Celebrate 40 years of rent control — and support the Tenants Union

If you live in San Francisco, and you pay rent, you can thank the Tenants Union for the fact that you are still here. The Tenants Union was the driving force for the creation of the city’s rent control law 40 years ago. It’s not perfect, but it’s saved the homes of tens of [...]

2019-06-11T09:09:00-07:00June 11th, 2019|Advocacy|

As L.A. Experiences Double-Digit Spikes in Homelessness, Officials Are Finally Saying We Need Tenant Protections

On Tuesday morning, County Officials released the results of L.A.’s 2019 homeless count, and the stats were sobering. According to the report, which was compiled by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), the number of Angelenos living in tents, vehicles, and shelters increased by 12 percent in the county and 16 percent in the [...]

2019-06-10T14:13:22-07:00June 10th, 2019|Advocacy|

Ridgewood Tenant Organizers Among Those Arrested in Albany Scuffle over Rent Laws

undreds of tenant activists barraged the State Capitol on Tuesday as a part of the fight to reform New York’s rent laws before they expire on June 15. When the protesters blocked the entrance to the Senate and Assembly chambers, scuffles ensued and sixty-one of them were arrested, including three members of Ridgewood Tenants Union (RTU). [...]

2019-06-06T16:55:28-07:00June 6th, 2019|Advocacy|

Why Rent Control Doesn’t Work Well in Urban Areas

Chicago, IL—Over the last 10+ years, the US has gone from constructing too many houses to not building enough housing. The limited supply of available housing now has triggered prices and rents to rise at rates exceeding inflation and has dramatically increased the cost of housing for millions of households. As a result, calls for [...]

2019-06-06T16:53:25-07:00June 6th, 2019|Advocacy|

Don’t Spread the Poison of Rent Control

We expect a Legislature controlled by Democrats to renew and probably extend New York City’s rent laws, even though it only poisons the housing market. The key question now is whether legislators from areas outside the city will go along with spreading the poison — including to their districts. Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins claims [...]

2019-06-06T16:46:00-07:00June 6th, 2019|Advocacy|

3 Deer Trap Indiana Woman in Apartment After Crashing Through Window

DECATUR, Ind. (AP) - Police rescued an Indiana woman after three deer crashed through a window, trapping her inside her apartment with the skittish animals. Decatur police say the 74-year-old woman was in her retirement home apartment Tuesday night when the deer crashed through a bedroom window. The woman called 911. Officers found her trapped on [...]

2019-06-06T16:37:42-07:00June 6th, 2019|Advocacy|

A Better Housing Policy Is Possible

Momentum is growing behind an approach to development that can balance the need for more housing with stability and affordability for low-income communities. The safety, affordability, and profitability of houses and apartments are among the core concerns of virtually every American, but housing policy has remained on the margins of the national conversation since the [...]

2019-06-06T15:09:43-07:00June 6th, 2019|Advocacy|

L.A. School Tax Measure Defeated, in Blow to Garcetti and Beutner

Leaders of the Los Angeles school district made a calculated gamble: The January teachers strike made such a huge, positive impact on the public that sympathetic voters, they thought, would overwhelmingly pass a tax increase to benefit schools. They turned out to be wrong. School district officials and their allies, including L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, [...]

2019-06-05T15:11:01-07:00June 5th, 2019|Advocacy|

Average Apartment Rents Hit $2,004 a Month in Orange County, $1,907 in L.A. County, Costar Reports

Average asking rents for apartments hit $2,004 a month in Orange County this year and $1,907 a month in Los Angeles County after rising steadily in the region for more than eight years, one of three recent rent reports show. Orange County rents were up 2.3 percent from a year earlier during the first [...]

2019-06-04T11:09:37-07:00June 4th, 2019|Advocacy|

California Lawmakers Haven’t Learned Their Lesson on Rent Control

Economist Thomas Sowell once quipped, “The first lesson of economics is scarcity” and “the first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics.” With California’s recent flirtation with statewide rent control, it seems Golden State lawmakers are treating Sowell’s warning as a game plan. The results will be predictable: less affordable housing for [...]

2019-06-04T11:00:32-07:00June 4th, 2019|Advocacy|