Posted on

In Bronx Housing Court, Tenants Fight to Stay in Their Homes


Rocio Quero Yescas is 56 and walks with a cane, and she fears she will trip and fall because the floor tiles in her apartment keep peeling up.Kenya Whitt, a former psychiatric nurse, has been unable to pay rent since she was attacked by a patient and suffered a traumatic brain injury.Julio Rodriguez and his 81-year-old mother have struggled for months with noisy neighbors, and want to force the landlord to take action.Each of them wound up in housing court in the Bronx in early June, looking for answers in a byzantine maze of paperwork, negotiations and hearings.More than 171,500 eviction petitions were filed in New York’s housing court in 2019, the year before the pandemic shut the courts down. Now, the courthouses are beginning to reawaken, shaking off pandemic restrictions and resuming in-person appearances. The hallways are beginning to fill once again with tena …

Read More