“Madeline Howard, senior attorney at the Western Center on Law and Poverty, said communities of color have often been the target of corporate real estate investors, leading to gentrification and displacement. Since most tenants do not have lawyers, Howard said, “It’s particularly important to enforce tenant protections when the property owner is a corporation.”
The pandemic has sharpened the need for enforcement, she said. “There’s such a direct connection between tenants rights and homelessness.”
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“Madeline Howard is a senior attorney at the influential Western Center on Law & Poverty, a non-profit that represents low-income Californians, said, “We hear a lot about mom-and-pop landlords in policymaking, but in reality, most tenants live in housing that owned by corporate entities like these real estate investment trusts.
The consequences of eviction are often brutal. “When a family is evicted, whether it’s by a court process or whether they’re just afraid of the owners harassing them, they’re often going to end up homeless,” said Howard.”
Western Center attorney Madeline Howard spoke at California Attorney General Rob Bonta’s press conference announcing the judgment against a real estate investment company for unlawfully evicting tenants from foreclosed properties. Read more here.