Dec 14

A giant 3D printer built two houses in an impoverished, rural part of Mexico last week, breaking ground on what will be the first 3D-printed neighborhood in the world. The houses aren’t just a prototype. Developers hope to build 50 new houses by the end of 2020, replacing the structures that residents built themselves out of wood, metal and whatever materials they could afford.

Source: The world’s first 3D-printed neighborhood is being built in Mexico for families living on $3 a day – CNN

Dec 14

Workforce housing is supposed to serve a portion of the working population that has trouble affording market-rate but is not eligible for lower-income housing. Russell championed a program in the OMNI district that gives residential developers density bonuses if they set aside a number of dwellings for renters in either the affordable or workforce housing categories. The commissioner feared changing the math would upend development in that zone under that program and leave a hole in the “spectrum of afforda

Source: Miami could launch housing program for potential homeowners | Miami Herald

Dec 13

Property owners once saw short-term rental listing sites like Airbnb Inc. as a threat. Now, some are embracing them.Startups like Sonder Corp., Domio Inc. and Lyric Hospitality Inc. typically lease blocks of furnished apartments on the same floor or even entire buildings under long-term deals. Then they turn around and rent them out to travelers for stays of a few weeks or as short as one night.

Source: In the Airbnb Era, Apartment Landlords Are the New Hoteliers – WSJ

Dec 09

$8.41. That was how much 83-year-old Uri Rafaeli, a retired engineer, in Michigan underpaid his property taxes by in 2014. That was all it took for him to lose his house.

Source: Man Loses Home After Failing To Pay $8.41 In Property Taxes

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

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