Housing Links: Online Resources for New York City Tenants and Housing Advocates

“Easily New York’s best online resource for New York landlord-tenant case law, statutes, secondary authority, and a great deal more law . . . .”
– Gerald Lebovits, N.Y. Real Property Law Journal
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General Tenant’s Rights and Rent Regulation Information

Met Council Fact Sheets
NYC Rent Guidelines Board – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Tenant’s Rights Guide  (New York State Attorney General) (pdf)
NYS Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) – Office of Rent Administration  Information for rent-regulated tenants.
LawHelpNY.org Housing fact sheets   A comprehensive collection of tenants’ rights fact sheets and booklets.
Useful Information about Housing Rules and Regulations  (NYC Dept. of Housing Preservation and Development (pdf)
New York City Affordable Housing Resource Center  Information
about available affordable housing, public housing, Section 8,
evictions, and repairs, and information and resources for senior
citizens and people with disabilities.
Rent Smart  (NYS Consumer Protection Board [2002]). Includes model lease (pdf).
Fair Housing Guide  (NYS Division of Human Rights) (4.1 MB pdf). Also in Spanish.
New York City and State Housing Standards  Tables identifying key statutory provisions; links to additional resources.
Statutory Rights of Residential Tenants in New York  Summaries and links to key state laws protecting tenants’ rights.
rentovercharge.com  Tenant lawyer Steven De Castro’s guide to rent overcharges.
Posts on landlord-tenant law by tenant lawyer Steven De Castro
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Tenant and Housing Organizations

City-Wide and State-Wide Organizations

Metropolitan Council on Housing  NYC’s oldest tenant organization.
New York State Tenants & Neighbors Coalition, Inc.  Statewide advocacy for tenants and affordable housing.
Tenants PAC  Pro-tenant New York political action committee.
Shalom Tenants Alliance  Coalition of tenants in over 100 buildings owned or managed by the Shalom/Ohebshalom family.

National Organizations

National Housing Law Project  A national housing law and advocacy center focused on affordable and subsidized housing.
National Low Income Housing Coalition  ”Dedicated solely to to achieving socially just public policy that assures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes.”
Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law  Resources for advocates including Clearinghouse Review and the Poverty Law Library.

Bronx

Neighborhood Initiatives Development Corporation  Serves Bronx CB 11 (Morris Park, Pelham Parkway, Bronxdale, Van Nest, Laconia).
Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition  Serves the northwest Bronx.

Brooklyn

Brighton Neighborhood Association  Serves Brighton Beach.
Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation  Serves Cypress Hills.
Fifth Avenue Committee  Serves lower Park Slope and South Brooklyn.
Make the Road New York  Serves Bushwick.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors  Serves Sunset Park.
Pratt Area Community Council  Serves Fort Greene, Clinton Hill and Bedford Stuyvesant.
St. Nicholas Neighborhood Preservation Corp.  Serves Williamsburg and Greenpoint.

Manhattan

Cooper Square Committee  Serves 14th to Delancey Streets east of Bowery/3rd Ave.
Good Old Lower East Side  Serves 14th to Delancey Streets east of Bowery/4th Ave. and public housing residents on East Side below 14th St.
Hudson Guild  Serves Chelsea.
Housing Conservation Coordinators  Serves Hell’s Kitchen/Clinton.
Independence Plaza North Tenant Association
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House  Serves the Upper East Side.
Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation  Serves Washington Heights and Inwood.
Park West Village Tenants’ Association
Strycker’s Bay Neighborhood Council  Serves the Upper West Side.
Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association
University Settlement Society/Project Home  Serves the Lower East Side.

Queens

Make the Road New York  Serves western Queens.
Margert Community Corporation  Serves Far Rockaway area.
Queens Community House  Serves Queens.

Staten Island

Make the Road New York  Serves Port Richmond.

