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A Democratic-controlled Senate could bring more relief for renters


Jon Ossoff and David Perdue, candidates for Senate from Georgia.

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With Democrats securing a majority in the Senate, a number of relief measures targeted at renters struggling amid the pandemic – including a right to counsel for those facing eviction and a larger pot of money for back rent – now have a better chance of materializing.

“Democrats have a rare opportunity to directly and swiftly end the eviction crisis and prevent severe harm to renters and landlords nationwide,” said Emily Benfer, a visiting law professor at Wake Forest University.

After months of negotiations, Democrats and Republicans struck a deal on another stimulus package last month that extended…


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