Mandated Moratorium Rent Repayment Plans? A Solution in Search of a Problem!

On Tuesday afternoon’s city council meeting agenda is an item dryly titled, ‘Consideration of Modifications to the City’s Urgency Ordinance 20-O–2808.’ Proposed for council consideration is a major change to the terms of the city’s residential eviction moratorium: A tenant who asks for rent forbearance could have to sign on to a rent repayment plan in order to receive it. Here’s why that is a solution in search of a problem!

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Republican Tax Cuts: Bad News for Tenants!

What do Republican tax cuts mean for those who rent housing? A recent opinion piece in the NY Post suggests some good news: ‘New tax law is a huge win for renters’ reads the headline. But don’t be fooled: the American Apartment Owners Association is calling it a “gift to landlords.” Headlines like ‘GOP Tax Bill Rewards Real Estate’ and ‘GOP Tax Plan Holds Benefits for Landlords’ suggest the real beneficiaries. Let’s have a look at this gift from Republicans to landlords called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

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