Other

Some of the following organizations provide assistance to tenants:

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Individual Building/Owner Research

(Ownership, management, violations, taxes, etc.)
NYC Map Portal  Enter address to see building-level map and find online property information and more.
Property Shark  One-stop access to public records, maps, etc. Unofficial, not always up-to-date, but very convenient.
HPDOnline  NYC Dept. of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) – Building registration and violations.
NYC Dept. of Buildings – Building Information Search  Building permits, violations, certificates of occupancy, etc.
NYC City Register (ACRIS)  Property transfer records (deeds, mortgages, etc.).
NYC Dept. of Finance – Property Tax Assessment Records: by block and lot number or by street address.
NYC Dept. of Finance – Property Tax Payment History
NYC Dept. of Finance – J-51 Benefit History  (see also this FAQ on tax abatements/exemptions).
DHCR Rent Regulated Building Search  Database of buildings registering with DHCR at least once from 1984-present.
List of buildings with rent-stabilized apartments from 2007 DHCR building registrations.
Mitchell-Lama Housing Companies in NY State  2007 annual report containing data on all DHCR- and HPD-supervised Mitchell-Lama developments.
HUD Multifamily Housing Data  Multiple databases covering buildings with a variety of HUD project-based subsidies.
NYS Dept. of State Corporation and Business Entity Database
NYS Dept. of State Licensee Search (Real Estate Brokers and salespersons)
NYS Dept. of State Licensee Search (Notaries, barbers, hearing aid dispensers, etc.)
NYS Dept. of Correctional Services Inmate Lookup
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New York City Government Agencies

NYC.gov – City of New York Home Page
The Green Book Online  The official directory of the City of New York.
NYC Community Boards
NYC Department for the Aging
NYC Department of Buildings
NYC HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA)
NYC Department of Homeless Services
NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD)
NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA)  Public and subsidized housing
NYC Housing Development Corporation
NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA/DSS)
NYC Commission on Human Rights — Housing
NYC Law Department
NYC Loft Board
NYC Marshals  The enforcement officers of the NYC Civil Court.
Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities – Housing
NYC Rent Guidelines Board
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New York State Government Agencies

New York State Government Agencies and Offices
New York State Government Telephone Directory
The Green Book Online  State government information in the official directory of the City of New York.
NYS Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) – Office of Rent Administration
NYS Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) – Home Page
NYS Department of State – Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons Licensing
NYS Attorney General – Bureau of Consumer Frauds and Protection – Housing Issues
NYS Division of Human Rights
NYS Committee on Open Government – Your Right to Know  (FOIL, Open Meetings, Privacy)
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Elected Officials

They Represent You  Look up elected representatives for any NYC address (League of Women Voters of the City of New York).
New York City Council
Links to elected officials’ websites  (League of Women Voters of the City of New York).
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Housing Court (Housing Part, New York City Civil Court)

Housing Part, NYC Civil Court Home Page  Site highlights:

New York City Civil Court Act  Statute establishing and governing the NYC Civil Court.
(Also on Loislaw [see access note])
New York City Civil Court Act § 110  Statute establishing the Housing Part of the NYC Civil Court.
The Legal Aid Society
Community Website – Housing
Answers to frequently asked questions about Housing Court cases.
Housing Court Answers (Formerly the City-Wide Task Force on Housing Court)

Top Ten Mistakes Tenants Make in Housing Court By South Brooklyn Legal Services.
Housing Court Records and Your Credit Report By the Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project.

For court decisions, see Free Online Legal Research Resources – Court & Agency Decisions.

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Other New York State Courts

NYS Unified Court System
Courthelp.gov  The NYS Unified Court System’s website for self-represented litigants.
Small Claims Part, NYC Civil Court
A Guide To Small Claims Court  By the NYC Civil Court.
Supreme Court, New York County – Civil Branch
Supreme Court, New York County “SCROLL” (Supreme Court Records On-Line Library): Index number search; multi-field search.

Index number, index number purchase date, and caption information are available for all cases for which an index number was purchased since about 1972. For more recent cases, County Clerk minutes, appearance information, scanned pleadings, RJIs, notices of motion, stipulations, orders and judgments and decisions are available (see also the WebCivil Supreme system). Details (pdf).

Rules of the New York State Unified Court System

WebCivil Supreme  Case status, motions, and appearances for Supreme Court
cases assigned to a judge from 1986 to present.
Appellate Term, First Department
Appellate Term, First Department 2012 Calendar (Record Press)
Appellate Term, First Department Guidelines (Record Press)
Appellate Term, Second Department
Appellate Term, Second Department Guidelines (Record Press)
Appellate Division, First Department
Appellate Division, Second Department
New York Court of Appeals
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Lawyers

LawHelp.org/NY  Use this web site first to find offices serving your area and type of problem!
New York City Bar Association Legal Clinic and Legal Hotline  Serves all of NYC.
Legal Aid Society of New York – Civil Practice  Programs and offices city-wide.
Legal Services NYC  Programs and offices city-wide.

