Housing Justice For All, a statewide organization comprised of civil legal services organizations, housing advocates and tenants, issued the following statement in response to reporting that New York Attorney General Letitia James called on Albany lawmakers to enact the Good Cause Eviction bill (S3082/A5573), which provides basic protections to millions of unregulated renters across the State:
“New York State Attorney General Letitia James has joined the overwhelming number of New Yorkers who support Good Cause legislation, a measure that protects renters from losing their home without cause. Housing Justice for All echoes her call on Albany to enact the Good Cause Eviction bill immediately.
“Her endorsement signals a critical acknowledgment that, across New York State, millions of tenants in unregulated housing deserve basic, common-sense protections from unjust evictions. Amid the ongoing pandemic, this budget-neutral legislation will keep families in their homes, prevent homelessness, and slow the spread of CoViD-19, which is still causing daily hospitalizations and deaths in the state.
“Moreover, with the statewide moratorium likely set to expire in January, we are facing a tidal wave of evictions, which could leave countless vulnerable tenants at risk of losing their homes and exacerbate the public health and homelessness crisis.
“Albany must act to keep our neighbors safely housed in their homes.”
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