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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

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