Legal Services NYC citywide network (use LawHelp.org/NY to determine which office serves your area).
Legal Services NYC offices:

CAMBA Legal Services  Serves Brooklyn.
The Door Legal Services Center  Serves people between the ages of 12 and 21 city-wide.
Eviction Intervention Services  Serves 42nd – 72nd Streets from 5th Ave. to East River, Roosevelt Island.
Housing Conservation Coordinators  Serves 34th – 72nd Streets west of 8th Ave.
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House  Serves 59th to 96th Streets from 5th Ave. to East River, Roosevelt Island.
MFY Legal Services  Area served varies by program.
Northern Manhattan Improvement Corp. Legal Services  Serves Washington Heights and Inwood.
Goddard Riverside SRO Law Project  Serves SRO tenants on West Side north of 14th Street and apartment tenants living between 100-110th Streets from Broadway to Central Park West.
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Private Tenant Attorneys

(Links are not advertisements by, endorsements of, or referrals to any attorney or law firm.)

Alterman & Boop LLP
Collins, Dobkin, & Miller LLP
Fishman & Mallon, LLP
John D. Gorman
Grad & Weinraub, LLP
Hartman, Ule, Rose & Ratner  (co-ops, condos, Mitchell-Lama)
Kenneth B. Hawco
Himmelstein, McConnell, Gribben, Donoghue & Joseph
Kent Karlsson, Karlsson & Ng, P.C. (email link only)
William E. Leavitt (email link only)
Jack Lester
George S. Locker
Jeffrey McAdams
Alan G. Morley (email link only)
Stephen H. Palitz
Martin Silbermann
Sokolski & Zekaria, P.C.
Nina V. Taylor (email link only)
Jeffrey S. Ween & Associates (lofts)

New York State Attorney Directory

Includes all attorneys admitted in New York State, with business address, telephone number, year of admission to the New York bar, judicial department of admission, law school attended, and registration status.

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Public and Charitable Assistance Resources

Housing Court Answers Hotline  Coordinates referrals for rent arrears assistance through the Emergency Rent Coalition.
Community Service Society  Public bnefits counseling and eviction prevention services.
Emergency Assistance (One-Shot Deal) information By EarnBenefits Online

Managing Household Expenses and Finding Housing Assistance
By EarnBenefits Online
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Zimmerman’s Research Guide  ”An Online Encyclopedia for Legal Researchers,” courtesy of LexisNexis.
New York State Law Reporting Bureau Legal Research Portal
Glossary of Legal Terms
English-Spanish Glossary of Legal Terms / Glosario de Terminología Jurídica Corriente (Inglés – Español)
New York Law Reports Style Manual  The official legal citation and style authority for NY state courts.

Free Online Legal Research Resources – Court & Agency Decisions

New York State Law Reporting Bureau

The Law Reporting Bureau, the official reporter and publisher of New York state court decisions, maintains two free online decision archives, plus other useful resources:
New York Slip Opinion Service   Court of Appeals, Appellate Division, and Appellate Term decisions plus lower court decisions selected for official (print or online-only) publication. Multi-field search form searches archives from about Nov. 2003-present; site search also available. The most current and complete source for recently issued appellate decisions.
Get a New York Slip Opinion (late 2003-present) by Citation:
  Enter Slip Opinion Number (omit “(U)” suffix):

 NY Slip Op  

OR:
  Enter Official Reports Citation (e.g., 13 NY3d 270):

  

New York Official Reports Service  Free, searchable database including all officially published or abstracted New York state court decisions from January 1, 1980 through the most recent Advance Sheets (for most recent decisions, see New York Slip Opinion Service, above).
Get a New York Official Reports Service Decision (1980-recent) by Citation:
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Official Case Name and Citation Locator  Find the Official Reports “cite-as” case name for New York state court decisions by entering the citation, or find the Official Reports citation for New York state court decisions by party name(s).

Google Scholar  Search officially reported and recent unreported decisions of all New York State courts, Federal courts, and other state courts.

Loislaw (* see access note): Search officially reported or abstracted decisions of all New York State courts combined or search by court:

New York State Unified Court System:
New York Supreme Court decision search (2001-present)

    Search Supreme Court Decisions:
    
    For advanced search options, see Search Tips and Query Language

WebCivil Supreme: Retrieve New York Supreme Court decisions by index number

Lexis courthouse access (NOTE: Link accessible via courthouse WiFi network or LAN)

Appellate Briefs — Appellate Division, Second Department

An old collection of DHCR PAR decisions (1990-1994 only) is online at http://tenant.net/DHCR/pars/index.html. WARNING & DISCLAIMER: Other content posted on “www.tenant.net” may be inaccurate and/or outdated.

