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In Evicted, Princeton sociologist and MacArthur “Genius” Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they each struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Hailed as “wrenching and revelatory” (The Nation), “vivid and unsettling” (New York Review of Books), Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of twenty-first-century America’s most devastating problems. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible.
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- Identification Number : B010ZXKCAO
- Publisher : Crown; Reprint edition (March 1, 2016)
- Publication date : March 1, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 2938 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 403 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
May 12, 2018
I’ve been a landlord for 40 years in a blue collar town. I started as a compassionate, trusting person willing to work with people and help them achieve stability. As a result, I’ve had people tell me their kitchen cabinets got stolen, had someone give a friend the storm door to their apartment because their friend liked it, driven someone to an apartment to view it and then had to evict her later due to non-payment, relocated a tenant to a more affordable apartment that she agreed to work on (with me paying for materials) only to have to evict her for non-payment, and overall have lost well over $60,000 in the process.
If providing housing is a business, the owners NEED to make a profit. If it’s a charity, then it should be run as such. To demonize landlords for needing to make a profit from their time, expertise, investment and energy is unfair. Wal-Mart, car companies, and any other business NEEDS to make a profit to survive and grow. Nobody goes into Wal-Mart and says “I’ll pay you half and come back in a week with the balance” and expects cooperation. But a partial rent payment is supposed to be OK. (The fact that it negates the ability to evict that month seems to get lost in the shuffle. If the rent is $700, and I accept $10 as rent on the first, I CANNOT evict for non-payment of rent because the “rent” has been paid (just $690 short).
There exists a segment of the population of the people that simply do not respond positively to assistance. Yes, providing such assistance FEELS good for the provider(s), but self esteem and self confidence must be earned, and come from within. The assistance tends to de-incentivize the recipient and deprive them of the opportunity to feel good about themselves and their abilities.
April 21, 2016
I have been involved with low income housing in Milwaukee for over three decades as a landlord and as an attorney for landlords and tenants. I know the neighborhoods and characters in this book all too well. If you want insight into poor people’s lives as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads, you should buy this book. The other reviews are right about how gripping those stories are. But if you are a graduate of Trump University and think you’ll get some insight into how to make obscene profits by renting to the poor you’ll find anecdotes but no real verified research about the business of landlording. Most significantly, you will not learn the truth that bringing evictions totally destroyed the rental business of Sherrena, the leading landlord protagonist.
Strangely, though Desmond interviewed 30 landlords he only focuses on two. One is Tobin, a mobile home park operator on Milwaukee’s south side, which is largely white and Hispanic. Tobin indeed makes a lot of money but that is because he does not have to maintain or repair 95% of the “dwellings” in his park. Tobin rents out a concrete slab with utility connections and the tenants buy or bring their own trailers and pay their own utilities. As owners they are responsible for the exterior and interior condition of their dwelling. Only 5% of the trailers are owned by the park and rented to tenants as a living unit. So Tobin is a landlord only in the sense that you might have a landlord this summer when you drive your Winnebago to a Jellystone Park and pay rent for the parking pad and utility hookups.
Then we have Sherrena who with her husband runs about 18 buildings (mostly two-family flats) in the African-American neighborhoods on the north side of Milwaukee. In a chapter titled “The ‘Hood is Good” Desmond blithely accepts Sherrena’s boast that she has a net worth of $2 million and nets $10,000 a month in rental income. Desmond is honest in portraying the many difficulties Sherrena has in collecting rent from her struggling tenants but he doesn’t do the background research (available from local court records) about the many thousands of dollars in unpaid rents and damaged units which sort of cut into profits a little bit.
As to her supposed net worth of $2 million, that averages out to $111,000 for each of these 18 ghetto properties – certainly far more than some of the real dumpy ones are worth – but the author does not research the amounts of the recorded mortgages against these properties (ranging between $64,000 and $119,200) which further greatly reduce the claimed net worth. That would have been revealed in the many foreclosures filed against Sherrena’s properties which started within a year after Desmond’s visit to Milwaukee.
So when this book came out in 2016 the curious reader might want to know: if the ‘hood is good for the landlord how much better has it gotten since the author did his study in 2009? Research so far shows that not one of Sherrena’s properties remains in her ownership. Starting in 2010 many were bulldozed, went into city ownership via foreclosure for nonpayment of real estate taxes or today sit as haunting, blighted eyesores. A few were foreclosed by lenders, were fixed up and are under new ownership.
Evictions by Sherrena ended in the year 2010. So did her non-existent profit. She joins many small-time under-capitalized landlords who have gone bust in Milwaukee and elsewhere since the Great Recession started in 2008 with the bursting of the housing bubble.
Please note that I still give the book 4 stars. Its significant defects in reporting on the “profit” aspect of its subtitle are outweighed by the important and detailed research on the effects of eviction in creating and perpetuating poverty. A better and expanded housing voucher program for low income tenants is much needed. Landlords nationwide should join Matt Desmond’s call for its implementation.
April 30, 2018
I thought the book poorly written–not surprised he wrote it from a PhD dissertation. Without a doubt poverty is a major issue in the United States but this book did little to shed light on the causes and solutions. I found it interesting that the author was so critical of Sherrena taking vacations and making money off the poor and yet by his writing a book about the poor he also made money off them. The people he used as examples of poverty were not very sympathetic. Most, if not all, of them made poor choices contributing to their housing difficulties.
There were too many references to actually read or find all of them. One that I did check regarding pg 293 (kindle edition) the author says: “Every year in this country, people are evicted from their homes not by the tens of thousands or even the hundreds of thousands but by the millions.” He cites a reference by Chester Hartman which says: “The number is likely in the many millions, but we have no way of gauging even a moderately precise figure for renters, because such data are simply not collected on a national basis or in any systematic way in most localities where evictions take place.” So much for the reference! This kind of imprecision is rampant in the book.
It’s pretty easy to be cynical about this book. A young academic typically writes scholarly papers, or better yet, a text book, derived from his dissertation. None of those make money, but contribute to the author’s CV in the quest for tenure. He chose to write a popular screed that would make money instead. From the lack of rigor in this book, and the sloppy way he deals with statistics, you can see why he chose not to pursue a scholarly path with this material. One could conclude that he decided there is a market for “progressive exposes”, and he could exploit it.
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