Cities Strengthen Tenants’ Ability to Fight Eviction

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The Wall Street Journal (reposted on Realtor.com) is reporting that some larger U.S. cities are promising tenants the right to an attorney in eviction cases, which the article points out is a “costly and logistically daunting initiative.”  However, the political climate in America’s larger cities tends to be more friendly to the desires of  housing advocates who claim this is a necessary response to rising rents and affordable housing concerns.  Indeed…

“Landlords have said that the significant funds needed to provide representation to lower-income residents could be better spent offering temporary housing subsidies to keep people in their homes.”

“While I understand the attractiveness of that approach, it does nothing to get to the core issue of the vast majority of evictions, which is people who are unable to pay their rent,” said Gregory Brown, senior vice president of government affairs at the National Apartment Association.

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Click here to read the full story at the Wall Street Journal.

 

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