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Housing Court Committee

The Housing Court Committee focuses on landlord-tenant law, the structure and function of the New York City Housing Court, as well as any issues concerning users - both attorneys and litigants pro-se. The Committee also participates in the Judiciary Committee's evaluation of candidates for the Housing Court.

The Committee is planning several initiatives for 2014-1015, including:

  • A report on Housing Court in light of its 40th Anniversary last year: its history, evolution, and its future.
  • CLE for practitioners, as well as lunch trainings for the public and practitioners
  • Community outreach - meetings with the community organized in cooperation with local government to help explain issues pertaining both to tenants' rights and/or obligations and court procedure for small landlords
  • Redesigning holdover and non-payment forms and instructions offered by the Help Centers to self-representing litigants so as to make them more intuitive and user-friendly
  • Mock trial for area middle schools.
  • Guest speakers for extended discussions on current and ongoing issues
  • Monthly newsletter containing Landlord/Tenant law updates, articles, news from the Courthouses in all five boroughs and committee's activities

Recent Reports

Testimony before City Council in relation to Creation of an Office for Civil Justice (April 2015) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Housing Court; Right to Counsel

Memo urging the City Council to pass an expanded version of legislation to provide access to counsel in Housing Court for low-income people facing eviction (February 2015) ( PDF format ) 
Subject area: Housing Court; Right to Counsel 

Report on legislation providing the right to counsel in eviction, foreclosure and/or ejectment cases in New York City which can result in the litigant’s loss of shelter (February 2015) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Housing Court; Right to Counsel

For the full list of committee reports click here