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Residential Security Deposits: Useful Tips to Help You Recover Your Deposit

Kevin Quinn, Staff Attorney Housing Unit Tenants often have difficulty recovering all or even a portion of the security deposit that they paid to their landlord at the beginning of their tenancy.  The following are some useful tips we recommend using to insure that your transition out of your apartment is a smooth one. The…

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Erie County 2015 In Rem Tax Foreclosure

The Erie County In Rem 163 Tax Foreclosure Auction will be held on Wednesday, September 24, 2015.  The County has yet to publish their list of foreclosed properties.  If your 2011 and prior property taxes are not paid by a future date to be determined by the County, your property may be included in the…

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Hoarding – A Growing Problem with Emerging Solutions

Over the past several years, the problem of hoarding has come to light in our community, and across the country. According to the Mayo Clinic, Hoarding Disorder is “a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them”

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New program will help save homes in New York State

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has unveiled a new program called NYS-MAP that is designed to help many New Yorkers save their homes from foreclosure. This program will provide loans to eligible homeowners at low rates. The loans can be used for a variety of purposes, including but not limited to reinstating mortgages,…

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FHA-HAMP Guidelines

The FHA has several programs designed to help people avoid foreclosure and save their homes. They recently held a training to clarify their policies as the FHA discovered that several banks appeared to be denying HAMP loan modifications to eligible borrowers. Numerous borrowers have been denied the ability to keep their home where they can…

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We Represent Tenants in Distress

TENANCY PROBLEMS?  LEGAL SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY CAN HELP! Legal Services for the Elderly represents tenants with a wide range of issues.  At Legal Services, we represent tenants with: – Evictions – Lockouts – Habitability issues – Water shut offs for which your landlord is responsible – Housing Subsidies and Rental Assistance issues – Rent…

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Attorney General Schneiderman Steps in on the Side of Justice

The New York Attorney General has sued HSBC Bank and HSBC Mortgage Corp. for failure to comply with New York foreclosure rules, laws, and regulations.  HSBC has been filing foreclosure actions against homeowners throughout New York State, and then sitting on many of them for months or even years without any activity. During this delay,…

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Foreclosure Prevention

The Foreclosure Prevention Project of Buffalo and Western New York has helped save thousands of homes in Western New York over the past few years. We are now supported by the New York State Office of the Attorney General

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