Maryland is second state with eviction right to counsel

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05/13/2021, Legislation, Housing - Evictions

UPDATE: bill has become law!

 

On the last day of the legslative session, HB 18 made it through the Maryland House and Senate, and on May 28 the bill became law.  The Appeal has more.

 

Background

 

Following up on Baltimore's passage of an eviction rgith to counsel, a group of MD lawmakers introduced a legislative package that includes a right to counsel for tenants facing eviction (HB 18 / SB 154).  The House bill has made it out of committee.  Media coverage can be found in the Maryland Daily Record, WYPRDelmarva NowWBAL TV, and DCist.

 

Maryland joins Connecticut, Indiana, MinnesotaNebraskaSouth Carolina, and Washington State with such legislation in 2021.

 

Relatedly, the Maryand Attorney General's Access to Justice Task Force released a report recommending a right to counsel for tenants facing eviction.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no

 

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The NCCRC helped shape the bill language and is part of the statewide coalition of advocates.