Pittsburgh landlords sue the city over eviction moratorium

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  1. Get These Nets

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    Landlord organization takes Pittsburgh to court over eviction moratorium

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    Mar 5, 2021


    A landlord organization has filed a lawsuit against Pittsburgh City Council over its passage of an eviction moratorium amid the COVID-19 pandemic before it has been signed into law.

    The Landlord Services Bureau, based in North Huntingdon, claims in the suit that the ordinance passed Tuesday exceeds the powers granted to the city by state law.

    Under the city’s ordinance, renters who haven’t paid rent because of pandemic-related income loss or medical expenses cannot be evicted. The law also prevents landlords from refusing to renew lease agreements in such situations.

    Pennsylvania law says municipalities with a home rule charter, such as Pittsburgh, “shall not determine duties, responsibilities or requirements placed upon businesses, occupations and employers” except when they are explicitly allowed by written law.”

    The plaintiffs argue that the city ordinance places responsibilities on property owners that contradict these mandates.

    “In effect, rental property owners in the City of Pittsburgh are forced to renew rental agreements with tenants, which is contrary to the most basic principles of contract law in that parties cannot be forced to continue contractual relationships,” reads the LSB’s complaint, filed Thursday in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.

    The organization also claims city law violates due process by halting evictions and imposes a “harsh” penalty of up to $10,000 for violating the ordinance.


    The group, which is made up of more than 4,200 building owners and landlords, is asking the court to declare the ordinance unconstitutional and halt the enforcement of the law.

    Mayor Bill Peduto on Friday had not yet signed the ordinance. His office declined to comment on the litigation.

    Currently, there is a federal order in place by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention halting evictions through March 31 due to the ongoing pandemic and the resulting economic fallout.

    There are nearly 30 million to 40 million people at risk of eviction nationwide, according to the Washington, D.C-based nonprofit Aspen Institute.
     
  2. DEAD7

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    Was inevitable :francis:
     
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    Exactly you have tenants that hasn't paid rent since last year. Homeowner or property owner eating that cost. Goodness. Tough situation for the local officials and homeowner.
     
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    The law also prevents landlords from refusing to renew lease agreements in such situations.

    :what:
    thats fukking bullshyt
     
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    I’m here in Pittsburgh. I am dealing with this directly. Helping my parents with their rental properties and one of them is causing major issues. We are fighting in court but it’s fukked up.
     
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    This has caused me to rethink leasing out my parents home when it’s handed to me. I don’t want to have to deal with shyt like this.
     
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    Nobodies the bad person in this situation. Landlord in they right to get the money owed. How would 30/40 million people with an eviction on they jacket look trying to get into another building?

    An L either way that everybody gotta eat.
     
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    Edit.
     
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    I love the alt-right poster @BucciMane trying to @ me into this thread then getting shook and deleting my name. :russ:


    Y'all have a bigger problem with landlords taking a profit hit during the pandemic than you do with people going homeless during the pandemic. And just ignore that landlords whose tenants aren't paying up can apply for the government program that covers much of that lost rent. But that's not enough for y'all.


    American Capitalism y'all. :francis:
     
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    Being a landlord can be a headache, but what's the alternative? Selling your parents' home?

    Nah. Keep the property in the family. Hire a property management company if you don't want to deal directly with problems.
    A once in a lifetime medical/financial crisis shouldn't make you reconsider leasing that property.
     
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    :yeshrug: All investments have downside risks
     
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    AirBnB the house like a hotel :yeshrug:
     
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    From 2005 to March 2020, landlords made historically high profits. No one talks about that.

    If they didn't, just ask them when was a good time period when they made profits that they were happy about.
     
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    My Dad has been a landlord for 35 years. I want nothing to do with it.
     
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    i can only imagine all the horror stories, cant you just hire a company to rent out your property?
     

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