Housing Court Answers - 111 Centre Street, New York, NY, 10013 (2nd Floor Clerk’s Office - Room 225) - 212-962-4795.
Housing Court Answers provides Information Tables in the city’s Housing Courts and we staff a hotline for callers with information about housing law, rent arrears assistance, and homeless prevention guidance. We staff an Information Table at 250 Broadway to assist public housing and section 8 tenants in termination hearings.
LawHelpNY is an online tool for helping low-income New Yorkers solve their legal problems. Our mission is to: "Provide and promote access to, high-quality online information about free legal services throughout New York, about legal rights in a broad range of substantive areas, about the court system, and about related advocacy, government and social service organizations.
Legal Aid Society (Harlem Community Law Offices) - 230 East 106th Street, New York, NY 10029 - 212-426-3000.
The Legal Aid Society is a private, not-for-profit legal services organization, the oldest and largest in the nation, dedicated since 1876 to providing quality legal representation to low-income New Yorkers. It is dedicated to one simple but powerful belief: that no New Yorker should be denied access to justice because of poverty.
Legal Services NYC—the largest organization exclusively devoted to providing free civil legal services in the United States, with neighborhood offices in every borough of New York City—is made up of passionate attorneys and staff who provide their clients—single moms, workers with disabilities, seniors, and others—with a comprehensive approach to solving their legal problems and getting them back on their feet.
MFY envisions a society in which no one is denied justice because he or she cannot afford an attorney. To make this vision a reality, MFY provides free legal assistance to residents of New York City on a wide range of civil legal issues, prioritizing services to vulnerable and under-served populations, while simultaneously working to end the root causes of inequities through impact litigation, law reform and policy advocacy.
The Goddard Riverside Law Project was founded in 1981 to provide free legal services and tenant organizing assistance to low-income residents of single resident occupancy (SRO) buildings on Manhattan’s West Side. Preservation of SRO housing is essential because it is often the only housing available for some of the most vulnerable members of our society. Free legal representation in non-payment, holdover, and HP proceedings in Housing Court for SRO tenants living on the West Side of Manhattan from 14th Street to the top of Manhattan and apartment tenants living between 100-110th Streets from Broadway to Central Park West.
The Metropolitan Council on Housing is a tenants' rights membership organization made up of New York City tenants who believe in our motto of "housing for people, not profit." Metropolitan Council on Housing operates a number of tenant-assistance programs, run by our members, including a tenants' rights telephone hotline and a walk-in clinic, which serve thousands per year and are free and open to any New York City tenant.
NYS Tenants & Neighbors is a grassroots organization that helps tenants build and effectively wield their power to preserve at-risk affordable housing and strengthen tenants' rights in New York. Through organizing, education, intensive leadership development, grassroots mobilization, and strategic policy and legislative advocacy, Tenants & Neighbors is building a strong and unified tenant movement that has the knowledge and power to effect real change.
PA'LANTE Harlem assists residents living in Rent Stabilized and Federally subsidized buildings one-on-one and in small groups. We provide technical assistance, training and legal services, and connect residents to the government and nonprofit resources (much of which are underutilized) that enable them to remain in their homes, hold negligent landlords accountable for critical safety violations and ensure that the buildings in their neighborhood are safe, habitable homes.
The NYC Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) is mandated to establish rent adjustments for the approximately one million dwelling units subject to the Rent Stabilization Law in New York City. The Board holds an annual series of public meetings and hearings to consider research from staff, and testimony from owners, tenants, advocacy groups and industry experts.
New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) consists of all the State's major housing and community renewal agencies, including The Affordable Housing Corporation, The Division of Housing and Community Renewal, Housing Finance Agency, State of New York Mortgage Agency, Housing Trust Fund Corporation and others. A number of communities in New York State have rent regulation programs known as rent control and rent stabilization. These programs, administered by the Office of Rent Administration (ORA), position ORA as a leader in the preservation of affordable housing. Rent regulation is intended to protect tenants in privately-owned buildings from illegal rent increases and allow owners to maintain their buildings and realize a reasonable profit.
NYS Tenant Protection Unit (TPU) was creat in 2012 to act as a proactive law enforcement office within New York State Homes and Community Renewal. The TPU preserves affordable housing by detecting and curtailing patterns and practices of landlord fraud and harassment through audits, investigations, and impactful legal actions. The TPU also encourages compliance by informing tenants and owners of their rights and responsibilities under the rent regulation laws.