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Tenants are fed up with poor housing conditions in Kansas City

At an affordable housing apartment complex near Kansas City's sport stadiums, tenants have lived through uninhabitable conditions for years. Plus: Real estate company VineBrook Homes is snatching up homes around the Midwest and in Kansas City at a rapid pace, but tenants are crying foul.

Tenants at a low-income apartment complex in Kansas City have lived in uninhabitable conditions for years. Now, they’re taking action. KCUR’s Celisa Calacal takes us there.

A company called VineBrook Homes has bought about 27,000 single family homes in the Midwest and South since late 2018. These houses are, or soon become, rentals. Now VineBrook is moving into the Kansas City metro. As the Midwest Newsroom’s Kavahn Mansouri reports, VineBrook has a poor record with tenants and has even been sued by one city.

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