New Orleans and Detroit Extend Right to Counsel to Residents

The New Orleans City Council unanimously passed a right-to-counsel (RTC) ordinance on May 5, mandating that any person at risk of losing their home in eviction court has the right to an attorney. With the overall eviction rate in New Orleans nearly double the national rate, housing advocates are celebrating this triumph in the fight for sustainable renter protections. Meanwhile, the Detroit City Council also voted unanimously to extend right to counsel to low-income tenants facing eviction. Renters in Detroit with incomes below 200% of federal poverty levels who are facing evictions or involved in other proceedings (e.g., mortgage or property tax foreclosures) will be able to receive free legal representation.

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