Evaluating Katrina: A Snapshot of Renters’ Rights Following Disasters

Nova Law Review, Vol. 31, p. 467, 2007

NSU Shepard Broad Law Center Research Paper No. 12-007

20 Pages Posted: 15 May 2012 Last revised: 12 Nov 2012

See all articles by Eloisa C. Rodriguez-Dod

Eloisa C. Rodriguez-Dod

Florida International University (FIU) - College of Law

Olympia Duhart

Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad College of Law

Date Written: September 17, 2012

Abstract

Hurricane Katrina destroyed the homes of many people living in parts of the Gulf Region. The storm displaced as many as 800,000 victims and it is still difficult for them to return home. Consequently, many homeowners have turned to renting because of the slow recovery process. Renters face added difficulties; they are often the last in line for government benefits and other assistance. There is much hostility towards the rights of renters, creating even more difficulties for them.

This article focuses on the difficulties facing evacuee renters in New Orleans following the disaster. These renters face such obstacles as scarcity of land, increases in costs for repairs, higher insurance, infrastructure uncertainty, rental property inflation, uncertainty over flood protection, zoning restrictions, and criminalization. This article discusses legislation and attempted legislation impacting renters post Katrina. The article explores the increase in rent after disasters and a suggested control. It further discusses the manner in which criminal backgrounds determine rental options following disasters. Specifically, the article focuses on legislation limiting access to rentals and suggests, with the right legislation in place, New Orleans will be able to successfully rebuild its lower and middle income housing.

Keywords: tenants, renters, disaster, legislation, housing

JEL Classification: I30, I31, K11

Suggested Citation

Rodriguez-Dod, Eloisa C. and Duhart, Olympia, Evaluating Katrina: A Snapshot of Renters’ Rights Following Disasters (September 17, 2012). Nova Law Review, Vol. 31, p. 467, 2007, NSU Shepard Broad Law Center Research Paper No. 12-007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1710965

Eloisa C. Rodriguez-Dod (Contact Author)

Florida International University (FIU) - College of Law ( email )

11200 SW 8th St.
RDB Hall 1097
Miami, FL 33199
United States

HOME PAGE: http://law.fiu.edu/faculty-2/eloisa-c-rodriguez-dod/

Olympia Duhart

Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad College of Law ( email )

3305 College Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314
United States

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