St. Paul yanks housing fight from high court

  • Article by: KEVIN DIAZ , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 10, 2012 - 11:51 PM

The city had been set for Supreme Court showdown with landlords.

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nichole1957Feb. 10, 1210:31 PM

I'm sure the landlords cannot wait to get the city in front of a jury.

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RobertBLJohnsonFeb. 10, 1211:28 PM

You would have to believe the city attorneys are "stupid" if you believe Mayor Coleman's press release. The city attorneys researched this case high and low before proceeding with the writ of certiorari to the supreme court. The city was well aware if they pushed onward with this case in the supreme court it had the potential of gutting disparate impact in FHA and they didn't give a damn until the NAACP, ACLU, AARP and all those other high profile leftest organizations jumped ship on them and supported the landlords lawsuit with amicus briefs. 12 states of the union also wrote amicus briefs in support of the landlords. It is the opinion of us who have followed this case for 6 years the city has been in an all out fight at all cost to keep this case from a jury trial. That is all over now, the landlords are getting what they want a "jury trial". There is documentation the the city of Saint Paul has a policy to remove the lowest rung of rental properties. The poorest of the poor. Remove affordable housing and you remove the poor. Selectively "Code To The Max" low income rental homes and they become newly remodeled homes from top to bottom naturally the rents increase forcing out poor people. The city's housing code's exceed state and federal housing codes. Landlords have made allegations that many code violations are made up. If the landlords win this case the city could be on the hook for millions of dollars in liability. The tax payers can thank Mayor Coleman, past and present council members for getting the city into this mess. Bob Johnson Host of the A Democracy Town Hall Read more on this issue here http://ademocracy.blogspot.com/

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jcinbpFeb. 11, 12 7:31 AM

RobertBLJohnson - It sounds like LaChaka Cousette and her family lived in slum housing rather than low rent housing. Would you live with rats in a low rent apartment? Yeah, move the tenants out of such apartments rather than bilk them out of a months "rent". Some people have no conscience

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RobertBLJohnsonFeb. 11, 12 8:42 AM

The rat was found in the yard. The house next door was gutted and debri was strewn in the yard. It is easy to come to assumptions when you don't know the FACTS.

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basia2186Feb. 11, 12 8:56 AM

I remember what "rambunctious" toddlers were like when I managed section 8 housing. When you live in a multi-family building, controlling children's behavior can be a nightmare, even for well behaved kids. The current building standards allow for nearly all noise to travel in all directions. I had to ask folks to not wear shoes at home, not let the kids "play" on the floor after 8 pm. etc. It isn't easy being poor and living in poorly built apartments. It also is not easy to rent to folks who refuse to get their children to follow simple rules.

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davehougFeb. 11, 12 9:29 AM

First time I have heard of this. I guess it all boils down to how reasonable the standards were. If not related to safety or stricter than anyone else I guess that is where the 'disparte impact' starts. I learn more from some comments than the author.

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dorkeemnFeb. 11, 1211:34 AM

So Mondale is basically admitting that the Fair Housing Act is written to favor minorities and is probably unconstitutional? And he's saying that it would be bad to have it reviewed by the Supreme Court for that reason? If I were on the Court and saw that comment I'd push to have it reviewed on that basis alone.

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minn12Feb. 11, 12 2:17 PM

It is always amusing when liberal tactics are used against liberals. The landlords and their lawyers really had no effective defense against the city until they came up with a brilliant legal strategy: play the 'race card' and the 'disparate impact' card. The slumlords needed to put a stop to the code violations and condemnations that were killing their profits. The concept of 'disparate impact' is basically a bogus made-up theory that liberals need so all the radical activist groups like the ACLU and the trial lawyers can continue to bring class action suits, and the threat thereof, to get their way. It is ridiculous that Coleman and St. Paul would cave to pressure and actually WITHDRAW what would likely be a victory at the Supreme Court. It is NOT his job to worry about some 'precedent', it is his job to worry about Minnesotans and his city's ability to hold landlords accountable for maintaining properties. But this is what happens when liberals run cities.

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scoutthecatFeb. 11, 12 4:06 PM

Not to defend this particular bunch of landlords, but honestly, tenants have way too many rights in this state. Our current tenants haven't paid their rent for February, which we depend on to pay the mortgage. But try get them out. Uh-huh. We'll have to wait until March 1 to give them a 30-day notice and then if they don't go by April 1, we'll file (and pay for) a court claim for eviction. Why can't we give them a two-week notice and then if they're not out, change the locks and clear out all their belongings? Meanwhile, they're jeopardizing our mortgage. Does the state care? I don't think so.

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dorkeemnFeb. 11, 12 4:19 PM

@scoutthecat - I can relate to your situation. We had a problem tenant last year - he was late in paying feb rent, then finally paid right before 1st of march, then missed march (his lease was up at the end of may - so evicting him would have been pretty much a waste. There was nothing we could do - Fortunately he finally paid in full but then had the audacity to challenge the late fees (which were spelled out in the lease).

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