Legal Aid Society


Poll: New Yorkers Support "Good Cause" Eviction Protections

A new Data for Progress poll shows robust support for the “Good Cause” eviction bill in every corner of the state, including in moderate and conservative-leaning regions of the state, as reported by the New York Daily News.

The legislation, a top issue in negotiation in the post-budget legislative session, would protect tenants in unregulated housing from unjust evictions and unreasonable rent increases.

Overall, the poll shows more than two in three likely voters in New York support “Good Cause.” The poll is also the first Good Cause survey to include region-specific data. The findings show that 75 percent of likely voters support the legislation in the Capital Region (where a local Good Cause law was passed in Albany last August).

The poll also shows that New Yorkers are worried about rising rent prices. Overall, three in four respondents said they were very concerned or somewhat concerned about the cost of rent, with similar numbers in every region of New York State. Concerns are particularly acute among Black and Latino tenants, with 82% of Black voters and 76% of Latino/a voters expressing concern about rising costs, compared with 69% of white voters. Rents in New York City have increased a stunning 33 percent since 2021, and steep increases have been reported across the state.

“Our clients and all tenants in unregulated housing need protection from excessive rent increases and evictions for no reason this minute,” said Judith Goldiner, Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Law Reform Unit at The Legal Aid Society. “Albany has until the end of session next week to enact this critical, common sense and budget-neutral legislation, which the majority of New Yorkers support and want to see become law.”

Watch Legal Aid’s video in support of “Good Cause” below.