Items Tagged with 'New York housing'

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  • New York sues rent-to-own operator Vision Property Management for predatory lending

    Claims company operated “illegal, unlicensed mortgage-lending business”
    The New York Department of Financial Services and New York Attorney General Letitia James announced recently that the state is suing Vision Property Management, one of the nation’s largest operators of rent-to-own homes, and the company’s CEO, Alex Szkaradek, for allegedly operating an “illegal, unlicensed mortgage-lending business profiting from predatory subprime home loans at the expense of some of the most vulnerable New Yorkers.”
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  • New York using $9 million from RBS settlement to fight zombie homes

    “Zombie 2.0” initiative will give cities more money to fight blight
    Continuing a fight that stretches all the way back to 2014, the state of New York is set to give its cities millions more in funding to address the glut of “zombie homes” that still blight many communities throughout the state. According to the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James, the money for these latest grants comes from the state’s $500 million settlement with RBS for the bank’s "deceptive mortgage bond practices."
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  • New York foreclosure firm admits to cheating Fannie Mae, VA out of millions

    Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates accused of "systematically" overbilling expenses
    The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced Tuesday that it reached a settlement with Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, in which the law firm admitted to using its wholly owned affiliates, Enterprise Process Service and Paramount Land, to overcharge Fannie Mae and the VA for millions of dollars in foreclosure and eviction-related expenses.
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  • New York developer admits to bilking investors in long-running luxury real estate Ponzi scheme

    Pleads guilty to defrauding investors out of $58 million
    A New York real estate developer admitted in court last week that he ran a luxury real estate Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors out of $58 million over several years. According to court documents, Michael D’Alessio took much of the money for his own benefit, using it to pay off debts and prior investors, and to fund significant gambling and other personal expenses.
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  • RBS meets $400 million consumer relief goal by handing out $130 million in relief

    Bank completes consumer relief portion of its $500 million settlement with New York
    Just six months after the Royal Bank of Scotland reached a $500 million settlement with the state of New York over the bank’s mortgage practices in the run-up to the housing crisis, RBS has reached the settlement’s $400 million consumer relief goal, by providing just under $130 million in actual relief.
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  • Rentlogic raises $2.4 million in seed funding to grade NYC apartment buildings

    Proptech startup is latest in a string of startups receiving attention from investors
    Rentlogic, a tech platform utilizing an algorithm and public data to grade New York City residential buildings just closed a $2.4 million seed funding round. Funding came from Urban-X, Urban.Us and Edgar Bronfman Jr., and Rentlogic intends to use the funds to expand its operations and its sales team.
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  • New York City proposes sweeping new rules for security deposits

    City comptroller calls for security deposit limit of one month’s rent
    New York City is in the middle of an affordability crisis, and now, the city is proposing sweeping new rules to address one piece of the affordability crunch that often stands in the way of renters finding a quality apartment or moving to a new one – the security deposit. Over the weekend, the city released a new proposal that would put limits on how much landlords can charge renters upfront.
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  • NYCHA needs $31.8 billion to repair its properties...it only has $6.84 billion

    NYCHA in hot water as neglected repairs have put hundreds of children at risk of lead poisoning
    After the results of new inspections came in, the New York City Housing Authority announced that it needs $31.8 billion to fix its decrepit housing stock. According to the Wall Street Journal, this is an increase of nearly $7 billion over previous estimates.
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  • New York man admits to rigging local elections in effort to develop real estate

    Third member of conspiracy to plead guilty
    Last year, two New York real estate developers, Kenneth Nakdimen and Shalom Lamm, pleaded guilty to interfering with a mayoral election in Bloomingburg, New York, including using fake voters, to try to advance stalled construction projects. Now, a third member of the conspiracy has also admitted to taking part in the scheme.
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