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A change in NYC's affordable housing rules

Finding an apartment in New York City can be a struggle. Finding an affordable apartment, however, can seem downright impossible. This is why some individuals look to Housing Connect to apply for housing that is more cost effective.

In 2013, Housing Connect created a lottery system in which individuals can apply for selection of affordable housing in New York. In an effort to make finding an affordable living situation more widely available, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development has new rules to ensure fairness. Changes include:

Subletting your apartment may be your right

Changes come all the time in life, and you never know when you’ll need to be away for a long time. It may be a temporary job, care for a family member or some other change you didn’t anticipate. If you want to come back to the same apartment when it is finished, you have to keep your lease.

Even if your lease says that you are not allowed to sublet, you may have the right to do so. It is not legal to prevent a sublease under New York law except under very specific circumstances. If you have a market-rate or rent-stabilized apartment that you need to sublet, it very likely can be done – you simply must go through the right procedures to make it happen.

Starting a tenants' association

If you have issues with your landlord, you are probably not alone. If you feel you are being singled out for harassment, including bad maintenance or unfair rent increases, there's a good chance your neighbors are experiencing the same thing.

There's no need to suffer alone. A tenants' association is both easy to form and often very effective, plus it offers you additional protection. Here is how to get one started in your building.

Special-skills team shares talents to help NYC tenants

A rather singular group of New Yorkers currently making a bit of a stir in the landlord-tenant universe largely comprises individuals who might have gone by the moniker "geek" in former times.

That is, many of them are number crunchers, eminently comfortable with equations, formulae, statistical patterns/trends and coding platforms.

NYC's public housing woes: what exactly is going on, at issue

The "endemic character of [its] collapse."

That is the central point underscored in a recent New York Magazine article chronicling the deep and documented woes of the New York City Housing Authority. The NYCHA is charged with operating and maintaining the nation's largest public housing program. The authority plays a critically important role in the lives of hundreds of thousands of lower- and moderate-income metro residents.

Is no-harassment certificate a powerful new tool for NYC renters?

The imagery spotlighting an entrenched reality of the New York City housing universe is both stark and vivid. A recent article in a national publication references "predatory developers encircling [tenants'] neighborhoods." It couples that language by noting a new tool serving as a "preemptive strike" that besieged renters can employ to combat landlords' vulture-like conduct that threatens housing affordability and security.