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Online Resources for New York City Tenants and Housing Advocates.
“Easily New York’s best online resource for New York landlord-tenant case law, statutes, secondary authority, and a great deal more law . . .”
Gerald Lebovits,
N.Y. Real Property Law Journal

General Tenant Rights Information


Met Council Fact Sheets

NYC Rent Guidelines Board – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Tenant’s Rights Guide
New York State Attorney General (pdf)

NYS Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) – Office of Rent Administration
Information for rent-regulated tenants.

LawHelpNY.org Housing fact sheets
A comprehensive collection of tenants’ rights fact sheets and booklets.

Useful Information about Housing Rules
and Regulations

(NYC Dept. of Housing Preservation and Development (pdf)
New York City Affordable Housing

Resource Center
Information about available affordable housing, public housing, Section 8, evictions, and repairs, and information and resources for senior citizens and people with disabilities.

Rent Smart

(NYS Consumer Protection Board [2002]). Includes model lease (pdf).

Fair Housing Guide
(NYS Division of Human Rights) (4.1 MB pdf). Also in Spanish.

New York City and State Housing Standards
Tables identifying key statutory provisions; links to additional resources.

Statutory Rights of Residential Tenants in New York
Summaries and links to key state laws protecting tenants’ rights.

rentovercharge.com
Tenant lawyer Steven De Castro’s guide to rent overcharges.

Posts on landlord-tenant law by tenant lawyer Steven De Castro

Tenant and Housing Organizations


City-Wide and State-Wide Organizations

Metropolitan Council on Housing NYC’s oldest tenant organization.

New York State Tenants & Neighbors Coalition, Inc. Statewide advocacy for tenants and affordable housing.
Tenants PAC Pro-tenant New York political action committee.

Shalom Tenants Alliance Coalition of tenants in over 100 buildings owned or managed by the Shalom/Ohebshalom family.

National Organizations

National Housing Law Project A national housing law and advocacy center focused on affordable and subsidized housing.

National Low Income Housing Coalition “Dedicated solely to to achieving socially just public policy that assures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes.”

Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law Resources for advocates including Clearinghouse Review and the Poverty Law Library.

Bronx

Neighborhood Initiatives Development Corporation Serves Bronx CB 11 (Morris Park, Pelham Parkway, Bronxdale, Van Nest, Laconia).
Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition Serves the northwest Bronx.

Brooklyn

Brighton Neighborhood Association Serves Brighton Beach.
Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation Serves Cypress Hills.
Fifth Avenue Committee Serves lower Park Slope and South Brooklyn.
Make the Road New York Serves Bushwick.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors Serves Sunset Park.
Pratt Area Community Council Serves Fort Greene, Clinton Hill and Bedford Stuyvesant.
St. Nicholas Neighborhood Preservation Corp. Serves Williamsburg and Greenpoint.

Manhattan

Cooper Square Committee Serves 14th to Delancey Streets east of Bowery/3rd Ave.
Good Old Lower East Side Serves 14th to Delancey Streets east of Bowery/4th Ave. and public housing residents on East Side below 14th St.
Hudson Guild Serves Chelsea.
Housing Conservation Coordinators Serves Hell’s Kitchen/Clinton.
Independence Plaza North Tenant Association
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Serves the Upper East Side.
Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation Serves Washington Heights and Inwood.
Park West Village Tenants’ Association
Strycker’s Bay Neighborhood Council Serves the Upper West Side.
Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association
University Settlement Society/Project Home Serves the Lower East Side.

Queens

Make the Road New York Serves western Queens.
Margert Community Corporation Serves Far Rockaway area.
Queens Community House Serves Queens.

Staten Island

Make the Road New York Serves Port Richmond.

Other

Some of the following organizations provide assistance to tenants:
Member organizations of the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development.
Member agencies of the United Neighborhood Houses, a citywide federation of settlement houses.
Community-Based Housing Organizations receiving DHCR grant assistance.date to return to court.

Individual Building/Owner Research


Ownership, management, violations, taxes, etc.
Metropolitan Council on Housing NYC’s oldest tenant organization.
New York State Tenants & Neighbors Coalition, Inc. Statewide advocacy for tenants and affordable housing.
Tenants PAC Pro-tenant New York political action committee.
Shalom Tenants Alliance Coalition of tenants in over 100 buildings owned or managed by the Shalom/Ohebshalom family.

