As the pandemic winds down in New York, and the moratorium on rent is lifted, the housing courts are expected to have a string of cases, as landlords can
now file to evict tenants who have not paid their rents. The immigrant community, perhaps has suffered the most, and this new threat of losing their homes, is quite worrisome.
However, in New York City, help is readily available. There are several programs that help tenants with any housing issues, especially in the courts. At Abrokyire Nsem we aim to bring these resou
rces to you.
Have you heard of the Right to Counsel Law? This is a law that was passed overwhelmingly in August 2017 by the New York City Council which guarantees that all income eligible tenants will have the right to an attorney when facing eviction in housing court. This means you don't have to face your landlord alone.
According to the New York City Bar Association, this law "
has transformed the playing field...eviction proceedings filing have sharply declined".
If your landlord has served you with eviction papers, don't panic. Before y
ou go to court, contact a legal service office near you by visiting Access HRA or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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