We have a right to counsel in criminal cases. Why not in evictions?

Congress and state lawmakers should act to pass legislation to ensure all families have their day in court.


Amanda Scott
Washington Post
November 6, 2018

Tags: Civil Right to Counsel, Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel (NCCRC)


It wasn’t until 10 years later, when I was interning at Legal Services Alabama, that I learned it was illegal for our landlord to throw our belongings on the front lawn. I think back to that time and I wonder: Could we have kept our home if we’d had a lawyer?

Low-income tenants represented by legal aid attorneys are significantly more likely to prevail in housing court and secure settlements than those who appear in court with no representation. Yet, in many housing courts across the country, only 10 percent of tenants are represented by legal counsel, compared with 90 percent of landlords.