Sunday, December 03, 2017

TKC SUNDAY SPECIAL!!! ACTIVISTS WARN AGAINST RECORD NUMBER OF KANSAS CITY HOLIDAY SEASON EVICTIONS!!!



Amid upcoming colder weather and worsening economic conditions, an ongoing housing crisis threatens working poor residents of Kansas City.

Progress for a rental inspection ordinance and help to curb the high number of KCMO evictions has been evicted has been slow.

During a recent council debate on this topic, a not-so-fun fact on local housing disparity came to light . . .

"Advocates for low-income families say the balance of power in the rental housing market is tilted heavily in favor of property owners. A landlord who has a complaint about property damage or illegal activity on the part of a tenant can initiate eviction proceedings. But tenants who are living in unsafe and unsanitary conditions have no such recourse."

Remember, Kansas City has one of the highest eviction rates in all of the nation.

A few more relevant facts for this conversation . . .

- In 2017, a person working for minimum wage at full-time hours cannot afford a two bedroom apartment in any county in the United States.

- Of the 6,600 evictions filed in 2016, only 29 were adjudicated in favor of the tenant.

- 98.8% of the time, if an eviction case makes it to court, the tenant is evicted.

- 42 evictions are filed daily, 25 evictions judgements are made in KCMO nearly every day.

- 84% of landlords are represented by an attorney but only 2% of tenants have legal representation.

- Residents on the east side of Troost are 19x more likely to be evicted.

- The number of growing "informal evictions" threaten to spike these numbers even higher.

A bit of recent testimony on these facts following comprehensive study spanning more than 17 years . . .

"Tara Raghuveer, an independent researcher, presented extensive information on evictions and the impact on the overall community at a Kansas City, Mo. City Council business session. Her quantitative research covers 17 years of court-ordered eviction data in Jackson County, Mo."



However . . .

In spite of all this data, here's a dire warning from local housing activists . . .

AMID UPCOMING RENTAL PROPERTY REGULATORY THREATS AND INCREASED HOUSING DISPARITY PROTEST, LOCAL RESEARCHERS REPORT A KCMO HOLIDAY SEASON SPIKE IN EVICTIONS OUT OF FEAR OF AN UPCOMING CRACKDOWN!!!

Here's the word:

"What we're seeing in the latest data set from this month is that more people are being evicted over the past few weeks as many local landlords seem to realize that changes are ahead. So tenants who are seen as "risky" or who have had trouble making timely payments are being forced out to preemptively prevent any legal complications . . ."

And so, this recent spate of activism to battle the local housing crisis has actually made life just a bit harder for more than a few po'folk.

Nevertheless, the struggle to offer equitable representation and fair policies for renters and those who confront eviction continues while the rate of po'folk kicked to the curb spikes as amid this holiday season of discontent.

Developing . . .

20 Comments:

Humbug said...

A lot of "activists" are assuming a lot about motives.

I've run dozens of KC properties over the years and evictions typically rise during the holiday season. People don't make their housing money a priority and money is tight. Don't put it all on the landlords, the tenants who won't pay their rent are also to blame.

Anonymous said...

Kick out tiny tim before it gets too cold, that way you can sleep better at night. Sorry young ones. You'll spend your Christmas on the street like God intended.

Unknown said...

Someone working full-time minimum wage can't afford a two-bedroom apartment. Then that person should get a roommate.

Anonymous said...

What if that person already has roommates who are children?

Real KC said...

Always fun to see the common folk fight over crumbs.

Thanks for that corporate tax break President Trump!

Anonymous said...

Nobody said life was fair. Tough shit next case.

Anonymous said...

Free shit army doesn't want to pay its bills y'all!

Anonymous said...

Now if I remember it takes a long time to evict someone, like 3-6 months. So we are not talking about missing one payment, but up to a half of a year.
Now as to 7:39....imagine in your non government provided world that you owned 10 houses and were charging 700 a month each. So that is 84,000 a year now if 3 decide to not pay and you lose 6 months of payments that comes out to a loss of 12,000 plus legal fees to get these no pays out. So who really takes it in the shorts here?

And BY THE WAY where are these corporate tax cuts?

Don't be a sheep and follow msm

Anonymous said...

7:39: +1

I'm hoping for three chickens in my garage this year and some pot in my car.

Or was that a pot in every garage and three chickens in my car?

Anonymous said...

Why should landlords subsidize rent for the folks who can't pay. The court only issues the evictions after months of non-payment of rent. The bank still requires the loan payment on the property if it is mortgaged. KC has a high eviction rate because it has a large percentage of poor who have not escaped poverty due to some of their own fault. The violent crime is also tied to poverty and lack of self control. Time for the libs to take in these poor folks and feed and shelter them. Let me know who has rooms available and I will bring them over to your house for the holidays.

Anonymous said...

Get a job, pay your rent or get your ass down t0 the mission and stop freeloading. Problem Solved!

Super Dave said...

8:12 explains it as plain as it can be explained. But I also remember the days when I had to work two jobs to stay in school and pay rent.

Anonymous said...

I feel bad for people in financial troubles. But you can't expect a Landlord to carry them for long if at all. This is where you look at the total picture of the evictee's and their decisions prior to being put on the street. Did they take school seriously?? Do they work hard? Did they have a bunch of babies with multiple men and staying single? (Murphey Brown hurt our culture badly when she questioned marriage being separate from childbearing and OK to not marry) Life is hard and then you die. People experience hard luck but they get up and make it better.

Anonymous said...

Did they mention that these are legal evictions???

Anonymous said...

This is the same sort of shit that was discussed at length the last time (ten or eleven years ago) that the City proposed imposing Inspection Requirements on Rental Properties.

The Slum Landlords are frightened of those inspections because they don't want to be forced to bring their hovels up to Code.
Also, HUD (Section 8) will not allow them to pass through such costs as code-mandated repairs to their tenants (and to rent-assistance Organizations such as HUD).

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Anonymous said...

Tara Raghuveer must be one of the most virulent racists in town. She seems to be intent on proving that black tenants fail to pay rent much more often than other races, even when their incomes are equal. Somebody alert BLM to shout her down!

Bowtied Silverback said...

maybe they shouldnt have kids than

Anonymous said...

12:34 there are very few “slumlords” left in this city, all section 8 housing has an initial inspection before it can be rented out. It’s becoming abundantly clear the tenants are a much bigger problem then the landlords, they destroy the houses once they move in and cost the owner a bunch of money for fines when they trash the yards and house

Anonymous said...

Give them a one-way ticket to California. They'll receive tons of free shit and medical marijuana, and they'll keep reelecting Democrats that will keep giving them more of it.