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

Nov 18

Single-family zoning not only segregates people by race and class, but also artificially increases prices and hurts the environment. By outlawing the construction of duplexes, triplexes, and other multifamily units, single-family zoning artificially constrains the housing supply, driving up prices by government fiat. “When you have demand that is sky-high, and you don’t have the supply to keep up with it, prices rise. Rents rise,” noted Minneapolis’s mayor, Jacob Frey.

Source: How Minneapolis Defeated NIMBYism – The Atlantic

Nov 17

According to a lawsuit filed in 2014 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District in Brooklyn, Sand Castle representatives told the agency’s staff that tenants with a criminal history could “scare” employees and should be considered a “red flag” to management.

Source: Landlords Who Denied Ex-Convicts Settle Landmark Housing Case

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