A tweet thread on Section 8 anti-discrimination in Oakland

thread here Last month Oakland City Council passed an ordinance to ban landlord discrimination against tenants that receive housing assistance (most of whom receive assistance through Section 8). A similar law is under consideration by the state level, but might not get passed. A THREAD According to the Oakland Housing Authority, which oversees the Section… Continue reading A tweet thread on Section 8 anti-discrimination in Oakland

Pro-active Rent Control Enforcement Won’t Stop the Crisis

This essay originally appeared in the April issue of The Weakly: A Monthly. Monday March 11th, I attended an evening meeting organized by Oakland Tenants Union with Oakland's new Rent Adjustment Program (RAP) manager, Chanee Minor. At the meeting, Minor shared her plan to turn RAP toward "active enforcement." Minor's hiring and her plans for… Continue reading Pro-active Rent Control Enforcement Won’t Stop the Crisis

Investigating Code Complaints and Building Permits: Using the City of Oakland’s Accela Online Permitting Center

Regularly in our work with tenants, we deal with questions of Code Enforcement. What exactly did the code inspector cite the landlord for when they visited a tenants’ unit? Does this unit or building have a history of code violations? Somewhat less frequently, questions concerning permits come up. When the garage a tenant is living… Continue reading Investigating Code Complaints and Building Permits: Using the City of Oakland’s Accela Online Permitting Center