Housing

New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams speaks to protesters and other pro-tenant activists in New York in May. (AP/Frank Franklin II)

NYC Bill Targets Landlords Who Get Tax Breaks, Duck Rent Limits

June 20, 2016 at 12:40 pm 0 comments

This article originally appears on Pro Publica’s “The Rent Racket.” For additional content click here. City Council members propose inventory system and fines for landlords after ProPublica reports that 50,000 apartments aren’t registered for rent regulation as required. New York City landlords who get big tax breaks in exchange for capping rentRead More

Nancy Sher has lived at 125 Court Street in Brooklyn since the luxury building opened in 2005. After twice raising Sher’s rent beyond city limits, landlord Two Trees Management refunded her overcharges in 2013. (Bryan Anselm for ProPublica)

Tenants Take the Hit

June 13, 2016 at 12:32 pm 0 comments

New York Fails to Police Huge Housing Tax Break This article originally appears on Pro Publica’s “The Rent Racket.” For additional content click here. When prominent New York developer Jed Walentas asked the city to approve a set of sleek towers on Brooklyn’s industrial waterfront last year, he pitched his company asRead More

Landlords to Pay $5 Million for Dodging Rent Laws

Landlords to Pay $5 Million for Dodging Rent Laws

June 6, 2016 at 8:01 pm 0 comments

  This article originally appears on Pro Publica’s “The Rent Racket.” For additional content click here. State, city officials target buildings receiving lucrative property tax breaks in return for limiting rents.  New York City and state officials announced settlements Thursday placing 1,823 apartments under rent stabilization, making a small dent in theRead More

Thousands of apartments like these in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood qualify for rent stabilization but do not show up on the state’s list of rent-stabilized buildings. (Bryan Anselm for ProPublica)

Landlords Fail To List 50,000 N.Y.C. Apartments for Rent Limits

May 30, 2016 at 12:48 pm 0 comments

This article originally appears on Pro Publica’s “The Rent Racket.” For additional content click here. In late August, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other top New York officials announced an unusual crackdown on landlords. Nearly 200 building owners were collecting big tax breaks under a program to spur housing, officials said, but hadn’tRead More

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