Senator Jose Peralta, Assemblymember Hakeem Jeffries and Comptroller John Liu are calling on Governor Paterson to sign the Mortgage Bill of Rights Legislation, requiring mortgage lenders and brokers to provide consumers with a detailed document explaining the mortgage process and consumer rights and protections. This bill will ensure that consumers receive ample information before they begin the voluminous mortgage process.
More than 100 Queens residents, many recent immigrants, cast aside their cultural differences and language barriers at a meeting at Sunnyside Community Services last Thursday to campaign against rent increases they say landlords are making unjustly.
City rent guidelines state that when owners make what are considered major capital improvements to a building, they can increase the rent in accordance with the cost of the improvements. However, some claim tenants are being taken advantage of.
Apartment dwellers living in and around Lefrak City facing eviction or major capital improvement rent increases had their legal questions answered at a “Know Your Rights!” forum sponsored by State Senator Jose Peralta.
“With the economy the way it is, there are families struggling to make ends meet,” Senator Peralta said. “They’re getting hit with rent increases they can’t afford or are unable to pay the rent and face eviction. Tenants have rights and I want to make sure that they know what those rights are.”
Inspired by the high foreclosure rate across the country and in Queens, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) joined allies City Comptroller John Liu and Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries (D-Fort Greene) at City Hall on Tuesday to promote legislation requiring lenders and brokers to provide consumers with a document explaining the mortgage process, consumer rights and protections.
Peralta urged Gov. David Paterson to sign the legislation shortly after speaking to residents facing foreclosure in his district at a workshop last Thursday.
Help For Queens Homeowners Struggling In the Mortgage Crisis
With alarmingly high rates of seriously delinquent mortgages in Corona, East Elmhurst and Jackson Heights, State Senator Jose Peralta, State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and local non-profit agencies hosted a forum to help homeowners in the face of the ongoing mortgage crisis.
The attorney general’s office and community-based organizations working on foreclosure prevention provided counsel and hands-on assistance Saturday to homeowners at the event, sponsored by Senator Peralta at the Queens Museum of Art.
Please join Senator Jose Peralta for a Town Hall on Section 8 vouchers. Members of the community, housing advocates and social service providers are encouraged to voice their opinions and ask questions.
The event is sponsored by:
Senator Jose Peralta
Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras
New York Urban League Housing Program
NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA)
NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development