Category: SROs

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 […]

Housing as a service: return of the rooming house? Part 2, the lone survivor

9 June, 2010 (10:13) | Apartments, Innovations, New York City, Rooming Houses, SROs, US News |

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday's Part 1. ] In yesterday’s exploration of the once-plentiful, now-all-but-extinct buffalo known as the American boarding house, we met the long-lived Penington Friends House and its secular evangelist, Michael Trollan, who came to dine and stayed to live. The Surratt boarding house, Washington, DC, nineteenth century That’s how […]

Housing as a service: return of the rooming house? Part 1, the visionary

8 June, 2010 (15:12) | Apartments, Innovations, New York City, Rooming Houses, SROs, US News |

By: David A. Smith In our home, we think of housing as a product: four walls and a roof, heating, hot water, electricity (and, increasingly, broadband). When we travel, housing is a service – whether in a dorm or a hotel room, someone else provides either food or maid service. Home, our permanent residence, is […]