Category Archives: Other Issues

Free lawyers for tenants?

This great-sounding idea is totally wrong. Two bills at the State House would give “indigent” tenants free lawyers during evictions. 

When does eviction usually happen? 95% of evictions are for tenants not paying rent. First, that immediately qualifies them as … Read More “Free lawyers for tenants?”

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Small landlords: Efficient housing providers

Let’s compare the efficiency of housing providers. Small landlords, who provide roughly 75% of all rental housing in America, are the most efficient. Small landlords usually have full-time jobs with benefits. Their rental property is a part-time job for them. … Read More “Small landlords: Efficient housing providers”

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The rape of lower-income neighborhoods

Small landlords, as we have noted elsewhere, are efficient housing providers at all income levels because they do their own management and repairs without hired personnel and fancy offices, they usually have full-time jobs with benefits, they have older housing … Read More “The rape of lower-income neighborhoods”

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“Affordable housing” is NOT affordable

“Affordable housing” is a clever code word for those who demand more of it. “Affordable housing” does not refer to any housing in the private rental market that might actually be affordable to its tenants (yes, such affordable privately-owned rental … Read More ““Affordable housing” is NOT affordable”

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Rent strikes: The tenant organizing tactic

Rent StrikeTenant advocacy group City Life/Vida Urbana (CLVU) organized rent strikes against two elderly immigrant landlords (Rent Strike # 1) and an African immigrant landlord with a family of five (Rent Strike # 2).

All or many of the tenants of … Read More “Rent strikes: The tenant organizing tactic”

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