Instead of Fighting Landlords, State Legislators Should Fight to Increase Housing

With New York’s rent regulations set to expire in mid-June, much attention is currently focused on the package of nine bills introduced in the state Legislature to achieve “universal rent control.” Launched amid a barrage of hostile rhetoric directed against landlords and real estate developers, state legislators and progressive activists are asserting that all nine must pass to [...]

2019-05-24T11:32:06-07:00May 24th, 2019|Uncategorized|

California Rent-Cap Bill Softened

A proposed bill that seeks to ban steep rent hikes in California has been changed in an effort to win support prior to a deadline. Assembly Bill 1482, authored by David Chiu, D-San Francisco, would sunset after 10 years and properties built within the past decade would be exempt. Chiu said in a statement about [...]

2019-05-22T14:08:18-07:00May 22nd, 2019|Uncategorized|

L.A. City Council Opposes State Bill That Would Lift Local Zoning Rules

For the second year in a row, the Los Angeles City Council has come out against a plan by a San Francisco-based state senator to lift restrictions on higher-density housing near rail stations, major bus routes and areas with high concentrations of jobs. On a 12 to 0 vote Tuesday, council members authorized the city’s [...]

2019-04-18T10:13:34-07:00April 18th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Inglewood “Wind of Change”: Good or Bad for Community?

Inglewood, known to many as the mecca of local sports, hip hop culture, gang activity and long-standing inequality is receiving a wind of change. It could be considered a bigger storm for some by virtue of gentrification. The term gentrification means, “The process of repairing and rebuilding homes and businesses in a deteriorating area such [...]

2019-04-08T16:45:11-07:00April 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|

The Evidence Against Rent Control

Rent control is returning to some communities. But evidence suggests there are better ways to keep low-income people housed. How can Americans make housing more affordable? In many places, housing prices are rising much more rapidly than wages. The market is bad enough to revive movements for rent control. For decades, of course, some cities [...]

2019-04-05T10:10:27-07:00April 5th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Price, Richardson Signal Emerging Council Split on City Staff Proposed “Tenant Relocation Ordinance” Coming to Council April 2

(April 1, 2019, 6:10 a.m.) -- A City Council split is emerging over what city staff calls a recommended "Tenant Relocation Ordinance" coming to the City Council on April 2 that some LB landlord groups oppose as rent control by another name and some tenant advocacy groups that support rent control call a good "first [...]

2019-04-02T11:10:13-07:00April 2nd, 2019|Uncategorized|

Municipal Rent Control Bill Stalls in State House Committee, but Could Return Soon

SPRINGFIELD — A bill that would give local governments authority to enact rent control laws stalled in a House subcommittee Wednesday, possibly killing the proposal for the 2019 session. That action came at the end of a lengthy hearing in which affordable housing advocates argued that skyrocketing rents, particularly in the Chicago area, are driving [...]

2019-03-28T16:56:57-07:00March 28th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Consumer Advocate Calls On State Attorney General To Investigate La City Attorney’s Office

A critic of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power called on the state’s top prosecutor this week to investigate the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office over how it handled a legal settlement to remedy 2013 billing errors that overcharged some customers and undercharged others. Jamie Court, president of the nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog, [...]

2019-03-22T10:14:07-07:00March 22nd, 2019|Uncategorized|

Los Angeles Suburb Calls for Apartment Landlords to Pay Relocation Fees After Big Rent Hikes

Apartment landlords in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale, California, will soon be required to pay relocation fees for tenants who chose to move out if their rent is raised more than 7 percent a year -- and some are not happy about it and could suddenly be looking to sell their properties. The Glendale City [...]

2019-03-21T08:35:24-07:00March 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|

Vindictive landlords take it out on tenants

Landlords who drastically raised rents or evicted longtime tenants without cause just before a statewide tenant-protection law took effect might have thought they were making a point about government overreach. But in fact, they merely proved why the law was needed in the first place. That doesn’t help the tenants affected by their landlords’ vindictiveness, [...]

2019-03-19T10:21:49-07:00March 19th, 2019|Uncategorized|