In 2020, the New York State Office of the Attorney General’s (OAG) launched the Protect Our Homes Initiative, which protects homeowners from deed theft scams through community education and outreach, enforcement, and policy and legislative proposals.
Attorney General James encourages those who have been scammed to report complaints by calling the office (800) 771-7755 or by filling out a complaint form. The OAG cannot assist with mortgage payments; however, homeowners throughout New York State who are behind on their mortgage or other charges can get free help in their community by calling the Homeowner Protection Program (HOPP) hotline at (855) HOME-456 or (855) 466-3456. Any identifying information provided to the Attorney General’s office will be protected in a manner consistent with state law and policies on the safeguarding of identifying information.
NYC Lien Sale
The implications of COVID-19 are destabilizing our communities, six months after the first confirmed case in New York City. A lien sale would place undue stress on homeowners already facing financial instability.
Consequently, my colleagues and I urged Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to protect thousands of homeowners during uncertain times. In response to our concerns, he issued an Executive Order on Friday, September 4th to delay New York City’s annual tax and water lien sale.
Please be advised that the last day to submit a payment or enter into a payment agreement for the 2020 lien sale has been extended to October 4, 2020. This extension will allow property owners who received a lien sale warning notice more time to pay what they owe or enter into a payment agreement in order to avoid being included in the lien sale. Mark your calendars! You can attend one of four Property Tax Lien Sale Virtual Outreach Sessions.
Due to COVID-19 and social distancing requirements, the New York City Department of Finance recommends that property owners submit their lien sale payments online, by phone, or by mail. Payment agreements can be applied for by mail or online.