Author: Berkeley Tenants Union

National Petition on Short Term Rentals

Thanks to California Senator Diane Feinstein, there is a national movement to call for the Federal Trade Commission to investigate how commercial landlords using short term rental platforms are impacting housing shortages and contributing to high rents nationwide. Now you

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Action Alert: Airbnb Can’t Take Our Homes!

This Tuesday, Berkeley’s City Council indicated they might backtrack on the decent short term rentals law they passed on May 31st. The second reading of the new law was held over at Councilman Capitelli’s request, and will be heard June

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Do Not Sign!

Remember Robin Hood? Berkeley tenants tried to put a measure on the 2014 ballot to tax the rich and build homes for the poor. It didn’t work out. But in 2016, Berkeley progressives of various stripes all joined together in

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Tenant Convention Sunday!

The 2016 Rent Board Convention to select a pro-tenant slate for the elected Rent Board will be held on April 24th – THIS SUNDAY! – at the South Berkeley Senior Center on Ellis at Ashby. The gathering is sponsored this

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Housing for the Rest of Us

There is a solution to the Affordable Housing Crisis Berkeley could build at least 100 units of affordable housing a year, if we raise funds for the Housing Trust Fund. Hear about practical solutions that will raise the money needed.

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Rent Report

Berkeley rents are up at least 50% in five years! The Berkeley Rent Board gets quarterly reports on market rents for new tenancies in rent controlled apartments. Since rents are rising so quickly, they recently voted to send their latest

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Good News!

Code Enforcement Item Passes at City Council Jesse Arreguin’s item asking for changes to Berkeley’s Rental Housing Safety Program passed on the consent calendar after being postponed for several meetings. Of course, the item doesn’t yet set policy, it just

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Improve Our Housing

In order to support the City Council’s consideration of changes to Berkeley’s Rental Housing Safety Program on November 17, Berkeley Tenants Union is asking renters to photograph substandard housing conditions. It would be great if you would send the photographs

Teach-In November 22

BTU is proud to be a sponsor of the Housing Teach-In on Sunday November 22nd. Berkeley’s Housing Crisis – WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT? SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2015 from 2:00 – 4:30 P.M. 2133 UNIVERSITY AVE (Next to Ace Hardware) Facilitator:

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Low-Income Housing Opportunities

Berkeley’s Below Market Rate rentals program needs a lot of tweaks, but BTU is excited to share the city’s announcement that 20 newly-constructed units are opening for applications. A building on San Pablo in South Berkeley is accepting applications for

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