Is Tenants’ Right to Counsel On Its Way to Becoming Standard Practice?

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Is Tenants’ Right to Counsel On Its Way to Becoming Standard Practice?

December 10, 2019 | Jared Brey | NextCity.org
Eviction is a deeply disruptive and destructive event in a tenant’s life that, in the words of Matt Desmond, director of Princeton University's Eviction Lab, “is not just a condition of poverty, it is a cause of it.” Research shows that most of the time in housing court landlords have lawyers but tenants do not. The good news is that there is a growing national movement to provide all renters facing eviction the legal help they need to ensure a fair outcome in eviction proceedings. So far, five cities have passed such bills, and more are considering it.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Housing: Eviction | Housing: Landlord-Tenant

A Fairer Evictions Court

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A Fairer Evictions Court

November 6, 2019 | Steve Volk | Philadelphia Citizen
Proposed legislation would provide free lawyers for Philly tenants at risk of evictions, similar to how defendants are guaranteed counsel in criminal court. Could it help even the playing field here, as it has in New York City?
Tags: Housing: Right to Counsel