The New York State Association for Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH) and its fellow partners successfully lobbied with the NYS Housing Trust Fund Corporation to modify its standard Housing Trust Fund lease. Section 20 of the revised lease now provides that tenants engaging in “any physical, violent act against building, employees, staff, or tenants” can constitute good cause for landlords to terminate such tenant’s lease.

In response to numerous serious incidents occurring on affordable housing properties in the last few years, landlords of affordable housing projects have been advocating for additional remedies to be able to ensure safe communities for tenants. The terms and provisions of Housing Trust Fund leases, tenant conduct constituting “good cause” for evictions, and the tenant selection criteria and process for HTF-assisted units are highly regulated topics at both the federal and state level.

Harris Beach’s Affordable Housing team is monitoring this development and related matters. If you have any question on compliance with such regulations, please reach out to our affordable housing team: Michael E. Condon at (585) 419-8603 and; Melanie C. Marotto at (716) 200-5230 and; Michael A Discenza at (212) 912-3605 and; or Linnea B. Spagnoletti at (585) 419-8623 and

This alert does not purport to be a substitute for advice of counsel on specific matters.

Harris Beach has offices throughout New York State, including Albany, Buffalo, Ithaca, Long Island, New York City, Rochester, Saratoga Springs, Syracuse and White Plains, as well as New Haven, Connecticut, Washington, D.C. and Newark, New