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Wrangling Over Rental Rights


Renting property can be tricky business.  Landlords hand their apartments and houses –at least for a time – over to virtual strangers.  And tenants have no real control over such matters as broken fixtures and dilapidated buildings.  At times, these two groups can be at odds, leading to disputes that end up in court proceedings.

In New Hampshire, the balance of power between tenants and landlords has shifted in recent years – with more protections now in place for tenants, including greater liability for landlords over lead paint issues. But some landlords are fighting to regain some control. Recent legislation would have allowed landlords to more easily oust tenants. But renter advocates prevailed, citing fears that low and middle-income families in particular could be victims of retaliatory landlords. 


Elliott Berry, Managing Attorney of NH Legal Assistance.

Debbie Valenti: landlord and President of the NH Property Owners Association.


We'll also hear from:

Maggie Fogarty, NH Economic Justice Coordinator for American Friends Service Committee. She also works on tenant empowerment for the Granite State Organizing Project.

Dick Anagnost, President of Anagnost Investments, INC. He has more than 30 years of experience in real estate and land development in Manchester, Northern New England, and internationally.

Laura is well known in New Hampshire for her in-depth coverage of important issues and is widely regarded for her interviews with presidential hopefuls. Laura is a graduate of Keene High School in New Hampshire. Prior to hosting The Exchange, Laura worked in public radio in Washington, D.C. as a local reporter and announcer for WAMU and as a newscaster for NPR. Before her radio career, she was a researcher for USA Today's "Money" section, and a research assistant at the Institute for International Economics. Laura occasionally guest hosts national programs such as The Diane Rehm Show and Here and Now. In 2007 Laura was named New Hampshire Broadcaster of the Year by the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters.
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