OTHER PROJECTS

EXPANDING THE EMPIRE OF JUSTICE BEYOND EVICTION DEFENSE

Because BASTA recognized the desperate lack of resources for tenant services, we embarked on a path of expansion to help tenants comprehensively. Over the years, BASTA grew and evolved into so much more than a nonprofit that defends evictions. Culminating in a strategic re-organization in 2017, BASTA transformed itself into an all-inclusive tenant rights organization that handles a broad variety of tenant-related litigation. BASTA provides direct legal representation for:

 

  • Eviction defense

  • Building-wide breaches of habitability (known as “mass actions”)

  • Impact litigation and class actions challenging laws and government programs

  • Illegal rent increases

  • Unauthorized dwelling structures (for example, converted garages or warehouses converted to apartments/lofts)

  • Landlord retaliation

  • Fraudulent relocations and Ellis Act displacement

  • Constructive eviction and illegal lock-outs

  • Prosecuting violations of rent control ordinances in civil court

TENANT POWER COLLECTIONS AND BASTA INC.

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.

BASTA supports an in-house collections department under its “Tenant Power Collections” project to relentlessly pursue monies awarded in litigation against landlords and in favor of tenants and other housing rights groups.