Pennsylvania and New Jersey have new laws on the books in 2020

Philadelphia will provide free legal representation to low-income tenants at risk of being evicted, after a bill detailing the measure passed unanimously by City Council and was signed by Mayor Jim Kenney in December.

News Story (Pennsylvania)

Pranshu Verma
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 2, 2020

Tags: Housing: Eviction, Housing: Right to Counsel


Implementation will ramp up in 2020, and take multiple years to fully phase in, as funding and staffing for the initiative become available.

Under the law, tenants whose annual gross income does not exceed $24,980 for a single person and $51,500 for a family of four will qualify for free legal representation provided by local nonprofits.

Renters who meet the income guidelines — including those who live in housing managed and owned by the city’s Housing Authority — are eligible.