September 27, 2011
Bernstein Liebhard LLP Announces Filing of a Class Action Against the New York City Housing Authority (“NYCHA”). Bernstein Liebhard LLP today announced that a lawsuit has been filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of a class (the “Class”) of the 31,000 landlords who participate in Housing and Urban Development’s (“HUD”) Section 8 voucher program as administered by NYCHA.
The class action complaint alleges violations of procedural due process and federal statutory and regulatory guidelines governing HUD’s Section 8 voucher program. Plaintiffs, property owners in the City of New York who rent to Section 8 tenants, allege that NYCHA fails to comply with its policies regarding statutory rent increases, fails to comply with its policies regarding reinstating payments after curing Housing Quality Standards (“HQS”) violations, fails to provide due process, and fails to comply with federal statutes, rules, and regulations concerning the administration of the Section 8 voucher program.
As a result, Plaintiffs seek payment of the rents owed. Plaintiffs also seek equitable relief in the form of an injunction or declaratory judgment to remedy the lack of due process for Class members and thereby restraining NYCHA, its agents, employees, successors, and all others acting in concert or conjunction with them, from continuing practices of failing to adhere to HUD and NYCHA policy concerning rent increases, and of failing to adhere to HUD and NYCHA policy concerning remedies for HQS violations. For more information, a copy of the complaint is available here.
Bernstein Liebhard has pursued hundreds of class actions and has recovered almost $3 billion for its clients. It has been named to The National Law Journal’s “Plaintiffs’ Hot List” in each of the last eight years.