This course investigates the history, theory and practice of New York Residential Landlord-Tenant Law. Residential landlord-tenant relationships in New York are highly regulated by local, state and federal statutory and regulatory schemes. The course explores the historical reasons for, and the competing and sometimes conflicting public policies underlying those enactments; it also surveys the provisions of those schemes, and their common law application in resolving landlord-tenant disputes. Through simulations, involving legal drafting and oral presentations, and observations in Housing Court, students explore the procedural and substantive requirements for enforcing the rights and obligations of residential landlords and tenants, and the defenses available against such claims.