Tenants who face their landlords in housing court go up against experienced attorneys in the courtroom and when haggling in the hallways. Now imagine waging that battle without knowing what anyone is talking about.
Katie Toth, Village Voice New York City comptroller Scott Stringer stands with advocates Monday outside Brooklyn Housing Court to demand more multilingual legal information from the state.
That's what Maria Cortes, 62, dealt with when her landlords tried to evict her after she refused to accept a buyout in exchange for leaving her Brooklyn apartment.
"It's very frustrating to talk to someone and know they don't understand you," says Cortes, who switches between fragmented English and speaking Spanish through a translator. "It was difficult, it was very difficult."More »