Over the last few years, I have written several blog posts about the housing shortage facing our Golden State. These articles have dealt with issues of statewide import, in addition to those specifically affecting the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley. In an effort to respond to this predicament, Governor Brown recently signed a host of bills, passed in the waning days … [Read more...] about California adopts rash of new laws intended to address housing crisis
In the latest pitched skirmish of the rent control wars being waged across the San Francisco Bay Area in the past couple of years, the City of San Jose has just passed two pieces of legislation, each with the professed purpose of providing help to tenants in their relationships with their landlords. After a seven-hour hearing on April 18 that included more than four hours of … [Read more...] about San Jose adopts expansive new laws meant to favor renters—but do they?
Over the past several years, the already high cost of housing in Silicon Valley and the Bay Area has risen precipitously, which has made the subject of rent control an unavoidable topic of discussion here, including in my blog. Nowhere in the region is this issue more contentious than in San Francisco, where landlords, tenants, lawmakers and the courts have been grappling with … [Read more...] about More bad news for San Francisco’s tenant relocation payment law
Expansion of rent control Earlier this year, I wrote in this blog about the housing crunch in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley, and its effect on a variety of issues in this region, including increased support for the expansion of rent control. Since that time, this situation has become so critical that it has drawn the national spotlight to a number of the more … [Read more...] about Rent control measures head to Silicon Valley ballots in November
Several weeks ago in this blog, I posted an article about spiking housing costs in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley, and how that phenomenon had compelled various individuals and groups to press for the adoption or expansion of rent control in a number of local cities. Based on recent events, at least one of those trends seems to be increasing unabated. Over … [Read more...] about Spiking housing costs and Silicon Valley rent control redux