Renters in Lexington almost always lose eviction cases

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – A new report says renters in Kentucky’s second-largest city almost always lose when landlords try to evict them.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports a study by the Lexington Fair Housing Council examined all eviction cases in the city from 2005 to 2016. The report found of the 68,260 filings for evictions, tenants won just three cases. A judge sided with the landlord in 65 percent of the cases. Another 33 percent were dismissed before it got to court. The rest of the cases have no definitive judgment.

The report says city officials should explore ways to reduce evictions and streamline services for tenants. The city set up a homelessness task force five years ago that resulted in a new office to coordinate homeless services.

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