Court considers new rules to blunt the impact of Akron’s high eviction rate

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Court considers new rules to blunt the impact of Akron’s high eviction rate

December 25, 2019 | Doug Livingston | Akron Beacon Journal
Akron municipal judges are set to adopt new rules requiring more of landlords who evict tenants while giving tenants the chance to seal such cases, which can bar them from finding an apartment in the future, even if they won the eviction case or a judge tossed it out.
Tags: Housing: Landlord-Tenant

Staying home: NYC evictions down nearly 20% after pro-tenant laws enacted

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Staying home: NYC evictions down nearly 20% after pro-tenant laws enacted

January 6, 2020 | Gabe Herman | amNewYork
Evictions are down nearly 20 percent in New York City since rent laws were enacted last June, city data shows — and the nonprofit Legal Aid Society credited the new laws with contributing to the decline.
Tags: Housing | Housing: Eviction | Housing: Landlord-Tenant | Housing: Right to Counsel

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