Tenants should have the right to legal representation before eviction


Our State's courts have become inundated with eviction actions, as tenants struggle to make ends meet.
Op-Ed (New Jersey)

Paula Franzese
NJ.com
April 3, 2018
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Tags: Civil Right to Counsel, Housing: Eviction


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Against that bleak landscape, I applaud Newark Mayor Ras Baraka’s commitment to bring to fruition a right to counsel for Newark tenants most at risk of eviction – the disabled, the elderly, and those with incomes no more than two times the federal poverty level. The city’s initiative will give voice to tenants otherwise silenced by a system that too often is stacked against them. It is a major step on behalf of fundamental fairness and equal access to justice and should serve as a model for State-wide implementation.