With evictions looming, advocates urge NYC to accelerate universal right to counsel

For months, the COVID-19 pandemic left Brooklyn resident Felix Guzman out of work and unable to keep up with his rent. When he finally secured a job, the pay still wasn’t enough to catch up on the arrears that mounted over seven months.

Then Guzman received a letter from his landlord: pay up or face eviction proceedings.

“The landlord is able to flip these apartments, take good people out of these apartments and then when they are displaced they enter a shelter system that there is no way out of,” Guzman said during a meeting with tenant advocates and local lawmakers Wednesday. “Why is permanent displacement more feasible to the city than actually providing assistance?”

Advocates continue to fight for universal right to counsel as they warn of a massive wave of evictions. By Rachel Vick

For months, the COVID-19 pandemic left Brooklyn resident Felix Guzman out of work and unable to keep up with his rent. When he finally secured a job, the […]

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