Title

Working With Them: Small-Scale Landlord Strategies for Avoiding Evictions

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Housing Policy Debate

Publication Date

2021

Abstract

This study draws on 71 indepth, semistructured interviews with landlords and property managers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We find that the perceived burdens associated with evictions often make evictions less desirable for small-scale landlords than finding ways to work with tenants to keep them in their homes, including developing payment plans to help tenants catch up on back rent, adjusting rental rates, accepting services in lieu of rent, and aiding in referrals to housing and social service programs. Some landlords employ a technique of paying tenants to vacate, a practice referred to as cash for keys, which is an informal, off-the-books eviction. Our findings suggest that off-the-books evictions are far more prevalent than has been measured in official eviction data; therefore, the prevalence of residential displacement is more severe than previously documented.

DOI

10.1177/2329496517704860

Keywords

Housing

Disciplines

Sociology

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