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How a Kansas City tenant fought her landlord and won

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When a Kansas City renter was taken to court by her landlord under false claims, she filed a countersuit and won more than $17,000. What does this mean for the future legal relationships between property owners and renters?

A Jackson County judge has ordered a landlord to pay back 15 months of rental payments plus interest and attorney’s fees — an amount totaling more than $17,000 — to a tenant that he unlawfully tried to evict. KCUR reporter Dan Margolies breaks down this David-and-Goliath legal victory for renters.

Times are tough if you’re in the market to buy a home. High demand and limited supply are causing prices to surge, and many would-be homeowners are left wondering if that's still an achievable part of the American Dream. On KCUR's Up To Date, Steve Kraske talks to the Smart Money Experts David Jackson and Nolan Keim about the pros and cons of renting and owning a home.

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Kansas City Today is hosted by Nomin Ujiyediin. It is produced by Byron Love and edited by Gabe Rosenberg & Lisa Rodriguez

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As a newscaster and a host of a daily news podcast, I want to deliver the most important and interesting news of the day in an engaging and easily understandable way. No matter where you live in the metro or what you’re interested in, I want you to learn something from each newscast or podcast – and maybe even give you something to talk about at the dinner table. You can email me at nomin@kcur.org and find me on Twitter @NominUJ.
As an on-demand producer, I am focused on using my skills and experiences across multiple digital applications, platforms and media fields to create community focused audio, video and on-demand products for KCUR Studios. The media that I produce aims to inform, entertain and connect with the Kansas City metro area as we continue to learn from each other. Email me at byron@kcur.org.