ST. LOUIS — Average rents have increased nearly 20% across the country (and 9.2% in St. Louis) since March 2020. In combination with stagnating wages, it is becoming increasingly difficult for people to afford decent housing.
In the latest edition of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight”, comedian and host John Oliver explained the myriad of problems renters face.
In the 22 Minutes segment, Oliver criticized a system that dumps people out of apartments, with landlords demanding “usurious rent increases,” and stacking the proverbial deck against tenants. Oliver highlights the differences in legal assistance between landlords and tenants. And here Oliver introduces the attorney from St. Louis Matthew Chaserepresenting Monarch Investment and Management Group and other landlords in the region.
Oliver plays two clips of Chase. In the first clip, from October 2020, during the height of the COVID pandemic, Chase holds court in a video conference call with landlords and attorneys in response to the moratorium on evictions.
in one wild tirade full of expletivesChase advises landlords and attorneys to file evictions anyway, because if tenants don’t know about the moratorium, it’s their own fault.
“The advocates for these renters are saying, ‘You know, these people still don’t know what’s available to them and they don’t know about the CDC statement.’ … F— her! F— all of them!” Chase said.
“You’re too stupid to know what your legal rights are? They shouldn’t have f—— signed a thousand dollar unit contract for a year. If they’re too f—— dumb to sign, knowing anything, reading the news, not knowing their rights. If they’re too f—— dumb, they shouldn’t sign a $12,000 contract!”
In the second clip, peeled off Chase’s own YouTube channelthe attorney says the people he represents, poor grandparents and people undergoing chemotherapy, have a history of evictions, and landlords shouldn’t feel guilty or hesitate to seek evictions.
Chase did not respond to a request from FOX 2 for comment on the segment.
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