The Unrepentant Tenant

Interest on deposits and repairs for tenants

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Returning to the evolving tenant’s movement in Boulder, my last column promised to delve further into the battle to obtain interest on deposits, and...

Rent control rallies and 1980s tenant battles

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The summer heat is not only breaking records (thank you, climate crisis) but also manifesting itself in the world of rent control and activism.  Two...

Unrepentant Tenant

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The Unrepentant Tenant last outlined tenant activism in Boulder through the 1970s, with the Boulder County Tenant’s Organization (BCTO) based on the CU campus...

The hidden history of tenant activism in Boulder, part 1

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I'm now going to switch focus from rent control to the broader issue of tenant issues. Tenant protection receives relatively little media coverage, even...

Rent relief in St. Paul and the Polis betrayal

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Two very different stories have big implications for renters.

The bigger picture of rent control

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A recent letter to the editor about my column (see The unrepentant tenant, “Rent control: Why or why not?”  March 24, 2022) raised some points...

The downward mobility of owning a mobile home

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A couple of weeks ago, a ground-breaking Colorado bill, HB 1287, passed out of committee, bringing forward an extension of badly needed protections for Colorado...

Rent control: Why or why not?

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My debut column two weeks ago went into an abbreviated history of rent control (RC) in Boulder and Colorado. Now it’s time to deal...

Boiling frogs

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Editor’s note: Welcome to the first installment of The Unrepentant Tenant, a biweekly column diving into the history, mythology and impact of rent control...