Harassment & What You Can Do About It!

Some of our member tenant associations are fighting to stop harassment by their landlords.  Harassment takes many forms, but it all has the same goal – getting rid of long-term tenants to raise the rent.  Maybe your landlord refuses to do repairs (while beautifully renovating vacant apartments.)  Maybe he keeps taking you to court for no good reason.  Or maybe he keeps adding random late fees and other charges to your rent bills until you can no longer keep track of what you really owe.  When your landlord does these things to get you out of your home, it’s harassment and it’s illegal.  And thanks to a law we passed a few years ago, you can take your landlord to housing court to make it stop! One of our Coalition leaders, Sherryann, recently came across this helpful article about the law:  http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/03/13/tenants-gain-right-to-sue-landlords-for-harassment/

And find out how one tenant association, together with Legal Services, is using the law to stop harassment in their building:  http://www.legalservicesnyc.org/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=734

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