Tenants’ Rights

Defending tenants facing eviction, displacement, and homelessness.

Safe, affordable housing is disappearing throughout the city. The housing crisis brought on by rising rents is hitting communities of color, single parent households, people with disabilities, and veterans particularly hard. Eviction uproots families, jeopardizing employment and education, and often leads to homelessness.

At NYLAG, we fight to preserve housing, prevent homelessness, ensure economic security for families, and promote stability in our communities.


people remained in their homes


evictions stopped last year


Our lawyers fight for safe and affordable housing. We offer the following legal services:

  • Representing individuals and families in Housing Court eviction cases
  • Advocating before administrative agencies, including NYCHA and Section 8
  • Obtaining and preserving rent subsidies
  • Preserving safe and affordable housing

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Help us prevent evictions.

The Latest on Tenant’s Rights

How Does a Tenants’ Rights Attorney Do His Job?

Hear from NYLAG’s Tenants’ Rights unit Supervising Attorney, Mark Hess as he discusses what it’s like to fight for his clients’ housing rights, the wildest things he’s heard in housing court, and just how much he’s had to learn about carpentry to do his job.

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