Tag Archives: housing

California Governor Bans Evicting Renters For 60 Days

Via press release from Gov. Gavin Newsom: Governor Gavin Newsom today issued an executive order banning the enforcement of eviction orders for renters affected by COVID-19 through May 31, 2020. The order prohibits landlords from evicting tenants for nonpayment of rent and prohibits enforcement of evictions by law enforcement or courts. It also requires tenants to declare in writing, no …

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CALIFORNIA: Banks Agree To 90-Day Mortgage Freeze

Courthouse News reports: California Gov. Gavin Newsom delivered a dose of good news for homeowners on Wednesday, announcing the nation’s largest banks will voluntarily freeze mortgage payments for 90 days on families mired in the Covid-19 crisis. Newsom said the agreement is the result of weeks of negotiations with the heads of banks like Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank, JPMorgan Chase …

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Trump: HUD To Suspend Evictions And Foreclosures

Bloomberg News reports: President Donald Trump said the Department of Housing and Urban Development will suspend foreclosures and evictions through the end of April as the country combats the coronavirus outbreak. HUD “is providing immediate relief to renters and homeowners by suspending all foreclosures and evictions until the end of April,” Trump said at a White House news conference on …

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Newsom Order Allows CA Cities To Suspend Evictions

Curbed San Francisco reports: Late Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order that allows cities to suspend evictions for renters and homeowners, citing the ongoing novel coronavirus outbreak and the related economic fallout. “Over the next few weeks, everyone will have to make sacrifices – but a place to live shouldn’t be one of them,” Newsom said in a …

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NYC Landlords Must Now Pay Apartment Brokers Fees

Gothamist reports: Landlord, not tenants, will now be forced to foot the bill for New York City’s notoriously high brokers fees, following new guidance issued by the NY Department of State. Seeking to clarify outstanding questions stemming from last year’s sweeping rent reform package, the new state action mandates that brokers acting on behalf of landlords cannot be compensated by …

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Bernie: Apple Is “Throwing Pennies” At Crisis It Created

The Hill reports: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Monday accused Apple of “throwing pennies at a housing crisis” that it “helped create” after the tech giant announced it will spend $2.5 billion on affordable housing in California. The presidential candidate released a statement ripping Apple’s “hypocrisy” and saying he would require large companies to pay “their fair share” in order …

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Apple Pledges $2.5B To Combat CA Housing Crisis

Axios reports: Apple CEO Tim Cook, unveiling a $2.5 billion plan to help alleviate California’s housing availability and affordability crisis, told Axios in an interview that Apple feels “a profound responsibility” to the region where it was born and thrived.  “It’s just unsustainable,” Cook said. “This problem is so big that the public sector cannot do it alone.” Many teachers …

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California Lawmakers Approve Statewide Rent Cap Bill

The New York Times reports: California lawmakers approved a statewide rent cap on Wednesday covering millions of tenants, the biggest step yet in a surge of initiatives to address an affordable-housing crunch nationwide. The bill limits annual rent increases to 5 percent after inflation and offers new barriers to eviction, providing a bit of housing security in a state with …

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Kushner Company Fined $210K For False Documents Claiming Its Buildings Had No Rent-Regulated Tenants

The Associated Press reports: The Kushner family real estate company has been fined $210,000 by New York City regulators following an Associated Press investigation that showed it routinely filed false documents with the city claiming it had no rent-regulated tenants in its buildings when it, in fact, had hundreds. The false documents allowed the company to escape extra scrutiny during …

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CALIFORNIA: AIDS Healthcare Foundation Donates $10M To Dem-Backed Rent Control Ballot Measure

The San Jose Mercury-News reports: Amid a tense battle over rent control in California, real-estate interests are writing big checks to defeat a November ballot measure that would give cities more power to regulate what landlords can charge tenants — and the initiative’s backer responded this week with a $10 million cash infusion. “We know we will be significantly outspent …

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MISSOURI: Married Lesbian Couple Sues After Senior Community Denies Them Housing Because Jesus

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports: A St. Louis County senior community has denied housing to a married lesbian couple who have been together for nearly four decades because of the couple’s sexual orientation, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court. Mary Walsh, 72, and Bev Nance, 68, both of Shrewsbury, say the Friendship Village senior living community, …

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New York City Council Moves To Rein In Airbnb Hosts

Bloomberg reports: Last week, Airbnb Inc. was dealt one of its biggest blows in the company’s 10-year history. New York City council members voted to require the home-rental company to hand over the names and addresses of its hosts in the city. The officials have said they need the information to police Airbnb hosts that operate illegally and drive up …

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STUDY: San Francisco Rents Now World’s Highest

NBC News reports: Let’s face it, San Francisco is expensive. To make matters worse, a new study has now ranked the city No. 1 in the world with the highest rent and the list also includes three more Bay Area cities in the top ten: San Jose, Oakland and Berkeley. According to a study released by financial advice site Walletwyse, …

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SAN DIEGO: LGBT Seniors Housing Opens [VIDEO]

San Diego’s KUSI-TV reports: Assemblyman Todd Gloria, Councilman Chris Ward and others Friday celebrated the opening of North Park Seniors, which is being called San Diego’s first LGBT-affirming senior housing community.  Studies suggest the need for LGBT-friendly housing continues to outpace demand amid rental discrimination cases. The building will have 76 affordable apartments for qualified people 55 and older; seniors …

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ALABAMA: Birmingham City Council Approves Sweeping LGBT Anti-Discrimination Protections, First In State

Via press release: Today, HRC hailed the Birmingham City Council for passing city-wide non-discrimination protections that include sexual orientation and gender identity in housing, public accommodations and employment. This ordinance is the culmination of more than ten years of work from local LGBTQ grassroots organizers and a pro-equality coalition including Equality Alabama and HRC. “Today, the City of Birmingham made …

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HHS Strips LGBT Seniors From Annual Survey

NBC News reports: Advocates are outraged that questions about LGBTQ seniors have suddenly been removed from an annual survey that determines services for elderly Americans. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) uses the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants (NSOAAP) to decide how to allocate federal funding to groups that work with the elderly. For years, LGBTQ …

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UNQUALIFIED: That Time HUD Nominee Ben Carson Said It’s Communistic To Fight Housing Discrimination

Brian Tashman lays it out at Right Wing Watch: In November, Carson’s spokesman said that the former neurosurgeon and Republican presidential candidate didn’t want to pursue a role in the Trump administration because he has no relevant experience in managing a federal agency and the “last thing he would want to do was take a position that could cripple the …

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“Pathological” Ben Carson Tapped For HUD Secretary

NBC News reports: President-elect Donald Trump will nominate “tough” former Republican primary rival Ben Carson as Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the transition team announced Monday. A statement described Carson as a “distinguished national leader who overcame his troubled youth in the inner city of Detroit to become a renowned neurosurgeon.” In the statement, Trump said …

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Rockers Boston Go Springsteen On North Carolina

THREE shows cancelled. From the band’s Facebook page: While the enjoyment of our fans is our central concern, and we have been looking forward to celebrating forty years of history performing for our listeners in North Carolina with spectacular live shows this spring, human rights are more important. It is with deep regret, that I must announce the cancellation of …

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WaPo Gives NC Gov. Pat McCrory “Three Pinocchios”

The Washington Post has evaluated North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory’s statements in the video accompanying last week’s executive order and given him “Three Pinocchios.” They write: By saying he is “taking action to affirm and improve the state’s commitment to privacy and equality” through his executive order, McCrory creates the illusion that there will be more changes than he can …

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