Right to counsel

Applying for the state’s rental assistance program gives tenants protection from eviction while their application is pending.
'The climate in these courtrooms has changed significantly. People are more aware of their rights, and there’s a lot more actual litigation going on.'
Including tenants, victims of domestic violence, targets of predatory lending, people facing discrimination, and disabled children.
"We are the biggest city in the country to level the playing field between tenants and landlords in housing court," said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
A proposed bill would provide attorneys to the tens of thousands of New Yorkers who appear in Housing Court without a legal representation each year.
The current cost is estimated at nearly $1 billion, up from $604 million eight years ago.
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