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  •  Yep. When I was in medical school... (6+ / 0-)

    there was very little student housing available. Instead we had to rent in the neighborhood at 'market rates'. But of course virtually all the available housing had been bought up by a handful of enterprising slumlords who knew they had a captive market.

    So rents were obscenely high, for decrepit tenements with more roaches per square inch than I had ever seen in my life. And heat that didn't work. Deposits were routinely withheld for trivial (or no) reason, because the owners knew we couldn't stick around to fight over it when we headed off to residency. And complaints to the school were routinely met with a shrug; "We can't control what private landlords do".

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