Legal Aid Society


NYT Op-Doc: The Landlord’s Worst Nightmare Is a Basic Human Right

The Legal Aid Society is part of a new video op-doc created by The New York Times on the topic of the proposed “Good Cause” eviction legislation, which would provide basic protections for tenants living in not rent-regulated units across the state.

Hosted by comedian and housing advocate, Jeff Seal, the clip makes a humorous and compelling case for the bill, which is critical to preventing mass evictions and homelessness once New York State’s eviction moratorium expires on January 15.

Judith Goldiner, Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Law Reform Unit at Legal Aid explains the root of the problem is “landlords across the state who are able to evict tenants for basically no reason.”

Under the proposed “Good Cause” eviction bill landlords would need to demonstrate a good reason for evicting tenants, it would also protect tenants from exorbitant rent hikes by tying increases to inflation. Goldiner explained that the bill is also fair to landlords, still allowing them to evict tenants for things like non-payment.

Watch the full piece here.