San Leandro tenants group is organizing citizens-driven ‘fair rent’ ballot initiative

While East Bay tenants activists have changed the political landscape in recent years in Oakland, Alameda, and Hayward, by forcing stronger housing protections, their achievements have largely sidestepped implementation in San Leandro. A newly formed San Leandro tenants group is planning a citizens-driven "fair rent" ballot initiative to remedy the lack of new renters protections … Continue reading San Leandro tenants group is organizing citizens-driven ‘fair rent’ ballot initiative

Alameda adds just-cause protections for Section 8 renters

A loophole in Alameda‚Äôs recently enacted just-cause ordinance was closed Tuesday night after the City Council approved an urgency ordinance that adds the same protections to low-income Section 8 recipients. The council also voted to extend tenant relocation payments to Section 8 renters in cases when the landlord decides to move into the unit or … Continue reading Alameda adds just-cause protections for Section 8 renters

San Leandro to finalize new regulations on mobile home rents, short-term AirBNBs

A pair of consequential ordinances bringing new housing protections to San Leandro will be finalized Monday night. Both navigated a lengthy vetting process to get to this point and each was approved by the San Leandro City Council on May 20. A second and final reading is scheduled for this Monday, June 3. The council … Continue reading San Leandro to finalize new regulations on mobile home rents, short-term AirBNBs

Alameda approves just-cause protections for renters

For now, the fight for and against just-cause renters' protections in Alameda appears over. The renters have won. The Alameda City Council approved adding a regulation Tuesday night long sought by local renters that prohibits landlords from evicting tenants without a specific reason. "Housing is basic human right. Period. End of sentence. Stop," Alameda Councilmember … Continue reading Alameda approves just-cause protections for renters

San Leandro adds just-cause to proposed mobile home rent ordinance

San Leandro councilmembers asked city staff last March to go back to drawing board and improve a proposed mobile home rent ordinance. On Monday night, San Leandro will make a second attempt at passing what is now a beef-up ordinance that includes just-cause protections for mobile home renters. Housing activists lauded the proposed ordinance on … Continue reading San Leandro adds just-cause to proposed mobile home rent ordinance

STIA PODCAST: Ep 28 – Alameda special election preview; rental housing with Alameda Vice Mayor John Knox White

Alameda voters head to the polls April 9 for a two-ballot measure special election pitting NIMBYs versus advocates of a homeless wellness center on McKay Avenue near Crab Cove. Alameda Vice Mayor John Knox White joins the program to discuss the controversial special election. We also chat about the Alameda City Council's actions April 2, … Continue reading STIA PODCAST: Ep 28 – Alameda special election preview; rental housing with Alameda Vice Mayor John Knox White

Sweeping protections for Alameda renters coming soon

An Alameda City Council, buoyed by a November election that built upon its progressive majority while trouncing a landlords-backed ballot initiative, moved forward Tuesday night with a menu of sweeping new protections coming soon for struggling Alameda renters. The council directed its staff to prepare a just-cause ordinance for possible approval next month, a regulation … Continue reading Sweeping protections for Alameda renters coming soon

Hayward unanimously approves emergency just-cause ordinance

Earlier in the day, landlords asserted in a letter that Hayward's emergency ordinance violated the Brown Act.

San Leandro mobile home ordinance put on hold; park owners offer moratorium on rent increases

After San Leandro mobile home owners, many seniors with limited means, spoke Monday night of suffering harassment by their mobile home park owners, along with fears of retaliation, the San Leandro City Council voted to continue an agenda item that would have given them some protections from displacement. The council, which unanimously voted to direct … Continue reading San Leandro mobile home ordinance put on hold; park owners offer moratorium on rent increases

Hayward council to vote on just-cause emergency ordinance on Tuesday

Vote next Tuesday night would stop evictions without cause, perhaps, up to one year.

FPPC won’t investigate litany of complaints against San Leandro slate

Former councilmember and top landlord had previously alleged 238 campaign finance violations

Hayward approves emergency moratoriums for renters, while landords fume

Hayward councilmembers unanimously approved moratoriums on vacancy decontrol and added just cause protection to nearly 15,000 rental units.