Author: berkeleytenants

Not So Rosy In Berkeley

Short Term Rentals We have one step forward and two steps back: The good news is that the City Council voted July 7th to demand enforcement of the existing law prohibiting short term rentals if an owner has three or

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Updates and News

Short Term Rentals held over by Berkeley City Council until Thursday July 7. BTU will post an update in a couple of days regarding the Mayor’s last-minute introduction of a proposed contract with Airbnb. Durant Demolition approved under new demolition

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Owner Move-In Evictions

On Tuesday, the Berkeley City Council will consider a request from the Rent Board to place a measure on the November 2016 ballot to update the Rent Ordinance. Because that law was passed by the voters, it can only be

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News Roundup

  Berkeley Top Rental Market Berkeley rentals are usually listed for an average of six days before they are rented. http://sf.curbed.com/2016/5/11/11659084/berkeley-el-cerrito-rent-onerent Lawsuits Following Berkeley Balcony Collapse “They are suing 11 named defendants who fall under the umbrella of two companies:

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Election Update

BALLOT MEASURE CONTROVERSY A draft of the ballot measure BTU supports will be reviewed by City Council on May 31. The Berkeley landlords submitted their ballot measure petition to the City Clerk today. Now the Clerk will check a sample

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Good News: Community Survey

by guest author Rob Wrenn The City of Berkeley’s March 2016 Community Survey has now been released and it contains good news for advocates for increased funding for affordable housing. Given a choice of 12 issues, “Building affordable housing” was

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ORGANIZE!

Your Berkeley Tenants Union’s quarterly members meeting will be March 30th. It is open to all members, and you can join BTU at the meeting if you are willing to sign our member pledge. Contact us for more information. The

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Housing News

Berkeley Council Invites Mostly Developers to Discuss Affordable Housing Options: Former Planning Director Mark Rhoades, now a developer himself, was a featured speaker at the February 16 Council forum. http://www.berkeleyside.com/2016/02/17/berkeley-considers-ways-to-build-more-affordable-housing/ Several speakers who work for, or consult with, developers said

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Solutions to the Housing Emergency

Housing For the Rest of Us – Success! On Sunday March 6th, about 200 Berkeley voters turned up to hear solutions to the housing emergency. The Berkeley Progressive Alliance discussed their housing platform and upcoming elections for Mayor and City

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Housing Issues at City Council

Although February 16th will be the Berkeley City Council’s special work session on Housing Policy, several issues are going to City Council on Tuesday February 9th as well. The Relocation Ordinance was revised a few years ago to make sure

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