Changes to Rent Adjustment Program Ordinance & Regulations

NEW:
As of August 1, there are new regulations around rent increases for capital improvements.

RentAdjustmentProgram_oakland080114The following is a brief summary of the recent amendments to the Rent Adjustment Ordinance and the Rent Adjustment Program Regulations, and is not intended to be a complete description or a substitute for the laws themselves.

For authoritative materials, please consult the text of...

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San Francisco's Housing Crisis in Numbers

Data on the Housing Crisis in SF:
—From the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project

No-Fault Evictions:

•    The number of evictions in 2013 has surpassed evictions in 2006, the height of the real estate bubble. Total no-fault evictions are up 17% compared to 2006.
•    Between 2012 and 2013 evictions have increased by 115%
•    Ellis Act use went up 175% between 2012...

Read more: San Francisco's Housing Crisis in Numbers

Stop the Flip: Proposed Anti-Speculation Measure

StoptheFlipScores of community members, tenants and several lawmakers including SF Supervisors John Avalos, David Campos, Jane Kim and Eric Mar introduced a proposed measure that would curb real estate flipping.

The SF Anti-Displacement Coalition of which Causa Justa :: Just Cause is a member in a "Stop the Flip" action on the steps of SF City Hall, announced that the...

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West Oakland Specific Plan is NO Plan For Us

WOSP Plan

 

 

 

 

The West Oakland Specific Plan (W.O.S.P.) is a zoning plan that is an example of development WITH displacement. It makes no effort to mitigate the impacts of gentrification and instead opens up the neighborhood even more for investment opportunities. There are even parts of the plan that specifically state that displacement will occur and that West...

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The battle of 16th and Mission: Inside the campaign to “clean up” the plaza and build luxury housing

By Julia Carrie Wong/48 Hills

MARCH 18, 2014 — Laura Guzman, the director of  homeless services for Mission Neighborhood Health Center, had the question that was on everybody’s mind at a recent protest at the 16th and Mission BART plaza. “Who,” she asked, “is Clean up the Plaza?”

More than 100 San Franciscans, including members of Mission-based organizations like Causa...

Read more: The battle of 16th and Mission: Inside the campaign to “clean up” the plaza and build luxury housing

Victory at SRO Hotel in the Mission District

The Grand Southern Hotel has some of the worst conditions out of all of the SRO (Single Room Occupancy) hotels in the Mission district. The hotel is home to many immigrant families with children. Tenants say they have been dealing with constant harassment by manager Luis Rivera and landlord Musa Salem and his family.

Working alongside the Mission SRO Collaborative (MSROC)

Read more: Victory at SRO Hotel in the Mission District

Community Education Forum on Market-Rate Monster Development Proposed for SF 16th St. BART Plaza


 

Demands Escalate to Stop Current Project Proposal and for a Safe and Vibrant Plaza that Serves Existing Community

WHAT:  “We Cannot Afford This In Our Neighborhood//No Podemos Permitir Esto en Nuestra Comunidad”:  Multi-Lingual community forum at the Victoria Theater regarding the proposed development of 350 market-rate units at 16th St. Bart Plaza. Organized by Plaza 16 Coalition.
WHEN: Thursday May 15th,

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ACTION ALERT-URGENT! Stop AB 1513

 We calling on our supporters to inform you all of a dangerous bill in the California State Assembly that will be going to the Judiciary Committee TOMORROW Tuesday, April 29. It's AB 1513: you can read a brief FAQ here: http://killthebillcoalition.com/faq/

If passed, this bill would make it legal for realtors to use local police (or private police forces) to evict people WITHOUT...

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Mission Tenant Victory in Attempted Ellis Act Eviction

ana_gutierrez_victory_03_27_2014We’re excited about a big win and want to share the news with you ~ tenant Ana Gutierrez who came to CJJC for help after a new landlord filed an Ellis Act will now be able to remain in her Mission district apartment for two more years! Ana has advice for others fighting to remain in their homes: “Keep fighting.

Read more: Mission Tenant Victory in Attempted Ellis Act Eviction

Gentrification Report Launch

Gentrification Typology
What: Release and Celebration of Development without Displacement Report
When: Monday, April 7th, 5:30pm
Where: Fruitvale Senior Center, 3301 E.12th street, suite 201, at Fruitvale BART

"Development Without Displacement: Resisting Gentrification"-buy your report online at
http://www.liberationink.org/content/development-without-displacement-resisting-gentrification-bay-area

Use the report as a tool to stop gentrification in your neighborhood!
•    Learn which neighborhoods in the Bay Area are vulnerable or at...

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Letter to Supporters of Tenant Justice

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Congratulations to us ALL:  As of August 1, DEBT SERVICE is no more. 

 

The second reading to END DEBT SERVICE pass-through was voted unanimously!


Now begins the final actions to complete our pending victory on CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS . . . 
Tues evening, Apr 22the Tenant Justice Campaign (TJC) will return to Oakland City Hall to assure that the Council keeps its promise to approve the "First Reading' of proposed language changing the Rent Law to finally include some benefits for tenants.  
 
Please come to City Hall and show your support for tenants rights.   
 
Broad support from the community WON our victory on Debt Service.  Let's DO IT AGAIN for Capital Improvements. 
Our item is #13, last item on the agenda, so please plan to arrive by 8pm
 
Please register a "Speaker Card" online.  Click: http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/CityClerk/s/SpeakerCard/SpeakerCard/OAK032373 
Talking Points are below; more detail will follow in subsequent mailings.

