Legal Aid Urges New Yorkers Not to Panic if No Agreement on Rent Laws Is Reached
MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2015

Ellen Davidson, Staff Attorney in the Civil Law Reform Unit of The Legal Aid Society, participated in rallies on rent laws and urged New Yorkers to stay calm if no agreement is reached on the rent laws by midnight.

Joining elected officials and tenants in rallies covered by New York 1 and WPIX, Ms Davidson told the crowds that they are protected by their leases and cannot be evicted from their rent-regulated apartments. She urged them "not to panic."

Tenants in rent regulated buildings should be covered by a lease, and that lease protects them from a landlord who may want to raise the rent to market rate.

"Tenants should not move out," Judith Goldiner, Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Law Reform Unit, told New York 1. "They should know no one can show up on Tuesday morning and put them out of their homes. They have to have process before that can happen, and that's not going to happen on Tuesday.

The Legal Aid Society has announced it will assist tenants if the rent laws expire.