Governor Signs Alejo's Tenants' Rights Bill
September 11, 2012
Tenants facing eviction will have increased access to legal counsel come Jan. 1, thanks to a bill authored by Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Watsonville, and signed today by Gov. Jerry Brown.
AB 1865 will authorize bar associations to provide legal service to low-income individuals facing eviction actions. This expands on today's existing offerings through the court system.
“As a former staff attorney for the Monterey County Superior Court, I witnessed how state cuts impacted the levels of public service offered by the courts," Alejo said in a statement.
"This bill will allow the bar association community to assist those in need of legal counsel during a time of severe hardship for the state court system."
The bill was supported by the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, the City of Santa Monica, Consumer Attorneys of California, the Santa Clara County La Raza Lawyers Association, the Watsonville Law Center and the Western Center on Law & Poverty.