NYC’s Legal Assistance Program For Tenants Is Saving Thousands From Eviction

Court-appointed lawyers have started to transform the predatory environment of housing court, resulting in fewer evictions, but some eligible tenants still slip through the cracks, and implementation has been more successful in some boroughs than others.

News Story (New York)

Jake Bittle
Gothamist (NYC)
November 15, 2018

Tags: Civil Right to Counsel, Housing: Eviction

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


When facing unrepresented tenants, attorneys representing landlords often try to end cases before they even begin: they pull tenants from the courtroom into a crowded hallway, present them with a stack of paper, and telling them they can leave court immediately if they sign on the line and agree to a deal offered by their landlord. Sometimes these lawyers will even approach tenants and try to hash out deals without revealing who they work for.