DHCR Case Status Search  Search by docket number for status of a case filed with the DHCR Office of Rent Administration.
How to Read a DHCR Docket Number
See also Shapiro’s DHCR Decision Finder

CITYADMIN – Search New York City Agency Decisions  (Loft Board, OATH, ECB, Buildings, BSA, Planning, etc.)

See also New York Law Journal, Landlord-Tenant Law Treatises and Public Law Libraries and Collections.

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Free Online Legal Research – Laws and Regulations

New York State Laws
Laws of New York  (New York State Legislature)
The most current source for official statutory text. Includes New York State Constitution, Consolidated Laws, Unconsolidated Laws, and Court Acts.
Retrieve a New York State statute or NYC Administrative Code section
(Enter 3-letter chapter abbreviation and section number as shown, with no spaces):


Abbreviations for frequently used statutes (see complete list for others):

ADC New York City Administrative Code
CVP Civil Practice Law & Rules
GOB General Obligations Law
JUD Judiciary Law
MDW Multiple Dwelling Law
CCA New York City Civil Court Act
PVH Private Housing Finance Law
RPP Real Property Law
RPA Real Property Actions & Proceedings Law
RPT Real Property Tax Law

Loislaw New York State Consolidated Laws  (see acccess note) Search

New York State Regulations

New York Codes, Rules, and Regulations (NYCRR) Free version from the NYS Department of State.


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Useful field abbreviations:

CI CITATION Unique references for citing to a specific document.
PR PRELIM Superior headings including name of publication, title, subtitle, chapter, subchapter, article, subarticle, part and subparts.
TE TEXT Text of the section.
CR CREDIT Statutory authority and historical notes, if available.
SD SUBSTANTIVE-DOC Citation, prelim, caption, text and credits fields.
To retrieve a specific section use the following search syntax: CI(“18 NYCRR 352.3″)
The PR field can be used to retrieve multiple sections under the same heading, e.g., PR(“RENT STABILIZATION CODE”)

New York Codes, Rules, and Regulations (NYCRR)  (Loislaw [see access note]) Search
New York State Register  Weekly publication containing state agency rulemaking notices.

New York City Laws and Regulations

Unofficial versions of the New York City Charter and Administrative Code of the City of New York:

New York City Charter and Administrative Code (New York Legal Publishing Corp.)

New York City Local Laws, Resolutions, and Introductions 1999-present (NYC Council)
Rules of the City of New York

New York State Landlord-Tenant Law
Statutory Rights of Residential Tenants in New York  Summaries and links to key state laws protecting tenants’ rights.
Real Property Law, Article 7 – Landlord and Tenant (Laws of NY)
(Also on Loislaw [see access note])
Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law (RPAPL), Article 7 – Summary Proceedings (Laws of NY)
(Also on Loislaw [see access note])
Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law (RPAPL), Article 7-A (Special Proceedings for Appointment of an Administrator) (Laws of NY)
(Also on Loislaw [see access note])
General Obligations Law, Article 7, Title 1 (Security Deposits) (Laws of NY)
(Also on Loislaw [see access note])
Rent Stabilization
Rent Stabilization Code (9 NYCRR parts 2520-2531)  (Unofficial, hyperlink-enhanced version)
Also available at: Loislaw (see access note)
Free, official source: New York Codes, Rules, and Regulations (Department of State; current through most recent amendments)

Rent Stabilization Law of 1969 (Administrative Code of the City of NY, title 26, chapter 4) (Laws of NY)
Emergency Tenant Protection Act of 1974
DHCR Rent Stabilization Guidance Documents and Forms:

New York City Rent Guidelines Board Orders for Apartments and Lofts and for Hotels.

