Tenant Organizations.

Tenant & Neighbors – New York State’s largest tenant advocacy organization.

Metropolitan Council on Housing – NYC housing rights organization. Its motto, “housing for people, not for profit,” says it all.

NYC Loft Tenants – An organization dedicated to advancing the rights of tenants under the new Loft Law.

Lower Manhattan Loft Tenants – A city-wide advocacy group dedicated to the rights of loft tenants.

Tenant.net – Opinionated, no-holds-barred NYC tenant site.

Government Resources.

NYC Housing Court – The official Housing Court site providing basic information on the court was well as a Tenant’s Guide to Housing Court prepared in conjunction with the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

NYS Division of Housing and Community Renewal – The state agency that administers rent stabilization and rent control. It includes downloadable forms for filing rent overcharge and other complaints and copies of the agency’s informational bulletins and fact sheets about rent regulation. DHCR also supervises state-run Mitchell-Lama developments.

NYC Rent Guidelines Board – The city agency that sets the rent increases for rent-stabilized lease renewals and certain loft tenancies every year. The rates are set in June and go into effect October 1 of each year.

NYC Department of Finance – This link will allow tenants to determine if their building is in receipt of a “J-51” tax abatement and, as such, subject to rent stabilization under the recent landmark ruling by the Court of Appeals involving Stuyvesant Town.

NYC Loft Board – The city agency that administers the Loft Law including overseeing the legalization process and setting rents upon the transition into rent stabilization.

NYC Department of Buildings – The city agency responsible for enforcing the Building Code and approving all building permits. You can find out everything you want to know about your building [e.g., certificate of occupancy, permits status, code violations] by using DoB’s Building Information System.

NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development – The city agency responsible for enforcing the Housing Maintenance Code. Check here for lists of violations on your building and information on the registered managing agent. HPD also supervises city-run Mitchell-Lama developments.

New York City Register – This site, known by its acronym, ACRIS, is where you can review copies of deeds, mortgages and other recorded documents.

NYS Attorney General – This office oversees cooperative and condominium conversion plans and publishes a guide to tenant rights.

DISCLAIMER: David E. Frazer makes no representation as to the accuracy or reliability of any information contained on any of the above websites. The links are provided for information purposes. Any person needing legal advice should seek it directly from a qualified attorney.