Staying home: NYC evictions down nearly 20% after pro-tenant laws enacted

Evictions are down nearly 20 percent in New York City since rent laws were enacted last June, city data shows — and the nonprofit Legal Aid Society credited the new laws with contributing to the decline.

News Story (New York)

Gabe Herman
January 6, 2020

Tags: Housing, Housing: Eviction, Housing: Landlord-Tenant, Housing: Right to Counsel

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


The Legal Aid Society said the decline was also impacted by the city’s Right to Counsel program, which launched in 2017 and gives New Yorkers with lower incomes the right to have an attorney when facing an eviction in housing court.

“These laws and programs are noticeably working and more New Yorkers are remaining in their homes as a result,” said Judith Goldiner, Attorney-In-Charge of the Civil Law Reform Unit at The Legal Aid Society. “However, we still have more to do and it starts with Albany enacting Good Cause legislation and Home Stability Support, investing in public housing across New York, and ending useless corporate subsidies that only benefit big developers. These measures are needed to meaningfully address our sprawling affordable housing and homelessness crises.”

Good Cause legislation would prevent tenants from being evicted due to large rent increases, and Home Stability Support would provide rent supplements to those eligible for public assistance who face eviction or other possible housing loss.