udhq: I guess if you're going to live in Arkansas anyways, being in prison can't be that much worse.
KarmicDisaster: And the Union workhouses? Are they still in operation?
evil saltine: Uh, most states have the same law. It's referred to as trespassing.
Dwight_Yeast: evil saltine: Uh, most states have the same law. It's referred to as trespassing.Trolling or just bone stupid?
Tenants who are unable to deposit the rent amount but plead not guilty anyway face substantially harsher fines and up to 90 days in jail.
nmemkha: Ok, so Joe Tenant gets behind and asshole landlord sends Joe to jail. Joe loses his job and now hates asshole landlord.1. Do you think asshole landlord will ever see the money owned to him?2. Do you think asshole landlord will soon start find his tires slashed and his properties vandalized?Of course this will be (ab)used mostly by faceless corporate property management companies.
antidisestablishmentarianism: I'm sure it's just as easy for a tenant to bring a land lord to court for sub-standard housing and unsafe living environments Right?
evil saltine: antidisestablishmentarianism: I'm sure it's just as easy for a tenant to bring a land lord to court for sub-standard housing and unsafe living environments Right?Let's see:http://www.ag.arkansas.gov/consumer_landlord_tenant_rights.html"When you rent a house or apartment, you usually agree to take it "as is." This means that the landlord is not required to provide additional maintenance to the dwelling."So the landlord has no responsibilities besides watching the money roll in.
JesusJuice: When you sign a rental contract, you enter into an agreement with your landlord wherein he allows you to live on his property and in exchange you pay him rent. If you fail to uphold your end of the contract, your landlord should be absolved of upholding his. If you refuse to vacate his property after violating the rental agreement, you are trespassing and the landlord should have the right to have you arrested.
Arkansas' prison system oversees a total 14,816 people, reports the Arkansas Democrat Gazette ("http://www.nwanews.com/adg/News/237816/">State still opposes private prisons," Sept. 20), but 1,247 are presently housed in county jails because the state doesn't have enough beds. In response, four legislators co-sponsored legislation last week to use private prisons for the overflow, but the state prison system is resisting the idea. Said a Department of Corrections spokesperson:
"I will say our department is not overly eager to step back into privatization." [Dina] Tyler cited the state's experience with the Wackenhut Corrections Corp., which ran the Grimes and McPherson units in Newport from 1998 to 2001."That experiment didn't go well. The state had to assume management of those two facilities because the company couldn't do what it said it could do," Tyler said.
Mikey1969: They still have to maintain things like plumbing and things that affect health and building safety.
whistleridge: ...wouldn't it just be cheaper and easier for the state to use the money being paid for the incarceration to pay their rent instead? And then take the repayment out of their tax refund or something?
abb3w: FTA: Tenants who are unable to deposit the rent amount but plead not guilty anyway face substantially harsher fines and up to 90 days in jail....how is this not a violation of the Equal Protection clause?
evil saltine: Mikey1969: They still have to maintain things like plumbing and things that affect health and building safety.The residence has to be up to code. So yes if it's unsafe you'll get booted out. Arkansas doesn't have the "deduct and repair" remedy though.
siphra: Good idea actually, non-payment of rent is essentially property theft.
Because People in power are Stupid: That's one way to re-legalize slavery
L.D. Ablo: I'm a landlord
LouDobbsAwaaaay: L.D. Ablo: I'm a landlordThere is no faster way of saying "Please don't like me".
Mikey1969: What a shiatty article.... Absolutely NO real data whatsoever.How far behind do you have to be before this is a thing? I month? $100?How long does the process actually take?HOW is it "getting abused"? Are landlords falsifying documents, or are judges allowing cases to proceed who don't really fall into the scope of the law as it was intended?The thing that really sucks here? Moist of the time, the landlord-tenant agreements are designed to protect the tenants, since the landlords have a lot of protections anyway. This is why they HAVE to repair things in a reasonable time, why they have to keep the grounds safe, the sidewalks in good repair, etc. One of these designed to screw the tenant is just sad. The only thing sadder is the quality of writing in this poor excuse for journalism.
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