Housing discrimination on the rise!

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, complaints to the New York City … Read moreHousing discrimination on the rise!

Free Self-Help Civil Legal Forms!

LawHelpNY and the New York State Office of Court Administration now make available a number of free online interactive self-help programs that make it easier to submit legal papers in court if you don’t have an attorney. The interviews are designed to ask “leading questions” to help ensure that what you submit in court is … Read moreFree Self-Help Civil Legal Forms!

Having problems with your Sandy-related claims?

Reports of problems with insurance companies are surfacing. The Washington Post is reporting that insurance companies are  shortchanging victims of Hurricane Sandy and either not paying or underpaying the claims. The article states, “Many homeowners who got slammed by Hurricane Sandy one year ago are finding that their flood insurance checks are nowhere near large … Read moreHaving problems with your Sandy-related claims?

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

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 designated as “Heat Season,” building owners … Read moreBrrr, It's Getting Chilly Outside: Residents of NYC Learn the Heatings Rules for Your Apartment

Sandy Survivors—Flood Insurance Deadlines Are Approaching!

If you have a flood insurance claim, you must submit a new “proof of loss”  to preserve your claim to your insurance company for what you might be still owed.  Proof of loss consists of three special forms and supporting documentation. FEMA has extended the proof of loss deadline, stating all of this proof of … Read moreSandy Survivors—Flood Insurance Deadlines Are Approaching!

Have a legal problem and can't afford a lawyer? Learn about Legal Aid and Low-Cost Legal Help in New York

Do you know what free legal aid or low-cost aid is?  Do you know how to even start looking for free or low-cost legal assistance in New York?  The short Q&A article below will answer some of the most common questions regarding how to find free or low-cost legal aid, the types of cases that … Read moreHave a legal problem and can't afford a lawyer? Learn about Legal Aid and Low-Cost Legal Help in New York

Have you signed up for the NYC Build it Back Program? If not, registration deadline is October 31

This program assists home owners, landlords and renters whose primary homes were damaged by Sandy.  But, the current registration deadline is  October 31!  You can register online at nyc.gov/builditback or you can call 311. Renters —go to this link for details: Build it Back info for Renters. Renters, you may be eligible for rental subsidy.  … Read moreHave you signed up for the NYC Build it Back Program? If not, registration deadline is October 31