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Arkansas: The Worst Place to Rent in America

[Music] the police came to our house on Tuesday I never received the eviction notice we came in and I explained the situation they offered him 90 days in jail because I fail you to vacate it it’s unconstitutional it’s a hard life for renters in Arkansas it’s the only state in America with no implied warranty of habitability or in other words landlords are not required to make repairs or maintain their properties perhaps more radical it’s the only state where you can be prosecuted fined and jailed for not paying rent on time every year more than two thousand people are charged under Arkansas is failure to vacate low Dustin Duke is a legal aid attorney he specializes in representing tenants in failure to vacate cases failure to vacate has passed at the beginning of the last century the quest of landlords is a easy cheap method to dispossessed tenants of their property with really minimal effort on the landlord’s part because the state is is taking over that role for them if a tenant is even a day late on rent the landlord can begin the eviction process tenants are given only ten days to vacate the property a conviction can carry a fine up to a hundred dollars for each day the tenant remains in the property and up to 90 days in jail it just it’s just black and white is your rent due yes or no did you pay the rent if the answer is no and you haven’t gotten out in 10 days then you can be convicted under the statute it’s a crime this makes things difficult for the third of Arkansas’s residents who are renters and have legitimate concerns about the properties they’re occupying tenants are required to pay rent even if their landlords aren’t maintaining their properties Arkansas is the second poorest state in America and 18% of the population that lived below the poverty line are now being swept up into the criminal justice system Kim Barnes was evicted for being late on rent they actually fingerprinted me and took a motion like I was a criminal I said out of this just cause a failure to vacate Barnes claimed she’d paid the rent on time but the landlord refused to take her payment with me in my situation I’m gonna make sure my kids have a roof over they hated that rent gonna be the first thing I pay out I had proof that I had the the money order she just wanted us out under Arkansas is criminal eviction statute Burns was given 10 days to move despite claiming she moved before the time period ended her landlord pressed charges for failure to vacate I hit re boom once I got my visa notice and she wouldn’t work with us we just said okay we’ll move and then I had to go to court today he asked me how do I plead on fare to vacate and I said not guilty because I mean I’m not guilty because I was out of this woman’s place in reasonable time like she asked me to be after she still when they sent my payment I have to go back in April hoped about it I have all my paperwork showing what dates I did exactly move out challenging a criminal eviction is tricky if a tenant like Barnes wants to plead not guilty and take their case to trial they first have to pay the full amount of rent that the landlord claims they owe in to the court so there’s a real incentive there for the tentative just to leave to get out of the premises and especially considering that they’re now facing a crime most the time it’s just the matter of the tenant getting out and you might say well what’s wrong with that if they owe money maybe they should get out but the problem is the way the system is set up it allows landlords to abuse the system the tenant very rarely is a chance to give their side of the story you might be withholding the rent because landlord promised to make repairs you never get to raise those claims of course because this isn’t a civil matter you don’t get to raise counterclaims in a criminal lawsuit well let’s just assume that it’s just a straight-up non-payment of rent case even then you got a question the wisdom of deciding in this particular case that the state wants to pick up the tab the state of Arkansas bears the cost of deploying members of law enforcement to serve evictions and providing prosecutors for court proceedings it only cost the landlords as a small processing fee that is good news for landlords and their representatives Jason Baldwin is a real estate attorney in a landlord with more than 60 properties the criminal method is not as radical as it may seem I’ve been handling hundreds of evictions over the years I’ve never once seen a tenant ever serve a day in jail due to the criminal eviction statute that would say 90% of all evictions in Arkansas