New York to Pay Thousands to 10 Tenants Purged From Rent Freeze Program

New York City has agreed to pay $130,000 in legal fees and damages to 10 older or disabled residents who said they were unfairly removed from the Rent Freeze Program after their spouses or parents died.

News Story (New York)

Nikita Stewart
New York Times (NYT)
March 7, 2016

Tags: Housing: Landlord-Tenant

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services NYC (LSNYC)


In June, the residents, joined by the city’s public advocate, Letitia James, filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court in Manhattan to seek relief and bring attention to what they considered flaws in the laws, which were created in 2014.


Christine Clarke, a lawyer with Legal Services NYC, said in an email that the settlement “ensures that people know their rights before there is a crisis.”

Ms. Clarke praised the cooperation of the city’s corporation counsel’s office with Legal Services NYC and MinKwon Center for Community Action, another nonprofit group involved in the lawsuit. “Once the city was aware that there really was a legal problem, they were willing to engage with us to resolve it, not only for our clients, but for everyone who may have been affected by the 60-day rule,” she said.