Day: October 13, 2016

Pro Bono in the News: Representation for Low-Income Tenants

In late September, in a move that would drastically change the landscape and even the playing field in evictions and foreclosures, the New York City Council proposed providing lawyers to all low-income residents in these cases. If it succeeds, New York would become the first municipality in the U.S. to significantly combat the power imbalance between landlords and low-income tenants. “Low-income” for the purposes of the bill is defined as having an annual income of less than twice the federal poverty level. In New York, that means a single person making less than $23,540, and for a family of four,

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