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Is It Time for a Tenant’s Bill of Rights in Boston?

It’s here at last: the worst day of the year to be a Boston renter. Even if you’re not moving, September 1 passes like a shadow—a brief, ugly reminder of just how bad it is here to live in a home you don’t own. It’s not hard to count the ways: You can only really [...]

2019-09-10T15:52:54-07:00September 10th, 2019|Advocacy|

Rent Control Bill Gets Gov. Newsom’s Support as Clock Ticks on Deadline for New Laws

The Office of the Governor of California recently announced that Gov. Gavin Newsom and California legislative leaders approved a cap of 5 percent plus inflation per year on rent increases statewide for the next 10 years. The new bill does not apply a cap to vacant units, and owners can continue to reset rents [...]

2019-09-10T15:39:04-07:00September 10th, 2019|Advocacy|

In Response | Rent Control Will Hurt the Coloradans It Is Meant to Help

Denver City Councilwoman Robin Kniech recently expressed concern about housing affordability in Colorado in a commentary published by Colorado Politics ("Let's restore local governments' power to regulate rent," Aug. 30). We share Councilwoman Kniech’s concerns about the lack of attainable housing in the Denver metro area, but rent control is not the solution. According [...]

2019-09-10T15:36:15-07:00September 10th, 2019|Advocacy|

Florida Faces Apartment Shortage

As more and more Floridians turn away from homeownership in favor of renting, the state is facing a serious shortage of apartments. Numbers from the Florida Apartment Association show that the state would need to add over 600,000 new apartments by 2030 to keep up with both the rising population and the increased demand. “We have [...]

2019-09-10T15:34:23-07:00September 10th, 2019|Advocacy|

La County to Vote on Permanent Rent Control

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is set to vote Tuesday on whether to make temporary rent control restrictions in the county’s unincorporated neighborhoodspermanent. The ordinance would put a ceiling on how much rent in buildings that opened prior to 1995 (except single-family homes) could be increased each year, with a limit of 8 [...]

2019-09-10T08:53:04-07:00September 10th, 2019|Advocacy|

Newsconference: Rent Control Bill to Be Voted by State Legislature

Rent control on the floor of the California legislature. NBC4’s Conan Nolan talks with the proponent of the bill Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and opponent of the legislation Executive Director of the Apartment Association of Greater LA Daniel Yukelson. (Published Sunday, Sep 8, 2019 | Credit: Conan Nolan, Yvonne Guevara) Click here to [...]

2019-09-09T09:40:09-07:00September 9th, 2019|Advocacy|

Podcast: The Strange Politics Behind California’s Rent Cap Bill

Late last week, Democratic leaders including Gov. Gavin Newsom announced they had reached a deal on a bill that would limit how much a California landlord can raise the rent. AB 1482 by Assemblyman David Chiu, Democrat from San Francisco, would cap annual rent increases at 5% plus inflation. The bill would also require [...]

2019-09-09T09:33:12-07:00September 9th, 2019|Advocacy|

Bloom’s Bill to Close Ellis “Loopholes” Headed for Governor’s Signature

September 5, 2019 -- A Santa Monica lawmaker's bill that attempts to close loopholes in the Ellis Act was approved by the California Assembly Wednesday and is expected to be signed by the Governor into law. AB 1399, sponsored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom, places conditions and restrictions on landlords who evict tenants in order [...]

2019-09-09T09:21:35-07:00September 9th, 2019|Advocacy|

L.A. City Councilmember Proposes Pilot Program for Micro-Unit Apartments

The City of Los Angeles could explore a pilot program for the development of micro unit apartments in walkable neighborhoods near transit, according to a motion introduced last week by City Councilmember Gil Cedillo. "Los Angeles is in a housing crisis that is placing a severe burden on low and moderate-income residents, exacerbating homelessness, [...]

2019-09-06T12:01:13-07:00September 6th, 2019|Advocacy|