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Berkeley Housing Policy Update

Measure U1 Debate Continued The Berkeley City Council carried items about spending Measure U1 money to their July 25 meeting. See Items 48, 50 and 51 on that agenda. http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/Clerk/City_Council/City_Council__Agenda_Index.aspx The State of Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin is a renter

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Measure U1: Renters Deserve A Share

BTU Needs You to Push for Rental Assistance! The City Council is beginning to discuss how to spend money from the 2016 landlord tax, Measure U1. You may have seen emails from our allies asking you to comment on Measure

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News and Updates

BTU Calls For Landlords to Be Fined for Campaign Violations, Again On Thursday, May 18, 2017, Berkeley’s Fair Campaign Practices Commission (FCPC) would not decide to enforce the Berkeley Election Reform Act. Commissioner Dean Metzger asked that the staff report

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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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Final Showdown on Short Term Rentals Law

Short Term Rentals to new City Council January 24th There are two proposals before the Council tomorrow. One would allow folks who have been breaking the law by renting their “in-law” unit to visitors to continue to do so while

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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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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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Everyone Wants Rent Control!

Six Bay Area Cities Have Ballot Measures http://www.mercurynews.com/census/ci_30089584/mountain-view-residents-push-historically-elusive-rent-control Getting Renters to Vote Might Be the Heart https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2016/10/06/is-rent-control-fair-the-question-at-the-heart-of-the-debate/ Tenants Are Really Getting Together http://www.tenantstogether.org/updates/5-cities-going-november-2016-ballot-rent-control Landlords Tell the Same Old Lies http://www.beyondchron.org/landlords-recycle-rent-control-falsehoods/ Alameda Arguments on CPI – Truth http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2016/09/21/alj-letters-0923/ Santa Rosa Gets

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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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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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