Free Housing Lawyers Drive Down NYC Eviction Rates, City Says


By Kathleen Culliton

A new law that provides free attorneys to low-income renters is driving down eviction rates in New York City, according to city officials.

Evictions declined 14 percent in 2018 to about 18,000, Department of Social Service statistics show, and elected officials say New Yorkers have the newly enacted Right to Counsel Law to thank.

"We believe tenants shouldn't walk into Housing Court alone when their home is at stake," Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday. "To New Yorkers facing harassment and eviction: we have your back."

Right to Counsel, which provides legal representation and advice in eviction cases, provided help to about 87,400 New Yorkers in 2018, city officials said

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