How private equity is changing the rental market

Mar 2, 2022
Heather Vogell of ProPublica finds short term-oriented corporate investors are increasingly becoming apartment landlords.
"I think what we're seeing is that these companies are acting in ways that are problematic for tenants to meet their investment goals," said ProPublica reporter Heather Vogell.
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Renters and landlords face challenges as federal rent assistance money begins to dry up

Dec 6, 2021
Renters and landlords have relied on federal rental assistance money, but by the end of 2021, most of that money could be gone.
Renters aren't the only one with questions as federal relief starts to run out.
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Voters in St. Paul, Minnesota, to decide on strict rent control proposal

Oct 27, 2021
If enacted, the proposal would be one of the most aggressive rent control policies in the country, applying to new construction.
St. Paul resident Emily Lynch says the rent on her single-family home is going up by $400 per month in January, an increase of more than 30%. She’s now looking for a more affordable place to live.
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Pandemic puts more rental properties in private equity hands

Oct 21, 2021
Investment firms might be able to pay more for renovations, but critics say they accelerate evictions.
With landlords dealing with financial stress brought on by COVID, selling properties to private equity firms can be appealing.
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How becoming a landlord broadened one renter’s horizons

Sep 13, 2021
Zarrish Khan used to dream of owning a home, and then her dream got bigger.
Dr. Zarrish Kahn and her husband in front of their new home in Iowa City, Iowa, in June.
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Millions of renters could face eviction as moratorium ends

Jul 28, 2021
Congress allocated $46 billion for rental assistance — but is that information, and the money, getting to people who need it?
A constable in Arizona knocks before posting an eviction order. Federal assistance is available for tenants who are behind on their rent, but many are unaware of the aid.
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As eviction deadline looms, more tenants have access to legal help

Jul 8, 2021
Several cities and states have passed "right to counsel" legislation.
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As another month's rent comes due, appropriated relief is finally making its way to tenants

May 28, 2021
More than 400 programs are in place to distribute nearly $50 billion in aid to tenants who've fallen behind.
After more than a year of this pandemic, many tenants have fallen behind and are struggling to pay rent.
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Texas may soon require landlords to inform renters about flood risk

May 28, 2021
The state requires disclosure of flood risk information to buyers, but not to people who rent their homes. For now.
In the Houston area, nearly half a million renters live in a floodplain. New protections could mean a significant shift for them.
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The CDC extends an eviction ban, but landlords find ways around it

Apr 1, 2021
It can be hard for landlords to pay their bills too. But even tenants with a strong case against eviction rarely fight back.
For renters to really be protected, one expert said, they need access to legal resources.
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