Tag: ASUC

No-Fault Eviction Relocation Funds

It’s a funny thing law makers have to deal with: the people! Anything approved by the voters can only be changed by the voters. We out-rank the City Council, the Rent Board, even the state legislature. However, this also ties

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Election 2016: Tenant Endorsements – Measures

This is a big election for renters since the housing crisis has morphed into a housing emergency that has seen a record number of Cal students homeless while in school, the rapid displacement of longtime South Berkeley families, and a

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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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No Decision on Demolition Appeal

Berkeley Tenants and the students of the ASUC filed an appeal last summer to stop the demolition of 18 rent-controlled units on Durant. Berkeley’s City Council finally heard the appeal on December 1st, but just sent the decision back to

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Zoning Board to discuss demolition of large, rent-controlled building Thursday June 25

BTU Appealed This Demolition — City Council November 17 The proposed demolition at 2631 Durant includes 18 rent controlled units which have traditionally been 100% occupied by students and were occupied until May 2014. This is the building next door to

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Campaign Update: Seismic Safety – Final Public Hearing

Thursday, October 10 at 5 PM Final Public Hearing on Seismic Retrofits City of Berkeley Hearing sponsored by ASUC UC Berkeley Alumni Hall: 2537 Haste Street Currently, the plan is to allow landlords to pass costs onto tenants if the

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Campaign Update: Seismic Safety — Mandatory Seismic Retrofits

This Thursday, October 3, the Housing Advisory Commission will vote on their recommendations to Council regarding the law to require landlords to fix unsound buildings. BTU attended the last HAC meeting to speak about our concern: Tenants should not have

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Seismic Safety Update: Retrofit Hearing Scheduled

HEARING: Berkeley is moving forward with a law to require unsafe buildings to retrofit. A public hearing is scheduled for Thursday, July 25, at the North Berkeley Senior Center at 7 PM. A few months ago, San Francisco passed a

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Zoning Changes Bad for All

Please join us tonight, when controversial rules about tearing down rent controlled buildings will be before Berkeley’s City Council. The Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association, Berkeley Neighborhoods Council, and Sierra Club joined with the East Bay Community Law Center, Berkeley Rent

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