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LA Councilwoman Nithya Raman seeks to strengthen tenant harassment ordinance

LA Daily News - Los Angeles Councilwoman Nithya Raman proposed a set of amendments Tuesday to the draft Tenant Anti-Harassment Ordinance, which the City Council Housing Committee is scheduled to discuss on Wednesday.

“Tenant harassment is a pernicious problem that contributes to gentrification, displacement, and homelessness in Los Angeles, and this law represents an important step in the right direction,” Raman said.

“The amendments I am offering are to ensure that the law reflects the many forms of harassment that our office regularly hears about from tenants and tenants groups, and that the proscribed remedies are sufficient to ensure adequate legal representation and deter such unlawful behavior from occurring in the first place.”

Tenants Rights Advocates Call For A Stronger Anti-Harassment Ordinance

City News Service - Tenants' rights advocates today called on the Los Angeles City Council to amend the city's proposed tenant harassment ordinance to include stronger enforcement measures.

The City Council's Housing Committee is scheduled to review the draft ordinance on Wednesday, according to the city clerk.

``We are urging the council members to take a serious look at this situation and to go ahead and pass the anti-harassment ordinance,'' an advocate said at the rally organized by the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment. ”This is a very serious matter. The more you ignore it, the bigger it gets.''

Oakland tenants sue over alleged ‘atrocious’ living conditions

San Jose Mercury News - About two dozen Fruitvale tenants are suing their landlord, demanding he fix living conditions they say range from rat infestations to holes in the floor to an ongoing lack of hot water.

The six-unit building on 28th Avenue is rife with health and safety issues that violate state and local law, according to lawyers who filed the lawsuit this week in Alameda County Superior Court. They claim landlord Michael You, who owns the complex through BYLD 2 LLC, has neglected the building since taking ownership in 2018 — despite repeated requests by tenants to make repairs.

“He has willingly violated these laws and allowed atrocious conditions to exist in this property,” said Ruby Acevedo, a lawyer with Public Advocates who is representing the plaintiffs.

New Organization Eases Eviction Anxiety for San Diegans

NBC San Diego - Patricia Mendoza’s fight to keep her home has been anything but easy.

"It's been a nightmare, but what's really helped me is learning my rights, to know that I'm not alone,” said Mendoza, an Imperial Beach single mother of two.

Mendoza lost her job in medical transportation last March, and while her landlord wanted her out of her home due to her inability to pay rent, she’s been able to resist two eviction orders.

Millions Set Aside For Rent Relief In County But Some Landlords Didn’t Take It

KPBS - The city and county of San Diego set aside more than $47 million in federal coronavirus aid last fall to pay landlords whose low-income tenants were behind on rent.

But some eligible renters didn’t get any help because their landlords didn’t take the money and they weren’t required to explain why.

Rent Relief Program Can't Come Soon Enough for Angelenos on the Brink

Spectrum News 1 - It’s been a long time since Adela Peñabla has gotten a good night’s sleep. "My body starts to shake and I have depression,” she said. 

An immigrant from El Salvador, Peñabla moved to Southern California 18 years ago, making a living as a street vendor. She’s been renting a tiny room in house in South L.A., where she cooks her meals in a make shift kitchen, using bottled water in lieu of a sink.

She’s been able to make just enough to cover her $370 a month rent, until the pandemic hit and her income dried up overnight.

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The New Republic - In February, a white man showed up at Patricia Mendoza’s door and informed her that the month-to-month lease for her two-bedroom apartment in Imperial Beach, California, would be terminated on April 10. He was speaking so loudly that her daughter began recording him on her phone; inside, Mendoza’s son began to cry. They had been through two eviction attempts since the pandemic began last March. Now, they would have to fend off another.

Before the pandemic, Mendoza told me, she would have said the worst thing that had ever happened to her was her divorce. “It was a dark time in my life,” she said, but “nothing compared to what my struggle is now.”

Inquilinos son desalojados en el sur de Los Ángeles

La Opinion - Las redes sociales mostraron imágenes de inquilinos que salían con sus pocas pertenencias en bolsas de plástico de una propiedad en el sur de Los Ángeles el jueves por la mañana.

Aproximadamente 12 inquilinos de una casa de huéspedes, localizada sobre la calle 46 y la esquina McKinley en el sur de Los Ángeles, desconocían que la renta que estaban pagando no iba directa a los dueños de la propiedad, sino a un inquilino principal que desapareció.

La casa de huéspedes usualmente albergaba a personas que eran mayores de edad o personas en recuperación de adicciones. No era parte de ningún programa gubernamental. Los vecinos dicen que el inquilino principal rentaba por su cuenta y los interesados se enteraban acerca de esta vivienda mediante amigos o conocidos.