NYC Map Portal Enter address to see building-level map and find online property information and more.
Property Shark One-stop access to public records, maps, etc. Unofficial, not always up-to-date, but very convenient.
HPDOnline NYC Dept. of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) – Building registration and violations.
NYC Dept. of Buildings – Building Information Search Building permits, violations, certificates of occupancy, etc.
NYC City Register (ACRIS) Property transfer records (deeds, mortgages, etc.).
NYC Dept. of Finance – Property Tax Assessment Records: by block and lot number or by street address.
NYC Dept. of Finance – Property Tax Payment History
NYC Dept. of Finance – J-51 Benefit History (see also this FAQ on tax abatements/exemptions).
DHCR Rent Regulated Building Search Database of buildings registering with DHCR at least once from 1984-present.
List of buildings with rent-stabilized apartments from 2007 DHCR building registrations.
Mitchell-Lama Housing Companies in NY State 2007 annual report containing data on all DHCR- and HPD-supervised Mitchell-Lama developments.
HUD Multifamily Housing Data Multiple databases covering buildings with a variety of HUD project-based subsidies.
NYS Dept. of State Corporation and Business Entity Database
NYS Dept. of State Licensee Search (Real Estate Brokers and salespersons)
NYS Dept. of State Licensee Search (Notaries, barbers, hearing aid dispensers, etc.)
NYS Dept. of Correctional Services Inmate Lookup

New York State & City Government Agencies


State of New York

New York State Government Agencies and Offices

New York State Government Telephone Directory

The Green Book Online State government information in the official directory of the City of New York.

NYS Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) – Office of Rent Administration

NYS Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) – Home Page

NYS Department of State – Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons Licensing

NYS Attorney General – Bureau of Consumer Frauds and Protection – Housing Issues

NYS Division of Human Rights

NYS Committee on Open Government – Your Right to Know  (FOIL, Open Meetings, Privacy)

City of New York

NYC.gov – City of New York Home Page

The Green Book Online – The official directory of the City of New York.

NYC Community Boards

NYC Department for the Aging

NYC Department of Buildings

NYC HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA)

NYC Department of Homeless Services

NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD)

NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA)  Public and subsidized housing

NYC Housing Development Corporation

NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA/DSS)

NYC Commission on Human Rights — Housing

NYC Law Department

NYC Loft Board

NYC Marshals – The enforcement officers of the NYC Civil Court.

Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities – Housing

NYC Rent Guidelines Board

Elected Officials


They Represent You  Look up elected representatives for any NYC address (League of Women Voters of the City of New York).

New York City Council

Links to elected officials’ websites  (League of Women Voters of the City of New York).

Housing Court


(Housing Part, New York City Civil Court)

Housing Part, NYC Civil Court Home Page  Site highlights:

Housing Part, NYC Civil Court – Active Case and Calendar Information

Housing Part Forms

Additional Civil Court Forms

A Tenant’s Guide to the New York City Housing Court  By the New York City Bar Association, Housing Court Public Service Projects Committee (pdf).

Interactive Nonpayment Answer Program  Online tool helps rent stabilized or NYCHA public housing tenants prepare an answer to a nonpayment petition.

Fact Sheets: Defenses to a Nonpayment Petition

How To Prepare For a Landlord-Tenant Trial  By the NYC Civil Court (pdf).

Housing Court Judge Profiles, Part Rules, and Assignments

Uniform Civil Rules For the New York City Civil Court

New York City Civil Court Directives & Advisory Notices

New York City Civil Court Act  Statute establishing and governing the NYC Civil Court.
(Also on Loislaw [see access note])

New York City Civil Court Act § 110  Statute establishing the Housing Part of the NYC Civil Court.

The Legal Aid Society

Community Website – Housing Answers to frequently asked questions about Housing Court cases.

Housing Court Answers (Formerly the City-Wide Task Force on Housing Court)

Mulitilingual fact sheets, information tables and telephone hotline for self-represented tenants.

Top Ten Mistakes Tenants Make in Housing Court By South Brooklyn Legal Services.

Housing Court Records and Your Credit Report By the Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project.

For court decisions, see Free Online Legal Research Resources – Court & Agency Decisions.

Other New York State Courts


NYS Unified Court System

Courthelp.gov  The NYS Unified Court System’s website for self-represented litigants.

Small Claims Part, NYC Civil Court

A Guide To Small Claims Court By the NYC Civil Court.

Supreme Court, New York County – Civil Branch

Supreme Court, New York County “SCROLL” (Supreme Court Records On-Line Library): Index number search; multi-field search.

Index number, index number purchase date, and caption information are available for all cases for which an index number was purchased since about 1972. For more recent cases, County Clerk minutes, appearance information, scanned pleadings, RJIs, notices of motion, stipulations, orders and judgments and decisions are available (see also the WebCivil Supreme system). Details (pdf).

Rules of the New York State Unified Court System

See also Court Acts and Rules of Procedure

WebCivil Supreme  Case status, motions, and appearances for Supreme Court cases assigned to a judge from 1986 to present.

Appellate Term, First Department

Appellate Term, First Department 2012 Calendar (Record Press)

Appellate Term, First Department Guidelines (Record Press)

Appellate Term, Second Department

Appellate Term, Second Department Guidelines (Record Press)

Appellate Division, First Department

Appellate Division, Second Department

New York Court of Appeals

Lawyers


Free Legal Services Providers

LawHelp.org/NY Use this web site first to find offices serving your area and type of problem!

