Tenants

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 …

Narco Freedom Residents to Get New Providers

MFY organizer Paulette Soltani’s comments on a judge’s decision to transition Narco Freedom residents to two new providers were featured in a recent CBS News report on the massive fraud case that landed Narco Freedom’s operators in jail and left hundreds of residents in housing limbo. Soltani commented that the decision is “a promising plan …

Three-Quarter House Operator Faces Criminal Charges

The New York Times reports that Yury Baumblit is facing criminal charges for illegally evicting tenants from three-quarter houses he operates. MFY has assisted scores of Baumblit’s tenants and has filed a class action lawsuit against Baumblit and others for widespread deceptive practices, harassment of tenants, violation of the rent stabilization code and laws, and …

800 Three-Quarter House Residents May Need a New Home

The Daily News reported on July 27, 2015 that 11 of 18 three-quarter houses operated by Narco Freedom may close after its CEO and son were indicted for an illegal Medicaid kickback scheme and other charges and it was found that the organization is operating at a severe loss. MFY Attorney Matthew Main commented that …

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