ACLU: One-Strike Eviction Law Unfair to Landlords, Tenants

A northeastern Pennsylvania city is being sued over a "one-strike" law used to seize rental property and evict tenants suspected of illegal drug or gun activity.

Civil rights lawyers say the practice in Wilkes-Barre goes too far to crack down on crime.

The American Civil Liberties Union's lawsuit Thursday accuses the city of evicting innocent renters and punishing landlords unaware of any illegal activity.

The ACLU says at least three other municipalities have similar laws on the books.

The group won a renter-and-landlord rights case last year over a Norristown law that evicted tenants for making three 911 calls within four months.

Thursday's lawsuit says that Wilkes-Barre officials evicted tenants and seized property over allegations never proven in court.

The city's lawyer says he hasn't seen the lawsuit.

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