Martin Walsh

Solution to help tenants avoid eviction lags in Maryland

Solution to help tenants avoid eviction lags in Maryland

For nearly two decades, Judge Marcia Sikowitz has presided over landlord-tenant disputes in one of New York City's busiest housing courts.

In a borough where rapid gentrification has sent rents soaring, Sikowitz says, she has heard it all — and said it all. When a renter who was representing himself in an eviction proceeding would ask her advice, the judge had a rote retort: "I'm not your lawyer and I can't tell you what to do."

Sikowitz says she never thought she'd see the day when tenants could get representation as easily as they can now. Under a new program, renters simply walk a few feet to an office in her courtroom to apply for same-day help from a...

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