California Landlords Can Evict Renters for Repairs. A New Bill Could Limit That
BAY AREA, CA - After more than a decade in the same Concord apartment with his wife and three kids, Antonio Avila Garcia is getting evicted.
Not because he failed to pay or broke the lease, but because his landlord wants to remodel. But Avila Garcia doesn't want to leave the tight-knit community he's built.
"We all know each other here," he said. "I even have a brother [who lives] here, too."
Major renovations are one of the few reasons outlined in the 2019 Tenant Protection Act that landlords in California can use to evict tenants who haven’t done anything wrong. The landmark legislation was designed to curb the impacts of rising rents and keep tenants in their homes. But housing advocates said the substantial-repairs exception created a loophole property owners are exploiting to kick renters out.
New Los Angeles ‘mansion tax’ has some sellers racing to close
LOS ANGELES, CA - In the rarified air of luxury Los Angeles real estate, 30 days is a common closing timeline and two weeks would be speedy, explained Billy Rose, who’s guided buyers and sellers through high-end home purchases for years.
This week, work for Rose’s brokerage firm, The Agency, included two deals that went to closing in three days. There was one for $8.6 million and another for $14 million, said Rose, the co-founder and vice chairman. Both were cash transactions.
The catalyst is the City of Los Angeles’ “mansion tax,” a transfer tax that takes effect April 1.
‘We are not for sale’: L.A. tenant protestors fight to make housing a human right
LOS ANGELES, CA - “There’s never been a better time to build,” says Blackstone, the largest commercial landlord group in America.
But long-time residents of East Los Angeles neighborhoods say otherwise.
“La vivienda es un derecho humano. Housing is a human right.”
“No community benefit, no investment. Keep families home. Blackstone = Homelessness.”
These were just a few of the signs raised by a crowd of tenant protestors as they gathered in Currie Hall, a student housing building at the USC Health Sciences Campus on Wednesday.
The protest, organized by the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment L.A. (ACCE Action), consisted of tenant demands for affordable housing and an outcry against displacement in the neighborhoods surrounding USC, particularly in East L.A., where the HSC campus is located.
Tenants of America's Biggest Landlord Form Union to Fight Evictions, Rent Hikes
SAN DIEGO, CA - The largest landlord in the United States resumed evictions in 2022 after years of upholding a self-imposed eviction ban, and in at least one city that means resetting rents with huge increases, a new report says. And now, tenants in buildings owned by investment firm Blackstone are organizing to do something about it.
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Tenant rights activists show support for Imperial Beach family facing eviction
SAN DIEGO, CA - Demonstrators gathered in Imperial Beach to stand in solidarity with mother of two Patricia Mendoza, who faces the prospect of losing her home.
Mendoza has lived in the house on Holly Avenue since 2017 and says she always pays her rent on time. She recently received a 60-day notice to vacate so the property can be remodeled.
But the single mom believes it’s because she pays less than her new neighbors, who live in adjacent properties that are owned by the same landlord.
Evictions rise, tenants scramble for help as LA County protections expire
LOS ANGELES, CA - Irma Cervantes could barely afford the $750 monthly rent for the converted garage apartment she lives in with her children in East Los Angeles when she worked full time at a laundromat.
When the pandemic shut down non-essential businesses, Cervantes was out of a job. Then she got sick with long COVID-19.
Now she owes 10 months rent, she said, and is trying to pay it down. Her three children, ages 19 to 23, are helping by working part-time jobs.
Her landlord has increased demands for payment and wants her out, Cervantes said. And on March 31, L.A. County’s tenant eviction protections are set to expire.
“I’m left thinking, what will happen when there aren’t any protections,” Cervantes said. “What will I do with my kids? We can’t pay $1,600 rent.”
Aumentan los desalojos y los inquilinos en el condado de Los Ángeles buscan ayuda; protecciones terminan este 31 de Marzo
LOS ANGELES, CA - Irma Cervantes apenas podía pagar el alquiler mensual de $750 del apartamento convertido en garaje en el que vive con sus hijos en el este de Los Ángeles cuando trabajaba a tiempo completo en una lavandería.
Cuando la pandemia cerró negocios no esenciales, Cervantes se quedó sin trabajo. Luego se enfermó de COVID-19 por largo tiempo.
Ahora debe 10 meses de renta, dijo, y está tratando de pagarla. Sus tres hijos, de 19 a 23 años, están ayudando con trabajos de medio tiempo.
Su arrendador ha aumentado las demandas de pago y quiere que se vaya, dijo Cervantes. Y el 31 de marzo, las protecciones de desalojo para inquilinos del condado de Los Ángeles expirarán.
