Reason: Contempt for Renters Leads to Second-Class Search and Seizure Protections by J.D. Tuccille (“Signing a lease instead of a deed shouldn’t erase your right to be free of government home invasions.”):
Add Pottstown, Pennsylvania, to the list of jurisdictions getting slapped over officials’ efforts to bypass search and seizure protections by mandating regular inspections of rental units. Last week, a Pennsylvania court vacated earlier rulings in favor of local officials and said trial should continue on plaintiffs’ claims that their rights are violated by invasions of their homes without cause or consent.
That’s potentially good news for the people of Pottstown, but also for tenants and landlords everywhere. Recent decades have seen creeping efforts by local governments to treat those who rent homes by choice or necessity as second-class citizens denied the full protections for their privacy embodied in the Fourth Amendment and similar state provisions.