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

Nov 17

It’s an industry that has no regulation, but a huge impact on the lives of those living with disabilities. Families in their most desperate hour say they turned to a local company for a trained service animal, they say they spent thousands of dollars and now just have expensive pets.

Source: Families claim they paid thousands for service animal and got expensive pet

Nov 17

Lucas County Common Pleas Judge Linda Jennings ruled the city’s first lead law unconstitutional in June, 2018, saying it discriminated against owners of smaller rentals because it only required some rental properties — those with one to four units — and home child care centers built before 1978 to be tested. She also said city government did not have the authority to grant enforcement powers to the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department.

Source: Appeals court hears arguments over Toledo lead law | Toledo Blade

Nov 16

The Washington State Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously upheld a Seattle law requiring landlords to accept the first qualified rental applicant, reversing a lower court ruling and delivering a win for the city’s lawmakers. The law, known as the First in Time (FIT) law and initially approved in 2016, is believed to be the only one of its kind in the country. It dictates that landlords must review applications in the order their applications are received and accept the first qualified prospective tenant.

Source: WA Supreme Court approves Seattle law requiring landlords to accept first qualified applicant | Crosscut

Nov 11

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) — In honor of Veterans Day, Nov. 11, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett signed legislation approving the development of land benefiting homeless veterans in the city.  A community of tiny homes will be built based on the model created by the Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin of Wisconsin’s Racine Veteran Village.  The tiny homes initiative will bring nearly 50 homes and a community center to the area of 60th and Green Tree Road.

Source: Mayor Barrett approves development of tiny homes for veterans in Milwaukee

Nov 08

(CNN)In an attempt to get homeless people off city streets, the Las Vegas City Council has passed an ordinance that makes it a crime to camp or sleep on a city sidewalk. Supporters of the ordinance, which passed 5-2 on Wednesday, say it’s an attempt to push the more than 6,500 homeless people and families in southern Nevada into homeless shelters while also protecting the health and safety of the community.

Source: Las Vegas votes to make it a crime to sleep on city sidewalks – CNN

Nov 08

Average apartment rent prices in Milwaukee increased 3.7% year-over-year in May, a higher rate of increase than the national average though rental prices for the city are still well below the nationwide average, according to a new report.

Source: Report: Milwaukee rent prices increased 3.7% year-over-year in May

Nov 07

How did we get here? Simply put, bad government—from outdated zoning laws to a 40-year-old tax provision that benefits long-time homeowners at the expense of everyone else—has created a severe shortage of houses. While decades in the making, California’s slow-moving disaster has reached a critical point for state officials, businesses and the millions who are straining to live there.

Source: California’s Affordable Housing Crisis: Why Prices Are So High and How to Solve It

Nov 06

“Michigan is currently stealing from people across the state,” says Christina Martin, an attorney with the Pacific Legal Foundation, a nonprofit law firm now representing Rafaeli and other homeowners in a class-action lawsuit that will go before the Michigan Supreme Court in early November.”Counties have been authorized to take not just what they are owed, but to take people’s life savings.”

Source: A Michigan Man Underpaid His Property Taxes By $8.41. The County Seized His Property, Sold It—and Kept the Profits. –

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