Bedford-Stuyvesant

VLP offers free legal clinic to Brooklyn homeowners behind on their taxes

June 10, 2019 By Rob Abruzzese

The Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) will host a free legal clinic for Brooklyn homeowners in conjunction with the Bridge Street Development Corporation on Monday, June 24.

The clinic is designed for homeowners who have fallen behind on property taxes, water bills, and other costs associated with homeownership. It’s purposely being held prior to the Aug. 2 tax lien sale so that homeowners can make the necessary arrangements with the New York City Department of Finance.

“Our goal is to assist as many families as possible to avoid losing their homes to a tax lien foreclosure,” said Sarah Filcher, VLP senior staff attorney. “Remarkably, over 9,000 Brooklyn homeowners received a 90-Day notice that their homes would be included on this year’s tax lien sale list if no further actions were taken by the homeowners.

“Through the clinic, we can help homeowners understand their options to avoid the city’s upcoming tax lien sale and complete the necessary paperwork to apply for an exemption or payment agreement.”

VLP lawyers explained that many Brooklynites simply do not know how to respond to letters from the Department of Finance, which makes the clinic necessary.

The clinic will be held at the Bridge Street Development Corporation’s headquarters, 460 Nostrand Avenue. It will take place from 6 until 8 p.m.

Those looking to get help from the VLP should bring a copy of their deed, a government-issued ID and proof of income. To register in advance, call the VLP at 718-473-9208.

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