News Story (Maryland)
December 14, 2015
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Tags: Housing: Eviction, Rent Court, Research/Data
Organizations mentioned/involved: Public Justice Center (PJC)
According to the data, 94 percent of defendants in rent court were Black. Baltimore is the second city in the country with the highest percentage of people who have to deal with eviction. Many people are forced to leave because they don’t have access to legal help. “Our study shows that the court system prioritizes efficiencies which privilege the landlord’s bottom line, and as a result, it decidedly ignores two predominating realities of poor renters and their housing,” read the report.
“Then, institutionalized customs of the court steer renters away from defending themselves, instead pushing them into agreements that have no effect on the considerable problems renters face at home – namely, overspending on insecure, unsafe, unhealthy housing.”