Part four of our special four-part series, “Evictions in East Boston.”
All this week, we've discussed skyrocketing rents, neighborhoods being transformed and a little-known ripple-effect of the massive changes in Boston's housing market.
On Monday, we heard from housing advocates and tenants who believe East Boston is the epicenter of an eviction crisis.
"That's unjust, they put us in this situation. We didn't ask to leave our homes, especially in the way they through us out," evicted tenant Olga Pasco told us in Spanish. "They're dislocating a lot of people, because they've realized — how do I put this? It's a gold mine."
On Tuesday, landlords and developers weighed in, saying changing eviction laws could undermine Boston's economic growth.
"It is going to be an absolutely nightmare and it will chill the market in Boston and send us back to the dark ages of rent control," said Greg Vasil, CEO of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board.
And Wednesday, we looked to San Francisco's Mission District to learn what happens when stronger eviction laws are in effect. Longtime Bay Area residents and city officials told us they're at risk of losing the San Francisco they love, without immediate action on deeper, lasting solutions.
Now we're turning the conversation to our listeners --you've been emailing and tweeting us all week about this and we want to hear from tenants, landlords, students, everyone.
Are we in the midst of an eviction crisis? What do you think of a "just cause" eviction proposal? What is the role of government as the region undergoes rapid transformation? How do we promote growth and prevent displacement simultaneously? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
More In This Series
- "They threw us on the streets without compassion. They knew we were human beings, but nothing mattered to them. That's unjust. They put us in this situation. We didn't ask to leave our homes, especially in the way they threw us out."
- "Landlords say the proposal to regulate evictions for 'just-cause' creates 'de-facto rent control,' and that it would have disastrous effects including, 'housing deterioration, no new housing construction, death of small property ownership, destroying neighborhoods.'"
- "There’s really only one long-term solution, which everyone from city officials, tenant advocates and housing economists agreed upon. San Francisco has to build its way out of its rental crisis."
- "Rental housing is home to a growing share of the nation’s increasingly diverse households. But even with the strong rebound in multifamily construction, tight rental markets make it difficult for low- and moderate-income renters to find housing they can afford. As a result, the number of cost-burdened renters set another record last year. Addressing the challenge of affordability in a time of rising overall demand will require greater efforts from both the public and private sectors to expand the range of rental housing options."
- "Developers will have to pay nearly double the current fees to put up luxury buildings in Boston’s hottest neighborhoods, with the money going to expand the city’s stock of affordable housing, according to an executive order to be signed Wednesday by Mayor Martin J. Walsh."
This segment aired on December 17, 2015.