Rent Control
City Rent and Rehabilitation Law (Administrative Code of the City of New York, title 26, chapter 3) (Laws of NY)  (Also on Loislaw [see access note])
NYC Rent and Eviction Regulations, 9 NYCRR parts 2200-2211  Regulations governing NYC rent control (Unofficial, hyperlink-enhanced version, current through most recent amendments effective October 2005).
Free, official source: New York Codes, Rules, and Regulations (Department of State; current through most recent amendments)
Also available on Loislaw.
Tables identifying key statutory provisions; links to additional resources.
Multiple Dwelling Law (Laws of NY) (Also on Loislaw [see access note])
New York City Housing Maintenance Code (Administrative Code of City of NY title 27, chapter 2) (Laws of NY)
Title 28 of the Rules of the City of New York: Department of Housing Preservation and Development

New York City Construction Codes
New York City 1968 Building Code
New York City Window Guard Regulations New York City Health Code (24 RCNY) § 12-01 et seq.

Procedures governing the execution of warrants of eviction.

NYPD Patrol Guide Procedures 214-12 and 214-13 (pdf)

NYPD directives on illegal and court-ordered evictions.
Court Acts and Rules of Procedure
Civil Practice Law and Rules (CPLR) (Laws of NY)
The statute governing civil procedure in the New York state courts. (Also on Loislaw [see access note].)

Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law (RPAPL), Article 7 – Summary Proceedings

Statutory provisions governing summary eviction proceedings. (Also on Loislaw [see access note].)

New York City Civil Court Act (Laws of NY)

The statute establishing and governing the NYC Civil Court. (Also on Loislaw [see access note])

Uniform Rules of the New York State Unified Court System

New York City Civil Court Directives & Advisory Notices
Housing Court Judge Profiles & Part Rules
Buffalo City Court Act article X (L 1978, ch 516) Statute establishing the Housing Part of Buffalo City Court

Federal Laws and Regulations
United States Code

Title 24, Code of Federal Regulations — Housing and Urban Development (current)
Fair Credit Reporting Act (Federal Trade Commission)

Federal law governing consumer reporting agencies, including providers of tenant screening information.

Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (Federal Trade Commission)

Federal law governing debt collectors, including attorneys demanding rent.

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Landlord-Tenant Law Treatises

Finkelstein and Ferrara, Landlord and Tenant Practice in New York

Kings (Brooklyn), Queens and Bronx County Supreme Court Law Libraries
CUNY School of Law Library

Scherer, Residential Landlord-Tenant Law in New York

Dolan, Rasch’s New York Landlord and Tenant, Including Summary Proceedings

Lebovits, et al., New York Residential Landlord-Tenant Law and Procedure

Gallet, (Gould’s) New York Landlord and Tenant Handbook

Book information.
Available at NYPL Science, Industry & Business Library, NYPL branch libraries, and the Queens and Bronx County Supreme Court Law Libraries.

HUD Housing Programs: Tenants’ Rights, 3rd ed., published by the National Housing Law Project

A comprehensive treatise on HUD-subsidized public and private housing.
Description and ordering information
Available at the CUNY School of Law Library, call number KF5729 .H83 2004.

Public Law Libraries and Collections

New York State Public Access Law Libraries

Library Materials Document Delivery Service
LION online catalog
Lexis (NOTE: Link accessible via UCS courthouse WiFi network or LAN)

Law libraries with public access in the greater New York area
New York County Public Access Law Library
Kings County (Brooklyn) Supreme Court Law Library
Law Library of Queens County
CUNY School of Law Library
City Hall Library (for New York City reports and publications)
Other public law collections in Manhattan

All of New York City’s law school libraries and most of its university libraries are Federal Depository Libraries and several are designated by the New York State Document Depository Program as New York State Documents Reference Centers. These libraries must make deposited federal and state materials freely available to the public pursuant to the Federal Depository Libraries public access statute and the New York State Document Depository Manual. Library patrons using government document collections might have access to other research material and databases, depending on library policies.
Complete list of Federal Depository Libraries in New York.

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Periodicals and Publications

Tenant/Inquilino  Monthly, bilingual newspaper for tenants from Met Council on Housing.
City Limits “New York’s Urban Affairs News Magazine”
Clearinghouse Review  Bimonthly publication of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law.

Current and back issue content by subscription or purchase only.
Full text for vols. 1-35 (1967-2002) avaiable on HeinOnline (access with account or NY City Bar member login).

Gotham Gazette: Housing  Daily news website covering New York City issues.
Housing Court Reporter  Unofficial source for New York landlord-tenant decisions. Annual volumes issued 1983-current. Available at:

HCR to the Minute  Citations and digest notes for recent landlord-tenant decisions.
Housing Law Bulletin  Monthly publication of the National Housing Law Project.

