Tenants

MFY Helps Bronx Teens Debate NYCHA Rules

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.

City Limits Highlights MFY’s Battle with Bushwick Landlord

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 …

City Council Honors MFY Paralegal

City Council Member Margaret Chin presented a proclamation from the City Council to MFY Paralegal Fanny Chan in recognition of her tireless work over the past decade to help low-income residents of Chinatown with housing and public benefit issues. The presentation took place at a Lunar New Year celebration on February 29, 2016.

MFY Rallies with Bushwick Tenants to End Harassment and Neglect

Scores of tenants at 159 Suydam St. in Brooklyn held a press conference today to publicize their lawsuit against their landlord and their demand that the city appoint a 7-A Administrator to manage their building. For many months the tenants have endured severe harassment and neglect, including illegal evictions and hundreds of uncorrected housing violations. …

Hundreds of Affordable Apartments in Manhattan Are Used as Hotel Rooms

MFY Legal Services’ SRO Law Project is one of the many organizations working to preserve SRO housing and fighting against illegal hotel rooms in SROs, which are a critical part of NYC’s housing stock.  The practice of short-term rentals in residential SROs is widespread on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, significantly contributing to the lack of …

MFY Supports Tightening NYC Rules to Protect Tenants during Building Renovations

MFY testified today in support of NY City Council legislation to require landlords to reduce the number of hazardous violations in their buildings before receiving permits for renovation and construction, and to obtain a certificate of no harassment before receiving building permits. These bills merely require what should not be controversial: that landlords ensure the …

Judge Orders Three-Quarter House to Stop Harassing Tenants

A Manhattan judge granted a preliminary injunction barring a three-quarter house landlord from harassing tenants. After three tenants represented by MFY Legal Services won eviction cases in Housing Court, the three-quarter house operator cut off heat, discarded tenants’ food, and required them to move to different rooms every 28 days in an attempt to evade …

Three-Quarter House Tenants Win Injunction Prohibiting Evictions

Three-quarter house residents represented by MFY won a preliminary injunction prohibiting NRI Group, a large operator, from evicting tenants without court process, mistreating tenants so as to pressure them to move out, and retaliating against tenants who have resisted eviction. Although the tenants had won illegal eviction cases against NRI in housing court, the operator …

MFY Supports Stronger Rules Against Illegal Hotels

In testimony submitted for a hearing before the New York City Council, MFY Supervising Attorney  Marti Weithman supported three initiatives to strengthen enforcement of regulations against illegal hotels, noting that “Illegal hotels threaten the safety and security of all occupants — residents and tourists alike — disrupt the quality of life of permanent residents, and …

MFY Supports City Legislation to Reform Buildings Department

As part of the citywide Stand for Tenant Safety Coalition, MFY stood with 200 representatives of housing and community organizations on the steps of City Hall to support a package of 12 bills being introduced in the City Council to address negligent response time from the Department of Buildings (DOB), insufficient services from DOB, safety …

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