MFY Opposes Rent Hikes for SROs

In testimony before the NYC Rent Guidelines Board, MFY urged the city to protect Single Room Occupancy dwellings, the housing of last resort for single New Yorkers living in poverty.

SRO Tenants Expose House of Horrors

MFY is representing tenants at Brooklyn’s Greenpoint Hotel who are suing their landlord for egregious building violations. Tenants opened their doors to the press to see their  living conditions, including  rats, bedbugs, mold and crumbling bathrooms.  Read coverage in the Daily News, Brooklyn Paper and DNAinfo.

MFY Offers Know Your Rights Training

On March 6, MFY Legal Services, in collaboration with Community Board 2 and Greenwich House, will offer a tenant training on the basics of housing law. Participants will receive an overview and have the opportunity to ask questions about their rights as tenants. Click here for more details.

Class Action for Three-Quarter House Tenants Reinstated on Appeal

A Brooklyn appeals court ruled to reinstate DiGiorgio v. 1109-1113 Manhattan Ave Partners, a putative class action, and ordered the case to be heard by a different judge. The ruling was a victory for some 70 low-income tenants who will now have a chance to show that they are lawful tenants under the rent stabilization …

NYCHA Tenants Sue to Get Safe Wheelchair Ramp

Three tenants represented by MFY Legal Services, Inc. filed suit today against the New York City Housing Authority for failing to correct an access ramp that is too dangerous for people using wheelchairs, rendering the entrance inaccessible to them. The suit seeks declaratory and injunctive relief as well as compensatory and punitive damages under the …

Judge Allows ADA Suit Against NYCHA to Proceed

A federal judge has ruled that a suit brought against the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) by a Staten Island resident who is blind may proceed. The plaintiff is arguing that by refusing to accommodate his disability, and by providing him repeatedly with written notices that he is unable to read, NYCHA is violating …

Ropes & Gray Joins MFY’s Externship Program

MFY Legal Services expanded its externship program with an associate from the law firm of  Ropes & Gray LLP, who began work on July 9, 2012. Working closely with experienced MFY attorneys, the extern will carry a full caseload, providing advice, counsel and representation in housing court and before administrative agencies. Ropes & Gray Joins …