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A letter from legal groups to the New York City’s Law Department warned city officials that “vulnerable tenants” are often ensnared in nuisance abatements.

News Story (New York)

Sarah Ryley
New York Daily News, ProPublica
May 2, 2016

Tags: Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services NYC (LSNYC), Legal Aid Society (New York City)


Two nonprofit legal groups wrote a letter in April 2015 to the Law Department, which is co-counsel in every nuisance case, detailing “the eviction of vulnerable tenants without prior due process.”

The letter, from the Legal Aid Society and Legal Services NYC, also noted that nuisance cases are frequently filed many months after the last alleged offense, and after the New York City Housing Authority has already initiated, and in some cases resolved, administrative proceedings against the tenants over the same allegations.