As Virginia policymakers begin studying high eviction rates, a sharp debate emerges over root causes

A state housing panel has started studying ways to bring down high eviction rates found in several Virginia cities in the hopes of finding legislative fixes that the General Assembly could take up next year.

News Story (Virginia)

Graham Moomaw
Richmond Times-Dispatch
May 7, 2018

Tags: Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: Central Virginia Legal Aid Society


As a Virginia Housing Commission work group began those discussions Monday, sharp differences of opinion emerged over whether high eviction rates are a byproduct of poverty and a lack of affordable housing or the result of landlord-tenant laws that are stacked against renters who struggle to pay the bills.