Since March of this year we have been offering free counseling for tenants in our neighborhood. I am happy to report that we have helped a large number of our neighbors learn more about their rights as tenants, as well as offer peace of mind in a fearful climate of Ellis Act evictions.That is the good news. Sadly, we have learned that many are also dealing with bullying tactics to force people out of their homes, evading rent control laws in the pursuit of greater profit. The bullying tactics are overwhelmingly from a few realtors and from many speculators who have recently purchased buildings. This is happening in many neighborhoods according to housing-tenants’ rights organizations in the city. A pattern of behaviour has been observed over the past two years and has increased more recently during this time of legislative attempts to protect and halt displacement of so many residents. We want to alert you to some of the tactics and to let you know what you can do to protect yourselves.


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