Every year in Baltimore, more than 6,000 renters and their families are evicted from their homes — forced into court proceedings at a higher rate than any other major American city except Detroit, according to a new study from the Public Justice Center.
News Story (Maryland)
December 7, 2015
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Tags: Housing: Eviction, Rent Court, Research/Data
Organizations mentioned/involved: Public Justice Center (PJC)
“Baltimore needs to answer its rent eviction crisis, and change to the Rent Court system should be a major component of that answer,” the authors wrote. “The court is undeniably overrun by the pressure to collect for landlords. The resulting 6,000 to 7,000 rent evictions reflect our leaders’ inattention to the state of the court system and the magnitude of crisis.”
The study was conducted with the Right for Housing Alliance and funded by the Abell Foundation. It found that most renters facing eviction had legally justifiable grounds for withholding rent payments.
In a survey of about 300 renters facing eviction, 78 percent reported having one or more threats to health or safety existing in their home at the time they appeared at court. About 58 percent reported insect or rodent infestation, 41 percent reported flaking or peeling paint and 37 percent reported plumbing leaks, according to the study.