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Watch: NY Leaders Call for Passage of “Good Cause” Eviction Legislation

The Legal Aid Society today released a video featuring Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, New York State Senator Julia Salazar, and District Council 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido calling on Albany to pass the “Good Cause” eviction bill on the one-year anniversary of the introduction of the legislation.

The bill would give every tenant in New York State the right to a renewal lease and protection against unreasonable rent increases, and would require landlords to have “just cause” to evict a tenant in an unregulated or “market-rate” housing unit. In the year since the bill was introduced, at least 36,500 people across the state have faced eviction.

New Yorkers want to see Albany build on the historic housing reforms of 2019 in order to combat the affordable housing and homelessness crisis. A new poll from Data for Progress shows that a majority of New Yorkers support “Good Cause” eviction legislation. Additionally, the legislation has garnered the majority of democratic lawmakers in each chamber as co-sponsors.

Watch the video below and join the conversation by using the hashtag #GoodCauseNow.