MFJ in the News

MFY Supports CFPB Policy Giving Consumers the Right to Be Heard

MFY submitted comments in support of CFPB’s policy proposal that consumers be allowed to release their complaint narratives to the public through a complaint database.  Current complaint categories provide little understanding of the consumer’s experience.  Releasing the narratives will reveal potential predatory lending in the communities MFY serves. 

Home Care Workers Win Class Certification in Wage Theft Suit

Home health care workers formerly employed by BNV  Home Care Agency won class certification allowing their lawsuit against the agency to proceed. The workers, represented by MFY Legal Services and Abbey Spanier LLP, charges that the agency failed to pay workers the required wages for their long hours of work, which regularly entailed 70-80 hours …

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 …

Food Cart Workers Awarded $60,000 in Unpaid Wages

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 …

How to Keep Your Rent-Stabilized Apartment

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.  

Dishing Out Consumer Advice

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.