Current Campaign: Replace the Predatory Lien Sale

TakeRoot is a founding member and counsel to the Abolish the NYC Tax Lien Sale Coalition which was initiated in summer 2020 by the East New York CLT Initiative.

As a result of the work of the Coalition, authorization for the sale of liens to an investment-backed trust has expired. The Coalition is now working with elected advocated and the administration on the design and implementation of a new debt collection system for New York City.

 

Selected Press

Gotham Gazette: Majority of City Council Declares Opposition to Reauthorizing NYC Tax Lien Sale | May 31, 2022

Brooklyn Paper: Controversial Tax Lien Sale Comes to a Bitter End, For Now | March 1, 2022

City Limits: As NYC Considers Scrapping Tax Lien Sale, Land Trust Plan Gains Steam | Feb. 28, 2022

Harlem World: Activists And Electeds Cheer End Of The Rudy Giuliani Created NYC Tax Lien Sale | Feb. 28, 2022

BK Reader: Housing Rights Activists Put Tax Lien Sale on Trial for Displacing Families of Color in Brooklyn | Feb. 16, 2022

The Baffler: Lien on Me | Feb. 10, 2022

NYS Focus: Tenants Suffer As City Sells Landlords’ Tax Debt to Speculators | Oct. 15, 2021

BK Reader: A Tax Lien Sale Is Happening in Dec and BK Organizers Are Rushing to Support Homeowners | Sept. 13, 2021

Kings County Politics: Tax Lien Sale Bill Asks for Reform Taskforce | Feb. 3, 2021

Politico: Council rankles de Blasio administration after pulling tax lien bill | Dec. 21, 2020

The City: Council Considers Killing the Tax-Collection Machine Rudy Giuliani Built | Oct. 22, 2020

Bklyner: Activists And Lawmakers Call To Abolish City’s Tax Lien Sale | Oct. 14, 2020

Testimony

Testimony to the NYC Council Committee on Finance on FY23 Budget (3/2/2022): We must make sure that the Department of Finance has the resources to bring debt collection into the ambit of the City in this and coming years. We would like to see a system that both incentivizes timely payments and allows owners who simply cannot pay to resolve their debt in a manner that increases the City’s supply of affordable housing. The City’s growing number of Community Land Trusts (“CLTs”), located in nearly every neighborhood, would be ideal partners for such a system: the City could forgive the debts of owners who voluntarily transfer the land beneath their properties to CLTs. This would allow them and their tenants to stay while preserving some equity.

Testimony to the NYC Council Committee on Finance on Tax Lien Sale Reauthorization (December 9, 2020): TakeRoot called on the City Council to abolish the lien sale and expand the pipeline of properties headed for transformation to social housing and community ownership.

Testimony to the NYC City Council Oversight Hearing: Examining the City’s Deed Theft and Deed Fraud Crisis (October 13, 2020): TakeRoot testified to connect the dots between the deed fraud crisis and the NYC Tax Lien Sale.