Legal Aid Society


Evictions Down 20 Percent Due to Housing Reform, Right to Counsel

The Legal Aid Society hailed the success of the newly enacted rent laws and New York City’s Right to Counsel program in housing court, each of which has contributed to a roughly 18.3 percent decline in evictions in New York City, reports AM New York.

Since the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act was enacted through the end of 2019, 8,951 evictions have been executed by New York City Marshalls compared to 10,958 the previous year – a reduction of 2,007 evictions.

“These laws and programs are noticeably working and more New Yorkers are remaining in their homes,” said Judith Goldiner, Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Law Reform Unit at The Legal Aid Society. “However, we still have more to do and it starts with Albany enacting Good Cause legislation and Home Stability Support, investing in public housing across New York, and ending useless corporate subsidies that only benefit big developers. These measures are needed to meaningfully address our sprawling affordable housing and homelessness crises.”

Learn more about the impact of the historic rent reforms in this week’s Marketplace podcast: