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About 25 people in three ragged rows, outdoors under a tree, with houses across the street behind them. They are of mixed ages, genders, and skin tones, and all are smiling. Many hold posterboard signs, some of which read "People Over Profit/Greedy Landlords," "Build Tenant Power," "Support the Bleecker Terrace Tenants Association," and "Capital Crossing/2nd most Code Violations in Albany." Other signs are not legible.
Reported Article

In Upstate New York, the Fight for Good Cause Continues

This week, Ithaca became the latest city to opt into New York’s new Good Cause Eviction Law. What are tenant organizers doing to make the law work better for their communities?

State & Local Policy

How Policy Can Help Tenants Purchase Their Homes, a Webinar

Laws that give tenants the ability to purchase their own apartments are popping up across the country. In this webinar, a panel of folks who have been reporting on, fighting for, and using these policies offer their perspectives on this powerful anti-displacement tool. 

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Reported Article

Colorado Wants to Give Tenants Money for Paying Rent

A new statewide program aims to help renters benefit from the value they add to the buildings they live in. Here’s how the program could work, and when it could begin.

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Opinion

Ownership Matters: Institutional Investors and Corporate Ownership

Who owns our homes is an absolutely essential part of housing policy, and an even greater part of housing politics.

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Reported Article

D.C. Had the Country’s First TOPA Law. Could Real Estate Developers Gut It?

Developers are pushing for two exemptions to the landmark tenant rights legislation—affordable housing properties and buildings that are 25 years old or newer.

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Practitioner Voice

What the Grants Pass Case Means—For All of Us

In an era of runaway housing costs, the Supreme Court is going to decide whether it’s illegal to not be able to afford them.

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Reported Article

Tenant Protections Undone: How Florida Organizers Are Moving Forward

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill that overrode dozens of local tenant protection laws won there in recent years. How are housing organizers in Florida fighting back? And what can other organizers do if they live in a state that is hostile to tenant protections?

Interview

Holding Redlining’s Perpetrators Accountable

Richard and Leah Rothstein talk about their new book, Just Action, inspired by readers of The Color of Law who asked what could be done about the enduring effects of a century of unconstitutional housing discrimination.

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Opinion

Bordering Towns in LA County Clash Over Their Homeless Policies

Local governments often come to different conclusions about how to address homelessness within their respective city borders. Varying approaches only exacerbate the problem.

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Reported Article

What Are Your Landlord’s Legal Obligations? Depends on Where You Live

Landlord-tenant relations are governed by a mix of laws at all levels of government and can vary a lot.

Reported Article

Going Statewide to Boost ADU Development

ADUs are typically regulated at the local level, but advocates argue statewide legislation is what’s actually needed to get to scale. California has been aggressively leading the way.

Reported Article

The Dark Side of Community Preference Policies

Community preference policies give existing residents first dibs on subsidized housing built in their neighborhoods. But what happens when these policies are applied to communities that are exclusive, well-off, and majority white?