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2015 Eviction Statistics
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2015 Saw Dramatic Decrease in Evictions

 

According the the NYC Marshal's Bureau, 21,988 households were evicted in 2015 in NYC. 4,869 fewer evictions took place (26,857 households were evicted in 2014) continuing a downward trend from a peak in 2013. This is the lowest number of evictions since 2005.

The number represents 7,401 evictions in the Bronx, 7,033 in Brooklyn, 3,939 in Queens, 2,898 in Manhattan and 717 on Staten Island.
 
2015 saw a drastic increase in funding for legal service providers, making it easier for tenants to access legal representation for their Housing Court case. Also, more tenants in nonpayment cases are getting help from the city to pay their back rent with a one shot deal.
 
The reduction shows that we are on the right track, but 21,988 is still too high. Tonight, almost 60,000 people will sleep in the city shelter system. The connection between eviction and homelessness is a strong one. A third of families coming into shelter from rent regulated housing came right out of an eviction (another quarter of the group came from an overcrowded house often caused by eviction). Eviction is a destructive and destabilizing force in the lives of families who suffer through it:
  • Evicted tenants have great difficulty finding new housing and often end up staying in shelter for long periods or move to poorly maintained housing that is more expensive and less stable than what they left.
  • Evicted tenants have trouble qualifying for affordable housing programs and decent jobs due to the punishing practice of “blacklisting” – denying housing (and sometimes jobs) to people who have been in a court case or had court judgments in the past.
  • Evicted tenants suffer long term consequences including job loss and depression; children in evicted families do poorly in school and can have long term mental health problems.
  • Affordable housing is lost when tenants are evicted from rent stabilized apartments and the landlord uses the opportunity to raise the rent for the next tenant.
How can we slow evictions?
Secure a right to counsel for tenants who cannot afford an attorney and who face eviction: Research shows that tenants represented by attorneys do far better in Housing Court cases and usually avoid eviction.  95% of landlords go to court with a lawyer; over 90% of tenants go to court without one.
Provide low income tenants with social services to help them navigate the court and the public benefits system: Studies have shown that most people evicted never got assistance with their cases (legal or other).
Preserve New York City’s affordable housing: This means keeping tenants in rent regulated and subsidized housing. This also means protecting tenants against illegal rent increases and providing strong protections against evictions. Low income tenants should be protected from market forces that drive many of the city's evictions.  
 
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