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NYC Reps Join Cleveland Officials in Providing Legal Services for Poor Renters

Leaders from New York City’s “right-to-council” movement joined Cleveland representatives to discuss ways to decrease eviction and homelessness rates through legal representation for low-income renters. So reports

Advocates said poor tenants who cannot afford representation are often victims of fraudulent eviction claims or poor conditions that go unreported for fear of retaliation.

New York City recently instituted a law guaranteeing counsel for low-income tenants that qualify, which has led to a reduction in evictions and cases filed. Legal costs to the municipalities would be offset by savings for social services.

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