The Unrepentant Tenant

Interest on deposits and repairs for tenants

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Returning to the evolving tenant’s movement in Boulder, my last column promised to delve further into the battle to obtain interest on deposits, and...

The bigger picture of rent control

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A recent letter to the editor about my column (see The unrepentant tenant, “Rent control: Why or why not?”  March 24, 2022) raised some points...

Unrepentant Tenant

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The Unrepentant Tenant last outlined tenant activism in Boulder through the 1970s, with the Boulder County Tenant’s Organization (BCTO) based on the CU campus...

Rent relief in St. Paul and the Polis betrayal

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Two very different stories have big implications for renters.

A bright spot for Boulder renters on repairs

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In my last column (Unrepentant Tenant, “Do tenants have a right to a habitable home?”, Sept. 8, 2022), I wrote about the history of...

The fantasy of inflation increasing rents

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It seems that locally and nationally, housing prices may have peaked, in that there are fewer bidding wars over units for sale, and houses/condos...

Do tenants have a right to a habitable home? Yes, but…

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The most common problem for tenants by far is not getting their deposit back—but that subject will have to wait for another column. Probably the...

The worst thing that can happen to a tenant

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One of the worst housing crises — if not life crises — a tenant can face is eviction. The U.S. is in the throes...

Is your lease fair, and what’s the alternative?

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In my June 30 column (The Unrepentant Tenant, “Interest on deposits and repairs for tenants”), I was skipping through the issues the Boulder Tenants...

Rent control: Why or why not?

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My debut column two weeks ago went into an abbreviated history of rent control (RC) in Boulder and Colorado. Now it’s time to deal...

The downward mobility of owning a mobile home

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A couple of weeks ago, a ground-breaking Colorado bill, HB 1287, passed out of committee, bringing forward an extension of badly needed protections for Colorado...

What rent control could have looked like in Boulder

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Since the beginning of this column in March, I’ve focused on rent control—then I pivoted, uncovering the broader history of tenant activism in Boulder....