News Story, Video (Virginia)
PBS News Hour
January 13, 2020
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Tags: Health Care, Housing: Eviction
Organizations mentioned/involved: Central Virginia Legal Aid Society
Martin Wegbreit is an attorney at the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society, a nonprofit that represents and advocates for low-income tenants. He says Richmond’s eviction rate spiked for many reasons
We have a shortage of affordable housing. We have a poverty rate of 25 percent in the city. We have gentrification. We have a history of racial segregation, state-sponsored racial segregation. So it’s all of those factors combined.
Virginia has long been considered a friendly state for landlords, with a host of laws that make it cheap, quick and relatively easy to evict tenants.
The filing fee to file an eviction lawsuit in Virginia is $58. By comparison, in Alabama, it’s $250.