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More Renters Affected by Foreclosure than Ever Before

National Low Income Housing Coalition

The National Low Income Housing Coalition recently released Renters in Foreclosure: A Fresh Look at an Ongoing Problem, a study which shows that the number of renters affected by foreclosure has tripled over the last three years so that renters now consist of more than 40% of all households affected by foreclosure. This report is an update to the NLIHC’s 2009 report, Renters in Foreclosure: Defining the Problem, Identifying Solutions

The recently released study looks at rental trends across the United States, finding that the percentage  of homes at the end of the foreclosure process that were rental occupied varied by region: 46% in New England, 38% in California, 65%, in Minneapolis and 56% in New York. Additionally, findings from this study support other findings that foreclosures disproportionately affected renters in low income, minority neighborhoods.

The report mentions that while the current Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act (PTFA) has been effective in preventing renters from being evicted due to foreclosure, the act is not enforced by a federal agency which limits its usefulness. Therefore, the NLIHC recommends that the PTFA be made permanent (it is currently set to expire in 2014) and that it address maintenance and safety responsibility  in order to benefit more households facing foreclosure.

To read a summary of the report please visit the NLIHC website

Click here to read the full report. 


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