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?
Foreclosure-rescue scam artists are finding new ways to prey on distressed homeowners. In many cases, they ask you to pay for a fee upfront and then never provide any services or save your home from foreclosure. Below are five tips, to help you fight back against foreclosure scam artists! 1. Be very suspicious of … Read moreFight foreclosure-rescue scam artists!
It’s no secret that finding affordable housing in New York City is getting harder and harder. According to the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, over 200,000 rent regulated apartments have been lost since 1981. More so, landlords continue to use tactics such as buying out tenants, locking them out of their apartments, … Read more9 Resources to Help You Save NYC Rent-Stabilized Housing
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
While most of LawHelpNY’s housing resources focus on the housing rights of humans, our non-human companions enjoy some legal protections, too! In NYC, tenants who have lived openly and notoriously with a pet may be able to defeat a no-pet clause in a lease. Residents of NYCHA buildings can have one dog or one cat … Read moreAs Promised: Pet Law in New York City!
Governor Cuomo has announced that New York State’s Housing Recovery Program will fully compensate homeowners affected by Sandy, Irene and Lee for repair costs of damage due to earth movement not currently covered in the National Flood Insurance Program. For more information about this and other assistance available from the state, call 1-855-697-7263 or visit … Read moreNew Housing Repair Assistance for Homeowners Affected by Sandy