Law firm hopes to find common ground between landlord and tenants as affordable housing crisis grows

Law firm hopes to find common ground between landlord and tenants as affordable housing crisis grows
The greater Charlotte-Mecklenburg area population is experiencing rapid growth, which can indicate positive momentum and economic health.
As a result of such growth, however, many of the community’s longstanding residents have been thrust into a state of uncertainty and apprehension regarding the ability to obtain or retain affordable housing.
On Thursday, The Freedmen Law Group will be sharing information for landlords and tenants with the intended purpose of facilitating healthier relationships between the two.
The group hopes to help tenants gain knowledge that will help them avoid the negative effects of an eviction, while landlords will learn how to handle tenant interactions in a lawful and ethical manner.
"Nothing is more important during the holiday season than knowing that you and your loved ones have somewhere peaceful to fellowship, said Desmon L. Andrade, a partner at The Freedmen Law Group. We are hopeful that this event will provide information and resources that will allow at least one family to have just that as this year comes to an end."
The group’s goal is to have quarterly seminars, called Freedmen Fellowship Sessions, on a new topic that provides information to the community on tangible issues such as mental health, legal consultations and knowing your rights.
After the upcoming landlord-tenant session, the next scheduled seminar topic is financial wellness.
The group hopes to be a hub of information and resources to the community.
“Our Fellowship Sessions give us a way to do this outside of the traditional legal setting while allowing us to bond with our community organically,” Andrade said.
The Freedmen Law Group hopes to help reduce and ultimately eradicate the high residential turnover rates that currently exist with residential leases.
“We listen to what our clients and the community at large need and attempt to provide value in those areas,” Bryan Parker, a partner at The Freedmen Law Group, said.
The group believes that healthy landlord-tenant relationships can be more beneficial to the financial investment of the landlord and even more valuable to the tenant and community.  

Event Details:
Freedmen Fellowship Session Landlord-Tenant Clinic
Date: Thurs., Nov. 7
Time: 6 – 7:45 p.m.
Location: Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, 2412 Beatties Ford Road
Charlotte, NC 28216
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