Tenants and landlords agree that Oklahoma needs eviction reforms

With COVID-19 threatening to make Oklahoma’s already-high eviction rate jump even higher, tenant and landlord advocates both urged legislators Thursday to reform the state’s eviction laws.

Both sides told a state House of Representatives committee hearing that evictions have become far too common across the state, but particularly in Tulsa, where the eviction rate is the 11th highest in the country, hurting tenants and property owners alike.

“Eviction is a pox on both houses,” said Michael Figgins, the executive director of Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma. “It’s not helping anyone.”

He recommended at least three legislative changes, asking “why perpetuate a system that nobody likes?”

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