While thousands of tenants have filed cases claiming their landlords locked them out to defy the eviction moratorium, just a handful have been charged for the crime.
By Josefa Velasquez and Rachel Holliday Smith, THE CITY In Far Rockaway, Carol Holness called the police dozens of times last year as her home lost its heat and power. Eventually, her landlord changed the locks on her door. In Corona, Norma and Luis fled flooding from the remnants of Hurricane Ida that poured water […]
By Clifford Michel, THE CITY The real estate industry is pushing back on a state bill that would limit rent hikes and ensure lease renewals for over a million tenants — launching a house-to-house phone campaign to rally the public against the protections. A new group called Homeowners for an Affordable New York is calling […]
By Greg David, THE CITY While Aaron Weber waits for the city Rent Guidelines Board to decide whether he will be forced to freeze rents for the tenants in the 40 buildings he runs at Weber-Farhat Realty Management, he ticks off the higher costs absorbed in the past year. Among them: rising water and electric […]
Letters remind landlords of their obligations as part of the CDC’s moratorium.
View of the headquarters building of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in Washington DC. – Washington DC – February 21, 2020 (Shutterstock) By FTC The acting heads of the Federal Trade Commission and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) have sent joint notification letters to the nation’s largest apartment landlords, which collectively own more than 2 million […]
By Allison Dikanovic, THE CITY New York passed one of the nation’s most comprehensive eviction moratorium bills during the Legislature’s special year-end session. But it turns out the protections for tenants — and some property owners — aren’t automatic. Here’s what you need to know — and do. Some quick background Nearly all eviction and […]
Both landlord and tenant advocates say the solution is a tenant bailout in the form of a rental assistance voucher program.
Landlord Surya Hariprasad sits outside her Bronx building, Oct. 15, 2020. Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY By Gabriel Sandoval, THE CITY Surya Davie Hariprasad scrounged to pay the mortgage of her Bronx home after she, her daughter and their only tenant upstairs were stricken with coronavirus in March. For two months, nobody in their two-family house could work […]
Rental assistance to prevent evictions is an allowable use of the $7 billion in HUD CARES Act funds
Sign in front of the Department of Housing and Urban Development in downtown Washington, DC on December 26, 2014. – WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 26 (Shutterstock) WASHINGTON – Consistent with President Trump’s Executive Order “Fighting the Spread of COVID-19 by Providing Assistance to Renters and Homeowners”, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) […]