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Landlords suing to push back against eviction ban

As millions of Americans struggle to pay their rent during the coronavirus pandemic, landlords are going to courts, claiming that the national eviction moratorium unfairly strains their finances and violates their property rights.

Tenants behind on rent in pandemic face harassment, eviction

The data and analytics real estate firm Amherst projects that 28 million renters, or about 22.5% of all households, are at risk of eviction. Tenant advocates expect that number to increase significantly unless protections are put in place, and project that many of those affected will be African Americans and households led by women, both of which historically are more likely to be evicted.

Sue Lani Madsen: How to make housing unaffordable

Now that the election is over, a Tenants Bill of Rights ordinance is moving forward. Rapidly. What is on the table works against keeping housing affordable or increasing the supply.

Jared Kushner’s family firm accused of pushing out tenants

More than a dozen current and former residents of the building told the Associated Press that they believe the Kushner Cos.’ relentless construction, along with rent hikes of $500 a month or more, was part of a campaign to push tenants out of rent-stabilized apartments and bring high-paying condo buyers in.

Activist appointed to airport board

Community activist Jeff Hamilton, a private pilot and retired corporate manager, was appointed this week to a vacancy on the Spokane Airport Board.

Unwanted tenants may have moved on

An elderly Spokane Valley couple beleaguered by unwelcome tenants in their backyard garage say the people have apparently moved out. But Don and Peggy Bain say they’re still being advised by police that they can’t go into the garage, which has been outfitted with living quarters.

BlueRay selling top two floors

Less than a year after BlueRay Technologies Inc. displaced nearly 50 poor tenants from apartments on the top two floors of the downtown Commercial Building – sparking a lawsuit by former residents – the head of the company wants to sell that part of the structure. Lawsuit-embattled BlueRay purchased the three-story building at 1119 W. First Ave. out of foreclosure last year through a related company, Pacific First West LLC. Citing security concerns about its basement-level clean room for manufacturing Blu-ray discs, it ousted formerly homeless tenants and a nonprofit mental health agency.