Housing

New online foreclosure guide helps families with no legal aid

New online foreclosure guide helps families with no legal aid

September 21, 2014 at 4:35 pm 0 comments

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

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

Don’t  speak English but have questions about buying a home, rent assistance, foreclosure?  Try the HUD Language Line

Don’t speak English but have questions about buying a home, rent assistance, foreclosure? Try the HUD Language Line

September 4, 2014 at 2:16 am 0 comments

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

All about rent regulations in NYC

All about rent regulations in NYC

August 11, 2014 at 12:36 pm 2 comments

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

Long Island Housing Services

Overwhelmed by housing problems in Long Island?

July 17, 2014 at 3:34 am 1 comment

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

New Yorkers at Increased Risk for Foreclosure

New Yorkers at Increased Risk for Foreclosure

July 7, 2014 at 9:31 pm 0 comments

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

Brief Q&A regarding homelessnessin NYC

Brief Q&A regarding homelessnessin NYC

June 7, 2014 at 4:25 am 0 comments

Homelessness in New York is on the rise.  The total number of homeless individuals in shelters was 50,926 in June 2013.  It’s not a surprise that the most commented blog post on our blog is our blog on Homelessness.  This blog is meant to help answer the multiple numbers ofRead More

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

December 21, 2013 at 3:57 am 0 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

As Promised: Pet Law in New York City!

December 9, 2013 at 4:42 am 0 comments

While most of LawHelpNY’s housing resources focus on the housing rights of humans, our non-human companions enjoy some legal protections, too! In NYC, tenants who have lived openly and notoriously with a pet may be able to defeat a no-pet clause in a lease.  Residents of NYCHA buildings can haveRead More

Beware of Mortgage Rescue Scams!

October 4, 2013 at 5:25 am 0 comments

Many people, desperate to save their homes, are being victimized by foreclosure rescue companies. Many of these companies promise to negotiate with mortgage banks for lower rates, get payment forgiveness and other benefits in exchange for illegal upfront fees —promises they won’t or can’t actually fulfill. As a result, consumersRead More