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The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court unanimously upheld a lower court injunction preventing subprime lender Fremont Investment & Loan from foreclosing on certain types of mortgage loans without first notifying the state attorney general and obtaining court approval.
The lower court had said that ”presumptively unfair” loans — the ones subject to the injunction – are those that meet four conditions:

An adjustable [...]

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The Boston Globe reports that a federal judge in California has ruled that roommates.com, an on-line service that matches roommates, is subject to the federal Fair Housing Act.
Roommates.com reportedly requires the disclosure of race, gender and sexual orientation from its users and allows them to query for roommates using these categories.
The website contends that the Fair Housing [...]

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In a recent message, New York County Lawyers Association President Ann Lesk urged that a Civil Gideon law be enacted guaranteeing counsel to all low-income persons facing eviction or foreclosure.
Ms. Lesk should be congratulated for taking this stance.
Presently, a Senior Citizen Right to Counsel Bill is being considered by the New York City Council, which would establish a right [...]

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The NY Times ran an article today about how 5-year old Jacob Neuman, who was on his way to school with his brother, Israel, 8, both got stuck in the elevator ten floors up in the Williamsburg, Brooklyn public housing complex where they lived. The elevator door opened because of a malfunction and the boys [...]

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Affordable housing in NYC is critically important for low-income residents. Section 8 vouchers, which are in limited supply, are like gold to their holders since they pay for the majority of the rental amount for a private apartment (typically, the holder pays 1/3 of monthly income to the landlord and Section 8 picks up the rest).
On [...]

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As a former civil legal aid attorney who focused on eviction defense work, I have a special interest in housing issues. 
Today in The Boston Globe there is an article about a program in Boston that provides housing for senior citizens who were once homeless. Notably, the program, which provides housing to 136 people in 7 complexes, [...]

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Bronx Housing Court Judge Ava Alterman ruled on August 18, 2008 that the Office of the District Attorney could not represent a landlord in an eviction action against tenants who allegedly sold narcotics from the subject apartment.  (The decision is Dennis Lane Apartments, Inc. v. Green, 864 N.Y.S.2d 247).
The judge found that undertaking this type [...]

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Beginning last Monday night, I started volunteering with an excellent program at the New York City Bar Association called “Monday Night Law.” The attorney volunteers (such as myself) provide free legal counseling on Monday evenings for low-income city residents on a variety of topics such as bankruptcy, consumer issues, matrimonial, basic employment and landlord-tenant. 
While we cannot [...]

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New York landlords left in the lurch by tenants who break their leases – don’t feel that you have to run out to post a For Rent sign.
Recently, the Second Department of the New York Appellate Division ruled that a landlord does not have to mitigate damages when a tenant moves out prior to the expiration of [...]

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