Times are hard for renters, especially in mid-size to large cities. Competition to rent is steadily increasing, and renters are left with little to no option than to take overpriced apartments with strict contracts written to favor the landlord. When landlords use questionable tactics to evict renters so that they can get higher rent, when it is time to say “enough is enough” and fight back?

This blog will provide a brief overview into how tenants are fighting back with the assistance of advocates who can help them stand up for their rights.

The rental loophole

A loophole was created in the 1990s in New York that made it possible for landlords to stop abiding by rent control regulations once an apartment had been vacated. This created a desire for many landlords to try to evict their current tenants. As a result, rent prices went through the roof. This has been mirrored across the country. Some of the apartments have since been subsidized by the government to make them more affordable.

This difficultly that renters are having and the harsh tactics of landlords is not just a problem unique to big cities. In Arizona, many people are being priced out of their neighborhood and are feeling intimidated by their landlord’s strategies and attempts to evict.

How to fight back

However, there are legal protections in place to prevent unreasonable evictions. If you believe that you are being evicted without a good reason, you should gather evidence and research your rights. Speaking to a trusted legal advisor will be able to advise you of the best course of action.

Source: attn:, “How Landlords Can Make Life a Living Hell for Renters,” Larry Buhl, Aug. 30, 2017