Current issues and recent back issues by subscription only.
Free 2000-2009 archives online.

Landlord-Tenant Monthly  Print only.

Landlord-tenant law articles written or co-authored by Gerald Lebovits, Housing Court Judge, New York City Civil Court.

Memo to Members  Weekly bulletin of the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

New York Law Journal  Website content by subscription only.
Articles, “Decisions of Interest,” and other selected decisions from April 1990, and all decisions from January 2009 through day before current date, may be available via Lexis at some New York State Public Access Law Libraries.
Articles, “Decisions of Interest,” and other selected decisions from 9/11/2001, and all decisions from January 2009 until one week before current date, available via DowJones Factiva at:
Microfilmed back issues available at:
Landlord-tenant decisions 1983- reprinted in the subscription-only Housing Court Reporter, available at:

Shelterforce  ”The Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Building,” published bimonthly by the National Housing Institute.

Articles from 2000 to current issue; full-text search.
Shelterforce Bookstore  Online selection of titles pertaining to housing and community development and related issues.

Vendome Group  Landlord-oriented newsletters and digests published in print and online:

See also Landlord-Tenant Law Treatises below
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Special Housing Types

Mitchell-Lama and Limited Dividend Housing

Mitchell-Lama Housing Companies in NY State  2007 annual report containing data on all DHCR- and HPD-supervised Mitchell-Lama developments.
NYS Department of Housing and Community Renewal – Housing Operations
Private Housing Finance Law, Article 2 (Limited-Profit Housing Companies Law) The “Mitchell-Lama Law.” (Laws of NY) (Also on Loislaw [see access note])
Private Housing Finance Law, Article 4 (Limited-Dividend Housing Companies Law) (Laws of NY) (Also on Loislaw [see access note])
Occupancy regulations for DHCR-supervised Mitchell-Lama and limited dividend housing (Title 9 NYCRR, subtitle S, ch IV, subch C, part 1727) (Loislaw*) (Free source: New York Codes, Rules, and Regulations)
Complete regulations governing DHCR-supervised Mitchell-Lama and limited dividend housing companies (Loislaw*) (Free source: New York Codes, Rules, and Regulations)
NYC Dept of Housing Preservation and Development’s Mitchell-Lama Housing page
HPD regulations for city-supervised Mitchell-Lama housing (pdf)
Save Mitchell-Lama

Mitchell-Lama Residents Coalition  Mitchell-Lama Residents Coalition Newsletter
Cooperators United for Mitchell-Lama
Affordable No More: New York City’s Looming Crisis in Mitchell-Lama and Limited Dividend Housing  2004 report by NYC Comptroller (pdf)
State Comptroller’s 2005 audit of DHCR supervision of Mitchell-Lama buyouts (pdf); Press release announcing audit report.

HUD-Subsidized Multifamily Housing (Project-based Section 8, Section 236, etc.)

HUD Handbook 4350.3 REV-1, CHG-3 (rev. June 2009): Occupancy Requirements of Subsidized Multifamily Housing Programs.
HUD Office of Multifamily Housing Programs
National Housing Law Project Resource Center – HUD Multifamily Housing Preservation
National Alliance of HUD Tenants  ”A multi-cultural, tenant-controlled alliance of tenant organizations in privately-owned, multifamily HUD-assisted housing.”
New York State Tenants & Neighbors  Information and advocacy for tenants of project-based subsidized housing.
Community Service Society Center for Benefits and Services

CSS offers a telephone help line and individual representation for federally subsidized housing residents and applicants, and provides training & technical assistance for community-based organizations.

Assisted Housing Management Insider

NYCHA Public Housing

NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA)
NYCHA Resident Handbook, “A Home to be Proud Of” (pdf).
Community Service Society – Center For Benefits and Services

The CSS Center For Benefits and Services offers a telephone help line and individual representation for federally subsidized housing residents and applicants, and provides training & technical assistance for community-based organizations.

What Do I Need to Do If Someone Comes to Live in My NYCHA Apartment? (pdf)

A fact sheet by MFY Legal Services. Also available in Spanish.

