Louisville Magazine

JUL 2018

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70 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 7.18 100 children in their homes. Affordable- housing developer Chris Dischinger, of LDG Development, recruited VOA to provide eviction-prevention services at one of his properties in Fern Creek, a novel thing for a private landlord. "If we can have stable residents, then we can have less turnover," Dischinger says, adding that an eviction can cost his company "two or three thousand dollars by the time they move out. We have to repaint, re-carpet, fix up the unit (and) it's going to sit empty for a period of time." Some renters come to court ready to fight an eviction. ey grip photos, evidence of a landlord's alleged misdeeds — mold or exposed wiring, a ceiling that's partially collapsed. "Before I came to Legal Aid I would've never imagined that it is a regular thing for sewage to come up through bathtubs, but I hear it all the time," says Stewart Pope, Legal Aid's advocacy director, who represented renters in eviction court from 2000 to 2005. "I couldn't tell you how many times ceilings have fallen and injured people. is is stuff that most of us wouldn't want to sit down in, much less live in." In court one day, a young dance coach clutches a blue folder of pictures showing cracks in her walls that allowed water to seep in. e landlord wouldn't fix it, so she withheld rent. At the podium, she doesn't mention the walls. Maybe it's nerves. is is her first time in court. Earlier, her hands trembled in the hallway. e judge rules in favor of the landlord. (A renter can file an appeal on a judge's eviction ruling, but it costs $70 and all owed rent must be paid in full with the courts.) Even if the woman had brought up the walls, it probably wouldn't have mattered. Take it to small-claims court. "is is about payment," the judge may have said. ere's a process for dealing with bad landlords This story is a collaboration with the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, which contributed data analysis and this map. KyCIR is a nonprofit newsroom from Louisville Public Media. To read more, including reporter Jacob Ryan's coverage of evictions, go to kycir.org. Map source: Eviction Lab data, 2000-2016; KyCIR analysis Map by Alexandra Kanik 14 - 17 years 11 - 13 years 7 - 10 years 4 - 6 years fewer than 4 years Persistent Problems Number of years with above average eviction rates from 2000-2016. Jefferson County

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