Sarah Rosenkrantz Spotlights Harvard’s Role in the Boston Housing Crisis

Sarah Rosenkrantz (’23), incoming Fellow, Greater Boston Legal Services, contributed an article to The [F]law examining how Harvard’s position as a nonprofit enables evasion of certain tenant protections and corporate tax liabilities, while the university functions as a corporate landlord amassing multiple properties impacting community displacement (“Harvard and the Housing Crisis: The Non-Profit Corporate Landlord Behind Boston’s Housing Crisis,” Nov. 21). “It [Harvard University Housing] holds immense power over its direct tenants and the community that neighbors it, dictating the terms of housing costs and surrounding affordability. . . . Though exempt from paying taxes on property used for educational purposes, universities like Harvard are in reality large businesses, and play a significant economic role in American cities.”