As a result of MFY Legal Services’ work in documenting tenant harassment by Marolda Properties and bringing together community groups to challenge these abuses, New York State’s Tenant Protection Unit (TPU) has subpoenaed the company. The TPU will investigate allegations of bogus housing court cases that largely targeted elderly and Chinese-speaking tenants, as well as [...]
A Brooklyn Housing Court Judge ruled that Back on Track Group, a three-quarter house that evicted MFY Legal Services’ client in July, was not exempt from New York administrative rules preventing unlawful evictions and ordered the resident reinstated. The Judge’s decision said that the license agreement tenants are required to sign does not invalidate their [...]
After a NYC landlord sought to evict a tenant, MFY attorney Brian Sullivan convinced the court to dismiss the case based on the landlord’s failure to explain why it did not know the legal status of the persons occupying the apartment. The landlord claimed in its Notice of Termination that the respondents were “trespassers/squatters and/or [...]
On July 14, 2014, a Manhattan judge awarded two street food cart vendors over $60,000 in unpaid wages, overtime, and penalties. The decision found that the vendors, represented by MFY Legal Services, had worked 12 hours per day, six days per week in all types of weather, including severe snow conditions. The vendors often received [...]
In a July 22 article on DNAinfo New York, MFY supervising attorney Chris Schwartz sheds light on the illegal tactics that NYC landlords use to evict tenants from rent-stabilized apartments.
Real NY features an interview with MFY attorney Evan Denerstein on consumer law in New York, in which he provides guidance and information about how to handle debt collection matters and where consumers can go to get help.
MFY Legal Services urged the Federal Communications Commission to set reasonable limits on the high costs of telephone calls from inmates to their families, showing how high costs often prevent an inmate from having contact with children, potentially jeopardizing the inmate’s parental rights and harming children.
On June 24, 2014, NBC News at 7 highlighted the new medical-legal partnership between MFY and Bellevue Hospital Center’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department designed to help families resolve health-harming legal problems and aid the recovery of children and youth with mental illness.
Children and adolescents receiving treatment at Bellevue Hospital’s Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry will receive free legal assistance to resolve public benefits and education problems through a new medical-legal partnership between Bellevue and MFY Legal Services.
Thousands of seniors in rent-regulated apartments in New York City are unaware of the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE). MFY is conducting trainings for seniors at community organizations in lower Manhattan in June and July. Click here for the schedule.