New York City Bar Association Legal Clinic and Legal Hotline Serves all of NYC.

Legal Aid Society of New York – Civil Practice Programs and offices city-wide.

Legal Services NYC Programs and offices city-wide.

Legal Services NYC citywide network (use LawHelp.org/NY to determine which office serves your area).

Legal Services NYC offices:

Legal Services NYC-Bronx

Bedford-Stuyvesant Community Legal Services

South Brooklyn Legal Services Housing Unit

Brooklyn Legal Services Corp. A

Legal Services NYC-Brooklyn Branch

Manhattan Legal Services

Queens Legal Services

Staten Island Legal Services

CAMBA Legal Services  Serves Brooklyn.

The Door Legal Services Center  Serves people between the ages of 12 and 21 city-wide.

Eviction Intervention Services  Serves 42nd – 72nd Streets from 5th Ave. to East River, Roosevelt Island.

Housing Conservation Coordinators  Serves 34th – 72nd Streets west of 8th Ave.

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Serves 59th to 96th Streets from 5th Ave. to East River, Roosevelt Island.

MFY Legal Services Area served varies by program.

Northern Manhattan Improvement Corp. Legal Services Serves Washington Heights and Inwood.

Goddard Riverside SRO Law Project  Serves SRO tenants on West Side north of 14th Street and apartment tenants living between 100-110th Streets from Broadway to Central Park West.

 

Private Tenant Attorneys

Links are not advertisements by, endorsements of, or referrals to any attorney or law firm.

Alterman & Boop LLP

Collins, Dobkin, & Miller LLP

Crumiller PC

Fishman & Mallon, LLP

John D. Gorman

Grad & Weinraub, LLP

Hartman, Ule, Rose & Ratner  (co-ops, condos, Mitchell-Lama)

Kenneth B Hawco

Himmelstein, McConnell, Gribben, Donoghue & Joseph

William E Leavitt

Jack Lester

George S Locker

Jeffrey McAdams

Alan G Morley

Stephen H Palitz

Sokolski & Zekaria, PC

Nina V Taylor

 

New York State Attorney Directory

Includes all attorneys admitted in New York State, with business address, telephone number, year of admission to the New York bar, judicial department of admission, law school attended, and registration status.

Go to Directory

 

Research Court & Agency Decisions


New York State Law Reporting Bureau — The Law Reporting Bureau, the official reporter and publisher of New York state court decisions, maintains two free online decision archives, plus other useful resources:

New York Slip Opinion Service Court of Appeals, Appellate Division, and Appellate Term decisions plus lower court decisions selected for official (print or online-only) publication. Multi-field search form searches archives from about Nov. 2003-present; site search also available. The most current and complete source for recently issued appellate decisions.

New York Official Reports Service — Free, searchable database including all officially published or abstracted New York state court decisions from January 1, 1980 through the most recent Advance Sheets (for most recent decisions, see New York Slip Opinion Service, above).

Official Case Name and Citation Locator — Find the Official Reports “cite-as” case name for New York state court decisions by entering the citation, or find the Official Reports citation for New York state court decisions by party name(s).

Google Scholar Search officially reported and recent unreported decisions of all New York State courts, Federal courts, and other state courts.

Loislaw — Search officially reported or abstracted decisions of all New York State courts combined or search by court.

New York Court of Appeals Reports (NY, NY2d, NY3d) since 1847
New York Appellate Division Reports (App Div, AD2d, AD3d) since 1896
New York Miscellaneous Reports (trial courts, Appellate Terms) (Misc, Misc 2d, Misc 3d) since 1892

More case law searches:
United States Supreme Court Reports (U.S., S.Ct.) since 1789
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (F.2d, F.3d) since 1924
United States District Court Reports (F., F.2d, F. Supp., unpublished) since 1904
United States Supreme Court and Courts of Appeals (all circuits), combined

New York Supreme Court Decision Search (2001 to Present) — For advanced search options, see Search Tips and Query Language

WebCivil Supreme — Retrieve New York Supreme Court decisions by index number
Lexis courthouse access — NOTE: Link accessible via courthouse WiFi network or LAN
Appellate Briefs — Appellate Division, Second Department

An old collection of DHCR PAR decisions (1990-1994 only) is online. WARNING & DISCLAIMER: Other content posted on “www.tenant.net” may be inaccurate and/or outdated.

DHCR Case Status Search — Search by docket number for status of a case filed with the DHCR Office of Rent Administration.

How to Read a DHCR Docket Number

See also Shapiro’s DHCR Decision Finder

CITYADMINSearch New York City Agency Decisions  (Loft Board, OATH, ECB, Buildings, BSA, Planning, etc.)

See also New York Law Journal, Landlord-Tenant Law Treatises and Public Law Libraries and Collections.