It’s happening everywhere. Communists in New York pushing to make all evictions for any reason illegal. They try to paint tenants as the victims.

This woman in Winter Haven, Florida had her rent increased by 58 percent, from $1545 to $2450. During the pandemic, the woman wasn’t paying rent, and the landlord collected nearly $6,000 in federal COVID stimulus money to make up for the year or so that she wasn’t paying rent. One of the stipulations on getting the COVID funds is that the landlord has to accept it as full payment for all back rent. So this landlord got screwed out of approximately $12,000 in rent that had to be written off. That six grand was less than a third of what he was owed. So he did what any business would do- he raised prices to make up for it. That apparently makes him the bad guy.

That woman’s case, like others, is being used to paint business owners as the evil, greedy ones for daring that their customers pay for the products and services that they receive. We are talking about a 40 year old woman who is living with her retarded 20 year old daughter and 9 year old son, while also taking care of her daughter’s toddler child. She is trying to raise three kids on nothing but government handouts. I wouldn’t have rented to her broke ass in the first place.

Meanwhile, in San Francisco, the local commies can’t afford rent, so they show up to protest at the landlord’s house, demanding that the landlords sell the apartment building they live in to a local non-profit at a loss. He bought the building for $6.5 million, and the tenants are using this intimidation tactic in an attempt to force him to sell the building for only $3.6 million.

All of this leads us to Tampa. A local communist newspaper called “Creative Loafing” is calling for rent control in the Tampa Bay area. The measure failed in Tampa, but across the bay in Saint Petersburg, the council has actually voted to declare a “housing emergency” and has begun walking down the road of rent control. So what does it take to make that happen under Florida law?

Landlords in Florida can’t raise rent during the term of the lease. My tenants sign a lease for a year, and the rent is laid out in the lease. That is the amount they pay for that year. When the lease is up, we can negotiate for another year, but that deal is separate from the year before.

To restrict the new lease, Florida statute 125.0103 is pretty explicit. There are a number of steps that have to be followed. First, the city has to declare a housing emergency.

Such governing body makes and recites in such measure its findings establishing the existence in fact of a housing emergency so grave as to constitute a serious menace to the general public and that such controls are necessary and proper to eliminate such grave housing emergency.

Saint Petersburg has already done that. Step two is that they have to put it on the ballot and get a majority of voters to approve it:

Such measure is approved by the voters in such municipality, county, or other entity of local government.

After all of that, the rent control is only in effect for one year. Following that, the entire process has to be repeated. Even then, the rent control doesn’t apply to seasonal rentals or to “luxury rentals.” A luxury rental is defined as a rental that would have cost more than $250 in 1977. According to the US inflation calculator, that would today be a rent of $1,159.

The only people who will come out ahead on this will be real estate attorneys.

Communists hate landlords. They want free shit. They are going to destroy the right to private property.

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greg · February 28, 2022 at 11:12 am

Rent is a serious problem everywhere, thanks to that phony covid crises. Why has America become so fearful of the common cold virus? Corona virus and Rhino virus are the two virus that cause the common cold. All the other hype was a lie.

    joe · February 28, 2022 at 11:41 am

    covid fear…elections, power, and money…

Big Ruckus D · February 28, 2022 at 1:22 pm

Leftist scum, having successfully fucked up so many other things, are now at the point of seriously eroding private prolerty rights. Rental property will be – and presently is – a big target of their efforts. So, this comes as no surprise.

There are parts of the country (CA, NY most notably) where it dangerously foolish to be a landlord, as the general social and political climate in those locales is already such that one owning investment property is nearly certain to get fucked. That same problem is now popping up all over the place, so it will get far worse with the passage of time. I expect we won’t be too far from outright confiscation of real property under color of law if we don’t start exterminating the cockroaches instigating this shit pretty soon here.

They have the momentum, they have the political cover at the federal level and in many states and localities, and they have the mouthpiece – the media – to (disingenuously) portray them as righteous in their struggle. You can bet your ass they will use them to their advantage in every way possible. These parasites are endemic and insidious, and will destroy unless pre-emptively destroyed themselves.

We are in a really bad place, and the squeeze plays are just beginning.

Trotsky's Icepick · February 28, 2022 at 4:07 pm

Rent is a construct of the white male capitalist patriarchy.
Everything is a human right to be redistributed by enlightened cargo cult czars emerging from the slimy stench ridden swamp of corruption.
To each according to his need, workers (no truckers) of the world unite.
Forward! Yes we can!

Steve S · February 28, 2022 at 5:18 pm

So what do the banks holding the loans on these properties have to say? This puts them at risk for foreclosing and holding property soon to be trashed by such tenants.

    Big Ruckus D · February 28, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    The banks likely would love to have the properties back. Then resell them at a steep markup to someone in the big club, like blackrock. Don’t hear any more about their mass acquisition of residential properties now, do we? That story was a mere blip on the radar, swallowed by the memory hole in a manner that would make kamala blush.

Beans · February 28, 2022 at 10:18 pm

I’m on a fixed income. Have been for a while for reasons. I still paid my rent and worked very hard to maintain a good relationship with the management company.

Bullscat like this is really peeving me off. Yes, there are some serious sob stories out there of good people being screwed, but overall, most of this is caused by slackers and socialists.

Screw them all.

One of the first things the new Soviets attacked were landlords. Which is how, by the late 1920’s, the standard was one family per room, not one family per apartment. And the family includes the grandparents, aunts and uncles…

Hate the socialist takeover of this country.

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