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No Fault Evictions are on the rise in Connecticut: Here's why

Alice Prael, of New Haven, left, and Adam, who didn't want to give his last name, protest an impending eviction in Stratford this winter.
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Here in Connecticut, twice as many tenants faced evictions during the pandemic – not for falling behind on rent, but because their lease was up. They’re called no-fault evictions. And some believe the uptick is due to a loophole in an executive order.

Today on Where We Live, we’ll explore what these no-fault evictions could mean to renters and how lawmakers are responding to it.

We hear from Sonsharae Owens. She was threatened with a no-fault eviction.

Later, State Representative Quintin Williams joins us.

This episode was guest hosted by Walter Smith Randolph, the Investigative Editor and Lead Reporter for The Accountability Project at Connecticut Public.


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Tess is a senior producer for Connecticut Public news-talk show Where We Live. She enjoys hiking Connecticut's many trails and little peaks, gardening and writing in her seven journals.
Walter Smith Randolph is Connecticut Public’s Investigative Editor. In 2021, Walter launched The Accountability Project, CT Public’s investigative reporting initiative. Since then, the team’s reporting has led to policy changes across the state. Additionally, The Accountability Project’s work has been honored with a National Edward R. Murrow award from RTDNA, two regional Murrow awards, a national Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalists, three regional EMMY nominations and a dozen CT SPJ awards.