Jan 05

“I think it’s part of a broader contempt that government officials have for renters,” he continues. “A lot of it is aimed at pushing landlords out as well. A lot of cities are hostile towards rental properties and their ‘less desirable’ occupants [compared to] owner occupants. Both sides of the transaction are being punished.”

Source: Crime-Free Housing Ordinances Are Spreading, but Some Groups Are Fighting Back – Next City

Dec 15

Two years after New York became the first city in the United States to guarantee legal representation for every tenant facing eviction, four more cities have followed suit, and a bill has been introduced to Congress that would help provide lawyers in even more cities.

Source: Is Tenants’ Right to Counsel On Its Way to Becoming Standard Practice? – Next City

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

Oct 28

Rentervention is a free service created by Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing, Illinois Legal Aid Online and the Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois. It shows tenants how to advocate for themselves when it comes to things like evictions and maintenance issues that get even more pressing as autumn sets in and it becomes vital for renters to settle their living situations.

Source: In A Battle With Your Landlord? Lawyers Designed This Chat Bot To Help Tenants Get Free Legal Aid – Block Club Chicago

Oct 03

When it comes to evictions, tenants are set up to fail. In eviction lawsuits nationwide, an estimated 90 percent of landlords have legal representation, while only 10 percent of tenants do.1 Without representation, the majority of tenants lose their cases and are ultimately evicted.2 This can have devastating consequences for individuals, communities, and the availability of affordable rental homes more broadly—especially as the share of families renting homes in the United States grows and the supply of af

Source: A Right to Counsel Is a Right to a Fighting Chance – Center for American Progress

Jun 23

Gene Lewis has been a landlord for more than 40 years and has around 100 properties across Minnesota, including some in Le Sueur County. More than in the past, he says he struggles to find tenants who take care of his properties. These days, he said, he spends thousands of dollars between tenants to fix up units, and the day before he talked to MinnPost, he and an employee spent hours removing trash from the yard of one of his units. Lewis says he tries to be understanding, but more tenants today don’t pay

Source: Greater Minnesota’s eviction problem | MinnPost

May 23

A 30-year-old man didn’t get the message that it was time to move out of his parents’ home, even after they left him five notices and an offer of cash to help find new digs.The New York family drama eventually rolled into the court system, where a judge on Tuesday ruled in the parents’ favor and ordered Michael Rotondo to leave after having a room for eight years.

Source: A judge sides with parents and rules their 30-year-old-son must move out – CNN

Apr 25

More and more tenants are reporting that landlords are threatening them with deportation in attempts to raise rent, evict, or simply avoid fixing things in their units.

Source: Landlords Are Using ICE Threats to Evict Tenants

Apr 21

The exhibition’s searing photographs capture that personal toll. Black and white images by photographers Michael Kienitz and Sally Ryan depict the moment people are forced out of their homes. In one photograph, a woman sits on her former front steps, looking up at a police officer as two young men carry belongings out of a house. It’s clear who’s in power. In another, a police officer leans against a doorway in a nearly empty home, his figure mostly in shadow. A woman sits on a chair next to a pile of tras

Source: Heartbreaking Photos Of Eviction Day In America

Mar 31

A Berkeley County couple are accused of setting fire to their apartment last month — days after obtaining a large renter’s insurance policy for the residence and just prior to their eviction.

Source: Couple charged with setting fire to apartment days before their eviction 

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