This post was originally featured on LSNYC’s blog. The Tenant Rights Campaign, a joint initiative of Legal Services NYC and The Legal Aid Society, working in collaboration with New York Communities for Change, launched an anti-displacement initiative in East New York and Brownsville. (Above: Residents of 650 New Jersey Avenue gather beforeRead More
The NYC Rent Freeze Program for Seniors and People with Disabilities (also known as SCRIE and DRIE) is a great way to help NYC tenants stay in their homes and keep their rent low. It’s been 6 months since the Department of Finance published the NYC Rent Freeze Report, which identifies whereRead More
This information was originally posted on NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Rent regulation laws expired, but State Legislators agree to a five day extension. Here’s what you need to know. The rights of tenants in NYC. A key part of the State’s rent regulation laws were allowed toRead More
Pratt Area Community Council is holding open office hours for Brooklyn residents that would like to discuss housing issues. This includes residents that need help with evictions, tenant association, or other concerns. Call 718-522-2613 x 032 for more information. Appointments are recommended.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman have announced a new task force to protect New Yorkers in rent-regulated apartments from harassment by landlords. While city agencies typically handle building and housing code compliance by landlords, state officials prosecute criminalRead More
Despite significant state investment in providing legal assistance to New York homeowners facing foreclosure, each year approximately half – tens of thousands of New Yorkers – still face the prospect of losing their homes through foreclosure without the benefit of a lawyer. Now, an exciting and innovative new resource isRead More
In 2013, more than 28,000 families were evicted from their homes in New York City. Because the Constitution does not provide a right to counsel in civil cases, many tenants navigate housing court without the assistance of counsel. In 2014, only 10% of tenants facing eviction had legal representation inRead More
Brooklynites, Council Member Laurie Cumbo is sponsoring housing events this November that cover a number of housing topics. These include affordable housing, tenant concerns and rights, landlord-tenant disputes, rent stabilization. Tenants’ Forum brings voice to Brooklyn residents. On November 19, 2014 6:30-8:00 pm there will a Tenant’s Forum at St.Read 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.
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