As Rents Rise, Cities Strengthen Tenants’ Ability to Fight Eviction

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As Rents Rise, Cities Strengthen Tenants’ Ability to Fight Eviction

December 26, 2019 | Laura Kusisto | Wall Street Journal (WSJ)
Half-a-dozen cities from San Francisco to Cleveland are promising tenants the right to an attorney in eviction cases, a costly and logistically daunting initiative that advocates say is a necessary response to rising housing costs and homelessness.
Tags: Housing: Eviction | Right to Counsel

Philadelphia renters forced to deal with major issues — or risk eviction

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Philadelphia renters forced to deal with major issues — or risk eviction

December 18, 2019 | Steve Volk | WHYY (PA)
“The importance of the right to counsel bill can’t be minimized,” says Rachel Garland, a veteran of the city’s eviction courts and managing attorney at Community Legal Services. “This is a very large step for Philadelphia.”
Tags: Housing: Eviction | Housing: Right to Counsel

5 Principles for Civil Justice Reform

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5 Principles for Civil Justice Reform

December 19, 2019 | Danielle Root , Maggie Jo Buchanan | Center for American Progress (CAP)
For parties involved, the stakes of civil proceedings are extraordinarily high. Child custody; orders of protection against a violent stalker; foreclosure of and eviction from a home; and falling prey to predatory debt collectors are all matters handled by civil courts.
Tags: Civil Justice Reform

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