Representing yourself in Housing Court can be an overwhelming experience. Most tenants appear without lawyers. Most landlords show up with one. So the battlefield is often an uneven and treacherous one for tenants, who lack the knowledge and legal expertise their opponents have access to. One resource that is available to you during a trial is to ask the judge to explain anything you don't understand. The judge can't take the place of an attorney and give legal advice, but can explain what is actually happening in the proceeding to you. Don't be shy. Your shelter is at stake. Ask.
Attention New York City Tenants: See these three new pages on protecting your rights that have just been added to the McAdams Law main site: