Meet the Villains of Big Real Estate

Corporate landlords and Big Real Estate have historically shelled out millions in campaign cash to oppose rent control and more affordable, fair rents.

As millions of Californians face evictions and homelessness due to the coronavirus pandemic, corporate landlords and other bad actors have used the pandemic to prey on vulnerable tenants throughout the state. These corporate landlords and bad actors have fought renter protections that would help vulnerable tenants throughout the state. They want to keep charging unfair, sky-high rents, no matter the harm to others.


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So who exactly are these greedy corporate landlords and Big Real Estate bad guys?

These menaces to society have been the root cause of California’s ongoing housing affordability crisis.

In the coming months, we will be exposing the people who have exacerbated the housing affordability crisis through corporate greed and a callous disregard for California renters.


Join us in naming and shaming these Big Real Estate bad guys.

In the coming months, we will be exposing the people who have exacerbated the housing affordability crisis through corporate greed and a callous disregard for California renters.

Modern-Day Robber Baron: The Sins of Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman

According to activists, critics, and United Nations experts, Schwarzman has made mountains of cash by manipulating tenants and rental markets, buying off politicians, fooling voters, fueling a global housing affordability crisis, profiting off the 2008 financial crisis, instituting excessive rents increases and aggressive evictions, and the list goes on. Schwarzman, in other words, has amassed a fortune off the misery of others, most of whom are middle- and working-class Americans. There’s not much integrity in that.

California activists have seen more underhandedness from Schwarzman with Blackstone using a shell committee to contribute to the No on Prop 21 campaign. Yet with the COVID-19 pandemic slamming millions of renters, housing activists say Prop 21 is needed now more than ever.

Hall of Shame

John Eudy

Barry Altshuler

Geoffrey Palmer

Mike Schall

Sam Zell

Tom Bannon

Richard “Tod” Spieker

 

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