“Me quedo pensando qué pasará cuando no haya protección”, dijo Cervantes. “¿Qué voy a hacer con mis hijos? No podemos pagar $1,600 de renta”.
‘IF THEY STRIKE, WE WON’T CROSS THE PICKET LINE’
LOS ANGELES, CA - Following weeks of uncharacteristically gloomy days, the weather broke late in the afternoon on Wednesday, March 15, seemingly in preparation for the 4:30 PM Unite for Los Angeles Schools rally in Grand Park outside City Hall. The gathered crowd buzzed with excitement and righteous indignation. Drums and horns sounded, signs and t-shirts were given out and street vendors peddled everything from cotton candy to tacos, making the event feel more like a music festival than a rally.
Our headliners? Leaders from two of the largest unions in Los Angeles County.
SF lawmaker seeks state amendment to make housing a human right
Is having a roof over your head a basic human right?
Assemblyman Matt Haney, D-San Francisco, thinks so, and has proposed an amendment to the state constitution to do just that, the San Jose Mercury News reported.
Advocates push for state amendment to make housing a ‘human right’
Should the state guarantee a right to housing for all Californians?
A coalition of anti-poverty advocates led by Matt Haney, a Democratic state assemblymember from San Francisco, is proposing an amendment to the state constitution that seeks to do just that.
Lanza Senadora Estatal proyecto de ley contra falta de vivienda
LOS ANGELES, CA - Con los alquileres por las nubes, la crisis de personas sin hogar en California continúa creciendo.
Este viernes, la Senadora María Elena Durazo, de Los Ángeles, inició su campaña para evitar que más californianos (trabajadores, familias y personas mayores) sean expulsados de sus hogares y salgan a las calles, en Dolores Mission Church en Boyle Heights, junto con todo el estado líderes de coaliciones a través del trabajo, la fe, la organización, los servicios comunitarios y la defensa.
La Senadora, autora de la Ley de Prevención de la Falta de Vivienda (SB 567), busca abordar la crisis de vivienda del estado al fortalecer la Ley de Protección de Inquilinos de California de 2019, para crear protecciones más sólidas para los inquilinos que ayuden a todos los californianos a tener acceso a refugio.
Desperate fight to stay in her home
LOS ANGELES, CA - In her small studio apartment in Westlake, Leticia Graham stared at her tablet as the courtroom on her screen filled with people like her: renters facing eviction. With mounting panic, she realized she was supposed to have been there in person.
She had little saved for a new apartment and knew losing her case would leave her homeless.
But like a majority of renters in eviction court, she did not have a lawyer, and the judge was explaining that she had made crucial mistakes as the clock ticked on her trial, which was scheduled for that day. It was her only shot at staying longer in her home.
Contrary to what she believed,the judge said, a county eviction moratorium did not prevent her from being evicted. That was a mistake being repeated by renter after renter in the county’s eviction courts. And since Graham did not have a car and was appearing remotely, she would not be able to present evidence, other than her word, to win her case.
As Bay Area Eviction Moratoriums Expire, Local Lawmakers Scramble
BAY AREA - Leah Simon-Weisberg, legal director for the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment Institute, wants local leaders to think bigger. Housing affordability in California was a crisis before the pandemic. And, she said it’s still a crisis for millions of families in the state.
“The real question is, what do we do for the folks who can't pay for their housing on minimum wage, who can't have three jobs now because there aren't three jobs to have?” she said. “We've now returned to our regularly scheduled housing crisis.”
Plea to end eviction moratorium in Alameda County
ALAMEDA COUNTY - The Alameda County Eviction Moratorium Ordinance was adopted in March 2020 to help renters financially affected by the pandemic.
Three years later, some property owners are claiming tenants are taking advantage of the situation. They are calling on the Board of Supervisors to put a stop to it.
Si eres inquilino en LA y estás enfrentando un desalojo, puedes hacer esto
LOS ANGELES, CA - Durante la pandemia, las protecciones para inquilinos temporales contribuyeron a reducir drásticamente el número de desalojos en el condado de Los Ángeles. Según Kyle Nelson, un compañero de posdoctorado de UCLA que hizo un seguimiento de los desalojos durante la pandemia, el número de demandas de desalojo se redujo a más de la mitad durante la etapa más grave de la pandemia, de unas 40,000 a 50,000 demandas a solo 13,000.
A nivel local, algunas de las nuevas protecciones de los inquilinos se han hecho permanentes y el condado de Los Ángeles ha ampliado sus protecciones hasta finales de marzo.
¿Cuáles son tus derechos como inquilino ante daños por tormentas en tu vivienda?
