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Read Mayor Stoney’s First Eviction Diversion Program


Chris 02/07/2019 at 6:13 PM

Pay your rent like everyone else.

Patrick Garrett 02/07/2019 at 6:44 PM

Great! More tax dollars to reward incompetence. What could possibly go wrong?

SA Chaplin 02/07/2019 at 6:47 PM

The City of Richmond has a concentration of poverty problem, not an eviction problem. It has this concentration primarily because of the numerous housing projects, but also due to its inability to annex the wealthier surrounding counties. Some of the highest rates of eviction were by Richmond Redevelopment which runs the housing projects. Thus, in spite of the NYT article, there was nothing that needed “fixing” in the eviction process. What needs fixing is the concentration of poverty — i.e., Mayor Stoney: eliminate the failed experiment called Public Housing. (And, as a bonus, you will have improved schools without building any more school buildings.)

Kay 02/07/2019 at 8:47 PM

Pay your rent or GET OUT! What part of the lease agreement you signed is now baffling to you?

Bill 02/07/2019 at 11:38 PM

Mission accomplished! Just like the potholes.

Jonathan 02/08/2019 at 9:40 AM

I noticed that this whole initiative leaves out any discussion about the hardship, inconvenience, and expense to the landlords.

Eviction is not a simple process, time and lost income, the tenant vandalizes the property in revenage before moving out.

But sure, let’s create another us versus them issue instead of addressing the issue. Pay your rent and be respectful and you won’t get evicted.

This is all from my experience. I see it happen quite frequently. People rent more space then they can afford, fill it up with rented furniture, trying to act like a big shot when they dont have the funds.

Mark 02/08/2019 at 1:00 PM

Lets keep bailing out people that don’t pay their bills… Time to vote Republican.

Liz 02/08/2019 at 5:14 PM

I concur with all of the above. How much longer is Stoney in office? Can’t be done soon enough.

Mary Anne 02/08/2019 at 8:53 PM

To those of you who’ve never been in the position of being evicted: Karma is a bitch& if it happens to you I promise you’ll feel differently about this initiative.

Kay 02/09/2019 at 3:59 PM

Leave it to a Democrat to abolish all sense of personal responsibility…Oh, it’s not my fault that I’m getting evicted…bring in the Democrat to bail me out at the taxpayer’s expense. I can’t agree more that Stoney can’t get gone soon enough.

jean mcdaniel 02/23/2019 at 9:40 AM

Although I have never been evicted, I have been in a situation where I couldn’t pay my rent due to an accident rsulting in broken bones etc. I remember the horrible stress that this caused and there was NOTHING I could do about it. Fortunately, my land lord worked with me, I eventually recovered and continued to have a roof over my head.

I think a better solution would be to have a system that can intervien on behalf of a tennant OR land lord in those circumstances where a party is in dire circumstances not of their making. This is not about race, politics, or poverty. It is about the fact that life throws curve balls all the time and eventually everyone needs a little help along the way.

I do agree that if a person is just a dead beat they should be evicted. A friend of mine in Arizonia was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer and he had a rental property that had not been paid for months. I went to Arizonia to help him and the first thing I did (while he was in the hospital) was to evict these “tennants”. They could not afford to pay their rent but they could afford a week at Lake Havasue. I cleared out the house while they were gone and found six cases of empty coors beer bottles. I also found a large canister of caramel popcorn which I scattered for the squrrils to eat. I later found out that this was their hash stash. There were some silly squrrils and birds running around for a few days.

I had a good tennant by the time he got home from the hospital and he had some peace of mind and a steady income in his final days.

Jonathan 02/23/2019 at 6:52 PM

The medical or fire straights situations described here or not a reason skip out on rent. Not being able to pay one’s rent is always the tenants fault. Plan better, save more money for emergencies, and get insurance like AFLAC. People keep satings “things happen and it was not my fault I could not pay rent”. Bull. The government should not create new tax payer funded programs to address such situations. Handle your own business.

johnathan 02/28/2019 at 3:54 PM

“Governor Northam Signs Legislation to Reduce Eviction Rates in Virginia”

~ Newly-approved legislation will increase housing stability for low-income and transient Virginians ~

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam has signed a series of measures aimed at reducing eviction rates in the Commonwealth. These bills support the Governor’s affordable housing priorities, which he set forth in Executive Order Twenty-Five signed in November of 2018.

