Innocent Tenants Need Protection from Foreclosure Evictions
  • Petitioned Sheldon Silver, NY Assemblymembers, Governor Andrew Cuomo

This petition was delivered to:

Sheldon Silver, NY Assemblymembers, Governor Andrew Cuomo
New York Governor
New York State House

Innocent Tenants Need Protection from Foreclosure Evictions

    1. jennifer walker
    2. Petition by

      jennifer walker

      new york, NY

One of the intentions of the sweeping foreclosure prevention
legislation (Chapter 507 of the Laws of 2009) was to give tenants
notice if the building they reside in is in foreclosure and gives
tenants of residential property the right to remain in occupancy
following a foreclosure for the greater of 90 days or their remaining
lease term. However, the definition of "tenant" inadvertently omitted
those tenants who became tenants subsequent to the commencement of
foreclosure proceedings from the notice provisions of the law.

Prior to the new notice requirements in RPAPL 1203(4), tenants were
often unaware of a foreclosure action instituted against their
landlord/mortgagor. Consequently, since the foreclosure action may
take many months, intervening leases or rental agreements may be
entered into with the landlord/mortgagor. This bill clarifies
language to ensures that all tenants, those at the initial filing of
the Notice of Pendency, and any subsequent tenants will receive the
same notice and protections afforded under the law.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Viv Ramos NY, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Tenants need this information in order to protect themselves as lease holders.

    • Erica Ress NEW YORK, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      As an attorney, we have to protect the rights of those who have been overlooked in the law.

    • irving skydell NEW YORK CITY, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      to see justice done

    • Erin Reale ALBANY, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      I am a housing counselor at United Tenants of Albany and we see how foreclosures affect the tenant population all the time! This bill will add to the growing legal protections tenants have when their rental building is going through a foreclosure!

      • over 2 years ago

      NYC and NY State housing policy is written by the real estate and finance industries. Cuomo and the bought out republican state senate are not going to respond to the needs of the tenant until tenants demonstrate the power they have as voters in the upcoming elections.


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