EXCLUSIVE: Manhattan Councilman Levine looks to boost ‘Right to Counsel’ law for tenants as eviction ban expiration looms

With the clock quickly ticking until New York’s eviction moratorium expires on May 1, Manhattan City Council Member Mark Levine is looking to give tenants a legal boost in case their landlords look to throw them out of their homes.

Levine is formalizing for a final City Council vote two bills that would boost the city’s Right to Counsel local law, which he sponsored back in 2017. The Right to Counsel legislation ensures that low-income tenants who face eviction are guaranteed an attorney to represent them in housing court.

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