Push to Provide Lawyers in New York City Housing Court Gains Momentum


Mayor Bill de Blasio’s affordable housing strategy to help tenants remain in rent-regulated apartments, the lack of counsel in Housing Court is drawing increased attention.
Feature, News Story (New York)

Mireya Navarro
New York Times (NYT)
December 16, 2014
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Tags: Courts, Disability: Mental Health, Disability: Physical, Funding: State & Local, Housing: Homelessness, Minorities: Racial/Ethnic, Seniors, Women

Organizations mentioned/involved: Urban Justice Center (UJC) (New York City)


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Most low-income tenants in New York face their landlords’ lawyers without lawyers of their own. Critics have long complained that without counsel, tenants are all but set up to lose, and often do. With the city stepping up efforts to help tenants remain in rent-regulated apartments, as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s affordable housing strategy, the lack of counsel in Housing Court is drawing increased attention from City Hall and the court system.