Tenants

Tenant Restored to Now Occupied Apartment after Six-Year Battle

MFY Attorney Tanya Kessler won the restoration of a west side tenant to his now occupied apartment six years after his landlord evicted him on a bogus subletting charge. Although he tried to appear to defend himself despite being incarcerated, the Housing Court judge defaulted him. After he filed an order to show cause upon …

Long-Term Solutions to Three-Quarter Houses

MFY Attorney Tanya Kessler is quoted extensively in an article in City & State focusing on the long-term solutions to the problems of three-quarter houses, highlighting the need to increase the city’s shelter allowance for single adults, combat Medicaid fraud, end the exclusion of people with criminal records from public housing, and explore new models …

MFY Defends Tenants Harassed by Morningside Heights Landlord

MFY has defended tenants in buildings owned by The Orbach Group, the subject of a recent New York Times article describing the landlord’s attempts to force out rent-regulated tenants through harassment, baseless eviction proceedings, and heavy-handed buyout offers. Read the article here.

New York Times Report Draws Attention to Abusive Three-Quarter House Industry

MFY’s work to defend residents of three-quarter houses and end abusive practices was recognized in a major exposé in the New York Times on May 31, 2015. Staff from MFY’s Three-Quarter House Project worked with the Times reporter over a period of many months and facilitated interviews with members of the Three-Quarter House Tenant Organizing …

Manhattan Senior Gets Apartment Back after 20-Month Battle

On April 9, 2015 AM-New York reported on the 20-month saga of an 80-year-old Manhattan woman represented by MFY Legal Services who was illegally evicted from her home of 36 years while hospitalized with serious injuries after being hit by a bicycle. While she was recovering in a nursing home, the landlord gutted the apartment  …

Tenants Protest Illegal Lockouts in Three-Quarter Houses

Vowing to continue their campaign to end illegal lockouts and evictions, three-quarter house tenants were joined by City Council Members Jumaane Williams and Steven Levin in demanding an end to abusive practices at a City Hall press conference on Oct. 14, 2014.

Origins & Dimensions of the SRO Crisis in NYC

In Single Room Occupancy Housing in NYC: The Origins and Dimensions of a Crisis (CUNY Law Review), MFY attorneys argue that new city policies are needed to preserve SROs and promote new ones to reduce homelessness and increase affordable housing for low-income singles.

MFY Spurs State Investigation of a Predatory Landlord

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 …

Judge Rules Three-Quarter Houses Must Follow Eviction Rules

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 …

Holdover Suit Dismissed After Landlord Fails to Explain Respondent’s Status

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 …

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