Your support is very important.  Email and/or call Oakland City Council members to express your support of TJC proposals.  A sample message is provided below, which you can forward as-is or modify as you think appropriate. 
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Subject:  Urging Your Support of Tenant Justice Campaign's Concerns on New Capital Improvements Changes
TO: City Council members
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Tenant Justice Campaign: Next Moves

 

FROM MARCH UPDATE:

Tuesday March 11, the the Oakland City Council Community and Economic Development Committee decided to forward rent control recommendations to the City Council, but failed to make a specific recommendation to the council, so we are still pushing to make sure that the Tenant Justice Campaign recommendations are the ones approved. (click here for a list of our recommendations and for the history of the Tenant Justice Campaign)

Important next steps

 

  • • Petition
  • • Email your councilmembers
  • • Come to the Rally and Hearing March 18

Have you signed the petition?  Please do so here:

Our goal: for 1000 people to sign our petition in support of the Tenant Justice Campaign!
We already have almost 400 signatures. Please send out the petition to you friends, post on facebook, twitter, email!

Use this to help identify your council district: http://mapgis.oaklandnet.com/councildistricts/

 

Tenant Justice Rally at Full Council Meeting

Tuesday, March 18th at 5pm we will have a rally and then head into the Oakland Council chambers to demand that the council meet the needs of the people of Oakland, rather than the landlords.  For far too long, tenants have suffered the burden of unequal laws, while landlords reap the profit.  Join us to demand that the city of Oakland stand up for the rights of tenants!

History

The Tenant Justice Campaign is an advocacy effort that we started to organize around in July 2013 when Oakland's rent adjustment program started to put recommendations forward to change Oakland's rent law. 

Specifically the pass through regulations: debt service and capital improvements - the pass throughs that create the largest rent increases for "rent controlled" tenants in Oakland.  It's our only local policy fix that addresses high rents in Oakland and our recommendations will significantly change how rent increases happen - they will force landlords to petition and cap rent increases.

The Tenant Justice Campaign put forward recommendations to the rent board in September of 2013 and they finally complied all of the recommendations to go to the Oakland City Council Community and Economic Development Committee on Tues, Feb 25th.  In that meeting, the committee members postponed the decision until there was a landlord and tenant "mediation", which happened Weds., March 5th. Nothing came...

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Locked Out and Displaced: Tenant Fights Back

Case underscores the ongoing surge of harassment and evictions

flooding Mission District

When: Friday, March 12, 11AM
What: Press conference denouncing the illegal eviction lock out of immigrant tenant
Where:  3374 24th St., outside a four-unit building where he rented a room
Who: Locked out tenant, Supervisor David Campos, and Causa Justa :: Just Cause, local tenant’s rights and immigrants rights organization and other allies
Why:  To demand that Mr. Sanchez gets let back into his unit and his right to stay is protected.

•Tenant will be available for interviews, interpretation provided

SAN FRANCISCO-- In the heart of the Mission, on 24th Street. between the sparkle of Valencia Street and the few fruterias left on Mission Street, Jesús Sanchez, a Latino immigrant and Mission resident came home Wednesday night to find that the locks to the unit had been changed and all his belongings had been removed.

Because Sanchez was never served with notice nor given the opportunity to defend his ability to stay, it is an illegal eviction. Sanchez demands that his rights as a tenant be respected and that he be let back into the unit and resume his tenancy.

Sanchez has been living in the unit as a subtenant for 18 months.  In January Sanchez contacted PG&E to report a gas leak. The utility company shut off the gas until a repair was made. Sanchez says one of the building owners turned the gas back on without addressing the leak.


The master tenant in the unit attempted to verbally evict him for reporting the leak and began harassing him to leave. On Monday March 10th, Sanchez says both the master tenant and the owner Eric Dabanne verbally attacked him screaming that he leave without giving him proper notice.

On Wednesday when he got home, not only were the locks changed, but also through the window the counselor and the tenant could see that the carpet had been pulled up and repairs had begun in the unit. On Thursday tenant and counselor contacted the owner to demand he be let back in the unit and he refused.

Sanchez is one of hundreds of tenants and subtenants feeling the brunt of gentrification in SF manifesting itself through harassment, abuse, illegal evictions and ultimately displacement. Building managers, landlords and real estate speculators continue to profit in as they bring in higher income tenants. 


Leticia Arce, CJJC counselor working on the case said,  “We see these kinds of cases all the time, immigrant and low income tenants kicked out, and being replaced by higher income tenants who can pay up to double and triple the rent. Everyone but long-time tenants.”

In 2013, almost 40% of our total eviction cases in our clinic came from the Mission district and over 60% of the time, there's no stated reason for the eviction. (from our clinic numbers)

His story highlights the need for stronger protections for tenants and protections for the growing number of sub-tenants who have to live together and pool their money due to rising rent prices and...

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Urgent Petition :: Strengthen Tenant Protections

Do something about Gentrification // Strengthen Tenant Protections

Please sign this change.org petition to the Oakland City Council today. Tell them to take immediate action to strengthen protections for tenants.

There are policies facing them right now — and more that we plan on introducing in the coming months — that can put the brakes on gentrification. Click here to read about them.

Tell the City Council to get on the right side of history and cast their vote against displacement. Each signature on this change.org petition sends an email directly to the Councilmembers!