More rent reform now, please: Keep going to give tenants additional protections

Lawmakers must enact, without further delay, Good Cause legislation to bring renters rights and other crucial protections to tenants in smaller buildings and in manufactured home communities that fall outside of rent stabilization.

Op-Ed (New York)

Judith Goldiner, Ellen Davidson
New York Daily News
January 24, 2020

Tags: Housing, Housing: Eviction, Housing: Right to Counsel

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


The Legal Aid Society conducted an analysis this past month of evictions executed by New York City marshals. Between when the new law was enacted through the end of last year, 8,951 evictions have been executed compared to 10,958 during the same period from the previous year, a reduction of 2,007 evictions or 18%. This a clear product of the reforms and New York City’s Right to Counsel program, which connects low-income tenants to attorneys in housing court.

And despite claims from landlords that cranes would disappear from the skylines and that construction sites would empty, that is simply not happening. Moreover, landlords also claimed that violations would balloon following the reforms because upkeep would be too costly. City data suggests otherwise.