Seattle becomes eighth city with eviction right to counsel

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03/29/2021, Legislation, Housing - Evictions

CB 120007, a bill filed in the Seattle City Council by Councilwoman Sawant and amended by the Council, was passed by the Council in March 2021.  It provides a right to counsel for all low-income tenants facing eviction.  The Seattle Times, Crosscut, The Urbanist, and The Appeal have more.

 

Data from the Housing Justice Project, the main legal services provider in Seattle, shows that 52% of represented tenants in Seattle have been able to stay in their homes, compared to only 8% of unrepresented tenants.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: yes

 

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The NCCRC testified before the City Council on the bill.