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.
The NCCRC helped with the bill development process.