Legal Info: Lifelines


New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

May 15, 2023 Important Update for ERAP Applicants

New York State ERAP applications are no longer being accepted.

Applications submitted before the application portal closed on January 20, 2023, including applications from subsidized housing tenants whose rent is limited to a certain percentage of income (including public housing, section 8 and FHEPS), are being reviewed and processed in the order received, consistent with State law and program rules.

Tenants and landlords may continue to upload required documentation through the ERAP Portal for pending submitted applications.




TenantHelpNY.org : Helping New Yorkers Avoid Eviction
The New York Covid-19 Tenant Help Project provides clear and easy guidance to tenants facing eviction as well as information on how to present defenses in court.

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I’ve been evicted. Now what do I do?
When a judge orders you to be evicted, he or she may sign a warrant of eviction and also a money judgment. The warrant of eviction is the piece of paper that tells the sheriff or marshal to remove you from the property.
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Eviction For Non-Payment of Rent
Learn about the process of eviction for non-payment of rent.
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Facing Foreclosure
Effective Dec. 20th, 2016.
If you can no longer afford your current mortgage payment, what should you expect? What should you do if you want to keep your home? How long do you have before you might have to move?
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Housing Stability & Tenant Protection Act Of 2019: Changes To New York State’s Landlord-Tenant Laws
On June 14, 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Housing Stability & Tenant Protection Act. Many of the changes went into effect immediately. Below is a brief summary of the changes to the Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law (RPAPL), Real Property Law (RPL), and General Obligations Law (GOL).
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Partners in Progress Workshop of 2020 on Changes to Landlord /Tenant Rights 2019
A recording of the presentation, handouts and related materials are now available.
Listen on CARES website

Public Assistance and Security Deposits
The regulations regarding security deposits if you are receiving public assistance.
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Security Deposits
Information about handling security deposits for renters.
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Source of Income Discrimination
On April 12, 2019, New York State amended the New York State Human Rights Law to protect all New Yorkers from discrimination based on lawful source of income. This law applies to nearly all types of housing in New York State.
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Using The Housing Authority Grievance Procedure
How tenants of public housing have complaints addressed.
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What to Do If You Can’t Afford Your Mortgage But You Want to Keep Your Home
How to deal with banks and agencies.
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When Housing Conditions Are Bad
The landlord’s and your responsibilities and actions to take.
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Emergency Housing Benefits For Persons With AIDS
The Department of Social Services now has a special program that pays cash benefits to individuals with AIDS or HIV-related illnesses who are homeless, or threatened with homelessness.
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Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Survivors with Criminal Records: What You Should Know When Applying for Federally Subsidized Housing
Basic information for survivors that have a criminal record and are applying for federally subsidized housing. Issues covered include matters related to permanent and temporary bars from certain housing programs; housing denials due to criminal records, criminal convictions and arrests; and improving your chances of being admitted. MAY 7, 2018
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