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Tenant Protections

March 31, 2021, 10am PDT
Despite receiving $10 million in rental assistance through a state-run program, landlords in Arizona have filed thousands of evictions since the pandemic began.
Arizona Republic
March 30, 2021, 9am PDT
HUD can provide $10 million to tenant organizers each year, but the funding has largely gone unspent since the early 2000s. Will that change with a new administration and newly approved HUD secretary?
Shelterforce Magazine
March 30, 2021, 7am PDT
Between two rounds of funding, the city of New York has only awarded $7 million of a total $60 million intended for tenant relief.
Gothamist
December 29, 2020, 5am PST
The New York State Legislature convened for a special session between holidays to implement new protections in the housing market.
The New York Times
December 20, 2020, 9am PST
Despite a statewide eviction moratorium, thousands of people have been evicted in Chicago since March. A coalition of housing advocates is proposing a just cause ordinance that would halt no-fault evictions.
Shelterforce Magazine
December 17, 2020, 11am PST
Dozens of cities and states are considering legislation allowing alternatives to upfront security deposits, such as "security deposit insurance." The only problem? It's not actually insurance.
Shelterforce Magazine
September 30, 2020, 6am PDT
District council members and local tenant advocates are engaged in a bit of tug of war about how far the District should go to limit the amount landlords can raise rents.
DCist
September 13, 2020, 7am PDT
The Chicago City Council has approved an ordinance intended to protect residents of the neighborhoods surrounding the planned Barack Obama Presidential Center.
Chicago Sun-Times
July 2, 2020, 11am PDT
A new policy in San Francisco gives tenants the opportunity to purchase their listed buildings with the help of non-profit corporations, a cause for celebration among anti-gentrification advocates in the Bay Area.
High Country News
June 15, 2020, 6am PDT
Ithaca, New York is the first city in the nation to go through with a plan to cancel rent, giving three-quarters of the residents in the city a needed safety net as the coronavirus pandemic and resulting economic crisis persists into the summer.
FastCompany
June 2, 2020, 8am PDT
A new UCLA report predicts a grim future for renters in Los Angeles. The report, the first issue published in a new journal dedicated to housing and the coronavirus, spells out what government officials must do to offset and prevent further damage.
UCLA Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy
April 6, 2020, 11am PDT
A controversial statewide rent control law passed into law by the state of New York last year has suffered a setback in the state's highest court.
The Real Deal
March 18, 2020, 12pm PDT
The federal government has announced a critical effort to stabilize the economy as the country addresses the coronavirus pandemic.
CBS News
March 17, 2020, 12pm PDT
The province of Ontario is considering a new law to strengthen tenant protections, but advocates say the law will have the exact opposite of the intended effect.
The Star
November 15, 2019, 2pm PST
One of the most famous suburbs in the country has expended tenant protections in the midst of the housing affordability crisis challenging much of the state.
Pasadena Independent
November 5, 2019, 11am PST
Two proposed pieces of legislation would create a new revenue stream for Philadelphia's affordable housing efforts and protect tenants of existing affordable units.
WHYY
September 13, 2019, 8am PDT
it's been an historic year for rent control on the West Coast, as California joins Oregon as the first states to approve statewide rent control laws.
Los Angeles Times
August 27, 2019, 10am PDT
The city of Columbus provides an example of the need for tenant protections in the state of Georgia.
Ledger-Enquirer
August 5, 2019, 11am PDT
A potential precedent setting case against rent control is underway in New York. A Next City article takes an in-depth look at the legal argument made by landlords against the state of New York's new rent control law.
Next City
June 27, 2019, 8am PDT
Culver City is the latest jurisdiction to freeze rents temporarily in the face of skyrocketing housing costs.
LAist