-07:00July 19th, 2019|Advocacy|

Landlords Strike Back, Suing to Dismantle Rent Regulation System

New York landlords are striking back at new rent laws, filing a lawsuit on Monday night intended to dismantle the entire rent-regulation system, which dictates the rents of about 2.4 million tenants who live in nearly 1 million apartments. They are betting that the tighter laws passed in June will bolster their claims that [...]

2019-07-16T14:49:41-07:00July 16th, 2019|Advocacy|

Toronto Set for Record Apartment Surge after Rent Control Lifted

Toronto’s apartment crunch is finally easing as new supply hits the market and the removal of rent controls leads to record units on the drawing board, according to a new report. The vacancy rate rose to 1.5% in the second quarter, the highest since 2015, when research firm Urbanation began tracking the data. Rent increases [...]

2019-07-12T16:09:35-07:00July 12th, 2019|Advocacy|

Rent Control Bill Struggles in California Legislature

SACRAMENTO — Lawmakers and landlords are haggling over how much California housing to carve out of a tenant protection bill that would cap rent increases and require a just cause for evictions. Although it passed in the state Senate Judiciary Committee late Tuesday, AB1482 faces continued opposition from groups representing apartment owners, developers and real estate agents [...]

2019-07-11T16:45:43-07:00July 11th, 2019|Advocacy|

California-Wide Rent Cap Advances despite Landlord Opposition

A bill that would impose a statewide rent cap and restrict evictions moved forward Tuesday, marking a victory for advocates who so far have been struggling to pass legislation aimed at easing the state’s housing crisis. Assembly Bill 1482, which would restrict rent increases on certain properties to an average of about 10 percent a [...]

2019-07-10T16:33:24-07:00July 10th, 2019|Advocacy|

Exodus: For Bay Area Millennials, Moving up Means Moving Out

Jen and Brian Hurst pose for a photograph in a shipping container packed with their belonging outside their home in San Jose, Calif., on Friday, May 24, 2019. The young couple recently sold their San Jose home and are moving to Spokane, Wash. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group) Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on [...]

2019-07-10T16:26:33-07:00July 10th, 2019|Advocacy|

Los Angeles Ranked the Nation’s 5th Most Expensive City for Renters

decline in rental costs. That’s the upshot of a new report from price tracker The median monthly rent for a one-bedroom unit in L.A. was $2,250 in June, down 3.8% from a year earlier, the report said. A two-bedroom apartment was $3,030, down 7.9 percent year-over-year. L.A. and the other cities included in the 10 [...]

2019-07-08T17:06:56-07:00July 8th, 2019|Advocacy|

What If Renting an Apartment Were as Easy as Booking an Airbnb?

More people are renting today than in the past 50 years, according to the Pew Research Center, but the apartment search process can be a dispiriting experience. Just before I emigrated from the UK, I emailed the one person I knew in Los Angeles (who happened to be a Hollywood agent so, you know, pretty well-connected). [...]

2019-07-08T16:57:25-07:00July 8th, 2019|Advocacy|

Rent Control Increases Capped at $44

Rent increases for rent controlled units will be limited to 2% this year with a maximum monthly increase of $44. Rent control increases are governed by formulas in the City Charter and while the Rent Control Board has no control over the percentage increase they do have a choice when setting the additional dollar cap. [...]

2019-07-03T13:28:34-07:00July 3rd, 2019|Advocacy|