Although New York’s tax lien sale is intended to incentivize property owners to pay, it can pressure owners to sell to speculators or cut corners with maintenance, without oversight from the city and at the expense of tenants.
In January 2021, in response to advocacy the Abolish the NYC Tax Lien Sale Coalition, the NYC City Council passed legislation charting the course for ending New York City’s tax lien sale (Local Law 24 of 2021).
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The Al-Muneer Foundation had its applications for exemptions repeatedly denied and had to fight back foreclosure. For nonprofits with city contracts, like the Mary Mitchell Family and Youth Center, difficulties with exemptions and debt can jeopardize their funding.
Charity organizations own buildings that house daycares and mosques, arts organizations and churches, food pantries and theaters; they own land for community gardens, playgrounds and farms. State law is clear that they are all entitled to property tax exemptions from