Manhattan Mitchell-Lama Housing Lawyer

New York Tenant Rights Never Go Out of Style

Mitchell-Lama law was passed in the 1950s to create affordable housing in New York City. Over the years, New York has created a vast array of programs aimed to ensure that low- and middle-income residents have access to shelter at a cost they can bear.

Unlike many developers and landlords, the lawyers of Himmelstein, McConnell, Gribben, Donoghue & Joseph LLP haven't forgotten why protections for New York City tenants exist. We can advise and represent you or your tenant group in matters relating to a building's protected status, pertaining to:

  • Dissolution
  • Reorganization
  • Reconstitution

We work every day to protect the rights of tenants of buildings subject to Mitchell-Lama or the Private Housing Finance Law (PHFL). To consult with an attorney, call us in Manhattan at 646-666-8496.

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At one time, there were more than 100,000 apartments covered by Mitchell-Lama alone. Since the 1990s, about a third of these apartments have been privatized and have lost their protected status. Economic pressures toward market rates have fueled this change.

Sometimes the resulting "affordable housing" developments seem more like financial windfalls for developers than havens for tenants needing relief from market pressures. The need for affordable housing has never gone away, and neither has the need for advocates who can fight for the rights of tenants.

"All of our attorneys have subspecialties — New York State Department of Homes and Community Renewal, Article 78s, Mitchell-Lama cases — every lawyer has an area of focus. Their abilities are vast and varied, and they bring us experience at all levels of landlord-tenant law."- The attorneys of Himmelstein, McConnell, Gribben, Donoghue & Joseph LLP

When a building is privatized, it loses its tax abatement and the owner must often refinance the mortgage and lose certain investment returns. However, many developers eagerly take the risk because of the higher rents they can charge.

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The laws concerning transitions in affordable housing developments are complex and nearly impossible for most people to navigate without the assistance of a New York affordable housing development attorney.

For more information, or to consult with a lawyer, call us in Manhattan at 646-666-8496 or contact us online.