Council members, advocates call on city to provide low-income tenants with attorneys in housing court

Nearly 30,000 people were evicted from their properties in New York City last year and it's caused quite a stir. Council members are calling for the city budget to allow for attorneys to be provided to low income tenants that are being evicted from their homes so that, according to Councilman Mark Levine, the tenants will have a fair chance in court. The council is claiming that many tenants are being evicted that shouldn't be, but they do not understand the landlord-tenant laws for their area and therefore are leaving. The council believes that providing attorneys to these tenants will help them have a fair shot at staying in their home.
The next budget is set to be approved by June 30, but they're hoping that the mayor will add this to the budget. It's estimated to cost the city around $1 million to implement, but the claim remains that it will save the city money in the long run by keeping people out of the homeless shelters and in the units that they previously lived in.

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POSTED June 13 2014 10:10 AM

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