SACRAMENTO, CA - Sin techo y con goteras, es como un televidente ha vivido por casi dos meses, luego de que las tormentas dañaron su casa, esto debido a que no tiene respuesta de los propietarios, por lo que una abogada explica qué hacer en estos casos y qué ayudas existen en el estado.
Chula Vista’s Tenant Protection Ordinance takes effect March 1
SAN DIEGO, CA - The City of Chula Vista’s new Tenant Protection Ordinance goes into effect on March 1. It's intended to close no-fault eviction loopholes, but some say it may also have some unintended consequences for landlords.
Along with limiting no-fault evictions, the ordinance provides more tenant relocation assistance and protects tenants from landlord harassment and retaliation.
“It also sets a precedent for other cities," said Jose Lopez, director of the San Diego Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE). “In San Diego County, we have probably the weakest tenant protection in the whole state. We’re the only major city who allows these types of evictions to continue to happen.”
El Tour de la Vergüenza: inquilinos denuncian las malas condiciones en las que viven en Richmond
RICHMOND, CA - Residentes de un complejo de apartamentos en Richmond denunciaron el jueves que viven en malas condiciones y ante la supuesta negativa de los propietarios de atender sus demandas realizaron lo que llamaron como el Tour de la Vergüenza.
Los afectados aseguran que llevan meses luchando para obtener los cambios que necesitan en sus viviendas.
"Cuando yo llegué al apartamento me dijo el dueño qué hay no se permitían mascotas entonces cuando yo entré ya estaban las mascotas incluidas porque había cucarachas, ratones arañas", aseguró uno de los inquilinos afectados.
Long Invisible In LA Politics, Renters Are Now Winning Major Elections
LOS ANGELES, CA - Most people in Los Angeles are renters. But most of their political representatives are not. With voters feeling increasingly priced out of homeownership in L.A., that’s starting to change.
Candidates who rent won a number of significant local elections in November.
If you’re a tenant facing eviction in LA, here’s what to do
LOS ANGELES, CA - During the pandemic, temporary tenant protections were credited with drastically decreasing the number of evictions in Los Angeles county. According to Kyle Nelson, a UCLA postdoctoral fellow who tracked evictions during COVID, the number of eviction lawsuits went down by more than half at the height of the pandemic, from about 40,000 to 50,000 annual filings to just 13,000.
At the city level, a handful of new tenant protections have now been made permanent, and Los Angeles County has now extended its protections until the end of March. But nevertheless, eviction filings — which never fully stopped in LA — have already shot back up to pre-pandemic levels in recent months.
Tenants, housing advocates rally against landlord harassment
ANTIOCH, CA - Tenants who say they’ve reached the breaking point rallied on Thursday at Delta Pines Apartments in Antioch to demand the city pass tenant-rights measures to protect them and hold landlords accountable.
Mayor Pro Tem Tamisha Torres-Walker and Councilwoman Monica Wilson proposed an anti-harassment ordinance, and another requiring landlords to prove just cause for evictions, in late 2021. But when the council approved a rent stabilization measure capping rent increases at 3% last year, it didn’t include clauses addressing either issue.
“This has got to be passed, it needs to be passed in all these cities to protect people, to protect these children,” tenant Kim Carlson said before the rally. “They don’t deserve to be harassed. I don’t pay this amount of rent to be constantly traumatized, constantly having to look out my windows.”
“Yo no quiero vivir en la calle”: residente de Sacramento teme quedarse sin casa tras recibir una orden de desalojo
SACRAMENTO, CA - El señor Bernardo contactó a Univision 19 luego de recibir una orden de desalojo para presuntamente realizar reparaciones en su vivienda. El hombre teme que, si abandona la casa, el dueño de la vivienda no le permita volver una vez realizados los arreglos.
Newsom deals with deficit
STATEWIDE - After years of record California budget surpluses, Gov. Newsom outlines a plan to deal with a deficit he projects at $22.5 billion. He says he can keep his big promises despite the “modest shortfall.”
California will delay some spending commitments, reverse recent steps to shore up its fiscal health, and shift funding sources to limit the cuts it must make to close a projected $22.5 billion budget deficit, Gov. Gavin Newsom said today.
San Diego declares ‘housing as a human right’ but does it mean anything legally?
SAN DIEGO - The San Diego City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to declare housing as a human right, a rare move for a city with a lot of housing issues.
San Diego’s resolution states housing is a “fundamental human right and reaffirms its commitment to providing more housing and services geared toward putting a roof over the head of every San Diegan.” Madison, Wis., made a similar declaration in 2011 — making it likely San Diego is only the second, or at least part of a small minority of American cities, to put into writing that housing is a right.