Westchester County passes landmark 'Access to Counsel' bill
There is new legal help available for anyone who faces eviction and meets certain income requirements.
The Westchester County Board of Legislators just passed a new law that will offer legal representation if the applicant’s income is at or below 300% of the federal poverty line or 60% of the county's area median income – whichever is higher.
They will be able to get help from an attorney for evictions and other proceedings, including unlawful rent increases and cases in which a landlord illegally locks out tenants.
The new law establishes the Office of Housing Counsel. Next, a director will be hired, and that person will have six months to create a plan of action.