Tulsa landlords offered rent to not evict, few took the deal
September 6, 2020
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A program in Tulsa, Oklahoma, designed to stem evictions amid the pandemic fell flat when lawyers advised landlords the deal offering to pay owed rent was too risky.
The Landlord Tenant Relief Program was prepared to pay the rent for anyone who needed help using public donations and unlimited funding from a private donor. In exchange, landlords had to agree not to evict tenants for the next three months.
But organizers said they provided rent for fewer than 15% of eligible eviction cases. Attorneys for eviction services companies that handle two-thirds of Tulsa's evict...