Articles by: LeahLawHelpNY

Housing discrimination on the rise!

Housing discrimination on the rise!

September 18, 2014 at 12:39 pm 0 comments

Its not a surprise that New York City housing complaints have been on the rise.  This is especially true for low-income tenants who receive a government subsidy to use for rent. Even though the City Council voted to prohibit discrimination in housing based on the tenant’s source of income, complaintsRead More

Protect yourself from spam emails

Protect yourself from spam emails

July 5, 2014 at 3:44 am 1 comment

Spam traffic keeps going up—in fact, according to some computer security experts, it’s about double what it was a year ago. To make matters more serious, these days most spam emails come with malicious attachments.  It’s important to not download or open any attachment if you are not SURE whoRead More

Welcome screen for the New York Fair Hearing Request Online Form

Free Self-Help Civil Legal Forms!

June 19, 2014 at 12:17 pm 0 comments

LawHelpNY and the New York State Office of Court Administration now make available a number of free online interactive self-help programs that make it easier to submit legal papers in court if you don’t have an attorney. The interviews are designed to ask “leading questions” to help ensure that whatRead More

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Having problems with your Sandy-related claims?

January 9, 2014 at 6:53 am 3 comments

Reports of problems with insurance companies are surfacing. The Washington Post is reporting that insurance companies are  shortchanging victims of Hurricane Sandy and either not paying or underpaying the claims. The article states, “Many homeowners who got slammed by Hurricane Sandy one year ago are finding that their flood insuranceRead More

Brrr, It’s Getting Chilly Outside: Residents of NYC Learn the Heatings Rules for Your Apartment

December 21, 2013 at 3:57 am 4 comments

The City Housing Maintenance Code and Multiple Dwelling Law requires building owners to provide heat and hot water to all tenants.Building owners are required to provide hot water 365 days per year at a constant minimum temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit.  Between October 1st and May 31st, a period designatedRead More

Sandy Survivors—Flood Insurance Deadlines Are Approaching!

Sandy Survivors—Flood Insurance Deadlines Are Approaching!

November 19, 2013 at 5:30 pm 1 comment

If you have a flood insurance claim, you must submit a new “proof of loss”  to preserve your claim to your insurance company for what you might be still owed.  Proof of loss consists of three special forms and supporting documentation. FEMA has extended the proof of loss deadline, statingRead More

Have a legal problem and can’t afford a lawyer?  Learn about Legal Aid and Low-Cost Legal Help in New York

Have a legal problem and can’t afford a lawyer? Learn about Legal Aid and Low-Cost Legal Help in New York

September 25, 2013 at 9:22 pm 12 comments

Do you know what free legal aid or low-cost aid is?  Do you know how to even start looking for free or low-cost legal assistance in New York?  The short Q&A article below will answer some of the most common questions regarding how to find free or low-cost legal aid,Read More

Have you signed up for the NYC Build it Back Program?  If not, registration deadline is October 31

Have you signed up for the NYC Build it Back Program? If not, registration deadline is October 31

August 29, 2013 at 12:12 am 21 comments

This program assists home owners, landlords and renters whose primary homes were damaged by Sandy.  But, the current registration deadline is  October 31!  You can register online at or you can call 311. Renters —go to this link for details: Build it Back info for Renters. Renters, you mayRead More

Common insurance issues plaguing Sandy victims

March 16, 2013 at 9:22 pm 1 comment

In the last few weeks, the New York State Department of Financial Services has announced investigations and new regulations about insurance company practices following Superstorm Sandy. Three companies, Narragansett Bay, Tower and Kingstone are being investigated for 1) failure to send adjusters in a timely manner, 2) failure to processRead More

Documentation Tips for Hurricane Sandy Victims Who Have Lost Records

January 4, 2013 at 7:40 pm 0 comments

It is very important for FEMA applications, appeals from a FEMA denial, insurance reimbursement requests, SBA applications, bank loans and more to have adequate documentation and records. This, of course, is very difficult when your papers, records, filing cabinets and desks have been destroyed!  It’s a big job replacing theseRead More