|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|May 11, 2021||referred to housing, construction and community development|
senate Bill S6678
Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Housing, Construction And Community Development Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S6678 (ACTIVE) - Details
- See Assembly Version of this Bill:
- Current Committee:
- Senate Housing, Construction And Community Development
- Law Section:
- Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law
- Laws Affected:
- Add Art 7-C §§800 - 800-i, amd §§700, 711, 713, 741, 745 & 749, RPAP L; add §235-i, RP L
S6678 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S6678 SPONSOR: MAY TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the real property actions and proceedings law and the real property law, in relation to establishing the civil right to coun- sel in eviction proceedings PURPOSE: Establishes the civil right to counsel in eviction proceedings in New York State. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1: Sets forth legislative findings. Section 2: Provides for the addition of Article 7-C, the Civil Right to Counsel in Eviction Proceedings Act, as part of the Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law.
S6678 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 6678 2021-2022 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E May 11, 2021 ___________ Introduced by Sen. MAY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development AN ACT to amend the real property actions and proceedings law and the real property law, in relation to establishing the civil right to counsel in eviction proceedings THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative findings. The legislature hereby finds that there is a fundamental human right to adequate housing accommodations. Safe, secure, and accessible housing is essential to achieving equal access to all other fundamental needs. Without housing, individuals and families too often cannot preserve family integrity, gain employment or other income, or enjoy access to healthcare, proper nutrition, and education. Legal proceedings that can lead to eviction are generally complex and are governed by a large body of procedural and substantive law that makes these proceedings extremely difficult to navigate without the assistance of counsel. The overwhelming majority of landlords who seek to evict tenants are represented by legal counsel, while in the areas of New York State where there is no right to counsel most tenants are not represented by counsel. Eviction proceedings, displacement as a result of eviction proceedings, and executed evictions all have a disparate impact on people of color, who are respondents in eviction proceedings in numbers that greatly exceed their proportion of the general New York population. Representation of persons who face losing their homes in legal proceedings makes a determinative difference in outcome by preserving homes and ensuring compliance with laws that, among other purposes, protect the right to safe and secure living conditions, prohibit discrimination, regulate rents and provide rental subsidies. Representation of persons who face losing their homes in legal EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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