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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: July 7, 2020 02:31 PM
From: Representative Sara Innamorato and Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, Rep. Morgan Cephas
To: All House members
Subject: Legal Aid for Tenants Facing Eviction
When it comes to eviction proceedings, the cards are often stacked against the tenant. Nationwide, almost 90% of landlords and property managers have access to legal representation while just 10% of tenants do. This all but guarantees a loss in court for indigent tentants and therefore, a loss of their home.  It is estimated that between 50% and 75% of tenants without legal representation ended up losing their case and are evicted from their homes.
For this reason, we plan on introducing a bill that would provide legal representation to low-income tenants facing an eviction hearing. This bill is a matter of fairness. With quality representation, we can ensure that seniors and families have a basic level of protection and legal options when facing eviction. 
It is crucial for us to keep as many people in their homes as possible, especially now amidst a global pandemic like COVID-19. Please consider co-sponsoring this important legislation to protect our neighbors who are experiencing difficult times.