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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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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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Defend Affordable Housing Tuesday

Berkeley Tenants Union has three important items at the City Council on Tuesday. For more info, see the posts below this one.  About the Demolition (Item 21): If the City Council allows this demolition to go forward, the law prohibiting

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Landlords Pledge Half a Million Each Year to Fight Berkeley Rent Board

Leaders of the Berkeley Property Owners Association – including owners of Premium Properties, Shaw Properties, Everest, real estate agent Jon Vicars, legal advocate Michael St. John, and the notorious Lakireddy family – have formed a new political coalition. Is their

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Upcoming and Updates

Landlords Form PAC The Berkeley Property Owners Association announced this week that they are forming a political action committee. “While the Rent Board uses our money to undermine our rights, the BRHC will use its funds to fight for our

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Action Tuesday!

Berkeley City Council Continues Discussion of Short Term Rentals Tuesday June 9th 7 PM @ Longfellow Middle School Auditorium, 1500 Derby Please join BTU in supporting Councilmember Arreguin’s amendments to the Mayor’s proposal. Ask that Council does not lift the

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Four Housing Issues at City Council May 26

City Council continues discussion on #1 (Airbnb) on June 9.   1) CHANGE Council Item 21: Short-Term Rental Regulations: This Tuesday, Berkeley City Council will outline their directive for legalizing short-term rentals in Berkeley. Right now, rentals of less than

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Myth of the Poor Landlord

In December, BTU wrote about a suggestion by the Housing Advisory Commission, spearheaded by new Councilperson Lori Droste, to lay the foundation to tax tenants on their rent control (“means testing”). The other City Council folks wisely either voted no

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CALL TO ACTION!

We at the Berkeley Tenants Union need your support on Tuesday, December 9 at the City Council meeting. First, Council are considering a suggestion to tax the benefits of rent control on any long time tenant the government decides is

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