Housing Law

Newport Beach, California

Report: California's Affordable Housing Allocation Favors Wealthy Coastal Cities

A combination of factors including a lengthy appeals process and the cost of construction have led to huge disparities in the number of units allocated to each community.

January 20, 2021 - Cal Matters

Pacific Coast

Housing Litigation by California Attorney General Yields Results

A landmark state lawsuit will be settled if the Huntington Beach City Council approves an amended specific plan that increases housing. The lawsuit was enabled by 2017 legislation strengthening California's 50-year-old housing element law.

January 27, 2020 - Los Angeles Daily News

The Penninsula

Are Charter Cities Subject to California's Housing Laws?

After a San Mateo County Superior Court judge ruled that charter cities are exempt from the Housing Accountability Act, aka the anti-NIMBY law, the state stepped in to support the appellant, a YIMBY group that launched a "Sue the Suburbs" campaign.

January 24, 2020 - San Francisco Chronicle

Los Angeles High Rise Construction

New Housing Law Empowers Renters Group to Sue Cities that Deny New Construction

The California Renters Legal Advocacy and Education Fund, unlike other renters groups, sees increased housing production as key to bringing down rents. It is enforcing the Housing Accountability Act in cities that arbitrarily deny new construction.

May 2, 2018 - California Renters Legal Advocacy and Education Fund

Apartment renter

Which States are the Most Renter, or Landlord, Friendly?

A ranking system that puts the tenants' rights debate on a spectrum, from renter friendly to landlord friendly.

April 29, 2018 - RentCafé

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