Legal Aid Statement on NYS Legislature Housing Agreement

Adriene Holder, Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Practice at The Legal Aid Society, released the following statement tonight responding to the New York State Senate and New York Assembly agreement that will enact a package of legislation to reform statewide rent laws:

“We commend the Senate and Assembly for reaching this agreement to advance historic housing reforms across New York State. This package of legislation will reverse decades of rampant landlord abuse and enact much-needed protections for hundreds of thousands of tenants.

Albany has decisively put the rights of tenants to stable, affordable housing above landlord profits, and affirmed that housing is, in fact, a human right. It is a new day for our clients and all low-income communities, both upstate and downstate, who have been disproportionately impacted by rent loopholes. Furthermore, this legislation will expand the scope of procedural protections for tenants in housing court and in courts upstate.

The Legal Aid Society applauds Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie for their leadership in moving the New York forward and strengthening our communities.”