Landlords who accept FEPS can advertise acceptance of FEPS and request paperwork to prove a potential renter qualifies for the program. FEPS is a New York state housing supplement designed to provide rental support for families to prevent evictions, according to Bill de Blasio, public advocate for the city of New York.
New York residents who qualify can use FEPS to move to a new housing unit or retain current housing, explains de Blasio. To gain eligibility, residents must file an application through a legal provider such as Legal Aid or a community-based organization and then have the application completed by an authorized preparer with the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. FEPS provides financial support for up to five years to qualified applicants.
The requirements for the FEPS program stipulate that a child 18 or under must be living in the home, a court proceeding has deemed back rental payments due and a lease for the tenant of record stipulates one year of stay, according to nonprofit legal organization The Legal Aid Society. The tenant of record must also be registered with the public assistance program within the state. Applicants must agree in writing to pay rent directly to the landlord.