Class-action against landlords, combating housing discrimination, & more

By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
January 27, 2021 - 9:35AM

Three new 421-a class action lawsuits are going forward against landlords who overcharged tenants an estimated $10 million in rent and received over $20 million in tax benefits (press release)

President Joe Biden signed an executive order directing the Department of Housing and Urban Development to redress racially discriminatory federal housing policies (The Hill) 

Flex, Till, and NestEgg are new companies that pay your rent on time on your behalf (The Real Deal) 

A NYCHA resident whose great grandmother was fatally shot by NYPD in 1984 is finally getting long-awaited repairs to her apartment (The City)

Some New Yorkers are living in former summer bungalows year-round (The New York Times) 

An affordable housing lottery opened for eight apartments in a four-story development in Crown Heights (New York YIMBY)



Austin Havens-Bowen

Staff Writer

Staff writer Austin Havens-Bowen covers the rental market and answers renters' questions in a column called Realty Bites. He previously reported on local news for the Queens Ledger and The Hunts Point Express in the Bronx. He graduated from Hunter College with a BA in media studies. He rents a one-bedroom apartment in Astoria with his boyfriend and their two cats.

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