Relief could be coming soon for victims of deed theft

Originally published in Brooklyn Daily Eagle on April 08, 2019.

Brooklyn pols sponsored a bill that would return stolen homes to their rightful owners

A bill that will help ripped-off homeowners get their property back has passed both the New York Assembly and the Senate, and is awaiting the governor’s signature.

The bill is meant to combat property fraud, which has turned into a crisis in Brooklyn’s gentrifying neighborhoods, according to housing advocates and local officials.

Sponsored by state Sen. Velmanette Montgomery (Bedford-Stuyvesant-Red Hook) and Assemblymember Helene Weinstein (Flatlands-Sheepshead Bay), the legislation provides greater protections for homeowners who are in default or foreclosure. It also strengthens laws regulating shady property “consultants.”

In her statement, Montgomery called the bill “a major step forward in addressing one of the most pressing issues among homeowners.”

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