How Do I Handle Housing Authority Termination-of-Tenancy Problems? (pdf)

A fact sheet by MFY Legal Services. Also available in Spanish.

probono.net-ny Housing Library – NYCHA  (signup required)
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – Office of Public and Indian Housing
National Housing Law Project Resource Center – Public Housing

Section 8 Leased Housing

NYCHA Leased Housing Department
probono.net-ny Housing Library – NYCHA  (signup required)
NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) – Section 8 Program information for tenants and landlords.
HPD Section 8 Administrative Plan, effective March 1, 2010.
probono.net-ny Housing Library – HPD Section 8  (signup required)
DHCR Section 8 Administrative Plan (rev. 2009)
US Department of Housing and Urban Development – Housing Choice Vouchers
National Housing Law Project – Section 8 Certificate and Voucher Program
Community Service Society Tenant Advocacy Project

TAP offers a telephone help line and individual representation for federally subsidized housing residents and applicants, and provides training & technical assistance for community-based organizations.

Other City- and State-Subsidized Affordable Housing

Advantage  Rent subsidy programs formerly administered by the New York City Department of Homeless Services.

NYC Housing Development Corporation  NYC HDC finances and administers the following programs:

Low-Income Affordable Marketplace Program (LAMP)
Mixed-Income Program (“50/30/20″)
New Housing Opportunities Program (New HOP) (middle-income)
Mitchell-Lama Preservation Program

New York State Housing Finance Agency HFA finances and administers 80/20, All Affordable, and other affordable housing programs, and allocates federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits.

Lofts

Multiple Dwelling Law Article 7-C (Legalization of Interim Multiple Dwellings) (Laws of NY) (Also on Loislaw [see access note])
Lower Manhattan Loft Tenants
NYC Loft Board
Searchable Archive of Loft Board Decisions
Loft Board Rules (Title 29 of the Rules of the City of New York) (see also recent amendments)
Recent and proposed amendments to Loft Board rules

SRO Hotels

LawHelp.org — Know Your Rights – SRO Housing
Notice of Rights and Duties of Hotel Owners and Tenants (DHCR Advisory Opinion 87-2)
Goddard Riverside SRO Law Project  Serves SRO tenants on West Side north of 14th St.
East Side SRO Law Project  Serves SRO tenants citywide except West Side north of 14th St.
Manhattan Legal Services – SRO Project  Serves SRO tenants who reside on the East Side or anywhere below 14th Street.

Co-ops, Condos, and Conversion Issues

The following materials are available from the Office of the New York State Attorney General, Real Estate Finance Bureau:

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Special Populations

Senior Citizens

Housing Guide for Senior Citizens  From the NYS Attorney General
NYC Department for the Aging
NYC Department of Finance — Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) Program  Rent increase exemption for tenants in rent controlled or rent stabilized housing.
NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development — Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) Program  Rent/carrying charge increase exemption for tenants in Mitchell-Lama, Limited Dividend, Redevelopment, Housing
Development Fund and Section 213 cooperative housing companies.
Clutter and Hoarding  Resources for addressing clutter and hoarding problems, from Cornell University Weill Medical College & the NYC Hoarding Task Force

Young People

The Door Legal Services Center  Counsel and advocacy services in civil matters to people between the ages of 12 and 21.

People With Disabilities

Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) Program
Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities
NYC Commission on Human Rights
New York State Division of Human Rights  Publications:

Center for Independence of the Disabled – NY
NY State Accessible Housing Registry  Information about accessible apartments located throughout New York State.
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law — Fair Housing Fact Sheets and Resources

People With HIV/AIDS

Voices Of Community Advocates & Leaders
Gay Men’s Health Crisis – Legal Services and Client Advocacy  Serves New York City residents living with HIV/AIDS
HIV Law Project  Serves HIV-positive residents of Manhattan and the Bronx
Bronx AIDS Services Legal Advocacy Program  Serves Bronx residents living with HIV/AIDS
NYC HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA)
How to Get to a Place Called Home: A Handbook to Help People Living with HIV AIDS Find Housing in New York City (NYS Department of Health)
HIV/AIDS Discrimination (NYS Division of Human Rights)

Domestic Violence Victims

HousingLink Online Resources for domestic violence survivors seeking safe, affordable housing in New York City.
Domestic Violence and Housing (South Brooklyn Legal Services)
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Housing Rights Clinic Research Guide (Hofstra University School of Law)
ANHD Links (Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development)
New York City Documents A comprehensive resource guide by the Columbia University Libraries.
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* Loislaw links are accessible to attorneys admitted in New York State who register for a free New York State Library Borrower’s Card. Registration provides free off-site access to the State Library’s wide range of subscription databases.

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Last update: June 6, 2013.