Slum Housing Eradication
Each year, illness affects an estimated 48,000 people living in slum conditions. Exposure to mold, rats, roaches and bedbugs (chinches) can devastate a person’s health — causing illnesses such as asthma, bronchitis and rashes. BASTA forces slumlords to repair their buildings or sell them to responsible landlords, as well as pay compensatory damages to low-income tenants who suffer under slum conditions. In the past 5 years, BASTA has obtained more than $5,000,000 on behalf of over 300 families. We know your housing rights.
Tenants in Forclosure
Every 13 seconds in America, there is another tenant in a foreclosure filing. This crisis now significantly impacts renters and tenants. It may be the most serious and overlooked consequence of the foreclosure crisis. In response to this situation, Congress enacted the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act (PTFA) as part of the larger Helping Families Save Their Homes Act in May 2009. The PTFA significantly increases protections for tenants living in foreclosed properties in California. The state allows both judicial and nonjudicial foreclosure. We help stop tenant foreclosure.
Low Income Housing Cooperatives
Housing cooperatives are a distinct form of home ownership. They differ in many ways from residential arrangements such as single family family home ownership, condominiums and renting. With limited equity, a co-op has rules regarding pricing of shares when sold. The idea behind limited equity is to maintain affordable housing. A subset of the limited equity model is the no-equity model, which looks very much like renting, with a very low purchase price (comparable to a rental security deposit) and a monthly fee in lieu of rent. When selling, all that is recovered is that very low purchase price.
Tenant Power Collections
BASTA encourages Tenant Power Collections through leadership development and community organizing. We empower low-income tenants to win improvements in housing conditions and direct the future of their communities. We push for rent regulations, championing for stronger laws and protections for clients to keep families in their homes.
Community Education & Advocacy
BASTA provides community education outreach and financial counseling to help tenants understand the root causes of eviction and homelessness, as well as their rights as tenants under local rent control ordinances and state law. BASTA assists its clients in becoming productive members of society through a variety of social, cultural and educational activities.
BASTA advocates before state and local governments for strengthening the laws that protect tenants and improve apartment conditions throughout Los Angeles.