Beware of Tactics Landlords Use to Evict Rent-Stabilized Tenants

While the de Blasio administration has increased funding for free legal services for tenants, lawyers working with low-income New Yorkers say that isn't solving the problem, citing the arsenal of strategies landlords can use to evict rent-stabilized tenants.

News Story (New York)

Amy Zimmer, Jeanmarie Evelly
DNAinfo (NYC and Chicago)
October 25, 2016

Tags: Housing: Affordability, Housing: Eviction

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


“They’re paying us to plug up the loopholes,” said Edward Josephson, director of litigation and housing at Legal Services NYC, who believes without the state changing rent laws that allow for big hikes on vacant apartments, “the laws will never be respected.”

Burns ended up going to housing court to dispute her landlord’s claim that she’d failed to pay rent. The landlord eventually conceded, and she continued to live in the rent-stabilized apartment.

“As far as I can tell, they just really enjoy wasting people’s time,” Burns said.

But evictions are draining an already over-taxed housing court system, advocates say.