Tag Archives: housing

Kushner Firm Moves To Evict Hundreds Of Tenants

The Washington Post reports: Westminster Management, an apartment company owned in part by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, has submitted hundreds of eviction filings in court against tenants with past due rent during the pandemic, according to interviews with more than a dozen tenants and a review of hundreds of the company’s filings. A state eviction moratorium currently bars …

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Michigan Moves Closer To Statewide LGBT Rights Law

Detroit’s CBS News affiliate reports: A ballot drive has turned in more than 483,000 signatures for an initiative to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people in Michigan by amending the state’s civil rights law. If election officials determine roughly 340,000 are valid, the bill would be placed before the Republican-led Legislature, where similar legislation has long stalled. If lawmakers did not …

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Lincoln Project: Trump Golfs While Evictions Escalate

Just in from the Lincoln Project: In a new ad released today, “Moving Day,” The Lincoln Project exposes the bleak reality coming for millions of Americans. The ad focuses on the Trump evictions and foreclosures that are coming due to the president’s failed response to COVID and the economic devastation that came as a result. The latest ad comes as …

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Texas AG: Local Governments Can’t Delay Evictions

The Texas Tribune reports: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton advised today that local Texas governments’ attempts to delay evictions for renters grappling with the COVID-19 recession amounted to rewriting state law — something they can’t do, he said in nonbinding legal guidance. “While local officials do possess certain emergency powers … statewide eviction procedures far exceed the requirement that those …

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One-Third Of Renters Expect To Miss August Payment

Bloomberg News reports: Renters across America are wading into unknown territory. With the lapse of the federal moratorium on evictions that expired July 31 and the end of the $600 per week boost to unemployment benefits, a recent survey reveals the breadth of financial uncertainty now plaguing Americans. An estimated 27% of adults in the U.S. missed their rent or …

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NYC Imposes One Year Rent Freeze On Apartments

The New York Post reports: New York City rents will freeze for the roughly 2 million New Yorkers living in rent-regulated units for a year in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Rent Guidelines Board, the panel that sets the rent for the city’s 1 million rent-regulated apartments, voted 6-3 Wednesday night to implement a one-year freeze running from Oct. …

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Manhattan Sees Record Number Of Vacant Apartments

CNBC reports: Manhattan had its worst May in a decade for new rental leases, as residents leave the city and the real estate industry remains on lockdown, according to a new report. New leases fell 62% last month, according to a report from Miller Samuel and Douglas Elliman. May also saw the largest year-over-year increase in new listings in nearly …

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Cuomo Extends Ban On Evictions Through August 31st

The New York Daily News reports: Gov. Cuomo on Thursday extended a statewide moratorium on evictions through the end of August and promised that New Yorkers won’t get kicked out of their homes for being unable to pay rent during the coronavirus pandemic. The moratorium, which was set to expire June 20, will now remain in effect until Aug. 20, …

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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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