Archive for: October, 2016

Skyrocketing rents reveal need for strong rent control protections, by Lynda Carson

by Eric Strimling

Skyrocketing rents reveal need for strong rent control protections by Lynda Carson (tenantsrule [at] yahoo.com) Monday Oct 24th, 2016 9:44 PM As recent as Monday October 24, 2016, it was reported by the Palo Alto Weekly that the owner of the Stanford Garden Apartments and his son were arrested for harassing the tenants at the…



Why doesn’t RRAC work?

by Eric Strimling

     Have you ever been to a RRAC meeting?I have. The one renter, out of twenty who got increases, who had the courage to confront their landlord in a public meeting had had their rent increased by 30% in three years. He asked for a break from the proposed 5% rent increase this year.…



The RRAC, A Deeply Flawed Organ

by Eric Strimling

The RRAC, A Deeply Flawed Organ   The RRAC (“Rent Review and Advisory Committee”) is a tribunal of five mayoral appointees with authority to mediate disputes between landlords and tenants. It is a throwback to British feudalism where the nobility of a region had judicial powers delegated by a monarch, represented in this case by…



Portlands’s Small House Movement

by Eric Strimling

A simple 800-square-foot cottage in Portland, Ore., has helped focus attention on the need for affordable housing that can be wedged into existing urban spaces. The cottage, which won a top design award last year from the American Institute of Architects, is technically called an “accessory dwelling unit,” or A.D.U. Portland has been ahead of…