Opinion | There’s plenty of money to avoid evictions. States just have to spend it.

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Landlords themselves should use eviction as a last resort; if their renters obtain federal aid, landlords are more likely to recover back rent, and they would avoid the disruption of eviction. Meanwhile, judges should be flexible with renters facing evictions, especially those whose rental aid applications are still pending. The judges’ role is especially important since, as we have noted in earlier editorials, tenants in most places have no right to counsel when they are hauled into eviction court.

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