Rights of Tenants in NYC

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 to expire at midnight on June … Read moreRights of Tenants in NYC

HEAP Cooling Assistance Applications

Where to send HEAP cooling assistance applications? The simple answer is that the mailing address for applications is: HRA/HEAP P.O. Box 1401 Church Street Station New York, NY 10008 And the number to call to request an application or for further information is (212) 835-7216. According to the New York State website — and some … Read moreHEAP Cooling Assistance Applications

New Task Force to Prevent Tenant Harassment

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 criminal harassment charges. This task force … Read moreNew Task Force to Prevent Tenant Harassment

Don't Be Cold this Winter – HEAP

As any New Yorker knows, winter in the Northeast can bring about a whole host of tough conditions and extremely cold temperatures. This winter has been no exception. In these months, home heating is essential, not only for comfort, but also for health reasons. In fact, the World Health Organization recommends keeping indoor temperatures between … Read moreDon't Be Cold this Winter – HEAP

NYC Programs Freeze Rent for Seniors and the Disabled

In NYC, seniors and the disabled may be able to get a rent increase exemption. Photo Credit: bondidwhat via Compfight cc Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) and Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) are two tenant programs for New York City residents. This program began in 1970, focusing on the senior population of NYC. In … Read moreNYC Programs Freeze Rent for Seniors and the Disabled

Guide Offers Critical Info if Facing Foreclosure

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 is available that will help those … Read moreGuide Offers Critical Info if Facing Foreclosure

More legal aid for Housing Court?

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 in housing court.  As a result, … Read moreMore legal aid for Housing Court?

Appeals Court decision protects tenants!

Rent-stabilized tenants are now protected from homelessness when facing bankruptcy. Have you been considering filing for bankruptcy but afraid to do so out of fear of losing your home? This fear was especially well-founded for rent stabilized tenants in NYC when they lived in neighborhoods that were gentrifying.   A new court decision, described below, … Read moreAppeals Court decision protects tenants!