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Professor Davida Finger Featured in WalletHub Feature on Renting

Professor Davida Finger was featured on a feature at WalletHub titled 2017’s Best & Worst Places to Rent in America.  The piece combines affordability and quality of life attributes to score American cities on their residential rental property.  Professor Finger was asked how local policymakers might make rental housing more affordable without upsetting homeowners.   Professor Finger suggested increased oversight for landlords, saying in part “Local policymakers can improve rental housing, including affordability, by approving rental registry legislation that requires owners to register rental units with an agreement for government oversight on baseline habitability standards. By creating oversight on rental conditions, local policymakers can improve overall public health and minimize economic and emotional strain on renters, who become trapped in substandard units.”