use the criminal method it’s fairly simple and easy and inexpensive if the tenant is staying in your property and not paying the rent essentially the tenants allowed to steal from you it’s a crime akin to a parking ticket you park at the meter you don’t put any money in to that meter well then you can be ticketed I don’t live in my car maybe the people who are comparing it to a parking ticket do live in their cars but this is somebody’s home that’s that’s being taken away from them and their conduct is being criminalized tenants are sometimes jailed under this statute currently the data on the number of tenants jailed in cases related to Arkansas as criminal eviction statute is not available to the public in fact much of the information available about the reality of landlord tenant relations in Arkansas has not come from the state but from legal researchers like Lynn foster with the landlord tenant situation you have kind of the poorest segments of our society being penalized for this behavior which in every other state is not criminal behavior I think that’s one reason why nothing much has been done and not much attention has been focused on it in 2011 foster joined a state assembled commission of tenant advocates industry groups lawyers and judges to recommend modifications to Arkansas as landlord-tenant law their report released in the winter of 2012 recommended repealing failure to vacate what the Commission recommended unanimously was that a better civilization statute be put into place then the failure to vacate statute should be repealed by the legislature the commission’s recommendations were approved by representatives of all parties most importantly tenants rights advocates in both major associations representing landlords and realtors but implementing the recommendations have approved daunting my initial thought when I received the commission’s recommendations was that we might be able to turn that into legislation and try to get something passed during the session that we were currently in it became clear to us pretty quickly that the Realtors and the landlord’s were very vehemently against this issue and would lobby hard against it I don’t think I expected that kind of opposition to happen so quickly and so strongly it seemed like the recommendations were the result of consensus the Arkansas Realtors Association proved to have an influential lobby they circulated a letter around the legislature in opposition to the commission’s recommendations after that few lawmakers would consider the proposed changes in a letter to their membership the Association celebrated that they had stopped the bill it mentioned that they had fought legislation intended to fundamentally change landlord tenant practices in Arkansas and that the municipal eviction process would have been eliminated and warranty of habitability imposed in other words evictions in Arkansas can no longer be criminalized and landlords would be required under the law like the rest of the United States to maintain their properties after repeated requests for an interview or a statement the Arkansas Realtors Association refused to comment there is at least one very very powerful Lobby that works on behalf of folks who are landlords and tenants do not have any correspondingly powerful lobby on the other hand of course if you’re counting votes there are more tenants in Arkansas then there are landlords about a third of all our Kansans are tenants so the numbers would be on the tenants side the money may be on the landlord’s side lawmakers in Arkansas meet only for a few months every two years to pass legislation the failure to vacate law won’t be debated again until 2015 it’s embarrassing for Arkansas to be an outlier in this way to use law enforcement to enforce a private contract is pretty unheard of we don’t have debtor prisons in the United States anymore it is not a violation of international rights rather it is simply a tool that allows people to cost effectively remove a tenant who is failing to pay the rent and admitting before a judge that they have refused to pay the rent and remained in the property when we’re allocating resources are we really wanting to supplement their profits are we really trying to supplement the landlord’s when we can use these resources for so many other things are so much better the tenant they’re intimidated by the process they don’t have lawyers most of the time and they’re facing not only the the prospect of owing a lot of money but even the possibility of jail time things come up kids you see parents can see you you see and stop trying to bring in cops into did really not every day Baker concerns is the streets [Music] you


