A fair law under attack

Shelter is, along with food and clothing, a basic human need. Even as the "American Dream" touts home ownership for everyone, shelter for many Alabamians means whatever rental housing they can afford. When a basic need runs up against limited financial resources, there's the perfect setup for an unequal relationship -- vulnerability on one side and power on the other. That's one reason we have laws, to strike a balance.

This Anniston Star op-ed by ACPP policy analyst Stephen Stetson and Alabama Appleseed legal director Shay Farley examines attempts by legislators to tip the balance in Alabama's landlord-tenant law in favor of landlords.

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