It is illegal for building owners to force tenants to leave their apartments or surrender their rights. If you are a tenant in an apartment in the City who is being harassed by your landlord, you can get information and help. You may be eligible for free or low-cost legal assistance.
Harassment of tenants by landlords or owners can include:
- Not offering leases or lease renewals, or repeatedly trying to pay you to move out.
- Unjustified eviction notices or illegal lockouts.
- Threats and intimidation, such as late-night phone calls.
- Overcharging for a rent-regulated apartment.
- Failure to provide necessary repairs or utilities.
- Deliberately causing construction-related problems for tenants, such as working after hours, blocking entrances, or failing to remove excessive dust or debris.
Report a Complaint
New York City continues to provide free legal service assistance for qualified tenants throughout the City. Residents can call 311 for more information.
Mayor de Blasio has created a program to provide legal assistance to tenants who are being harassed by landlords who are trying to take advantage of zoning changes by getting rid of tenants. If you are a resident of one of the zip codes listed below, you can reach the New York City Tenant Protection Hotline by calling 311.
- Bronx: 10452 and 10453
- Brooklyn: 11207, 11208, 11212, and 11233
- Manhattan: 10029 and 10035
- Queens: 11101, 11354, and 11358
- Staten Island: 10301 and 10304
Contact New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR)
If you live in a rent-controlled or rent-stabilized apartment, you can get more information about tenant harassment online at www.nyshcr.org or by calling 311.