The legislative package includes House Bill 1898, sponsored by Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy and Senate Bills 1445 and 1448, sponsored by Senator Mamie Locke. These bills provide additional opportunities for low-income Virginians to submit unpaid rent and fees prior to an eviction judgement.

House Bill 1922, sponsored by Delegate Jeff Bourne and Senate Bill 1627, sponsored by Senator George Barker, reduce the timeline for a tenant to receive a hearing in an eviction proceeding and reduce the number of legal actions a landlord may file in court against a tenant.

Additionally, House Bill 2054, sponsored by Delegate Betsy Carr and Senate Bill 1676, sponsored by Senator Bill Stanley, require landlords to provide tenants with mutually-agreed upon written leases and set forth certain provisions that must be included in the written lease.

Collectively, these bills are aimed at reducing the likelihood of an eviction and are based on policy recommendations from the Virginia Housing Commission. Virginia localities have some of the highest eviction rates in the nation and Governor Northam has made expanding access to affordable housing a priority of his administration.

“Increasing the quality, availability, and affordability of housing in our Commonwealth is critical to ensuring that all Virginians have an equal opportunity to lead healthy and productive lives,” said Governor Northam. “These measures establish important consumer protections, help to improve housing stability for vulnerable populations, and represent a fundamental step forward in addressing Virginia’s disproportionately high eviction rates. I thank the General Assembly for working together to pass these important bills, and I am proud to sign them into law.”

“I am thrilled that the General Assembly unanimously passed my bill, House Bill 1898, which will give tenants who can’t afford to pay their rent on time extra time to ‘pay and stay’ by allowing them up until two days before the sheriff’s eviction to pay the full amount owed to the landlord,” said Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy. “When families are evicted, they lose more than just their dwelling—children can lose weeks of school, parents miss work, and everyone loses the connections and support systems they have built in their communities. This commonsense bill helps tackle one of the most pressing problems that has been plaguing our Commonwealth for too long.”

“Housing eviction rates in our Commonwealth are a disgrace,” said Senator Mamie Locke. “It is no secret that the laws and regulations around eviction in Virginia are intentionally vague and disproportionately target our most vulnerable communities. After months of hard work in conjunction with the Virginia Housing Commission, I’m proud to announce the passage of bipartisan legislation that helps to ensure greater consumer protections and renter fairness so that hard working Virginians are not losing the roofs over their heads.”

“The root causes of most evictions are many and varied: poverty, an inadequate supply of living wage jobs, a lack of affordable housing. We need to and are working toward true progress on all of these fronts,” said Delegate Betsy Carr. “My legislative colleagues on the Virginia Housing Commission and I introduced six bills to accomplish several objectives based on input from many stakeholders, including tenant advocates and landlords. My bill, House Bill 2054, requires landlords to provide tenants with written leases; and in the absence of written leases, mandates that the rental term is 12 months with the rent to be paid in monthly installments. I’m glad that this bill successfully passed the General Assembly and was approved by the Governor.”

“The time is long overdue for the General Assembly to pass meaningful reform to Virginia’s landlord/tenant laws that have for too long, unfairly benefited the landlord at the expense of the tenant. But that time is now upon us, and the legislation passed by this General Assembly, and now signed by our Governor brings both equity and fairness now back into that relationship,” said Senator Bill Stanley. “Fair housing, and more importantly fair dealing in contracts between the landlord and tenant, have been accomplished by this landmark legislation package developed by the Virginia Housing Commission, and I am proud to be, as a member of that important commission, a part of it.”

House Bills 2007 and 2655, Senate Bills 1450 and 1626, and House Bill 1923 also address the issue of eviction reduction and housing security. Governor Northam will act on these bills in the coming weeks.


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