In a landmark ruling, the U.S. District Court has confirmed the City of Alameda's Rent Control protections for houseboats and liveaboard vessels at floating home marinas.
[..new report by #FirstUnited, which #surveyed 700 #renters in the province between June 2022 and September 2023, has found #HigherIncomes are not insulating renters from #evictions. More than one-quarter of respondents who were #evicted reported #salaries of greater than $70,000, and nearly 100 of those people made more than $100,000 annually.]
#RentControl backers fail to collect enough signatures for 2024 ballot; didn't help that an expected ally decided to fight the idea
For the second time this year, #PortlandMaine voters have turned out in overwhelming support of #RentControl and #TenantRights and voted against a referendum designed to increase #landlords’ profits and decrease #tenant protections. We are so proud of this city of ours, but the fight doesn’t end here.
Our corporate landlord had been tearing down our tenant association posters posted on our own doors, so as a work around, I decided to ask a neighbour for their rusty bike that they no longer use, and strapped boards with tenant organising details to it, hugely increasing visibility. I think they gave up tearing down our posters after that. #redflagsforrenters #toronto #rentcontrol #housingcrisis #torontohousingcrisis
Michigan lawmaker faces $6,000 rent hike after introducing rent control bill
by Ryan Stanton
https://www.nytimes.com/2023/10/17/realestate/car-homeless-rent-debt-mortgage.html I Live in My Car
Dozens of parking lots have opened across the country for working people who can afford a car but not rent. #HousingCrisis #RentControl #Homelessness In many cities, the “mobile homeless” are now the majority of the homeless population — people living out of vehicles make up about 53 percent in King County, Washington, About 45 percent in San Mateo on California’s northern cliffs, are in the same predicament. In LA, the number approaches 60 percent.
#5yrsago California tenants receive rent-hike threats that will only be rescinded if #RentControl initiative fails https://newrepublic.com/article/151783/deceptive-shameful-lucratively-funded-war-rent-control
#5yrsago Wanna get into #Harvard? Just ask your parents to donate a building https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2018/10/18/day-three-harvard-admissions-trial/
Here is a collection of ideas that address the #HousingCrisis. Controlling housing costs by making #RentControl rules is in my mind one of the causes of the current housing shortage. The present situation is terrible for both landlords and tenants. We need more housing not more rules. Trying to make rules to change costs is a mugs game. https://theconversation.com/4-affordable-housing-strategies-that-are-working-in-canada-215137 #cdnpoli
4 affordable housing strategies that are working in Canada
#Canada #Politics #Economy #Business #Housing #RentControl #HousingSolutions #CanadianInnovation #AffordableHousing #Whistler #NewWestminster #HousingCrisis #InclusiveHousing #Evictions
If the central bank can set interest rates with the goal of making life better for the nation, what is stopping us from applying rent control to also reign in greed?
#5yrsago California ballot measure to reintroduce #RentControl met with millions in opposition from #WallStreetLandlords https://theintercept.com/2018/10/12/prop-10-california-rent-control-wall-street/
#5yrsago How #TradeUnions are addressing automation https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/24/business/economy/hotel-workers-ai-technology-alexa.html
#1yrago US #HealthInsurers get more and more federal funding, deliver less and less care https://pluralistic.net/2022/10/13/sicko/#radicalized
#1yrago Shelter in place: Prison for #homelessness and lock-ins for home owners https://pluralistic.net/2022/10/11/rene-descartes-was-a-drunken-fart/#out-of-doors
Protesters call for rent control, affordable housing as Nova Scotia legislature opens fall session
BC’s NDP government rejects vacancy controls as provincial rents surge between tenancies
Groups and municipalities across British Columbia call on the government to regulate the rent hikes
>>> Landlords evict us for unjustified higher rents and gov fails to build sufficient non-profit housing
Labour would oversee ‘biggest boost in affordable housing in a generation’ | Housing | The Guardian
Of course I'm pleased to see that Starmer recognizes the importance of housing.
I'm less pleased, but, alas, not surprised to see that the policy amounts to regulatory prodding of private developers.
That is certainly better than Tory policy, but falls far short of the measures needed to address Britain's housing problems.
Some policies that Labour should consider:
- a long term commitment to re-establishing social housing as a growing and major form of housing tenure in the UK
- a commitment to reducing private landlordism to a marginal role
- an immediate end to no fault evictions
- rent controls as a transitional measure
- ending the "right to buy" council housing
- the legal and financial empowerment of local councils and housing associations to build more housing
- a readiness to have a public discussion of the taxation policies necessary to finance a major social housing programme
- a determination to change property and inheritance taxation so that owner occupation is seen as a form of housing tenure, not as an investment vehicle.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/rent-control-toronto-ford-series-1.6974129 “Between late 2018 and the end of 2022, the number of proposed rental units throughout the GTA nearly tripled from about 40,000 to more than 112,000, though less than a third were approved” #rentcontrol #housing #toronto #zoning #zoningreform #equity
We are once again asking you to vote NO on Question A 🙄
If Question A passes, thousands of tenants will be stripped of their #RentControl and once again be left at the whims of private #Landlords We need every tenant in #PortlandMaine to turn out to #vote on November 7th to tell landlords No! (on A).
