Housing

New Task Force to Prevent Tenant Harassment

New Task Force to Prevent Tenant Harassment

March 16, 2015 at 10:45 am 0 comments

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

Guide Offers Critical Info if Facing Foreclosure

Guide Offers Critical Info if Facing Foreclosure

January 23, 2015 at 5:25 pm 0 comments

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

More legal aid for Housing Court?

More legal aid for Housing Court?

December 24, 2014 at 6:10 pm 0 comments

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

November Brooklyn Housing Clinics

November Brooklyn Housing Clinics

November 11, 2014 at 3:37 pm 0 comments

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

Tenant Screening Reports: An Unfair Barrier to Housing in NYC

Tenant Screening Reports: An Unfair Barrier to Housing in NYC

October 27, 2014 at 2:42 am 0 comments

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.

New online foreclosure guide helps families with no legal aid

New online foreclosure guide helps families with no legal aid

October 20, 2014 at 11:41 am 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

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

October 4, 2014 at 11:29 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

Did you know there’s a law that protects tenants facing eviction

Did you know there’s a law that protects tenants facing eviction

September 29, 2014 at 12:51 pm 2 comments

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

Foreclosure scams target people struggling with their mortgages

Foreclosure scams target people struggling with their mortgages

September 25, 2014 at 3:35 am 4 comments

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

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