There’s no better way to get rid of renters, than to get rid of rental homes

A house is torn down every day in Seattle, according to an August 26th article in the Seattle Times: A teardown a day: Bulldozing the way for bigger homes in Seattle, suburbs (http://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/a-teardown-a-day-bulldozing-the-way-for-bigger-homes-in-seattle-suburbs/). The rate of tear-downs in some neighborhoods is even higher. According to reporter Mike Rosenberg, more homes have been razed and replaced in the past 18 months than over the past four years.

Tear-downs are changing the face of Seattle. In a tight seller’s market, the subdivision of lots into multiple properties makes more homes available at higher prices. The new homes are built for sale, many of them on the luxury market, and as their numbers increase, the store of single-family homes available for rent decreases.

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Portland tenants organizer Margot Black debunks the “problem tenant” narrative

Years ago, as advertising proliferated and the harvesting of personal data began, I divested myself of membership in social networking sites. But with mounting legal problems after resisting years of civil and criminal harassment related to development in this northeast Seattle neighborhood, I decided to give Twitter a try. As a woman resisting forced eviction at the hands of a corrupt neighborhood watch and its speculator friends, I need help. If I am correct and there is a nationwide trend for speculators to harass tenants out of their legal contracts and domiciles to force properties onto the market, the only way to show the pattern is through communication between tenants’ organizations nationwide, at least in major metropolitan areas on both coasts.

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Updates on the meaning of monitoring

Some changes have been made to the blog entry, Caution: The meaning of monitoring, to better describe the implications that monitoring has for any investigation into real estate mobbing or other crimes in which victims are monitored. Monitoring is a prominent aspect of real estate mobbing, especially in cases where mobbing real estate speculators move into residences flanking the victim house to crowd and better harass the victim out of the house and to then turn over the property for speculation. Expect to see this type of strategy in gentrifying neighborhoods where anti-renter neighborhood watches support the expulsion of renters and believe that the only appropriate home owner investment is flipping. Harassing (“mobbing”) a tenant out of his legal home to force a “reluctant owner” to sell is a real estate scam, one that reveals the vast disregard for the constitutional rights of those who lease their homes. ▪