my displacement update
Back in December I posted about how
1) Harvard is expanding into my surrounding neighborhood - and has been for some time. This has caused a lot of shops to close and rents to rise.
2) Most likely due to point #1, my landlord decided to sell the house I’m currently occupying. His agency over the selling of the house wasn’t the issue, it’s his house. The issue is that he lead my roommate and I to believe that we were in a lease but surprised us with selling the house and informing us that we were actually month - to - month. The worst part is that this is the second time a landlord has done this to me.
UPDATE: the last time this happened to me my old roommates and I were very financially vulnerable and couldn’t afford to challenge our landlord. Now, thanks to my union, one of my benefits is the ability to bill a certain number of hours towards legal representation. I still have to leave in 6 days but our lawyer was able to negotiate terms and compensation, and I was able to find a new place that I really like.
Just wanted an update in case anyone out there was wondering. I also wanted to put out there how much this situation makes me think about how dangerous it is to be poor. In both situations my landlords have sprung decisions to sell their house with minimum notice as though everyone has $4,000 to pull out of their ass to cover moving costs.
Also, unions are amazing and must be protected at all costs.