Category: Enforcement

The buck stops nowhere: Part 2, Nothing happened, nothing changed

6 November, 2013 (09:00) | Apartments, Building Codes, Enforcement, Housing, New York City, NYCHA, Public housing, Receivership, Rental, warrant of habitability |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post, using as source material the New York Daily News (October 31, 2013), New York Daily News (November 1, 2013; blue font), and New York Daily News (September 2, 2013; red font), vented my outrage at the irresponsible, incompetent, and unaccountable New York City […]

The buck stops nowhere: Part 1, She buried the transfer

4 November, 2013 (16:21) | Apartments, Building Codes, Enforcement, Housing, New York City, NYCHA, Public housing, Receivership, Rental, warrant of habitability |

By:David A. Smith   That’s understatement, you know   Outrage felt translates so poorly into analytical writing that readers are encouraged to supply their own expostulations as you follow this hard-to-believe tale of a public housing authority that is negligent and incompetent in everything except political arrogance, as reported in the populist’s bulldog newspaper, the […]

Evicting the victim: Part 2, “I was afraid I’d lose my house, my job, and my daughter”

6 September, 2013 (09:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Constitution, domestic violence, Enforcement, Eviction, Families, gender dynamics, informality, Landlords, Law, nuisance ordinance, Regulation, Rental, SROs, Supportive housing, US News |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post, taking off from an article in the New York Times (August 17, 2013), demonstrated the real-world consequences of an abstract-legal-principle law that simplifies a lawmaker’s job by deciding that if there’s “too many” disturbances at someone’s apartment, then either the tenant or the […]

Evicting the victim: Part 1, “If I called the police, I’d be evicted”

5 September, 2013 (09:00) | Affordability, Apartments, Constitution, domestic violence, Enforcement, Eviction, Families, gender dynamics, informality, Landlords, Law, nuisance ordinance, Regulation, Rental, SROs, Supportive housing, US News |

By:David A. Smith   In the realm of law, boundaries are neatly drawn and readily discernible.  Landlords rent to families, and violence in an apartment must of necessity be someone’s fault – either the family’s or the landlord’s.  So broken-windows theory laws like this one, reported in the New York Times (August 17, 2013), appear […]

Month in Review: May, 2013, Part 2: the bad news

19 July, 2013 (09:00) | Apartments, Bonds, Boston, Building Codes, Chapter 93A, China, consumer protection, Enforcement, Eurozone, Foreclosure, Harrisburg, Litigation, Month in review, Non-Profits, pensions, Renovation, Spain, Student housing |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   As we saw yesterday, May was a month with quite a bit of good news, though a misanthrope can find human behavior to mock even then, though genuine bitterness and anger are reserved for human folly that compounds human suffering, such as in the Eurozone.  […]