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  •  That really is the problem (2+ / 0-)
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    lurker123, Ice Blue

    In order for the free market to work, you have to assume that people are able to make choices and that they have access to all the information.  So either we need to create a situation where tenants know their rights and can stand on equal footing with their landlords or we need stringent enforcement of the law.

    I was a Property/Facilities Manager for 3 years, and one of the things I found was that no one would rent to me if I put Property Manager on my application.  When I said I was a handyman, everyone called back.

    A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.

    by Webster on Tue Aug 08, 2006 at 09:35:00 AM PDT

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    •  I'm pretty sure... (4+ / 0-)
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      colleen, redwagon, Webster, SFJen

      ...that most women know that if your landlord is pissing on their clothes and demanding sex, he's in the wrong. But if police and courts won't take you seriously and you don't have the economic resources to move, the rights you have on paper don't make a difference. So I don't agree that it's a problem of information, at least in these cases.

      Was your problem that landlords assumed you knew too much and that would make you a bad tenant? Huh. The free market at work, I guess.

      •  Oops, pronoun confusion in the above n/t (0+ / 0-)
      •  There's a huge gap between (2+ / 0-)
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        gong, SFJen

        knowing your landlord is wrong and knowing how to exercise your rights to stop them.  Also, people don't know that they can prevent their landlord from entering their space.  My guess is that landlords don't walk in and start pissing on things right away.  They probably test the waters and gradually escalate the abuse, and the tenants don't know exactly where the line was crossed.

        I guess my comment was well explained if you thought the snark at the bottom was appropriate, so I'll clairify: The common answer to this is that people should just move and that a free market should solve these problems.  I was illustrating that the market isn't truly free and that that is why, as you said, we need to even the playing field or enforce the laws that regulate the market.

        A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.

        by Webster on Tue Aug 08, 2006 at 09:52:33 AM PDT

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