By Ann Brown
In Newark, New Jersey, where 78 percent of the 300,000 residents are renters, the rents keep going up and many renters find themselves facing eviction.
Median rents in the city have gone up 20 percent since 2000, according to a recent report by the Rutger’s Center for Law, Inequality and Metropolitan Equity.
Because of high rents, 60 percent of renters pay more than a third of their income toward their rent and are considered rent burdened, NJ.com reported.
To help residents who find themselves in danger of an eviction, Newark just announced plans to introduce legislation that will guarantee a free lawyer for every low-income resident facing eviction.
Nine out of 10 tenants in Newark in the eviction process lack an attorney, according to Jay Lee, director of rent control for Newark.
Newark in 2016 saw 22 evictions filed for every 100 renter homes. That’s about 17,000 convictions, according to the first nationwide database of evictions compiled by The Eviction Lab at Princeton University. Nationally, that number is significantly lower: about 6 evictions for every 100 renter homes. There are also informal evictions that are Click here to read entire article