Evictions can plunge an already struggling tenant even deeper into poverty.
News Story (NATIONAL)
June 12, 2018
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Tags: Housing: Eviction
Organizations mentioned/involved: Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, Community Legal Services (CLS) of Philadelphia
Compounding the issue is the fact that many low-income tenants aren’t aware of their rights, can’t access legal counsel or end up in court just for demanding that their landlords make basic improvements to their homes.
More cities are developing programs and passing legislation to help improve outcomes for renters. New York City, which has the most evictions of any major U.S. city, passed a law last year that guarantees legal representation to any low-income resident facing eviction. In more than 90 percent of eviction cases in New York City, landlords had access to legal representation, and 90 percent of tenants didn’t. It was the first law of its kind in the U.S.