CNN: UK’s Crown Estate sues Twitter over alleged non-payment of rent in London offices

CNN: UK’s Crown Estate sues Twitter over alleged non-payment of rent in London offices. “The Crown Estate, a British commercial property portfolio historically belonging to the monarch, began court proceedings against Twitter over the tech giant’s alleged non-payment of rent in its London offices, a spokesperson of the property business told CNN on Monday.”

WIRED: Algorithms Allegedly Penalized Black Renters. The US Government Is Watching

WIRED: Algorithms Allegedly Penalized Black Renters. The US Government Is Watching. “SafeRent had argued that algorithms used to screen tenants aren’t subject to the Fair Housing Act, because its scores only advise landlords and don’t make decisions. The DOJ’s brief, filed jointly with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, dismisses that claim, saying the act and associated case law leave no ambiguity.”

Oregon Public Broadcasting: PSU researchers track Oregon eviction data on new website

Oregon Public Broadcasting: PSU researchers track Oregon eviction data on new website. “Over 16,000 Oregon renters have had evictions filed against them this year. And in recent months, eviction filings have surpassed pre-pandemic levels. That’s according to ‘Evicted in Oregon,’ a new project led by Portland State University researchers who have been collecting court data on Oregon evictions and publishing it online.”

Ars Technica: Company that makes rent-setting software for landlords sued for collusion

Ars Technica: Company that makes rent-setting software for landlords sued for collusion. “Renters filed a lawsuit this week alleging that a company that makes price-setting software for apartments and nine of the nation’s biggest property managers formed a cartel to artificially inflate rents in violation of federal law. The lawsuit was filed days after ProPublica published an investigation raising concerns that the software, sold by Texas-based RealPage, is potentially pushing rent prices above competitive levels, facilitating price-fixing, or both.”

San Francisco Examiner: New tool for housing organizers aims to reveal landlord webs in S.F.

San Francisco Examiner: New tool for housing organizers aims to reveal landlord webs in S.F.. “The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, a data-visualization and multimedia resource collective, has released a tool to uncover connections between properties, landlords and corporations. The tool, entitled Evictorbook, aims to support tenants and housing organizers in San Francisco. Oakland data is expected to be available on the tool soon as well.”

Berkeleyside: This new website will help you respond to an eviction notice

Berkeleyside: This new website will help you respond to an eviction notice. “Thousands of California tenants lose their homes every year because they fail to submit that initial answer in court. Failing to check the right box or file a timely response could, indeed, trigger a default judgment against them. A group of tenant advocates and attorneys this month launched a tool they hope will change that.”

UK Government: Naming and shaming failing landlords

UK Government: Naming and shaming failing landlords. “The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities will highlight poor practice by landlords including on its social media platforms. This will include published findings by the Housing Ombudsman of severe maladministration, and judgements of the Regulator of Social Housing that consumer standards have been breached.”

New York Times: Why These New Yorkers Stopped Paying Rent

New York Times: Why These New Yorkers Stopped Paying Rent. “Across New York, many tenants who lost their jobs after the city went into lockdown are facing millions of dollars in unpaid rent and have been kept in their homes by government aid programs and a state eviction moratorium that expires in January. But the pandemic has also mobilized some tenants to take on landlords who have done little to improve their living conditions and pushed them into a new kind of activism.”

Washington Post: The feared eviction ‘tsunami’ has not yet happened. Experts are conflicted on why.

Washington Post: The feared eviction ‘tsunami’ has not yet happened. Experts are conflicted on why.. “When the Supreme Court decided to strike down a federal ban on evictions in August, lawmakers and housing experts mentioned a slew of devastating metaphors — cliff, tsunami, tidal wave — to describe the national eviction crisis they saw coming. One month later, however, many of those same authorities find themselves wondering: Where is the cliff?”

Florida landlord says tenants must get the covid vaccine: ‘You don’t want to get vaccinated? You have to move’ (Washington Post)

Washington Post: Florida landlord says tenants must get the covid vaccine: ‘You don’t want to get vaccinated? You have to move’. “Although Gov. Ron DeSantis was vaccinated in April, the Republican has said that getting immunized is a personal choice that should be left to individuals. DeSantis has pushed against mask and vaccination mandates in businesses and schools. He has also issued executive orders banning businesses and government entities from requiring proof of vaccination. [Santiago] Alvarez’s policy, which was first reported by the South Florida Sun Sentinel, tests the boundaries of DeSantis’s orders as some businesses in the state attempt to enact their own coronavirus policies to combat the surge in cases. The Biden administration has urged officials in states with low vaccination rates to take a stricter stand on vaccine and mask mandates.”

Washington Post: Real estate, landlord groups file legal salvo to stop Biden administration’s new eviction moratorium

Washington Post: Real estate, landlord groups file legal salvo to stop Biden administration’s new eviction moratorium. “Only one day after the Biden administration issued a new policy protecting renters from eviction, a series of real estate and landlord groups is trying to invalidate it — setting up another legal showdown over a moratorium that Democrats say is essential to keeping Americans in their homes.”