Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the tenant legal advocacy legislation on Friday.

NEW YORK CITY—With the stroke of his pen, New York City MayorBill de Blasio is evening the playing field for low-income tenantsthroughout the city facing eviction in housing court.

The mayor signed into law Intro.214-B on Friday, which wasapproved by the City Council on July 20. The legislation commitsthe city to provide all low-income tenants facing eviction accessto legal representation in housing court. The program overseen bythe Civil Justice Coordinator at the Human Resources Administrationwill serve 400,000 tenants when it is fully implemented in fiveyears.

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