New York is betting $155 million that it can cut evictions


New York City recently passed a law, to be phased in over five years, funding free legal services for residents who are facing eviction and fall below a certain income threshold.
News Story (New York)

Marielle Segarra
Marketplace
October 2, 2017
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Tags: Civil Right to Counsel, Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society (New York City)


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Ninety-nine percent of landlords in New York City eviction cases have lawyers. Just 27 percent of tenants do.

Without a lawyer, tenants are at a disadvantage, Jimenez said. “Most of the time you’ll be going up against somebody who’s been doing this for decades, knows all the judges, knows all the court staff, knows the system,” he said.