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View Diary: 1. Get Beaten By Your Partner. 2. Call the Cops. 3. Repeat Three Times. 4. Get Evicted. (70 comments)

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  •  I am a landlord... (20+ / 0-)

    ...and I can say that these laws are pretty stupid.

    If you want to bust me for "substandard conditions", send out a Building Inspector. It is my job to make sure that the heat, electricity, and water systems are working. I accept that.

    It is not my job to make sure that my tenants only date Nice Boys.

    These laws have an unintended consequence: They incentivize landlords to simply not rent to single moms, poor people, people with criminal records, or people who look like they might generate a lot of drama.

    What, you say? "How can I tell how much drama a potential tenant will generate just by what she looks like?"
    , Well, it's simple: I can't. I'm just going to apply all of my personal racial, religious, and cultural stereotypes and prejudices to every applicant. Because that's what humans do.

    Lastly, I lied: I said this was an "unintended" consequence. It's not. The people who pass these laws are too self-deceived to admit what these laws are really for. Let's come right out and say it:


    These laws are an attempt to get landlords to do the dirty work of discriminating against poor people.
    The Town Councils pass laws against "blight" or "excessive 911 calls".  They make eviction procedures so cumbersome that no landlord dares rent to anyone who doesn't have a huge deposit, a super-stable salary, and no Pit Bulls.

    Then they avert their eyes, as (sadly, oh so sadly!) all the poor people systematically are driven out of their town.

    But their hands are not dirty. After all, they love The Poor! It is all the fault of those wicked, wicked, Landlords...

    •  But again, it's not ONLY the powerful (7+ / 0-)

      at the town council who go this route.  There really ARE groups of poor people who organize to look for ways to reduce dangerous "drama" in their own neighborhoods.  And rightly or wrongly, sanctions against landlords are one of the methods they sometimes look to.  

      "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

      by lgmcp on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 03:02:39 PM PDT

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    •  I do agree that most often (4+ / 0-)
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      it IS applied by the powerful to discourage poor people from living in the area.  And certainly applying sanctions to the victims, not the perpetrators, of crimes or disturbances, is wrong.

      But I am just wondering about the next-door neighbors, who probably dislike disturbances even more than the landlord and police.  

      "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

      by lgmcp on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 03:14:34 PM PDT

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      •  Well the end result will be even worse as assuming (4+ / 0-)

        her state had a Castle Doctrine law (like Stand Your Ground but applies only at home) the next person will just give the abuser two bullets to the chest and one to the head and then plant a knife in his hand.  That way it is only one complaint rather than trying to get the restraining order enforced through the police which would just result in eviction.  Is that really what you want or just an acceptable consequence and sad byproduct?

        You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

        by Throw The Bums Out on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 03:33:58 PM PDT

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    •  What makes you think that's (4+ / 0-)

      an unintended consequence?

      I'd lay even odds its entirely intentional.

      "What could BPossibly go wrong??" -RLMiller "God is just pretend." - eru

      by nosleep4u on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 03:50:36 PM PDT

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