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The St. Paul, MN, neighborhood is 55 percent rentals.
Boston students are organizing to help tenants in foreclosed properties.
City officials in Hemet hope to buy rental four-plexes that have gone into foreclosure and where the banks have evicted many of the tenants. Results of negotiations between the city attorney and property owners will be reported Monday.
Tenant activists in NYC have been advocating for the passage of stronger rent laws since the Democrats regained control of the state senate in the November 2008 election. None of the bills have been passed. With the legislative session coming to a close and an election coming up in November, tenants have grown impatient. Thirteen activists were arrested Monday on charges of civil disobedience.
Cook County Sheriff Dart's month-long moratorium on evictions comes to an end.
The state legislature remains beholden to the real estate interests that roam the halls of the Capitol and fund political campaigns of both major parties.  Real estate industry power in Sacramento was on full display in 2018 with the following losses in the Capitol:
Amid the jobless recovery, some landlords are showering flat-screen TVs, cash, rent cuts and other incentives on tenants to encourage them to renew their apartment leases and thus avoid the expense of filling empty units.
"Fueled by persistently high unemployment rates, completed foreclosures surged 56.7 percent over the first half of the year, placing foreclosures on pace to surpass their recent high in 2008, according to figures released Tuesday morning."
A Pennsylvania city considers charging property owners for building inspections, as a means to address both habitability issues and budget concerns.

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