City gets behind ‘good cause’ eviction law, but with some reservations about next steps

The group’s next legislative goal is to win funding for a “right to counsel,” which would guarantee that every low-income renter who ends up in eviction court can receive legal representation.

News Story (Pennsylvania)

Jake Blumgart
January 22, 2019

Tags: Civil Right to Counsel, Funding: State & Local, Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: Community Legal Services (CLS) of Philadelphia


Data from 2017 show that more than 80 percent of city landlords had lawyers while less than 10 percent of the tenants had representation.

Several other major cities have agreed to fund right-to-counsel, including New York and San Francisco. The Philadelphia Bar Association last year estimated it would cost $3.5 million annually to fund such a program fully in the City of Brotherly Love. Advocates have suggested that the $53 million the Kenney administration allocated to the housing trust fund last year could hold part of the answer.