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The New York City Housing Court—An Evaluation

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Urban Law Annual


It is in the context of these goals that five major aspects of the Act affecting housing litigation will be considered: 1. The city's judicial structure and related statutory remedies for housing code enforcement designed to protect the tenant's rights to habitable housing-prior to and subsequent to the 1972 Act; 2. The reform strategy brought about by the Act in changing the civil court structure and creating a new housing court; 3. Resolution of landlord-tenant problems outside the jurisdiction of the court; 4. The effectiveness of reform strategy based on five years' experience with the housing court. Is it working? What are the court's weaknesses and strengths? Did the changes achieve substantial upgrading of housing and blighted neighborhoods? 5. Suggestions, improvements and questions toward a better court to enforce housing codes and protect tenant rights and remedies for habitable housing.