Dan Martinez

Jul 7, 2019, 4:30 am Reply

Complete and utter bullshit

John B

Jul 7, 2019, 11:30 am Reply

Ummm, let’s just for the sake of calling a spade a spade , let’s insert slumlord for landlord. Done!

Lauren-Kate Kush

Jul 7, 2019, 4:43 pm Reply

LA: hold my beer.

Eirug Sion Griffiths

Jul 7, 2019, 6:55 pm Reply

Corrupt landlords, stupid laws that back corrupt landlords.


Jul 7, 2019, 2:35 am Reply

I need an update link.

Gypsy Lake

Jul 7, 2019, 8:24 am Reply

If there were any reality of Democracy, then the majority of tenants would vote to over turn these ugly inhuman laws and have strong tenant rights in place to protect every part of their tenancy and a landlord could be fined and or imprisoned for not making necessary repairs. Of course we don't have a democracy, we have a republic, so those with the largest stacks of stolen cash get to impose their will on the people while the aristocracy maintains it's privileges. Why don't they at least stop that stupid swearing into office with the crap about protecting the constitution. They all wipe their muddy corrupt feet on it so drop the b.s. promise to do nothing of the sort for the peoples constitution.


Jul 7, 2019, 12:47 pm Reply

You was already a criminal for being black living here in ameriKKKa sweetie… they was just waiting on your mug shots and finger prints.


Jul 7, 2019, 12:51 pm Reply

Their devising new ways to incarcerate blacks everyday.

Francis Lee

Jul 7, 2019, 10:19 pm Reply

Dead beats suck!

Ian Moone

Jul 7, 2019, 11:59 pm Reply

It's good to find something on this channel that isn't straight leftist propaganda, although I had to go back a couple years to find it. Vice was a better institution before it became a propaganda machine.


Jul 7, 2019, 3:12 am Reply

I would've just left that state a long time ago

Ana w

Jul 7, 2019, 8:00 am Reply

Well, now I know never move to Arkansas unless I'm going to OWN my place to live.

-ドミノ・ウカエDOMiNO UKAE

Jul 7, 2019, 9:39 am Reply

Landlords are greedy control freaks. They have peoples lives in their hands and push around the poor and the vulnerable. Truly sick people.

tony aguilera

Jul 7, 2019, 12:41 pm Reply

Pay your fucking rent then niggas that's a good law because apparently there was a problem with you motherfukers homesteading not paying your rent

tony aguilera

Jul 7, 2019, 12:42 pm Reply

Let's see your living in a house your late on your rent or don't pay your rent which is what I believe and you not a criminal these people got to make money to so you stealing from them if I stay in there not paying your rent your criminal

tony aguilera

Jul 7, 2019, 12:44 pm Reply

How about this stop voting for your Democratic leaders you dumbfucks get off welfare get jobs and buy your own house and you ain't got to worry about the landlord making repairs are being late on your rent you have to worry about the bank taking it back from your ass I've never

tony aguilera

Jul 7, 2019, 12:46 pm Reply

I guarantee you'll in Foster is a liberal fucking asshole Democrat guarantee

Carol Florian

Jul 7, 2019, 8:23 pm Reply

Worst state ever

Carol Florian

Jul 7, 2019, 8:26 pm Reply

It's just another way for corrupt courts to make money the justice system is a bissness


Jul 7, 2019, 9:23 pm Reply

LOL as a landlord i find this funny!

Linda Jackson

Jul 7, 2019, 12:01 am Reply

You. All. Should. Move. To. California. That. Town. Sounds. Like. Clan. Country. KKK. All. Crooked. Laws

Malik Doe

Jul 7, 2019, 1:39 am Reply

Get t f out of Arkansas


Jul 7, 2019, 10:38 am Reply

What’s the background to this law? How did it originally get passed and why? There must be a bigger story here….the reason for the law in the first place?


Jul 7, 2019, 2:39 pm Reply

So basically what's happening in this country is… if you don't pay your bills and …you don't work then you go to jail and you get everything paid for?….or is this country already one big jail with different levels?….?…

Michelle Muskeyn

Jul 7, 2019, 3:26 am Reply

Amerikkka….. full of FREE-DUMB!

Solo Davinci

Jul 7, 2019, 4:11 pm Reply

Fucking White America …..?? my A$$…

Clayton Findley

Jul 7, 2019, 8:30 pm Reply

I live in Fort Smith ARKANSAS I own my own home but slum Lord's are all over this town dumpy rental property hurt's my home value

Something Nice

Jul 7, 2019, 9:53 pm Reply

Thats crazy! Why not just come up with different ways and ideas that people can pay instead of just throwing them in jail? Not everybody makes the same income and not everybody gets paid on the same days as others! Shame on you state of Arkansas! For treating your local residents that way. My state will never treat us this way just Because we may be a little late on rent payments! My state will work with you on different kinds of options with you if your not able to pay your rent on time! My state will not just throw you behind bars like that! That is so unconstitutional

Vitaly Greddy

Jul 7, 2019, 12:13 pm Reply

Cletus the slack jawed yocum

Richard Dixon

Jul 7, 2019, 2:44 pm Reply

Not paying rent is stealing


Jul 7, 2019, 6:43 pm Reply

why arent there documentaries or news on the tenants that dont pay rent, break things and try to claim someone elses place as their own? i think landlords should be allowed to do whatever they want with their place as long as they are being fair.
tenants are simply renting, its not their place to begin with.

