Bill would provide Baltimore tenants with right to counsel

10/07/2020, Legislation, Housing - Evictions

A bill has been introduced in Baltimore to provide a right to counsel for tenants facing eviction.  You can read the bill text and a fact sheet about the bill, and check out Baltimore Renters United's page on right to counsel.

 

Notably, a Baltimore Sun op-ed made the case for Maryland to provide all three necessary pieces to avoid an eviction crisis: a state moratorium (due to the flaws in the CDC one), rent relief, and a right to counsel. For this last point, it cites to a Stout study that found a $5.7 million investment in right to counsel in Baltimore would yield $35.6 million in benefits to the city and state.

 

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The NCCRC helped with the bill development process.