Tenants facing eviction almost never have lawyers. Now, an attorney trawls a courthouse lobby handing out free advice

News Story (Virginia)

Tenants facing eviction almost never have lawyers. Now, an attorney trawls a courthouse lobby handing out free advice

May 15, 2019 | Ned Oliver | Virginia Mercury
Tenants facing eviction in Virginia are almost never represented by lawyers. But that’s about to change as a flood of cash begins to flow to legal aid groups around the state.
Tags: Housing: Eviction

‘Someone To Speak For You’: Low-Income Tenants Get Lawyers For Housing Court

Audio (New York)

‘Someone To Speak For You’: Low-Income Tenants Get Lawyers For Housing Court

April 3, 2019 | Jenifer McKim | National Public Radio (NPR)
The right to counsel program, signed into law in 2017, is meant to address the legal disparity in a city where historically only one in 10 tenants in housing court had a lawyer, while most landlords had legal representation.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Housing: Eviction