Nov 29

Like many policies similar to the nuisance property ordinance, they are initially enacted to prevent violence and help the greater community. But there are many unintended consequences to these policies that often go unaddressed. Because of how the ordinance is enforced, it can contribute to an underreporting in domestic violence altercations for fear of being evicted. It is clear that the nuisance policy, while implemented with good intentions, is extremely harmful to both victims of abuse and the community where these individuals live.

Source: Unintended Consequences: Milwaukee’s nuisance ordinance discourages speaking out against abusers – Marquette Wire

Nov 29

Help us make sidewalks more accessible, for everyone.

Source: Project Sidewalk

Nov 29

LeaseLock is hoping to do away with the need for security deposits in order to help renters gain approval while insuring property managers for losses due

Source: LeaseLock wants to eliminate security deposits with insurance for property managers – RealtyBizNews: Real Estate News

Nov 28

The city of Santa Fe is writing off $2.7 million of customer debt and tightening policies after a 2003 decision and a flood of unpaid tenant bills left taxpayers holding the bag.

“One of the big drivers of the unpaid accounts points to a 2003 decision when Santa Fe city officials shifted the responsibility of paying water bills to tenants, freeing landlords who had been on the hook in the past from any financial liability.”

Source: Millions down the drain as city writes off unpaid water bills

Nov 24

To reduce energy consumption, many jurisdictions around the world are transitioning to outdoor LED lighting. But as new research shows, this solid-state solution hasn’t yielded the expected energy savings, and potentially worse, it’s resulted in more light pollution than ever before.

Source: The Switch to Outdoor LED Lighting Has Completely Backfired

Nov 24

The outcome of this case may bring clarity to the property rights of Americans living in the shadow of police militarization.

Source: The Cops Were Chasing a Shoplifter. They Ended Up Destroying an Innocent Man’s Home.

Nov 24

Forget stocks. These investors are putting $2.4 million toward shelter for the homeless.

Source: Manchester: This bond could shelter 200 homeless people

Nov 24

 

Trump’s administration is trying to roll back decades of progress in enforcing civil rights.

Source: An Obscure Rule Change Could Legalize Housing Discrimination Again

 

Nov 24

After ProPublica revealed last year that Facebook advertisers could target housing ads to whites only, the company announced it had built a system to spot and reject discriminatory ads. We retested and found major omissions.

Source: Facebook (Still) Letting Housing Advertisers Exclude Users by Race — ProPublica

Nov 24

The real-estate industry is taking its first steps in adopting cryptocurrencies and the technology that backs them in what could eventually produce important changes in the way property is bought and sold.

Source: Bitcoin Is Creeping Into Real Estate Deals

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