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April News and Updates

Berkeley Tenant Deaths Unexplained “But three months, one lawsuit and a procession of experts later, the source of the carbon monoxide remains a mystery. Toxicology professionals say that’s not just bizarre, but a possible danger to public health. With the

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Action: Repeal Costa Hawkins

Repealing Costa Hawkins would solve a lot of problems for Berkeley. This state law gives landlords the right to jack the rent upon vacancy, bans local laws to regulate rents on any post-1996 construction, and exempts single-family homes and condos

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It’s All Happening!

Updates Rent Board Tonight the Berkeley Rent Board will vote to narrow down the candidates who are applying to fill Commissioner Harr’s seat on the Board. There were over 16 applicants including many BTU members, several folks who serve on

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Kate Harrison for City Council

At a meeting in January, BTU selected fellow Tenants Union member Kate Harrison as the best candidate for renters in the District 4 Special Election for City Council. Kate Harrison won overwhelming support at the endorsements meeting since she is

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Be a Rent Board Commissioner!

The Berkeley Rent Board will select a new Commissioner to fill the seat vacated when BTU’s Katherine Harr chose to resign for personal reasons. The Board’s timeline is very tight, with written applications due next week, but anyone can apply.

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Short Term Rentals Again, Still

re: Item 1, Second Reading of Short Term Rentals Law Berkeley Tenants Union letter to City Council February 14, 2017 Berkeley Tenants Union members have spent countless hours waiting to address the City Council in the past several years to

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Check Your Batteries!

Two Berkeley renters died last week in a case of carbon monoxide poisoning. News reports did not say if the building’s owner was required to have installed a carbon monoxide detector, but BTU thought this would be a good time

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Berkeley Tenants Union D4 Endorsement

Berkeley Tenants Union members voted overwhelmingly to support BTU member Kate Harrison for City Council in the upcoming special election. On Sunday, BTU joined with old friends Berkeley Citizens Action and new allies Berkeley Progressive Alliance to host a forum

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Tenants Win Berkeley Elections!

Like progressives all over America, Berkeley voters are sad, angry and frightened about the national election results. However, we have a lot to celebrate at home, and can look forward to once again leading these United States in progressive, humane,

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News Roundup: Renters on the Ballot

At the April 2016 Tenant Convention – sponsored by BTU and many other community organizations – a record turnout of Berkeley progressives selected a team of four candidates for Rent Board. Christina Murphy, Alejandro Soto-Vigil, Leah Simon-Weisberg and Igor Tregub

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