Many clients are understandably concerned about the impact of Housing Court litigation on their credit rating, and with good reason. In recent years a local cottage industry has sprung up dedicated to maintaining tenant “blacklists.” These are reports listing all tenants who have been sued by their landlords in Housing Court. While there is often very little a tenant can do to avoid getting having their name added to the list — it’s all based on the landlord’s decision to sue and public records — it is important that tenants understand the consequences and their right to an accurate report.
The New York State Bar Association recently published a helpful guide to blacklisting that I urge all tenants to consult. You can find it here. http://www.nysba.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home&ContentID=245419&Template=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm
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