Curtis Martin

Jul 7, 2019, 9:29 pm Reply

Red state.

wacky king

Jul 7, 2019, 1:51 am Reply

cops kills innocent people but they are not criminals because they are cops….if you can't pay rent you are a criminal….why? is killing someone not a crime but not paying rent on time is?

Dazza Zulu

Jul 7, 2019, 4:48 am Reply

I lived in Bentonville for exactly one year. It is an oasis. The rest of the state is the devils humid ball sack.


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joaquim Rodriguez

Jul 7, 2019, 8:50 pm Reply

Sometimes, good people got caught up on the law. that were designed for dead beats.

rudy vasquez

Jul 7, 2019, 10:52 pm Reply

Yo im from houston texas born and raised and i live in katy texas which is part of the houston metro area but i work petro,chemical and power plants building cooling towers so im currently on a job in blytheville Arkansas (till mid august)
I been to a lot of places doing my job including big cities and small towns to rural areas where you gotta drive 45 minutes from the plant to your hotel then another 45 minutes to like a walmart or somthing. But i havent ever seen it like i see it out here.
It looks like a ghost town
Like the ruins of a once upon a time regualr small town…
Feela like people are moving from places like these and moving to places like houston which has a population that has damn near tripled in the last 50 years… And the people that cannot afford to just stay behind with little to no work and government benefits, alcoholism and drug addiction.
Worse place i have EVER been….

James Moran

Jul 7, 2019, 1:06 am Reply

Wow unbelievable

Ken Johnson

Jul 7, 2019, 3:19 am Reply

I would pay my rent, but if the landlord failed to make repairs and then had me thrown in jail, where is he going to hide when I get out?

dilan sanchez

Jul 7, 2019, 5:13 am Reply

Unpopular opinion: you don’t pay the rent you agreed to pay, you don’t have a right to live there. It is NOT your house. It’s easy to take the side of the renters. But consider the point of view of the landlord, Someone is l living in his/her property and refuses to pay or leave.

D. Davis

Jul 7, 2019, 9:29 am Reply

That’s bullshit!

Kenneth Parrish

Jul 7, 2019, 12:59 pm Reply

If you own a property and you don't maintain it you are not a landlord you are a slumlord

Dj Keith

Jul 7, 2019, 7:04 pm Reply

here I can have someone squat for 190days .. I wish we had these renter laws

Jessica Channing

Jul 7, 2019, 12:35 am Reply

In my neck of the woods, in Louisiana, the renters have the power. You can literally do anything… it’s ridiculous. And the only way the land lords can fight is to go to civil court; which is so expensive! I have never rented suit here, but I would be weary

Canadian Aussie

Jul 7, 2019, 6:22 am Reply

Trumps America poor people need to vote for gods sake. Take the morning off drugs and get trump out ..my god this is just going to be generation after generation after generation…

Mexican Hog

Jul 7, 2019, 7:08 pm Reply

What about just paying your rent on time.

Choice Williams

Jul 7, 2019, 9:55 pm Reply

Arkansas allows cousins to marry! Inbreeding dulls the thinking process!

Moni Ka

Jul 7, 2019, 12:37 am Reply

A state in which it's a crime to be poor. Welcome to the U.S.A.


Jul 7, 2019, 9:06 am Reply

I sure am glad now that I didn’t get a job in Arkansas when I was there at a training program, because I’d have to rent and knowing now that a landlord wouldn’t be required to maintain the house or building I was in.

Tanner Estes

Jul 7, 2019, 2:44 pm Reply

4:03 They should really go after people who litter instead of arresting on what should be a civil matter


Jul 7, 2019, 12:03 am Reply

Arkansas is a shit hole.

