Harassment Summary

Please scroll the posts…and, click on the pages under this heading for specific infractions of the following;

Tenant Harassment laws basically include any intentional act that is meant to cause tenant to vacate or interferes with use and quiet enjoyment of the apartment, including construction harassment. See below

DHCR (Division Housing & Community Renewal) harassment regulations for rent stabilized and rent controlled tenants were updated to include false statements to DHCR made intentionally to interfere with use.

“…engaged in a course of conduct (not limited to interruption or discontinuance of essential services) which interferes with/disturbs; is intended to interfere with/disturb use of occupancy…has intent to vacate units or demolish structure, failure to secure vacant units or public portions of the building, or decrease, discontinue, interrupt, interfere with essential services.”
Section 61-b and Section 74-b of the Rent and Eviction Regulations

  • The City defines harassment as:
  • Not offering leases or lease renewals, or repeatedly trying to pay you to move out of your home or to give up your rights (“a buyout”) if you are a rent-regulated tenant.
  • Offering you a buyout:
    • While threatening you, intimidating you or using obscene language.
    • By contacting you at your place of employment without obtaining your written permission.
    • While providing false information in connection with the buyout offer.
  • Contacting you about a buyout unless they provide you with certain information in writing, or 180 days after you have notified the owner in writing that you do not want to be contacted about it.
  • Unjustified eviction notices or illegal lockouts.
  • Threats and intimidation, such as late-night phone calls including phone calls to encourage or ask you to move or give up your rights.
  • 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, conducting work without a permit, or failing to remove excessive dust or debris.
  • Repeated interruptions of essential services, such as heat, water, or electricity. 
  • Providing you with misleading information regarding the unit occupancy status or violations; making a false statement or misrepresentation as to a material fact regarding the current occupancy or the rent stabilization status of a building or dwelling unit on any application or construction documents for a permit for work.
  • Repeatedly contacting or visiting any person lawfully entitled to occupancy or such unit during non-business hours when the tenant has not indicated a willingness to have such contact or visit.
  • Commencing a baseless or frivolous court proceeding against a person lawfully entitled to occupancy of such dwelling unit if there is a pattern of such proceedings in a building.