News Story (Pennsylvania)
South Texas College of Law Houston Veterans Clinic, WHYY (PA)
November 13, 2018
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Tags: Funding: State & Local, Housing: Eviction
A lawyer is only guaranteed in criminal court. As a result, the study found that between 2007 and 2016, 80 percent of landlords are represented, while only 7 percent of renters are.
“There is a huge disparity of power and knowledge so low-income renters end up doing very poorly,” said Ethan Fogel, a partner with Dechert LLP, a major law firm that performs pro bono tenant-side work. “People are intimidated. There are all sorts of complicated rules and the tenant often doesn’t know about them, so they can’t mount a credible defense.”