Wednesday, February 15, 2017

NYC Enacts Right to Counsel in Housing Court!

Tenants have won a huge victory:  Lawyers will provided free for tenants whose household income is under $50,000 (for a family of 4), and those with more income will get free legal counseling (but not representation) in court.

NY Times Editorial
A Housing Solution: Lawyers for Tenants





Councilman Mark Levine spoke in September in support of legislation to offer legal assistance to lower-income tenants facing eviction. Credit Dave Sanders, NY Times

EXCERPT:  At a time when America’s most powerful landlord, President Trump, has threatened to put legal services for the poor on the chopping block, New York City is pointing in another direction, toward justice for those who can’t always afford to pay for it themselves.

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