An eviction crisis appears imminent.
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Millions of Americans with tens of billions in unpaid rent face eviction and loss of their home.
After an extensive renovation, an old house in a laneway in Toronto became a new two-bedroom home.
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Laneway suites could increase rental stock in established neighbourhoods without affecting their character. Toronto has lagged behind other cities in Canada and North America.
Analysis of online listings on common online platforms shows even modest reductions in Airbnb listings increased supply of longer-term rentals. The result was lower local rents.
The historical city of Kumasi is undergoing significant change.
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The displacement of low-income households in favour of middle- and high-income professionals in Kumasi is a cause for concern.
The CDC order may offer some tenants breathing room.
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The CDC’s sweeping eviction moratorium leaves more questions than answers – as well as concerns that it merely pushes the problem into winter.
Of the students with jobs, 60% lost them and and two-thirds of the rest had hours cut. As they struggled, and often failed, to get rents and tuition fees reduced, precarious lives became even harder.
High rents and insecurity are constant sources of financial and emotional stress for low-income women. They describe what it’s like struggling to survive and being one step away from being homeless.
Older women have been the fastest-growing group of homeless people in recent years. New research shows about 240,000 women aged 55 or older and another 165,000 women aged 45-54 are at risk.
Public housing renewal often aims for a 70:30 private-public mix of dwellings. Modelling shows applying this mix to Waterloo housing estate would cut the suburb’s social housing share from 30% to 17%.
Protesters demanding a freeze on rents in Minneapolis.
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Current measures prohibiting the eviction of tenants and helping them through the financial crisis won’t last forever. A 40-year-old voucher program might be a longer term solution.
Australians faces an even more unequal future unless post-pandemic housing policy focuses on equity, solidarity and security. .
Many want to do the right thing – tenants and landlords alike. But they lack guidance on how to go about it while still keeping their own heads above water.
Representatives of tenants and agents agree that leaving individuals to try to sort out rent reductions has created a mess. It calls for government to step in to look after both renters and landlords.
Rent strikers from Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood and fellow protesters gather outside Social Justices Tribunal Ontario in February, 2018. The group refused to pay rent after the landlord applied for an increase in rents.
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It’s time to reset Canada’s housing policies to make cities more affordable and more socially just places to live.
Eviction in Redfern, NSW, in 1934.
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In 1931, the NSW government passed landmark legislation reducing rents by 22.5% and banning evictions indefinitely. The reforms, however, were short-lived and many people ended up in tent cities.
One in four Australian households now rent their homes in the private rental market. Flexibility and lifestyle are key reasons some choose to rent even if they can afford to buy a home.
Prospective tenants need to make a good impression on the real estate agent who will decide who gets to rent the property.
Two-thirds of tenants in Australia rent through an agent, so making a good impression on the agent matters. Certain characteristics count in tenants’ favour, but some factors are beyond their control.
A daunting prospect.
The number of older renters is growing – and much less is known about their experiences in the expensive and insecure private rented sector.
In low-rent outer suburbs, almost one in six households could not afford to keep their house cool and went without meals.
While politicians ignore calls to raise Newstart, alarming levels of financial stress among private renters, particularly in low-rent outer suburbs, show why current welfare payments are too low.
No place like home.
Housing laws in England can still leave tenants without proper protection, but the latest reforms offer hope for the future.