#RentControl #CorporateOligarchy Started listening to #RichardWolff, sucked into the rabbit hole. From 75 to 79 I lived in a marvelous 6th Floor flat with views of the Golden Gate, all the way to the Farallon Islands on a clear day from each of three bedrooms. Very spacious. Shared with 5 others and paid a rent ~$900/mo. Ave rent in the UC area is now >$3500/mo.
San Francisco friends!
I haven’t done much research on this myself, but it sounds like rent control is being threatened by a board of supervisors item (nominally about demolition).
To protect rent control please read the link, file an online comment or cal in for public comment in the meeting today, 9/18 at 1pm.
@JILLSLASTWORD: Bring back #RENTCONTROL now on all buildings and help tenants afford to live! https://twitter.com/ericnwright/status/1701966715314196524
Advocates rally for BC vacancy controls, landlords say they won’t work
BCGEU calls for limits to rent hikes for new tenants as ‘soon as possible’ during legislature rally
>>> Massive rentals construction in BC has not kept housing affordable. We need real rent control between tenants now.
Good read, rebuts the arguments by vested interests. [gift link shared by me]
The case for rent controls https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/share/16767/6QFYi78
Sisters shocked when Toronto landlord raises rent to $9,500 a month
First the landlord raised their rent by $1000, then when they tried to negotiate, they were punished with $7000 increase, effectively an eviction.
This is what me and my neighbours at lhpta.ca are fighting right now.
#RentControl laws on the national level? Biden administration offers a not-so-subtle push
by Medora Lee, September 6, 2023
"Though that may be true, critics say, rent control could hurt millions of people, including some who supplement their retirement with rental income.
"Among 49.5 million rental units, nearly 46% are small rental properties of one to four units, the National Association of Realtors said. More than 70% of those are owned by individuals, or mom-and-pop landlords. About 70% are also managed by them.
"'Cost of rental housing is expensive,' Geno said. 'If they can’t pass on expenses they don’t control, many owners will be upside down.'"
"Many mom-and-pop landlords were forced into forbearance during the 1½-year pandemic-related rent moratorium that allowed tenants to forgo rent payments without fear of eviction. Some even had to sell their properties and defer maintenance on their rentals."
And then corporations bought them up, tore down or gutted the places, then created condos or high-rent housing out of the reach of most people! Creating affordable housing would be great, but it takes time. And judging by the number of homeless and those seeking climate change and political asylum, this problem needs to be solved sooner than later!
#AffordabeHousing #HousingForAll #AffordableHousingForAll
He points us to http://bit.ly/rentcontrol2024
Remember tht what's important is not which developer got which parcel of land at below market rates without tender and which #Ford family friend got which favors. We need to understand that building luxury homes has never resulted in making housing more affordable. We need to reverse th #greenbelt giveaways and deveop a strategy to build affordable urban #housing, with better #rentcontrol and #rezoning to provice units near transit. #onpoli
What do you think? Clips yes/no?
(and of course any thoughts you have about the subject as well!)
They cannot destroy all initiatives for stable housing for people without also having every agency coordinating in chasing people who don't have housing out of the city.
This news is quite local and specific to #Minneapolis...we just want everyone to be able to see how dirty and racist the liberal (conservative)-dominated Democratic city government is where our editorial collective is based.
From a comrade:
"Absolutely breathtaking scam by the city council today. They voted 6-4 not to advance #RentControl to the legislative committee by rescheduling the vote for a major Muslim holiday. All three Muslim councilmembers were absent for the holiday and all three support the ordinance, it would have passed 7-6 otherwise"
(I heard #Minneapolis #Mayor of #lies, #police #killings, and #violent #gentrification, #JacobFrey, was also at the #pride parade. Remember, #Frey rhymes with "lie" not with "gay"— the handful of people who know his persecution of #houseless people and saw him told him off, but it's outrageous that any place #justice-minded people gather doesn't run off a #dangerous #grifter #politician like him. He's currently thwarting #RentControl while mercilessly punishing the victims of high #rent.)
Maybe we could try *doing things* instead of "aligning incentives?"
Like, how about #RentControl.
God, you can already hear them squealing! "Price controls artificially distort well-functioning markets, resulting in a mismatch between supply and demand and the creation of the dreaded deadweight loss triangle!"
While the left gives us rallies for common sense policies fighting evil like #RentControl, the right trots out these utter nut jobs.
I thought the #transrights "debate" would be peak absurdity for #Scotland but this is topped by the Scottish Association of #Landlords being absolutely unhinged, claiming that the #ScottishGovernment limiting rent hikes to 3% during a #costofliving crisis is somehow a breach of the European Convention of Human Rights