311 for Cities: Fair Practices in Contracts for Deed

How To, Guide, or Manual National Resource Network June 11, 2014 Equity

In May 2014, a city leader submitted a question about how to encourage fair practices in “contract for deed” arrangements to the National Resource Network through the website’s “311 for Cities” feature. Specifically, the city wanted to understand options for holding landlords accountable for the condition of their properties when they allow them to be occupied by lessors.

The Network’s experts provided the attached response, highlighting several states that had recently dealt with the issue, including Minnesota and Texas. The Network also shared materials developed through these state discussions that could be incorporated into the city’s own communication and education efforts to help residents protect themselves from predatory lenders.

311 for Cities launched with the Network in 2014 and – at its peak – was available to more than 600 cities around the country. Local government staff in these communities could submit a question on any challenge they were facing and the Network team would develop a written response highlighting recent research, relevant case studies and best practices. This is one of those responses. The Network no longer offers 311 for Cities, but please contact us at info@nationalresourcenetwork.org if you think we can be of help to your community.

311 for Cities: Fair Practices in Contracts for Deed