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An investigation into a prominent Vermont landlord

An overflowing red dumpster.
James Buck
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Seven Days
Overflowing dumpsters at a Bove complex in Essex Town Center. VPR's Liam Elder-Connors and Seven Days' Derek Brouwer join Brave Little State to discuss their investigation into Mark and Rick Bove’s empire of affordable rentals.

A joint investigation into a growing rental empire finds a pattern of neglect — and reveals how ill-equipped Vermont is to oversee the quality and safety of some of the state's most affordable housing.

VPR's Liam Elder-Connors and Seven Days' Derek Brouwer join Brave Little State to discuss their reporting. Listen to the conversation in the audio player above.

Read the story here: Roaches and broken locks: Mark and Rick Bove’s growing empire of affordable rentals vexes code enforcers

Read Mark Bove's letter to the editor in Seven Days: Bove Family Responds

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This episode was produced by Angela Evancie, with help from Josh Crane and Myra Flynn. The investigation was edited by VPR's Mark Davis and Seven Days' Matthew Roy. Ty Gibbons composed our theme music; other music by Blue Dot Sessions.

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Angela Evancie is VPR's Director of Engagement Journalism and the Executive Producer of Brave Little State, the station's people-powered journalism project.