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Renters in Albany — they’re just like us. And the New York City Right to Counsel Coalition says they need access to lawyers in housing court, too. more
Legal representation for tenants in housing court plummeted quickly this year after New York’s eviction moratorium ended Jan. 15. more
A city law enacted in 2017 that was supposed to guarantee counsel to apartment tenants facing eviction has failed miserably. The end of a pandemic-related two-year moratorium on evictions has shown how ill-prepared the city’s legal service right to counsel unit was to handle the explosion of such evictions over the past five months. more
A perilously long escalator carries lawyers and tenants to the second floor of the Bronx Housing Court on a Wednesday afternoon. They step off gingerly and some splinter off towards Room 250, where a bank of computers awaits. The Help Room is provisioned with photocopiers offering 15 cents per page, stacks of court forms, and video conference stations – a few of the services available to the 136 households summoned each day to virtual intake for an eviction filing in the Bronx. more
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