University of Wisconsin–Madison

Crime-free housing ordinances and eviction

This article details the effects of crime-free housing ordinances enacted by local governments for private-market rental properties.

Takeaways:

  • The eviction risk of vulnerable tenants is increased by crime-free housing ordinances.
  • Local police departments, not landlords, decide when eviction is appropriate where crime-free housing ordinances are in effect.
  • Eviction can lead to many social ills including homelessness, increased poverty, and neighborhood destabilization.
  • Racial inequality is exacerbated by crime-free ordinances because people of color are both more likely to rent their homes and more likely to face arrest, and are thus at a higher risk of eviction.

Categories

Eviction & Foreclosure, Housing, Inequality & Mobility, Justice System, Neighborhood Effects, Place, Policing, Racial/Ethnic Inequality

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