Dec 06

In recent years there has been a growing cohort of people who, worried about what might happen to their pets locked in the cargo bay for a two-hour flight, have been exploiting loopholes meant to help disabled people, all so they can travel with their pets onboard flights without putting them in a crate. These are not “service animals,” a truly important class of animals that have been trained to help disabled individuals with specific needs, animals that follow specific government guidelines to comply with

Source: If It’s Not a Service Animal, Leave Your Pet at Home, You Monsters – Mother Jones

Dec 04

NEW YORK – Boston resident Rachel Valerio thought her $90-a-night Airbnb apartment in Manhattan was a good deal until she realized she had booked an apartment in a New York City Housing Authority complex.The apartment was reportedly highly rated on Airbnb in Chelsea.

Source: Airbnb rental turns out to be public housing apartment | FOX 5 New York

Nov 30

City officials have cited nearly 200 addresses — from Seaport apartment towers to handsome Back Bay brownstones to modest two-families in Roslindale — for breaking new rules that effectively ban landlords from renting apartments by the night to tourists on platforms like Airbnb.

Source: Boston’s tough rules governing Airbnb rentals are finally in full effect – The Boston Globe

Nov 28

Freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib has introduced legislation to remove opportunity zones from the U.S. tax code.

Source: Congresswoman Wants to End Opportunity Zone Program | ThinkAdvisor

Nov 28

“Because the downsides of rent control are all born by other people in the future, while the upsides of rent control, be they either real or imagined, are conferred on renters today. Politicians would gladly accept that someone else pays you Tuesday for a hamburger today.”

Source: Analysis: Rent Control Is About Politics Not Housing

Nov 26

Low-income people and families can face eviction notices, problems with social security benefits, bankruptcy and more without the resources to get legal help. The Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee has been tackling these issues by providing free civil legal services for Milwaukee’s low-income population for over 100 years. In a large room at the United Community Center (UCC) on Milwaukee’s south side, every Wednesday, lawyers and law student volunteers meet with dozens of people from the surrounding community

Source: Milwaukee’s Legal Aid Society Takes On Neighborhood Lawyering | WUWM

Nov 26

In one of the most concentrated investigations of discrimination by real estate agents in the half century since enactment of America’s landmark fair housing law, Newsday found evidence of widespread separate and unequal treatment of minority potential homebuyers and minority communities on Long Island.

Source: Undercover investigation reveals evidence of unequal treatment by Long Island real estate agents

Nov 23

Now, a home buyer who purchases a single-family fixer-upper in an Opportunity Zone can tack up to $50,000 in rehabilitation costs onto the mortgage to purchase the property using an FHA-insured 203(K) mortgage program. Previously, the limit was $35,000.This new increase also can be used by a homeowner who wants to refinance a mortgage to fix up their home.

Source: HUD Secretary Carson visits Bristol Opportunity Zone – News – The Intelligencer – Doylestown, PA

Nov 22

“Finally, the evidence is fairly clear that residence restrictions are not effective,” the report noted. “In fact, the research suggests that residence restrictions may actually increase offender risk by undermining offender stability and the ability of the offender to obtain housing, work, and family support. There is nothing to suggest this policy should be used at this time.” Jill Levenson, a Barry University professor of sociology who conducted a similar study the same year, reached virtually the same

Source: Miami uproots sex offender camp, reviving debate about harsh law | Miami Herald

Nov 20

In addition to the new bureau, Warren proposes a national right-to-council fund that would provide legal representation for renters facing eviction or other issues, a cause championed by other Democratic candidates as well. The plan would also establish a federal just cause eviction standard and a right to lease renewal, and create a national small dollar grant program that prevents families from being evicted because of financial emergencies.

Source: Elizabeth Warren housing plan updated to focus on renters – Curbed

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