Housing

The Driggs, a luxury apartment building in Brooklyn, received a $631,000 tax break this year. (Cezary Podkul/ProPublica)

N.Y.C. Landlords Flout Rent Limits

May 3, 2016 at 5:37 pm 0 comments

But Still Rake In Lucrative Tax Breaks This article originally appears on Pro Publica’s “The Rent Racket.” For additional content click here. As gleaming new housing towers spring up around New York City, thousands of new rent-stabilized apartments are coming onto the market. And in return for following rent limits, developers getRead More

Are You Paying Too Much Rent? What You Need to Know About Rent Limits

Are You Paying Too Much Rent? What You Need to Know About Rent Limits

April 25, 2016 at 12:45 pm 0 comments

This article originally appears on Pro Publica’s “The Rent Racket.“ Update, Nov. 11, 2015: This story has been updated to include additional questions and answers. Q. Is there a limit on rent increases for my apartment? A. You can punch your address into the search page maintained by the state’sRead More

Facing Foreclosure? Get Live Chat Assistance via CourtHelp

Facing Foreclosure? Get Live Chat Assistance via CourtHelp

December 14, 2015 at 9:48 pm 0 comments

The foreclosure crisis in New York State is far from over. Foreclosures filings in New York remain high, hovering at more than 40,000* a year since 2013, a number well above pre-recession levels. After reaching a low in 2011 of under 17,000, the number of filings began to creep backRead More

100 Worst Landlords in NYC

100 Worst Landlords in NYC

December 1, 2015 at 6:08 pm Comments are Disabled

Is your landlord one of the worst? To find out, check the Office of the Public Advocate’s Worst Landlords Watchlist. There you can see the recently released list of the 100 worst landlords in New York City. The website allows residents, advocates, and public officials to see which buildings andRead More

Tenants Rights Campaign Against Exploitative Landlords

Tenants Rights Campaign Against Exploitative Landlords

August 29, 2015 at 7:49 am 1 comment

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

NYC Rent Freeze Program Update

NYC Rent Freeze Program Update

July 10, 2015 at 2:41 am 0 comments

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

Rights of Tenants in NYC

Rights of Tenants in NYC

June 20, 2015 at 10:15 pm 0 comments

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

Discuss Housing Issues in Brooklyn

Discuss Housing Issues in Brooklyn

April 30, 2015 at 2:13 pm 0 comments

  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 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