Tenants Together's new Equal Justice Works Legal Fellow, Evelina Nava will be hitting the ground with a project in San Jose which aims to improve rental housing conditions and combat slum housing. Share your story about your tenancy, your landlord and/or your struggle for tenants' rights.
Why San Jose? Tenants throughout California fear retaliatory evictions for asserting their rights to safe and healthy housing, but this fear is intensified in San Jose by the current housing crisis and risk of homelessness due to severe unaffordability in the area. Rental prices in San Jose are among the highest in the nation. Recently, apartment rents increased more than in any other U.S. city. Almost 60% of very low-income households pay more than 50% of their income in rent in Santa Clara County. At the same time, there are no “just cause” eviction protections and landlords can impose 8% annual rent increases. Tenants pay too high a price to live in slum conditions.