Eviction Issues Archive

Code violations cited in free rent trick

Below is a list of code violations cited against landlords on behalf of tenants playing the free rent trick, showing how minor the violations are. Only a few are serious ones. None of them justifies not paying the entire rent. Note how many of these could have been done deliberately by tenants. “Quotation marks” are [&hellip

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Are landlord-tenant laws creating SLUMS?

The state and our cities and our towns spend millions paying housing inspectors to keep housing in good shape. And then the state cuts off their legs — by encouraging rent withholding that makes it impossible to improve (or even save) the housing. Housing inspectors tell their experiences We did not go to the inner [&hellip

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Rent escrowing is constitutional

Here are selected quotations from the U.S. Supreme Court in its ruling that rent escrowing is constitutional. We see no constitutional barrier to [the State’’s] insistence that the tenant provide for accruing rent pending judicial settlement of his disputes with the lessor. The Court has twice held that it is permissible to segregate an action [&hellip

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How a rent escrow law would improve the supply of low-income housing

Nonpayment of rent is clearly a more frequent problem among poor people. Their lower income also limits how much rent they can pay. So lower-income neighborhoods have lower rents to start with and more problems with tenants being able to pay even those lower rents. This situation creates a serious restriction on the rental income [&hellip

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