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BY LORE CROGHAN
Overcrowding and confusing procedures at Brooklyn Housing Court put tenants at a big disadvantage in legal disputes with landlords, a scathing new moncler waistcoat report has found.
â€śLandlord attorneys are granted special privileges and a culture of disrespect towards tenants has been allowed to permeate Brooklyn Housing Court,â€ť says the report from Make the Road New York, which is joining with other nonprofits Wednesday to
campaign for changes at the 141 Livingston St. facility.
Leaders of this coalition met with Deputy Chief Administrative Judge Fern Fisher last month to recommend changes.
Some problems highlighted in the report stem from disrepair at the aging downtown Brooklyn office building, which belongs to landlord David Bistricer, whom Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has branded a slumlord. The city should move the court out of the building when its leases runs out in 2014 â€• and in the meantime make improvements to the current facilities, which are â€śgrossly inadequateâ€ť for the courtâ€™s heavy case load, the report said.
â€śCourt is a place where people should be able to find justice â€• but tenants canâ€™t at Brooklyn Housing Court,â€ť said Hilary Klein, lead organizer of Make the Road New York.
The report calls for a code of conduct for court moncler berriat staff about treating tenants fairly and an end to â€śspecial treatmentâ€ť of landlordsâ€™ moncler outlets lawyers â€• like reserved seating for attorneys near the judges.
Between 90% and 95% of tenants in Brooklyn Housing Court donâ€™t have lawyers, compared with just 15% of landlords. Non-lawyers who canâ€™t fit into crowded courtrooms are sent outside to hallways. If they donâ€™t hear their names being called,moncler handbags Cheap Moncler Jackets Outlet Onli, they default their cases.
â€śTenants are belittled all the time; they feel powerless,â€ť said Jonathan Furlong of Pratt Area Community Council, which is involved in the reform campaign.
â€śThe court is designed for assembly-line justice,â€ť said Zoilo Torres of the Fifth Avenue Committee, another coalition member.
Judge Fisher, whoâ€™s in charge of housing courts citywide
,Cheap Moncler Jackets Outlet Online (11), told the Daily News sheâ€™ll implement some recommendations. Sheâ€™ll put benches in court hallways and post easier-to-read signs about where in the building to find lawyers who can offer information and advice. Also, judgeâ€™s rules will be posted in every courtroom, explaining how litigants check in and how cases are called.
The judge is considering recommendations like putting loudspeakers in hallways and printing cards for court interpreters to hand out,moncler coats men Cheap Moncler Jackets Outlet Online (31), which explain their role is not to provide legal advice.
Sheâ€™s also looking into requiring disclosures on pre-printed stipulation forms that lawyers use to write settlements between landlords and tenants. Some tenants mistakenly think the forms are court documents, and must be signed.
She will also moncler sale consider making interpreters of non-mainstream languages available by phone for elderly and disabled tenants so they neednâ€™t make return visits womens moncler coats to moncler coats men court.
â€śOther recommendations are not feasible because of budget limitations or other resource limitations,â€ť she said.