Lawmakers propose bill to help New York renters avoid eviction

Tenant and landlord advocates are gearing up for another fight about housing rights in the new year, and lawmakers are set to consider a bill that would prohibit landlords from evicting tenants without providing a good legal reason when a lease expires.

News Story (New York)

Danielle Leigh
WABC-TV (New York, NY)
December 5, 2019

Tags: Housing: Eviction

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


Attorneys with the Legal Aid Society argue the proposed law is necessary to protect tenants, particularly in New York City.

“Why should they be able to displace someone on a whim?” attorney Julia McNally said. “Also, more troubling, very often, really when the landlords say there is no cause, there is a cause. It’s just not a legal cause. It’s something that actually if they had to put it forward, would not be legal. For example, they don’t want someone with a wheelchair.”

McNally said the proposed eviction law would protect tenants from discrimination and greedy landlords, who are looking to push tenants out to raise the rent.