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Evictions. Why do they happen? How often? How are tenants and landlords affected? Why control them? Etc.

The Ownership Housing Ladder: For Growing Numbers, A Stairway To Nowhere Desirable

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Two important factors are gradually swinging the attention of house builders in a number of countries away from the 'National Dream' of home ownership — a mantra that has...

Occupier California Moms Evicted Quietly, Peacefully. (They Must Be Canadians!)

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A far cry from the raucous civil disobedience housing occupations more than a year ago in Berlin, California's 2 moms + kids illegal occupation of an empty housing investment...

How Canadian Landlords Skate Around Renoviction Laws

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There are legal renovictions and illegal renovictions. Many countries allow renovictions — a term that describes landlords throwing out renters in order to renovate rental housing.For more on renovictions,...

California Eviction Fight: Is The Housing Owner Blameless — Not A Villain?

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We recently posted an article about two women and their children who were squatting in an empty house in Oakland, California, in defiance of the building's owners. The women...

Affordable Housing: A Rose-Coloured Glasses Moment To Wrap Up 2019

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It's a world in which a great many nations pay lip service to the human right to adequate shelter. There are some, including the United States, that don't acknowledge...

Could Guaranteed Income End Accidental Evictions From Affordable Housing?

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My decidedly middle class in-laws recently received a small windfall inheritance. Their action? To splurge on a bucket list trip for Mom, Dad, and two kids to celebrate the...

Critics Slam All Affordable Housing Solutions. Time For Critics-Be-Damned Experiments?

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This article does not reflect upon many interesting facets of London's newly proposed rent controls for the UK's largest city. Instead, we'd like to comment on the meat of a...

Will Democratic Control of State Government Help New York Renters?

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For many years, Republican majorities in the New York State Legislature have blocked efforts to provide better protections for the state's housing renters, particularly those  suffering from predatory landlord...

Rent Banks — What Are They? How Can They Help Tenants Stay In Affordable Housing?

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Rent Banks are funds to help rent burdened tenants keep their housing and avoid eviction. Here's a current example of a proposed rent bank (along with nine other ideas) to...

Faint New Hope For Fighting A New York Rental Racket

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Chalk one up for Don Quixote — the little guy! A 'tilting at windmills' type lawsuit has recently won an unlikely victory in New York City. Don Quixote's opponent: the...

UK Private Landlords De-Sanctified: Eviction Without Cause Will Die

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Part of the enduring myth of neo-conservatism is the idea that private enterprise has been given short shrift, thanks to decades and decades of unfair left-wing vilification. "Give private...

Are Big Landlords Bad For Affordable Renting? Berlin Thinks They Might Be.

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In Germany's largest city, unaffordable rents made an appearance on the international affordable housing stage in 2018, thanks to activists who were arrested for occupying a Berlin building to...

“There’s A Hole In My Flooring, Dear Landlord, Dear Landlord . . .

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In many jurisdictions, there is at least a grudging recognition that governments must ensure that tenants can remain sheltered in privately-owned housing.This includes small government that favours the private...

Rent Suddenly Doubled? Under Oregon’s New Rent Controls, ‘Suddenly’ Means More Like Ten Years

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Proposition 10 was a much watched California referendum in the 2018 U.S. elections. Its purpose: to reintroduce of rent controls in a state where the affordable housing crisis is...

For Rent: The American Dream

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No surprise, really, that the American Dream of single family home ownership in a nice neighbourhood has always been for rent (minus the ownership portion, of course). Homeowners can carelessly...

Renovictions: What Are They? What Can A Tenant Do To Combat Them?

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Renoviction is coined from 'Renovate' and 'Eviction'. Strictly speaking, it refers to landlords who claim some form of work is needed for a period of time that makes it...

Ottawa Evictions: Who Is Right? Humans Knock Heads With Corporations.

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There is a large scale eviction (105 units) scheduled for September 30, 2018 in Ottawa. The UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing and foreign media have taken an interest....

Who Gets Evicted And Why? Louisville Studies Its Ugly Housing Entrails.

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Evictions are a useful 'miner's canary' for the health of a city's rental housing. Instead of falling off the perch dead in a pocket of dangerous gas, the eviction...

How To Stop Evictions That Inflame The Affordable Housing Crisis

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I bumped into my super the other day. He was in a bit of a state because a tenant in my building was being evicted and the super was...
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