With lease costs rising quickly within the U.S., and some cities even seeing jumps of 30 percent in a yr, John Oliver spent the newest Final Week Tonight episode digging into the problems with the U.S. renting market — from underfunded help packages to landlords pushed solely by revenue.
“That’s the core problem with rental housing on this nation, although: Individuals who suppose that investments deserve extra respect than fundamental human wants, after which arrange a system designed to make sure that some individuals simply spiral downwards,” says Oliver.
“They cannot transfer someplace cheaper if nowhere cheaper exists; they cannot apply for federal help if there’s nowhere close to sufficient; they cannot even use that help if no-one accepts it; they usually cannot take their landlord to courtroom if the courtroom system is skewed in opposition to them; they usually cannot rely upon rental housing ever once more in the event that they’re evicted even simply as soon as. It is a full shitshow.”
Oliver’s resolution? Extra inexpensive housing items and rental help.
“We have to agree housing is a human proper,” he says. “This will truly be coverage. Many international locations, including France, Scotland and South Africa, have legally codified a proper to housing, and right here within the U.S. three-quarters of People already imagine that it’s a human proper.”