NEW: Landlord Wall of Shame!
We’ve noticed something about the power dynamic of renting, particularly in Manhattan. Businesses have places like Yelp to let the world know about how great (or terrible) their service is. Professors have things like Rate My Professor, so students know who to take classes from. But there isn’t really a great space for renters to know if their landlord is particularly terrible or not. So, we have created this space to help level the playing field.
All of these stories are submitted to us, with minimal editing. We feel that it is best to allow tenants to share their grievances anonymously, so they will not have to fear retaliation. If you have a story you would like to have seen on the Landlord Wall of Shame, let us know here.
Join other MHK Renters to share stories and resources as we build relationships and make our voices heard to improve housing in Manhattan, KS.
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What is it like to rent in Manhattan, KS?
If you spend any time talking to long-term Manhattan renters, you will hear some interesting stories. What might seem to be a one-off bad experience for one tenant, is often a sign of a broader issue.
(Undergraduate student at Kansas State University)
“I worked full-time and was a full-time engineering student. Renting a one bedroom apartment in Manhattan for $550-600 a month was ridiculous. In fact half of my income went to pay my rent. And it was a very low quality apartment at that, particularly for the money I was throwing away renting.”
(Student at Kansas State University)
“You shoulda seen the back side of our vanity, how much mold was growing all over the whole thing. I sent out a mold kit to get tested and when it came back it was labeled toxigenic mold. It wasn't even a common household mold. It shouldn't have been growing there in the first place. Toxigenic molds arent'good because they can do irreparable damage you tour cell system.“
(International Student at Kansas State University)
“I'm an international student at K-State that struggles financially with housing. The fact is that it is extremely difficult for international students to find housing and we are particularly vulnerable to getting taken advantage of as we look for housing from abroad. Jardine is basically the only option.
Kansas State has not taken a leadership role on the issue of affordable housing, but I think they can and should. That would give me some hope.”
We want to hear your story.
We are collecting renter's stories about problems they face finding safe and affordable housing in Manhattan, KS. We share stories online through social media, letters to local newspapers, and with our local representatives. We want renters to know they're not the only one facing these sorts of issues.
Let us know what issues you’re currently facing and we’ll reach out to you to help you edit and publish your story online.
Write a letter to the editor
Writing letters to the editor is one of the most effective ways of getting legislator’s attention. Submit a rough draft of your story to us and we’ll help you polish it for publication!
Meet with an Organizer
Meet with Jon to discuss some actions you can take, receive coaching on advocacy, and help realize your potential while fighting for housing justice.
Email the City Commission
Write an email to the city commission and let commissioners know why safe and affordable housing is important to you.
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