Wednesday, October 30, 2019
TKC MUST SEE!!! KANSAS CITY TENANTS 'BILL OF RIGHTS' RALLY!!!
First and foremost . . .
SPECIAL THANKS TO CITIZEN MEDIA FOR THESE IMAGES OF TODAY'S KC TENANTS RALLY WHICH OFFER A BETTER PERSPECTIVE ON THE EVENT THAN MSM!!!
The press event was earnest and it mostly focused on personal testimony.
Meanwhile the legislative deets might strike some locals as extreme.
KSHB: KC Tenants introduces policy that would create sweeping changes for tenant rights
The basics from a presser put out today:
The legislation would "Create an Office of the Tenant Advocate in City Hall that would receive $1 million from the general fund.
"The office would provide legal support for tenants and education on tenant rights, as well as investigate tenant claims. It would also open a tenant center, create a tenant phone hotline and could even revoke landlord permits.
"It would create a right to counsel for low-income tenants. The city would allocate $650,000 a year to pay for lawyers to handle tenant-landlord legal disputes.
Here's the kicker:
"The Bill of Rights would make it illegal to discriminate against tenants based on rental history. Landlords also would be required to give their tenants a utilities estimate, so they know what they would realistically pay each month. It would also limit how easily landlords can enter an apartment without proper notification and consent."
More on the legislation here as well:
Fox4: ‘Pass our package’: Group introduces KC tenant bill of rights on the steps of City Hall
A question for our blog community . . .
WILL THIS LEGISLATIVE CRACKDOWN DRIVE SO MANY LANDLORDS OUT BIZ THAT IT MIGHT ACTUALLY RAISE THE COST OF KANSAS CITY RENT?!?!
That's certainly not their goal but what is clear is that landlords haven't been represented in this discussion and that might be important to try and gauge the IMPACT AND UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES of this otherwise impressive movement.
Here's the money line:
"While nearly half of Kansas City’s residents rent their homes, the city does not adequately protect tenants from unsafe conditions, abusive landlords and other factors that contribute to housing insecurity and homelessness," said Tara Raghuveer, director of KC Tenants. "This has resulted in a multifaceted crisis of affordability, access, health and accountability, faced hardest by Kansas City’s most vulnerable tenants."
You decide . . .