City Council Enacts Low-Income Tenants’ Right to Counsel

The New York City Council recently enacted legislation establishing a right to counsel for low-income tenants in Housing Court. Currently, the bill is awaiting the mayor’s signature before it can become law. The bill, Int. 214-A, was proposed more than two years ago but wasn’t brought before the full council for a vote at that time because some expressed concerns about costs. Since then, support for the bill had grown, with 42 co-sponsors from the 51-member City Council as well as the support of Public Advocate Letitia James.

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