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.
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.
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.
MFY Attorney Dinah Luck shows the importance of emotional support animals in promoting the wellbeing of people with mental illness and outlines how advocates can successfully advocate for clients who live in no-pets housing in an article in the May-June issue of Clearinghouse Review.
The spring 2014 issue of the New York State Bar Association’s Elder and Special Needs Law Journal features an article by MFY attorney Jota Borgmann detailing the decade-long litigation that led to a settlement allowing thousands of adult home residents in 23 large adult homes to move into supported housing in the community.