Santa Monica: “Local landlord pays for alleged rent control abuse,” by Nick Taborek, Santa Monica Daily Press, December 2, 2010
A Santa Monica landlord who allegedly claimed she was going out of the rental business and evicted her tenants but then re-leased her units at higher rates, has agreed to pay a total of $120,000 in damages to a former tenant and City Hall.
Under the deal, the landlord, Cheryl Kautzky, is required to pay $100,000 to Edward Vincent, a former tenant who allegedly paid excess rent while living in her building, and $20,000 to City Hall, according to the City Attorney’s Office, which announced the deal on Wednesday.
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Nation: “Tea Party Leader Should Apologize Over Voting Rights Comments, by Dean Preston, California Progress Report, December 2, 2010
Judson Phillips, President of “Tea Party Nation,” recently stated that restricting voting to property owners “makes a lot of sense.” Phillips’ comments about disenfranchising tenants were shocking, even coming from the Tea Party.
Phillips made the comment in his weekly Tea Party radio program on November 16, 2010.
For more on this topic see “They Don’t Call ‘Em Landlords for Nothing.”
San Francisco: “Strong protections help renters in foreclosed homes,” by Michael Finney, KGO TV, December 1, 2010
The foreclosure crisis continues to threaten millions of homes across the nation, but while so many homeowners face the terrible prospect of losing their homes, millions of renters have also been evicted in the foreclosure crisis. Now there are strong new laws to protect tenants caught up in this mess.
Nation: “Tea Party Nation President Says It ‘Makes A Lot Of Sense’ To Restrict Voting Only To Property Owners,” by Zaid Jilani, Think Progress, November 30, 2010
Every week, the Tea Party Nation hosts a weekly radio program, calling itself a “home for conservatives.” Two weeks ago, Tea Party Nation President Judson Phillips hosted the program and discussed changes that he felt should be made to voting rights in the United States. He explained that the founders of the country originally put “certain restrictions on who gets the right to vote.” He continued, “One of those was you had to be a property owner. And that makes a lot of sense, because if you’re a property owner you actually have a vested stake in the community. If you’re not a property owner, you know, I’m sorry but property owners have a little bit more of a vested interest in the community than non-property owners.”
Nation: “10 Things Your Landlord Won’t Tell You,” by by Kelli B. Grant, WSJ Smart Money Blog, November 29, 2010
In late 2009, Melody Thompson called her landlords to ask about the well-dressed picture-takers outside her four-bedroom Portland rental home. “Oh, we’re refinancing,” she remembers them telling her. Then in late April, a formal bank notification arrived in the mail, stating that the home was in foreclosure and would be put up for sale in late August. “I was immediately angry,” says Thompson, the executive director of Financial Beginnings, a financial literacy nonprofit. “They lied.” The sale has been postponed twice as the landlords apply for a mortgage adjustment, but Thompson is still hunting for a new place.