Political Rewind: Why is rent so high? Breaking down the AJC's 'American Dream for Rent' series
Guest host Kevin Riley, @ajceditor, editor, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Brian Eason, @brianeason, government reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
House Majority Leader Chuck Efstration, @ChuckEfstration, (R) Dacula
King Williams, @IamKingWilliams, journalist and documentarian, The Atlanta Way
State Sen. Nikki Merritt, @merritt4ga, (D) Gwinnett
1. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's series "American Dream for Rent" series asks why home ownership is out of reach for so many Georgians.
- The investigation found large private equity firms buy up homes listed under $500,000 within hours of their listing.
- The AJC found more than 65,000 homes were purchased by bulk buyers over the last decade, pushing small buyers out of the market and making it difficult to ensure property management makes necessary repairs.
2. Georgia's economic developments have been touted as a major success. Where will new workers live?
- In his State of the State address, Gov. Brian Kemp held up several examples of new manufacturing jobs coming to Georgia, like Morgan County's new Rivian plant. As affordability issues widen their reach, new Georgians could face issues moving here.
3. What legislation could address Georgia's housing crisis?
- Majority Leader Chuck Williams says House Bill 404 would provide a "duty of habitability" in certain rental agreements. It's meant to counteract landlords who don't invest in upkeep for their properties.
- While HB 404 has bipartisan support, Sen. Nikki Merritt says Democrats would like to see more legislation to protect tenants and make home ownership more accessible.
Friday on Political Rewind: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Maya Prabhu joins the panel.