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Sen. Ossoff Holds Hearing on Mistreatment of Families by Landlords

FILE - Sen. Jon Ossoff, D-Ga., arrives before a subcommittee hearing, Sept. 13, 2023, on Capitol Hill in Washington. During a subcommittee hearing on Monday, Oct. 30, chaired by Ossoff in Atlanta, two Georgia juvenile court judges said the head of the state's child welfare agency asked judges in an August meeting to illegally jail foster children while officials looked for other places to house them. (AP Photo/Amanda Andrade-Rhoades, File)
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FILE - Sen. Jon Ossoff, D-Ga., arrives before a subcommittee hearing, Sept. 13, 2023, on Capitol Hill in Washington. During a subcommittee hearing on Monday, Oct. 30, chaired by Ossoff in Atlanta, two Georgia juvenile court judges said the head of the state's child welfare agency asked judges in an August meeting to illegally jail foster children while officials looked for other places to house them. (AP Photo/Amanda Andrade-Rhoades, File)

Senator Jon Ossoff held a U.S Senate Human Rights Subcommittee Hearing in Roswell Monday to continue his investigation into the mistreatment of families by landlords and receive testimony from renters and experts about the dangerous living conditions faced by Georgia’s renting families.

“Too often landlords and large property owners and managers are securing and receiving massive Federal subsidies, while subjecting vulnerable families and children to dangerously unsafe and unsanitary living conditions,” said Ossoff.

Ossoff commented on the lack of accountability within The Department of Housing and Urban Development in its inspections and standards, saying “The Department of Housing and Urban Development has obligations and enforcement tools to hold accountable the thousands of landlords and private property owners and managers who receive many millions in taxpayer dollars every year across the country."

This fall Sen. Ossoff launched inquiries with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) into alleged mistreatment of tenants by landlords in Georgia and nationwide following investigations from The Atlanta Journal Constitution and additional news outlets documenting mold, mice, and neglectful treatment in rentals around the state and nationwide.