Tanya Kessler Helps Secure Win for 'Three-Quarter House' Resident

Former Skadden Fellow Tanya Kessler ('09) of MFY Legal Services, Inc. was featured in a front-page New York Law Journal article about a victory MFY secured for the resident of a "three-quarter house" ("'Three Quarter' Houses Must Follow Eviction Rules, Judge Says," Aug. 7). Three-quarter houses purport to provide support services and counseling to people who have been incarcerated or are in drug treatment programs. The court found that a Brooklyn housing program is not exempt from New York administrative rules preventing unlawful evictions, even when occupants have signed waivers of their rights as tenants. Before being evicted, Tanya's client had signed a license agreement stating occupants were excluded from landlord-tenant laws because they were participants in a recovery program, not tenants. "The decision makes it clear [the Brooklyn housing program is] no more than an ordinary landlord," Tanya said.