Study: Bridgeport, New Haven have among highest 75 eviction rates in large cities

DeLauro, pointing to studies in cities across the country, said providing representation to those contesting eviction dramatically alters the outcome of cases.

News Story (Connecticut)

Ben Lambert, Emilie Munson
New Haven Register
January 24, 2020

Tags: Housing: Eviction, Housing: Right to Counsel

Organizations mentioned/involved: New Haven Legal Assistance Association (CT)


Among others, she noted an analysis out of Philadelphia, which looked at more than 100,000 cases of eviction from nonpublic housing between 2012 and 2017. In those cases, people without representation were evicted 78 percent of the time. Those with representation were evicted 5 percent of the time.

According to the Eviction Lab, a research group from Princeton University founded by sociologist Matthew Desmond, the majority of those facing eviction do not go to court with an attorney to help them.

“Right now, there is a huge discrepancy between landlords and tenants when it comes to legal representation,” said Lavar Edmonds, a research specialist with the Eviction Lab. “Because more eviction cases are civil cases, unlike criminal proceedings, tenants are not really afforded an attorney so you are seeing at best 10 percent of tenants have attorneys, usually lower than that in an area, whereas upwards of 80 or 90 percent of landlords have representation.”