Virginia to study high rates of evictions in the state

HOUSING | After a recent study found that five Virginia cities had eviction rates among the highest in the country, the state has decided to convene a work group to study the problem. (Richmond Times, 5/7)

A separate Richmond Times-Dispatch analysis of eviction records found that Richmond’s public housing authority initiated more evictions than any other landlord in the state, while some private landlords were even more aggressive about using the courts to force tenants to pay rent or leave.

Martin Wegbreit, director of litigation for the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society, pointed out several examples of ways in which the legal system is “unfriendly” to tenants by giving them little legal recourse in disputes with landlords unless their debts are fully paid.

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– In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the National Women’s Law Center will be sharing overlooked histories, stories and research about this community. Learn more here. (NWLC, 5/1)

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– Kendra