Two borough presidents are demanding an immediate freeze on all eviction cases in which tenants are unable to get a lawyer, the Daily News has learned.
Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine and Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson’s demand comes as hundreds of thousands of pending eviction cases are clogging the courts after the eviction moratorium was lifted in January. The crush has left thousands of low-income tenants to face eviction proceedings without lawyers because of the high demand.
In a letter to interim Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, Anthony Cannataro, Levine and Gibson are calling for a pause in all housing court cases where tenants don’t have a lawyer, claiming the courts are undermining the Right to Counsel law, according to a letter obtained by The News.
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