In August, Bank of America agreed to a record-setting $16.65 billion settlement with the Department of Justice for selling toxic mortgage securities during the housing boom. The agreement includes $30 million for states to distribute to their legal aid programs. Legal aid attorneys play a key role in preventing unnecessaryRead More
Don’t speak English but have questions about buying a home, rent assistance, foreclosure? Try the HUD Language Line
Have a question about buying a home, rental assistance or foreclosure but English is not your first language? HUD can help with its HUD Language Line, a live telephone interpretation service that will allow HUD staff to converse with the public in almost any language. To help HUD staff betterRead More
New Economy Project speaks with advocates about the use of tenant screening reports, a practice that presents a barrier to thousands of New York City residents in search of residence.
A law called The Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act (PTFA) can help families facing eviction in a foreclosed building. The law requires the new owner (even if it is the bank) to give you at least 90 days notice before you have to leave. If you are a tenant withRead More
At 8.5%, New York has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation. One of the effects of unemployment is that homeowners throughout NY may also be struggling to pay their home mortgages and may even be facing foreclosure. Unfortunately, there are many fraudulent companies out there that areRead More
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
Going to the New York City Housing Court for the first time? What this video to learn about what to expect when you arrive, the court personnel and the services provided by the Court.
Do you know if your apartment is rent regulated? There is no doubt that it’s getting harder and harder to find an affordable apartment in New York City. Despite rent regulations, many NYC apartments are still very expensive for most New Yorkers, especially those with limited income. Or in someRead More
The legal contracts you sign when buying or renting a home are among the most important you will sign in your life! These contracts are governed by complex laws. As a result, it’s hard to know what your rights are. If you find yourself not able to pay your rentRead More
The scourge of foreclosure continues to plague New York state and New York City residents. A recent report by the New York State Senate says nearly 30,000 NYC homeowners could soon lose their homes to foreclosure proceedings. While the foreclosure rate has gone down around the country as the nationalRead More