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Tenant Blacklisting & Housing Court Records

with Esme Caramello

Many advocates know that a client’s criminal record can be a barrier to finding housing. But another kind of legal record can also be a barrier—a housing court record of having sued or been sued by a landlord. What can advocates do to mitigate the consequences of public access to housing court records?

In our September episode of the Advocacy Exchange, our monthly conversation with advocates advancing change, we talked with Esme Caramello, a clinical professor of law at Harvard Law School and the faculty director of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, about how advocates have fought tenant blacklisting by regulating the availability, content, and use of housing court records.

For more information, be sure to read Esme Caramello and Nora Mahlberg’s Clearinghouse article, Combating Tenant Blacklisting Based on Housing Court Records: A Survey of Approaches.  

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