Seattle becomes eighth city with eviction right to counsel
While a state may have many statutes, court decisions, or court rules governing appointment of counsel for a particular subject area, a "Key Development" is a statute/decision/rule that prevails over the others (example: a state high court decision finding a categorical right to counsel in guardianships cases takes precedence over a statute saying appointment in guardianship cases is discretionary).
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.
If "yes", the established right to counsel or discretionary appointment of counsel is limited in some way, including any of: the only authority is a lower/intermediate court decision or a city council, not a high court or state legislature; there has been a subsequent case that has cast doubt; a statute is ambiguous; or the right or discretionary appointment is not for all types of individuals or proceedings within that category.
Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: yes
The NCCRC testified before the City Council on the bill.