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Month-to-Month Rentals, a Common Risk for Businesses

Raymond Marte-Ventura, 23, stood at the window of his uncle’s motorcycle repair shop on Jerome Avenue near 175th Street on a weekday in October, watching the rain fall onto the bikes parked curbside. Business was slow in the shop, and the weather wasn’t letting up. Marte-Ventura is the manager of Vent Bike Tech, a family […]

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Rate of Housing Violations Highest in the Bronx

More than 10% of Bronx residents lived in an apartment last year with at least one hazardous housing violation.

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Behind the Badge

It takes a “weird personality” to be a New York City Marshal.

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Bronx Tops Charts in Heat and Hot Water Complaints

Bronx Tops Charts in Heat and Hot Water Complaints

October begins the official eight-month “heat season,” in the city, when the city requires landlords to maintain indoor temperatures at 68 degrees during the day when it’s 55 degrees outside, and 62 degrees at night, regardless of the outside temperature. Last year, the Bronx recorded the most housing code complaints per capita of any other […]

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HP Actions Debatable Recourse for Landlords and Tenants

Mice, roaches, leaking pipes, and bulging walls — one of these alone could be a tenant’s nightmare. Andrea Daniels, a long-time Bronx resident, lives with all of them. Daniels has lived in her rent-regulated Mott Haven apartment for 16 years. When she needed repairs to her apartment, Daniels put in requests with her landlord. But […]

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Leveling the Legal Playing Field: Tenants Fight for Homes with the Help of Right to Counsel

More than half of eligible tenants at the Bronx Housing Court don’t know they qualify for a free lawyer, but whether they face rent disputes or maintenance failures — a lawyer gives a tenant a voice in the outcome.

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The Door of Angel DeJesus's Mt. Hope Apartment

Without Legal Aid, Bronx Residents Are Lost at Housing Court

Angel DeJesus was certain that the pictures of the black mold growing on the ceiling of his apartment, or the massive holes in the walls would make the Housing Court reverse the eviction that left him and his family out on the street.  But the lack of legal aid resources in the Bronx, coupled with […]

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Finding a Place in New York with a Rental Voucher

In New York City’s market only 2% of studios and 3% of three-bedroom apartments are in the price range established by the voucher CityFHEPS

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