Defending against eviction is ENLS's top priority. Each year, approximately 1,000 households facing eviction are assisted, but with over 30,000 eviction actions filed in Essex County most tenants go without a lawyer.

Where a tenant believes that the Court failed to provide a fair trial, ENLS will review the recording of the hearing. Where appropriate an appeal may be taken. 


ENLS also works to prevent the loss of affordable housing units. Every affordable housing unit that is lost, increases homelessness in Essex County. 


ENLS also provides assistance to people whose former landlord has wrongly fully refused to return the security deposit.