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Arkansas needs more protection for tenants

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click to enlarge HOUSING AND HEALTH: Substandard housing correlates with ill health, report says.
  • HOUSING AND HEALTH: Substandard housing correlates with ill health, report says.
A new study provides more support for the long-held belief that Arkansas has the worst landlord-tenants laws in the country, for the tenant.

Arkansas still has a criminal process for eviction,, alone in the U.S. What's worse it also is the only state that has no implied warranty of habitability. You can't expect, as a matter of law, for a rental home to have adequate utilities and other basics.

A study in Little Rock looked at how the law affects housing standards. Those surveyed, no surprise, would like to see adoption of minimum standards and a more equitable landlord-tenant law.

The study found a relationship between substandard housing and mental and physical health.  Also:

Through a novel data linkage partnership, we found that among Little Rock renters inspected for code violations, individuals seen at UAMS for a respiratory condition were nearly 3 times more likely to live in a property that had a mold related violation notice issued—highlighting the importance that tenant-protective measures such as the warranty of habitability could potentially have on population health.
The legislature, controlled by the real estate lobby, has defeated efforts in recent years to improve Arkansas law, including rejection of changes produced by a group including landlords and tenants.

The stidu was organized by Arkansas Community Institute and the Central Arkansas Re-Entry Coalition in partnership with Arkansas Community Organizations, the UALR Law School consumer protection clinic and the UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health.

The summary of the study:

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