Rent Arrears and Consumer Debt Collection In New York City Civil Courts (9-19-23)

While many housing cases take place solely for housing court when landlords seek a possessory and money judgment for rent arrears, landlords often commence lawsuits against tenants in Civil Court rather than in Housing Court. This training will focus on situations where a landlord chooses civil court as the forum to seek rent arrears

In this training, attendees will learn about:

  • The procedural differences between Housing Court proceedings and Debt Collection Actions brought in Civil Court
  • Common defenses in Civil Court, including the overlap between consumer credit transactions defenses and rent arrears defenses
  • Typical rent arrears cases and the challenges they present
  • Best practices for interviewing and counseling clients being sued for rent arrears


  • Mary McCune - Senior Staff Attorney - Consumer Law Unit - Manhattan Legal Services
  • Elena Rodriguez - Staff Attorney - New Economy Project
  • Johanna Ocaña - Senior Coordinating Attorney for Pro Bono Initiatives- Feerick Center for Social Justice at Fordham Law School

  • CLE Credits
    Areas of Professional Practice: 3.00
  • Format
    On-Demand/Recorded - Audio/Video File
  • Practice Area(s)
    Consumer/Bankruptcy Law
  • Price: $0
  • Materials
    Contains 4 training item(s)

About the Faculty

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    Mary McCune (Speaker)

    Mary McCune has worked as a public interest attorney for over twenty years. She is currently a senior staff attorney in the consumer law unit at Manhattan Legal Services, Inc. Over her lengthy career, Ms. McCune has represented low income people in many practice areas, including housing law, family law, benefits law as well as consumer law. She has litigated social justice issues in federal, state and city courts.
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    Johanna Ocana (Speaker)

    Johanna is a Senior Staff Attorney in the Bronx Legal Services Housing Unit and Tenants' Rights Coalition. She has a B.A. from Columbia University and a J.D. from the City University of New York School of Law.