The Real Estate Industry Is Successfully Lobbying Local Media to Ditch the Term “Landlord” for “Housing Provider”

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      Joe Shlabotnik
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      Landlords are not protected or oppressed class—their identity preference is irrelevant.

      Snip.. Here’s a local reporter (who we won’t pick on here too much because he’s pretty low on the food chain) admitting he’s chosen to adopt a term preferred by landlords in the interests of fairness. And he’s not alone: Increasingly, reporters, pundits, and editors are allowing landlords to rebrand themselves “housing providers” in a troublesome and cynical trend of faux identity politics.

      But landlords do not comprise a vulnerable or protected class; they are not dispossessed, historically marginalized, or a minority group in urgent need of reclaiming their humanity. The instinct to let groups of people define themselves is a good and liberal one, but the landlord lobby isn’t an Indigenous or transgender or homeless group; it’s not an oppressed class for whom reclaiming a narrative is a step toward rectifying a social wrong. It’s a bunch of extremely rich and cynical assholes who hire other rich and cynical assholes to spin its bad image to credulous media outlets.

      Take a fairly brazen example from this summer, an op-ed in the Columbus Dispatch headlined, “Opinion: ‘Landlord’ feudal, outdated term that help paint housing providers as villains.” It’s a useful object lesson in how PR and lobbying groups are increasingly adopting the language of liberal affect to serve the interests of the wealthy. It reads, in part:

      First of its kind legislation has been proposed in Ohio to change references in state law from “landlord” and “tenant” to “housing provider” and “resident.”

      Oddly, the proposal will prove controversial. It would mean feudal terminology would be replaced in order to reflect the real relationship between people who provide and who need housing. Often, housing providers in Ohio and the United states are small family-owned businesses, not powerful land barons. Updating language is an important first step to accurately reflect this in the law, and it should lead to better policy.

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      • #449367
        Utopian Leftist
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        And parasitic leach has a nice ring to it.

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      If tenants become residents, then then there will likely be all kinds of different laws that apply to them, laws which do NOT apply to them as ‘tenants’. Some good laws, some bad laws. In addition, landlords will have an uphill battle fighting to be recognized under federal laws as “housing providers” rather than “landlords”. But whatever…

      The opinions and personal views expressed herein are solely those of the author, and should never be taken seriously.

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