Brandon Goeckner

Jul 7, 2019, 2:52 pm Reply

Just pay your rent or move

robert mcquigge

Jul 7, 2019, 6:34 pm Reply

Truly a backwards backwoods state that needs to catch up with the rest of the country.

firstname lastname

Jul 7, 2019, 8:09 pm Reply

"I'm gonna make sure that I keep a roof over my kids head" THATS YOUR JOB AS A MOTHER, YOU DUMB BIMBO

mark snow

Jul 7, 2019, 2:41 pm Reply

So if you are poor, why not get out of poverty, do the work, the study, the time and work required to get out of poverty.
Put down the remote, pick up the mouse, you can go to any library and dam near get a free degree..In most cases people choose to be in poverty. Sucking the goverment teats. If you cant pay the rent don't move there…

henry q

Jul 7, 2019, 8:25 am Reply

And here in California it can take up to 6 months to evict a person who won't pay ya that is so much better right oo wait California has the highest number of homeless

Bonkers Videos

Jul 7, 2019, 12:54 am Reply

I dont see why this is an issue. Landlord owns the property. If u dont pay, get out. Thats why you have states like cslifornia where people can just set up camp and live in other peoples properties like squatters for months and years.

James Horton

Aug 8, 2019, 10:31 am Reply

I’m so glad that Arkansas provides protection for property owners against the parasite class.


Aug 8, 2019, 8:56 pm Reply

What about

Ideoform Sun

Aug 8, 2019, 1:26 am Reply

Corruption needs to be made illegal.

Christopher Foote

Aug 8, 2019, 8:49 pm Reply

Can't pay your rent … Get kicked out … Simple

Keith Huff

Aug 8, 2019, 4:20 pm Reply

Arkansas sucks


Aug 8, 2019, 3:33 pm Reply

Arkansas stinks…that's news, lol

Walter Schumann

Aug 8, 2019, 12:41 am Reply

How can this be, with Bill Clinton as governor of Arkansas, Didn't he feel their pain.

Justin E

Aug 8, 2019, 3:55 am Reply

I always knew Arkansas was a shit hole.

Michael Wargo

Aug 8, 2019, 12:39 pm Reply

I get the maintenance of the property part, but just pay your damn rent. Oh and LOL at the use of anecdotal evidence. Every time smh

Plazas Security

Aug 8, 2019, 4:07 am Reply

I never recieved any notice….yeah….okay….sure.

Novie Luong

Aug 8, 2019, 1:46 pm Reply

This is not true , Arkansas right now has probably improved a. t.o.n I live there and it’s so awesome! since I was born no crime as bad as this video has happened

Lenny Mayers

Aug 8, 2019, 1:29 am Reply

(8/7/2019) Let’s see…he has a street named after him in President Clinton’s childhood home (Hot Springs) and a huge temple is dedicated to him in downtown Little Rock. The building looks like it was taken from Washington D.C. His name? Albert Pike. That’s all I needed to know.

They charge an enormous amount of money for water. Yet it comes out of the mountain (Hot Springs).

That’s all I needed to know!

Joan Berry

Aug 8, 2019, 10:29 pm Reply

The land lords should be able to enter their property at least once a year. Also they must keep the property up & running repairing things etc.


Aug 8, 2019, 3:40 am Reply

I'm a landlord and I'd like to think I'm a pretty darn good one. All my properties are in great condition! I keep them that way. I don't like drama. I like quiet tenants that take care of the place and pay the rent on time. I could go down to Arkansas and put these landlords out of business.


Aug 8, 2019, 7:30 pm Reply

Shitty state.

Abria Roberts

Aug 8, 2019, 8:07 am Reply

You know what’s even crazier, the Arkansas government knocked down a whole burial site and built an apartment complex on the burial ground


Aug 8, 2019, 10:33 am Reply

and they call it the land of the free

Tim Brennan

Aug 8, 2019, 1:37 pm Reply

Doesn't surprise me coming from Clinton territory

Non Wilson

Aug 8, 2019, 5:02 pm Reply

so the state promotes homelessness.

john doe

Aug 8, 2019, 6:57 pm Reply

Landlords aren't required to maintain their properties because there are such a high number of tenants who Purposely destroy property. Think of it like this, would you rent a dump apartment/house? No. These tenants are a landlords worst nightmare and that is why the law hasn't changed. Tenants will strip houses for copper wiring, HVAC systems, and copper piping. Arkansas Does Not Require ID To Scrap Metals. If a tenant feels "wronged" they will F your property up.

john doe

Aug 8, 2019, 6:58 pm Reply

People say this and that but if you witnessed the destruction tenants cause to properties you would understand.


