An upper West Side Single Room Occupancy (SRO) hotel was fined $65,000 for continuing to offer short-term stays to tourists in violation of a March court ruling that forbade it. Under the law, SROs cannot rent rooms for less than 30 days. MFY Legal Services has taken a leading role in the fight against illegal […]
Represented by MFY Legal Services, tenants in a Crown Heights building filed suit against their landlord on June 7, 2016, demanding an end to almost two years of unbearable living conditions. Tenants say the landlord began a gut renovation in February 2015 without proper building permits. Tenants have lived through periods with no heat or […]
MFY Legal Services is representing one of five plaintiffs in a federal fair housing lawsuit filed May 12, 2016 charging discrimination against African Americans and people with rental subsidies. The suit details testing done over six months by the Fair Housing Justice Center and three African American testers that show a pattern of discrimination by […]
MFY Legal Services joined three-quarter house residents and City Council members on the steps of City Hall on April 20, 2016 to draw attention to a package of bills that will require more public information on the three-quarter houses, prevent landlords from requiring tenants to attend specific substance-abuse programs or get physicals from certain doctors, […]
MFY Legal Services attorney Tangier Harper testified today at a NYC Council hearing in support of four bills that will help to prevent tenant displacement and harassment. Ms. Harper cited the case of Bronx tenants who were compelled to vacate their building after a fire. The landlord made no repairs until forced to do so […]
MFY Legal Services attorney Linda Jun is one of four primary authors of a report released today by New Yorkers for Responsible Lending that lays bare the consequences for homeowners of inconsistent court procedures on foreclosure in New York State. Divergent Paths: The Need for More Uniform Standards and Practices in New York State’s Residential […]
MFY joined with other advocates in submitting an amicus brief supporting the city’s position that Single Room Occupancy (SRO) hotels must rent rooms for a minimum of one month. On March 17, 2016 the appeals court ruled in the city’s favor in a case involving the 227-room Imperial Court Hotel in Manhattan, which had been […]
MFY Supervising Attorney Leah Goodridge joined forces with City Council Member Vanessa Gibson to conduct a “Youth Court” for 50 Bronx teens who debated NYCHA’s policy of evicting entire families if one household member is arrested for a drug-related offense. See NY1’s coverage of the event.
MFY’s lawsuit on behalf of tenants at 159 Suydam Street in Brooklyn was highlighted in an article in City Limits, which laid bare the problems faced by tenants in rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods and the difficulties in getting aggressive enforcement of city regulations in small buildings where tenants are faced with unlivable conditions. MFY will be […]
The Civil Legal Advice and Resource Office (CLARO) honored MFY Senior Staff Attorney Ariana Lindermayer for her expertise and assistance to low-income New Yorkers with consumer debt problems at CLARO clinics throughout the city. MFY participates regularly in advising people with consumer debt at CLARO’s court-based clinics as part of our Consumer Rights Project.