It's time for renters facing eviction to have a right to counsel
Too often, South Carolinians are faced with evictions that threaten their homes, families, and well-being. Even more often, people facing eviction are left to navigate that complex legal hurdle by themselves, without legal representation. This systematically sets up tenants to fail, forcing them to leave their homes and leaving them to deal with the devastating, long-lasting impacts of eviction.
In more than 99% of eviction proceedings, renters have no legal representation, which most often results in displacement that can trigger devastating repercussions for renters and their families including homelessness and poor health and education outcomes. The majority of the renters who qualify for eviction right to counsel are female heads of household, meaning that this program can keep mothers and their children from being removed from their homes.
W. Weston Newton, Chair of the South Carolina House Judiciary Committee
Your State Representative