Aug 8, 2019, 9:29 pm Reply

Damn!!!! Arkansas is still a State?????? I thought they abolished that States years ago. Anyone stupid enough to reside in Arkansas deserves what ever they get.

Gudrun Fehler

Aug 8, 2019, 2:45 am Reply

If you can’t pay the rent you have to move, why expect other people to take care of you.

Andres Jimenez

Aug 8, 2019, 8:34 pm Reply

It seems to me like the best area to rent. Just pay your rent and you’ll be fine ?

Andres Jimenez

Aug 8, 2019, 8:39 pm Reply

And you go to California and you can live there 6 months free and landlords get screwed. Just move to LA ?

Sam Chak87

Aug 8, 2019, 6:01 am Reply


Big Hoss

Aug 8, 2019, 5:52 pm Reply

What they don't tell is this strong landlord protection result in Arkansas having the cheapest rent in U.S.

Nicholas Olmetti

Aug 8, 2019, 1:43 pm Reply

Only thing I would change is 15 days. If you don’t have your rent you get 15 days to leave. I don’t feel bad for people who don’t pay the rent.

Anonymous Vapes

Aug 8, 2019, 6:05 pm Reply

They should have this in all states. It protects the property owns that rent.

Algernon Flowers

Aug 8, 2019, 8:25 pm Reply

Move the F- out of Arkansas. Let them become another Detroit.


Aug 8, 2019, 11:29 pm Reply

3rd world shithole also referred as the slum lord state arKKKansas

Nuke it it won't be missed hopefully one of the nuclear countries will do it for us 🙂

Che che

Aug 8, 2019, 12:40 am Reply

This is institutional Corruption. No wonder Arkansas is the Poorest State. God Bless America.

Hector Martinez

Aug 8, 2019, 1:51 am Reply

not surprised the Clintons behave like they do this is where they come from.

Lailonnie Tukes

Aug 8, 2019, 4:09 pm Reply

After seeing this I wonder do those that always judge the ones in Little Rock still have the same opinion ?

David Wood

Aug 8, 2019, 12:22 am Reply

It actually makes a lot of sense. I'm surprised it's not implemented more.

Maiden fan

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Aug 8, 2019, 12:04 pm Reply

I’ve been to Arkansas one time in 2004 and I felt like I was in a time machine. It was an experience that I never care to see again. Other than Hot Springs for a spa weekend, however, I am terrified of Northern AR, Klanville USA!

GreenEyes 1226

Aug 8, 2019, 8:33 pm Reply

This Video is to warn everyone not to move or live in Arkansas !!!! EVER PERIOD !!!!

Joe Smith

Aug 8, 2019, 7:48 am Reply

Same crap the insurance companies do, they have laws passed in every state of USA to make sure everyone must have all types of insurance by law, where they have government enforce that you must pay and have it on different things, which is actually illegal and unconstitutional for governments to have interest and kick-backs frim those same insurance companies who push to make those laws…so private businesses are gaving governments push thrir sales and make business toeards the peoples. The governments should be representing and working for the people not for private businesses?!
Corporate amurica capitalist country bought and sold by business, against its peoples?!
That is Not right and should be changed immediately?! And oust the government representatives who actually sell-out the people who they are suppose to be working for!

Daryl Younger

Aug 8, 2019, 10:41 am Reply

Bill and Hillary’s rent rules no doubt. Why is it that all the democrats electorates are people violators.

Adam J

Aug 8, 2019, 10:55 pm Reply

Wasn't Bill Clinton governor there? Good looking out!


Aug 8, 2019, 12:42 am Reply

wasn't that clinton's state back then? didn't they want to do shit for the poor, or still pretend they do? why are these pedophile aids yunkies so full of shit and still loved by the general public in the US? questions over questions….

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