5 Families Avoid Displacement After Housing Rights Committee Acquires Richmond Building

on Apr 26 2017 - 8:46am

Source: Hoodline by Camden Avery Avoid Displacement After Housing Rights Committee Acquires Richond Building Yesterday, the Housing Rights Committee—in concert with the SF Community Land Trust—announced its first successful building acquisition in the Richmond. Not only is this the organization's first land trust purchase in the western part of the city, it's the first land trust acquisition in a western neighborhood, period.  "Five families were able to avoid displacement," said HRC community organizer Cynthia Fong. The building, a five-unit apartment building at 17th Ave. and Fulton St., went on the market about a year ago. Homes in the Richmond. | PHOTO: MARK HOGAN/FLICKR "The tenants were really concerned," said Fong. "If you have a really good landlord and they want to get out of the rental business or sell the building, tenants feel threatened. A new landlord could bring about rent increases, evictions." At the time, tenants reached out to incoming...

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San Francisco has a new and creative solution to its affordable housing problem

on Apr 25 2017 - 3:37pm

By Amiel Leaño Atanacio  In one of the most expensive housing markets in the country, finding an affordable home has become very difficult for San Francisco’s low- and moderate-income households.  The City’s housing stock lags behind high demand, necessitating creative solutions to our housing crisis.  This is where Home Match comes in.     Home Match offers an innovative way to increase affordable housing opportunities by maximizing existing housing stock in the City.  Funded by the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, the program provides a platform to connect home seekers with homeowners willing to offer accommodations.  This home sharing arrangement takes advantage of underutilized living spaces in homes across the City and opens them up as available housing.  Participating homeowners will have an additional source of income, companionship and potential household assistance, while home seekers gain access to affordable...

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San Francisco rent laws your landlord probably doesn't want you to know

on Apr 17 2017 - 12:10pm

Source: Curbed SF By Curbed | APR 17, 2017 Photo by Fireglo/Shutterstock There are two classes of renters in San Francisco: those who are protected by the Rent Ordinance of 1979 and those who are not. Most renters in buildings predating June 1979 enjoy safeguards from enormous rent hikes and baseless evictions. It's a frustratingly arbitrary system (unless you rent in a pre-1979 building, and then it simply becomes the Way of the Universe). With the help of our friends at the San Francisco Tenants Union, we identified six rights you may not even know you have. Several of the following tips below apply only to apartments that are covered by the Rent Ordinance and, oddly enough, even to illegal units. In a bizarre twist of red tape, you can sometimes be better protected living in an illegal unit than in a market-rate one built after 1979. Before we launch into the legal stuff, let's get a few things out of the way. The magic number in the rental ordinance is June 13, 1979. If...

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San Francisco Now Has a One-Stop Shop to Invest in Fighting Displacement

on Apr 12 2017 - 12:00pm

Source: Next City  BY OSCAR PERRY ABELLO | APRIL 4, 2017   (Photo by Tony Webster) In hot real estate markets like San Francisco, even the most frivolous of neighborhood rankings can move mountains of money. Speculative developers hear rumors and begin snatching up buildings left and right. In some cases, they pay fully in cash. They purchase buildings with rent-controlled or rent-regulated units, expecting to kick out existing low- to moderate-income (LMI) tenants and replace them with higher-paying ones. In some cases, banks have provided commercial mortgages to developers to buy buildings in so-called hot neighborhoods on the expectation that they will similarly kick out existing LMI tenants. A California watchdog group ran a successful campaign in 2015 to get one bank to stop making what it labeled “displacement mortgages” in San Francisco.   In 2015, 344 Precita Avenue in Bernal Heights found itself in the crosshairs. An online real estate...

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Federal fair housing law protects LGBT couples, court rules for first time

on Apr 6 2017 - 2:27pm

Source: The Washington Post By Fred Barbash April 6 at 5:47 AM Rachel (left) and Tonya Smith. (Courtesy Lambda Legal) A federal judge, in a first, ruled Wednesday that the federal law barring housing discrimination protects LGBT people. The married couple who brought the case — Rachel Smith, a transgender woman, and Tonya Smith — were denied a rental townhouse along with their two children by a landlord who gave as a reason their “unique relationship,” they claimed in court. The Federal Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful to refuse to rent or sell housing to anyone because of “sex, familial status, or national origin.” But since it says nothing about sexual orientation or gender identity, questions remained regarding whether LGBT people are covered. The answer, an increasingly common one in anti-discrimination cases, was yes. It came from Judge U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore in Denver. Rachel and Tonya Smith described the encounter that led to the ruling in an...

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