assembly Bill A1493

2023-2024 Legislative Session

Establishes the New York state office of civil representation to provide access to legal services in eviction proceedings

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Jan 17, 2023 referred to judiciary


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A1493 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Assembly Judiciary
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 29 §§827 - 831, Exec L; amd §§701, 711, 713, 713-a, 715, 731, 745, 746 & 749, RPAP L; add §§235-j & 235-k, RP L
Versions Introduced in 2021-2022 Legislative Session:
A7570, S6678

A1493 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Establishes the civil right to counsel in eviction proceedings in New York state; creates the New York state office of civil representation; requires that covered individuals be given notice of such right to counsel.

A1493 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                        2023-2024 Regular Sessions
                           I N  A S S E M B L Y
                             January 17, 2023
 Introduced by M. of A. JOYNER -- read once and referred to the Committee
   on Judiciary
 AN  ACT  to  amend  the  executive  law,  the  real property actions and
   proceedings law and the real property law, in relation to establishing
   the New York state office of civil representation to provide  a  right
   to counsel in eviction proceedings

   Section  1.  Legislative  findings.    Eviction  proceedings  have   a
 profoundly  disparate  impact  on  low-income individuals and given this
 disparate impact, it is imperative that these  individuals  be  provided
 legal  representation  in  legal  proceedings  that put their housing at
   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
   Eviction proceedings and displacement as a result of evictions have  a
 disparate  impact  on low-income individuals and particularly on low-in-
 come people of color, who  are  disproportionately  the  respondents  in
 eviction proceedings.
   Representation  of  people  who  are  at risk of losing their homes in
 legal proceedings preserves access to  housing  and  ensures  compliance
 with laws protecting people's rights in such proceedings. Abrupt, unwar-
 ranted,  or  unlawful  evictions  disrupt  lives  and livelihoods, force
 people to find housing in a market with a severe shortage of  affordable
 housing and often significantly increases the risk of homelessness.  The
 short-  and  long-term effects of housing instability are devastating to
 individuals and families and can  affect  physical  and  mental  health,
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.